How to apply temporary hair color for grey hair

Updated April 17, 2017

Temporary colour rinses are ideal for toning down the appearance of grey hair and adding a little bit of warmth and shine to drab and dull colour tones. Popular temporary colour lines have dozens of shades to choose from so you can easily create your new look. Additionally, temporary colour rinses are inexpensive (about £2 to £3 a bottle), easy to use and rinse clean with each shampoo. There is no damage associated with colour rinses and the change is instantaneous.

Brush the hair to remove any tangles and debris and to loosen styling product. Wet the hair thoroughly using warm water until it is completely saturated.

Squeeze a nickel-sized amount of shampoo onto the palm of your hand, rub your hands together to distribute the shampoo evenly on both palms, and distribute the shampoo evenly throughout the hair. Massage the scalp using your fingertips and rinse. Condition your hair in the same manner.

Put on gloves. Open the nozzle on the temporary colour rinse and apply the rinse directly to the wet hair. Use your hands and fingers to work the rinse throughout the hair. Saturate the hair completely with the rinse.

Dry the hair completely to set the colour. If you normally set your hair in rollers, roll the hair and then dry it. If you use a curling iron, dry the hair completely before styling.


Avoid getting the temporary rinse on the scalp as best you can. If you can see colour on the scalp after the hair is dry, remove it with a damp cotton ball. Hot temperatures and a sweaty scalp could result in colour runs. Continue wearing the gloves until the hair is dried completely. The rinse will stain your skin and nails if it comes into contact with them in its liquid form. Colour selection is vital for a natural look. Most blue and pink-haired ladies are created with temporary colour rinses. Choose a colour that has a lot of depth (darker colours that possess multiple tonal qualities) if you have light grey hair or white hair. If your hair is darker, you can get by with a more subtle colour.

Things You'll Need

  • Brush
  • Warm water
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Gloves
  • Temporary colour rinse
  • Hair dryer
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