I belong to the earth’s small percentage of population that has never altered its hair color. I don’t know if you have noticed, but my natural hair color isn’t as dark as you might expect from someone of my ethnic background. I have always loved it and never really wanted to “mess with a good thing,” until I got the new *Redken Color Rebel in Rebel without a Coral. It promises some color fun with no commitment whatsoever, so I thought why not?!
I have seen some other temporary hair dyes, but Redken Color Rebel (19 euros in Belgium) has to be the one with the smartest, most user-friendly packaging. All you need to do is wiggle the sponge in, shake it up, and twist till the color comes out!
Redken Color Rebel comes in 5 shades from red to purple to yellow. I have Rebel without a Coral, which is a vibrant orange coral with golden shimmer. That golden shimmer puzzled me at first, but then it totally made sense. That way, the colored hair still has the shine of healthy hair instead of looking flat and maybe a little too technicolor. You can use this on freshly-shampooed or day-old hair. Just apply, comb through (otherwise your hair could stick together, especially if you are heavy-handed), and wait for it to dry (or use a dryer to speed up the process). If you want more, you can always add more layers.
So, can a girl have all the fun with no setback? Not really, but hear me out!
There are a lot of things to love about Rebel without a Coral. It is pigmented enough to show up easily on my hair, so I think it will be pigmented enough to show up on most. It is very easy to use, but I would still suggest a pair of disposable gloves and a towel/old T-shirt on your shoulders. If the color gets on your hands, don’t worry about it. It actually comes off quite easily. I hesitated for a long time before I gave it a go because I thought I’d need some kind of game plan, but it turned out that going to town with it didn’t turn out half bad!
The formula did dry my hair out pretty severely! The drying was a gradual process. I was happy as a lark for about a day when I realized things were getting progressively worse. By the third day, I looked like Einstein on a bad hair day! I worked some Kerastase Elixir Ultime Solid Serum with Beautifying Oils into my hair… and it promptly broke a lot of the color down. On top of that, it did not work that well in this case.
Fortunately, after a proper shampoo and mask session, my hair was more or less back to normal. The color should last through two washes, but it depends on the quality of your hair and so on. I began to really like it afterwards, as my hair was pretty much back to its usual happy self with some cool color!
All in all, the Redken Color Rebel experience was fun. I wish the formula were not so drying, but this could be my hair reacting badly to it. If you want to do something special for a big night out, I say get one and apply carefully. Like makeup, if it doesn’t work out, you can always wash it out! Putting some oil in the hair can speed up the process as well. Me? I’ll happily sport these coral streaks for a few more days!
Do you dye your hair? Have you tried any of these temporary colors? What is the craziest hair color you have had? I am such a rookie that I’d really love to hear about your experience!