Last winter, when SeduceKara McGrath’s associate editor was bored at home with adult roots, she opened a jar of pastel pink conditioner. About 40 minutes later, she had cheerful pink hair and 58 selfies to mark the start of what has become a long-term relationship with temporary hair coloring.
Turns out last year has been good for DIY beauty transformations, even DayGlo’s. Most home offices do not have a dress code that prohibits hair with a wash of pink, green, purple, or any color of the rainbow. Hence, new shiny hair makeovers.
To determine the shade that’s right for you (and your hair), the colorist Matt Rez says warm hues like peaches, reds, and pinks will “always be more consistent and forgiving,” so they’re probably your best option for a first foray into color at home. Colourist Rachel Bodt Advise you to test the dyes on wet or damp hair first, so that you can see how your hair will take the color. (Use an inconspicuous wick, perhaps by the back of the neck, for your test.)
Unfortunately, hair dyeing is one area where blondes really have more fun: while some brands offer a brunette option, you will get the most vibrant results with bright hair colors on bleached hair. However, Bodt strongly advises against using home dye kits. “You can do more harm than good,” she said. Instead, if you can’t get to a colorist first, Kener suggests trying colorful clip extensions instead.
We have collected some of the Best hair dye to try at home, including the products McGrath put to the test. All of the choices below cover the color spectrum for root touch ups or full fancy switches. They are all temporary or semi-permanent, but nine zero one stylist Sierra Kener says you can extend their life by adding a few drops of the color to your conditioner. This way you will get a light refreshment every day from laundry.
A version of this story originally appeared in the September 2021 issue of Allure. Learn how to register here.