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There were a lot of models strutting their stuff on the spring runways with wild, shockingly colored hair – including neon purple, red, green and pink!

While this look may not be very practical for every day, I still think it’s a fun way to shake up your spring beauty routine. Hold on, though – don’t reach for anything crazy like permanent dye! Instead, use colored clip-on hair extensions or washable hair dye to create temporary (very temporary) streaks of bold color.

This might not be an every day look, but I think it’s perfect for a night out, or if you’re heading to a sporting event or concert. What do you think? Would you try this spring beauty trend?


Coloring your hair at home can save time and money, but only if you purchase a quality dye that won’t wreak havoc on your tresses. The next time you get the urge to switch up your look, consider one of these five at-home hair color kits.

1. Clairol Nice ‘n Easy with Color Blend Technology

This permanent hair color offers a wide range of  natural looking shades, and combines highlights, lowlights and shine for dimensional hair color in just one step. It’s a gentle, long lasting color and very easy to use. When I dye my hair, I typically choose red shades but other dyes fade to an icky orange color. With this dye, I don’t have that problem! When the red fades, I am left with a pretty auburn/brown shade that looks just as good as when it’s freshly colored. Lovely!

($7.99, drugstore.com)

2. Clairol Natural Instincts Hair Color

For a semi-permanent color that gently covers grays, Clairol’s Natural Instincts Hair Color is the ticket. Most semi-permanent dyes leave a dull, flat look to hair but this product gives true, natural looking color in a mere 10 minutes. Plus, it leaves hair feeling soft and conditioned, not dry and brittle like harsher dyes.

($8.99, drugstores)

3. Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Multi-Lights Highlighting Kit

This is one of the best and easiest at-home highlighting kits I’ve found, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. The kit includes a non-drip applicator allowing you to deposit color exactly where you want it, and can be used on both color treated and natural hair. While I love getting my hair done at a salon, the expense kills me; this at-home highlighting kit helps me keep up appearances without spending an arm and a leg to do so!

($6.99, drugstores)

4. L’Oreal Excellence Creme Haircolor

A protective pre-color serum that comes with this haircolor ensures your hair will stay smooth and conditioned even after you color, and the non-drip formula makes applying a breeze! With a wide range of shades to choose from and 100%, long lasting coverage for grays, this haircolor offers superior results at a bargain price. How can you go wrong?

($7.19, drugstores)

5. Manic Panic Semi-Permanent Haircolor Cream

Even though this isn’t a “traditional” hair dye, for those of us who like to experiment with funky colors from time to time, Manic Panic is a must. A wide range of look-at-me shades are available, from vivid red to electric blue and everything in between. Plus, since it’s semi-permanent, you don’t have to be afraid of a long commitment.

($12, drugstores)

Do you color your hair at home? Have you used any of the products featured here? If so, leave a shout out in the comments. Don’t be shy! And, as always, stay lovely.

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