How To Dip In The Mermaid Hair Pool With No Regrets

a year ago
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Thinking Pink  
A few months back was one of the biggest music festivals in the South, Austin City Limits. The mermaid hair trend was going strong, and I knew it was the perfect time for me to try out something I have always wanted my entire life: bright pink hair.
 
I consulted instagram for local Austin hair stylists that had lots of experience with vivid colors. Since it was my first dip into the mermaid pool, I really wanted it to go well. 
 
After shelling out nearly 300 bucks for my gorgeous mermaid hair I was really happy. Until the maintenance work started. 
 
Maintaining The Color
 
My hair color was fading fast from being in the sun all weekend, and by the next week my bright pink locks had faded like crazy. While I loved the look, I decided that next time, I would look for some less expensive alternatives.
 
The color stylist use at salons to do vivid and pastel hair colors is usually a semi permanant color. This means it doesn't  stain the hair like a permanent dye.
 
Temporary hair dyes can last longer if you wash hair in cold water, but if not it will fade relatively quickly. In short, you can get a festival worthy look without the long term commitment, and expensive price tag.
 
I bought some of the Pravana hair color from my stylist, and added it to my conditioner to keep the color. Knowing what I know now, I wouldnt have paid the hefty price tag to start with.
 
Mermaid Hair Color With No Commitment
 
Since my dip in the mermaid pool, I have let my hair fade and am ready to try it again! That is why I am even more excited about all the brands I have seen coming out with gorgeous temporary hair colors. 
 
There are some great brands that even make temporary hair colors that will show up on brunette hair, which is a tall order. What I like most about these temporay hair colors is that they are easy to use, and provide really great directions for first timers. 
 
I ordered my set of the Colorista pink hair dye yesterday, and I cannot wait to see how it shows up on my bleached blonde hair. A friend of mine sampled the purple last month and she got some amazing results. When picking the best temporary hair color for you, make sure your hair is light enough to get the color you're hoping for. 
 
The other cool thing is that if you need the color gone for work/school, temporary color will wash out super easy with a clariying shampoo. Remeber color erasers are also a best friend for the gal that wants no commitment mermaid hair. 
 
Tips for Mermaid Hair Color 
 
If you are ready to take a dip in the memaid pool, here are a couple tips to help you get the best results.
 
  • Prepare a clean workspace with towels, color brush, bowl, and combs. You don't wanna be fumbling around for stuff in the middle of this process
  • Use a well ventaled space- sounds like common sense but you'd be surprised
  • Follow the directions, and always do a strip test first. Your hair may absorb color faster than most so always test first!
  • To keep color longer, use a color safe shampoo, wash in cold water, and avoid heat tools. 
  • To fade color faster, user a clarifying shampoo, and hot water. If you need it gone faster consider a color eraser. 
And there you have it, your guide to getting the best temporary hair color. Enjoy those mermaid locks as long as you plan to keep them!
 
 
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