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This Hair Color Is Perfect For People Who Want Bright Hair (But Can't Commit)

L'Oreal Colorista has given me the rainbow-colored hair of my dreams (without the commitment of my nightmares).

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I have always admired people who were bold enough to color their hair some shade that doesn’t naturally grow from a human scalp.

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Red, purple, blue, pink. I look at the Rainbow Brite heads and think, What must it feel like to be so confident? To adorn your hair with a crown of color? To play with your appearance in that blatantly vibrant way?

The reason why I never considered dying my hair some interesting color as a viable option for me was simple: The products were too permanent. If I were to color my whole head some crazy hue and then hate it — what would I do?

Well, I finally took the bright-hair plunge, and it's all because of L'Oreal's Colorista, a line of products that is essentially makeup for your hair. It's basically the perfect product for those of us too scared to commit to fun.

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You can put it on and take it off as you see fit. There is no long-term commitment here. And my world has changed for the better because of it. L’Oreal’s Colorista products are semi-permanent, with commitment times starting at just over 24 hours. In fact, the commitment is almost too short! I was just starting to really get into my look each when it was time to wash it. Lucky for L’Oreal, that just meant I dried my hair and went back and dyed it again.

I first tried the semi-permanent liquid — a "traditional" hair color application. There’s a little brush to paint on the liquid, black plastic gloves to wear to keep the mess at bay, and a wait time between soaking your head in chemicals until you rinse it out. I was fine with the process, but it was fairly involved, considering the color only lasted one full wash before leaving. (The box states the color lasts between four and ten shampoos, but my color stayed on a significantly shorter amount of time.)

It's also a good choice for kids (a notoriously indecisive demographic), per this reviewer:

"My daughter has light brown hair. We used 1 & 1/2 tubes of the Teal 10, left on for 90 minutes (per another review), and she loves the result!" —Netshopper

But it was the1-Day Spray that really hooked me.

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I could control the depth of color — not only overall, but even on sections of my hair. I decide each time I use it exactly how pink I want my hair to look that day — and only for that day.

There are 10+ color options for both lines of products, so while I’m stuck on pink right now, I might decide I want to look like a mermaid next week, and I’m allowed to.

If I spray my head green and then freak out, it’s really not a big deal. I can wash it and leave the house with the same boring color I had an hour before. So go bananas! But be warned. The spray color tends to, uh, disperse itself throughout the bathroom pretty well. Cover up your toilet and sink – or just spray this stuff on outside. While it easily washes out of hair, it's more permanent on things like fabric.
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If I spray my head green and then freak out, it’s really not a big deal. I can wash it and leave the house with the same boring color I had an hour before. So go bananas!

But be warned. The spray color tends to, uh, disperse itself throughout the bathroom pretty well. Cover up your toilet and sink – or just spray this stuff on outside. While it easily washes out of hair, it's more permanent on things like fabric.

Though, according to this reviewer, messiness is relative!

"Some of the reviews mentioned it was messy, but I have not found it so. I use it to highlight my dull gray hair strands, can brush it through and it looks very natural. It might get on your hands a little, but it washes off right away. There are not many gray-enhancing products on the market — at least I haven't seen them — so I'm glad to have found this one. Highly recommend it!" —A.Bennett

Either way, it's perfect for those summer festivals...

"Great product for short-term use. I have long hair so I used up the entire can all in one go. My hair is also a bit brunette so the color turned slightly fuschia. Overall, this product is great and I will definitely be bringing it to my upcoming music festival." —shelia liu

...or just amping up your natural gorgeousness!

"I've stopped coloring my hair and I'm letting my silver come in. Now that I'm getting used to the silver, sometimes I want more of it. This is just the right thing. It washes out easily, and it gives my style a little punch. Love it."—Teresa R Tameling

Get the semi-permanent color from Walmart for $8.99+ for brunettes, or from Target for $8.99 for blondes or $7.69 for blondes (available in six colors). Get the 1-Day Spray from Amazon for $8.54 (available in 10 colors).

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