Tell me if you’ve heard this one before...so a semi-permanent, demi-permanent, temporary and permanent hair color walk into a bar, and the bartender says, “what’s the difference between all of you?” Of course, getting the gorgeous hair color you want is no joke, so we’re scrapping the funny for the factual to tell you the differences between semi-permanent, demi-permanent, temporary and permanent hair color, and when and why you should use them.
Demi Permanent Hair Color
Demi Permanent Hair Color is a less permanent hair color option—it lasts 12-24 washes—that lets you change your color and cover grays. This hair color can maintain your shade or darken it, but cannot lighten like permanent hair color. Demi permanent color is a great option if you’re looking to extend time between salon visits or using an at-home permanent color.
Our Root Reboot™ is a demi permanent hair color designed specifically to cover your roots between coloring sessions. This product blends onto hair, offering 100% gray coverage on your T-zone (the hairline and roots). Plus, it’s free from ingredients found in traditional hair color, and has a drip-free sponge applicator to provide a no-mess color application. Using Root Reboot extends the life of your permanent hair color, and it washes out from hair in two weeks without altering your underlying hair color.
Permanent Hair Color
Starting with the most colorful bang for your buck...as the name implies, permanent hair color is the most long lasting hair color option. This type of color opens the hair shaft and applies new color within the cuticle, which permanently changes the color composition of the hair. This type of hair color grows out from the root, and can be reapplied every four to eight weeks depending on how fast your hair grows.
Our Radiant Cream Color is a permanent option that not only colors, but also nourishes hair from root to tip with keratin, argan oil, and ginseng root extract. With 100% gray coverage, this is a great option if you're looking to cover grays and either maintain your natural color or change your hair to a new shade that’s either darker, or up to 2 levels lighter. Our multi-dimensional formulas are designed to bring out your hair’s natural radiance, letting you flaunt the gold, copper, mahogany, or violet tones in your hair. Unlike traditional permanent hair color, our Radiant Cream Color does not include PPD, ammonia, resorcinol, parabens, phthalates, and gluten. This is hair color that will help hair look and feel healthy, while providing long-lasting, natural-looking color.
Semi Permanent Color
Similar to its demi permanent cousin, semi-permanent hair color applies color to the surface of hair. It blends in, enhancing hair’s natural color. While it does not offer 100% gray coverage like permanent and demi permanent hair color, it softens the appearance of grays and helps it blend in with the rest of the hair.
Our Color Reviving Gloss is a semi-permanent color that provides a sheer tint while also refreshing faded tones and adding a boost of shine. This product is a great way to refresh permanent color between salon visits.
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Temporary Hair Color
Temporary hair color provides instant color to hair and washes out much quicker than other types of color. Temporary hair color can be applied as a liquid, chalk, powder, or from a mascara wand. These products let you experiment with different colors without the commitment of a long wash out, and can provide instant gray coverage when you’re between colorings.
Our Root Touch Up is a temporary hair color designed to camouflage gray hair instantly. Set in a compact much like blush or bronzer, Root Touch Up brushes onto hair and sets until hair is washed. It’s rain-proof, sweat-proof, and pillow-proof, allowing you to get on-the-spot gray coverage. This is a great product to use when you’re in-between permanent hair color applications.
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A Hair Color For Everyone
From quick-washout temporary color to long-lasting permanent color, Madison Reed offers an easy-to-use color solution to get you–and your hair–hair looking and feeling its best. So to finish the joke, “a semi, demi, temporary and permanent hair color walk into a bar,” we’d say “and everyone was happy.” Not a very funny punchline, perhaps, but still, a radiantly colorful story. The End.