Temporary hair dye as the name suggests is temporary and washable, most often used to colour or highlight hair for special occasions and is often used in unusual shades, such as bright pink, punk blue, red, green or even striking gold or yellow, for events and exciting parties. Unlike permanent hair dye, temporary hair dye is usually easily removed with a single shampoo, as the original hair color and structure is not altered.
Patrons love it as it allows them to express themselves in very creative ways, and yet, not having to worry about what the boss would say when they report back to work the next day, especially if their work requires formality and seriousness, for example, in industries such as banking, law, medicine or financial consultancy. For teenagers, it is a great way to experiment with various weird and funky hair color without permanent damage to their hair, and without having to endure continuous nagging about it from their parents!
As for entertainers, it is a vital tool in their make-up and entertainment gear, essential to add a touch of brilliance to their costumes. Vibrant colors such as red or yellow hair are excellent for clowns, and a myriad of other colors for singers or band performers. It has become part of the wardrobe of entertainers who have to change the color of their hair to match their costumes on a frequent basis.
This group of hair dye usually comes in convenient forms of application, such as shampoos, rinses, gels, sprays and foams. It is effective immediately and there is no waiting time for the color to develop. If you buy those that come in the form of gels, sprays or foams, it can be applied as the final touch up just before the party.
This easily washable factor in temporary hair dye is due to the fact that its pigment molecules are large, and thus, they are unable to penetrate the cuticle layer of the hair. The pigment molecules remain as add-ons or rather, merely closely adhere to the hair strands without being absorbed into the hair shaft itself. This makes it easily removable with warm water and shampoo.
However, if the user's hair is excessively damaged or dry, the temporary hair dye may persist, as the damaged hair may allow for migration of the dye pigments to the interior of the hair shaft despite the size of the pigments.