Hot in 2012: Temporary Hair Color?

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ThakoonVogue is calling it a hot new hair trend of 2012, featured on the Spring 2012 runways of Thakoon, Narciso Rodriguez, and on actresses ranging from the Olsen twins to Katy Perry to Riley Keough.

Shocking hair color hues are on our horizon, and you might as well get used to seeing them now.

The real question, though, is this: Will you wear them?

Don't worry, darlings. You no long have to go permanent with bright pink, blue, or purple.

Vogue cites Kevin.Murphy's new Color.Bug in pink, purple, and orange:

Kevin Murphy

It's basically makeup for your hair, it lasts only until you wash it out, and it sounds like it would be fun to try. Kevin.Murphy products are available in many salons (for example, my salon, Salon Nfuse here in Nashville, carries them) -- you can find a full listing of salons carrying Kevin.Murphy products on the website.

However, experience has taught me the hard way that Kevin.Murphy products can be very expensive. That's why there's also Manic Panic Dye Hard Temporary Hair Color Styling Gel (, $8.40)! Take that, Kevin!

Honestly, I don't know that I'd ever try wild hair color, unless it was for an episode of "I'll Take That Dare." I'd feel like people would look at me and think, Now there's a mom who's trying too hard.

But I'll never say never. Maybe the trend will go mainstream, and two years from now, everyone will be doing it, from 11-year-olds to great grandmothers!

In the meantime, are you looking forward to trying out this trend?


Images (top to bottom): Thakoon, Kevin.Murphy,

celeb style, spring/summer 2012, hair


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nonmember avatar Miss B

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Shell... Shell__Beach

I had hot pink, bright purple and bright blue hair earlier this year (as in demi-permanent color). While I see nothing wrong with this "trend"... I'll take a pass on using the wash out stuff now that I've dyed my naturally blonde hair auburn.

nonmember avatar Deej

I've used a lotta semi-permanent colors, almost exclusively Manic Panic. I tried those one-day colors, and it just makes your hair sticky, and stiff. I've gone back to my natural color for my job, but if you're gonna try crazy colors, go big or go home

Lucre... LucretiaMcEvil

I was interested in crazy colors when I wa in high school. I used to dye mine dark purple, and dark red with Punky color.

As an adult, I'm into my natural hair color. I'm waiting until I get grays to consider dye of any kind.

butte... butterflymkm

I used one of those color bugs the other day while waiting in line at the salon. They had sample ones sitting out. It wasn't sticky or goopy at all! More like chalk. It was pretty cool! However my husband (who once had a bright blue Mohawk!) has reminded me that we are parents now so no more funky hair colors....sigh....

Panda... Panda2778

My sister and I, both moms in our early 30's, have both used Manic Panic within the last year.  My sister bleaches her hair blonde and she added purple highlights.  The demi-permanent color faded over a few weeks to a bright pink- it was very cool and she got tons of compliments.  We don't care for the single-use sprays or creams because they tend to get powdery, chalky, and stiff after a few hours.

I dyed mine dark auburn/burgundy with purple highlights.  I loved the color.  With the funky, super-short cut I had at the time, it was really fun and cute.

Currenty, we are both back to our natural hair color, since both husbands complained we looked like teenage emo-kids.  I'll probably re-dye mine in a week or two- I'd like to try a bright cherry-punch red.  Sis is thinking about another round of purple.

Char_... Char_gal4

I never used dyes, but I'd prefer wigs.  Yes, more expensive and need care, but I think they would look better (the pink on the model's head looks like frosting).  My little sister, a cosplayer at anime conventions, buys and styles wigs made of Saran or Kanekalon (about $20 to $50 average on most websites), and even fooled people about the real color/hair type and even gender (crossplaying as a male character.  Perfect boy cut hair and chest binding).  Both look and feel much like human hair, but is available in a rainbow of natural and crazy shades.  They can be curled too, though use caution with heat, as it can melt, but I hear boiling water works.  But you can just remove the wig, untie your real hair and brush yours out!

ashja ashja

@mrsB - Ha! I logged on just to say that! The similarity is eerie!

ashja ashja

*oops, miss, not mrs.

lalas... lalasmama2007

I used Manic Panic when I was in high school.  It was an orangish shade, but it wasn't very noticeable.

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