While?some Halloween costumes?look great with creative makeup, adding an awesome hairstyle is an easy way to amp up the overall effect. You can always go for a brazilian hair — the least-permanent solution — but if you don’t want to splurge (or fiddle with it all night), there are some semi-permanent hair-coloring choices you might want to try instead.
1. Hair Chalk
What it is:?A huge beauty trend recently, hair chalk lets you easily add all sorts of colors without much commitment. Simply wet your hair to get it ready for the color, separate it into sections, then run the chalk down your?brazilian hair. You can use?designated hair chalk?or oil-based pastels from a craft store (we prefer and suggest the former). Chalking your hair gives you a lot of control over the end result.
How long it lasts:?2 -4 shampoos, but here’s a catch: If you have ultra-light hair, this might wind up being more permanent. “The darker the temporary color, and the?lighter the hair, the longer it will take the color to wash out,” warns O’Connor.
2. Hair Mascara
What it is:?Remember the hair mascara of the ’90s that let you change your color with the flick of a wand? It’s still around! Options like brazilian hair mascara ?involve?temporary color?that you apply directly to your hair. You can layer on more as desired for a brighter, more vivid color, or keep it subtle by adding light, thin streaks.
3. Colored Hairspray
What it is:?This is exactly what it sounds like — hairspray with added color! While this is generally a temporary technique, but like with hair chalk, keep in mind how light your brazilian hair is now because you may end up with a permanent stain. One horror story O’Connor shared: “I once had a platinum blonde who used?black hair spray?for Halloween, and she had to wash her hair with dish soap every day for two weeks to?remove the color.” Yikes!
4. Semi-Permanent Hair Dye
What it is:?This is the next step up when it comes to coloring you hair. “Semi-permanent brazilian hair dye has no ammonia content, so it sits on the outside of the hair cuticle and acts as a stain,” explains O’Connor.??So while they last longer than hair chalk and spray, they won’t be vivid forever — unless, of course, you bleach your hair beforehand.?Bleached, porous hair?can take on a semi-permanent shade and maintain it for considerably longer. So if you’re not ready for blue hair ’til Thanksgiving, don’t plop a bunch of dye on your highlighted hair.