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5 Types of Hair Color: Which One to Choose

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5 Types of Hair Color: Which One to Choose 5 Types of Hair Color: Which One to Choose 5 Types of Hair Color: Which One to Choose

Whether you're in the mood to try the latest hair color trend or dyeing your hair has become a long-standing fixture in your hair journey, it's important to know the different types of hair color and how they will interact with your strands. Not all color is created equal and each serves a different purpose. Knowing the five main different types of hair color—temporary hair color, semi-permanent hair color, permanent hair color, highlights, and root touch-up—will allow you to make the best choice for you and your locks.

1. Temporary hair color

Shades of gray and pastels have been lighting up social media feeds recently. These on-trend hair colors make for a pretty picture, but not everyone is ready to keep such a bold look for the long term. This is where temporary hair color comes into play. Chances are you’ve already used a temporary hair color spray to get in spirit for a pep rally or Halloween party but don’t rule these handy sprays out for everyday occasions. With the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray, you can put a new hue to the test, then wash it out with your next shampoo.

2. SEMI-PERMANENT hair color

If you're ready to take that temporary look a little further, semi-permanent hair color will do just the trick. These dyes are generally not formulated with ammonia, so they should not require any developing and can last up to ten washes. Semi-permanent dye is ideal for those who want to avoid dealing with harsh roots, since the color will gradually fade before you have a lot of new growth. Give it a try with a fun shade of L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color.

3. PERMANENT hair color

If you're planning to love your new color long term, permanent hair dye is probably the right option for you. This type of dye typically lasts for weeks without visible signs of fading and won’t disappear entirely until you color your hair again or grow it out. Permanent hair color can be used to help lighten, darken, or tone your hair and provide gray hair coverage. One thing to keep in mind is that depending on your base color and what you'd like to achieve, you may have to gradually color your hair to achieve your desired look. While it would be great to go from dark to platinum in one sitting, slow and steady usually wins the hair color race. Try the L’Oréal Paris Féria for high-shine color, the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference for fade-defying color, or L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme for 100 percent gray coverage.


Not every look requires all-over color, which is where highlights come into play. These are achieved by placing the color on smalls section of hair to help create depth and dimension. The chunky-looking highlights of the past are long gone, and now a more dimensional, toned-down look has become a way to help refresh tired locks. Trendy takes on highlights include ombré, balayage, and babylights. To highlight your hair at-home (yes, it’s possible!), use the L’Oréal Paris Frost & Design for subtle, skinny highlights or L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach Ombre Bleach for an ombré look.

5. ROOT cover up

For some people, gray hair can be the bane of their existence. And it’s a serious pain when your much-loved hair color starts to grow out, revealing your roots. You may not need or want a full color refresh, so a root cover up may be the best way to help extend the life of your dye job. The great news is that concealing your roots can be as simple as using a root touch-up spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up. Just spray it onto your hair, focusing on your roots, to cover new growth. The spray, which is perfect for tiding you over until you’re ready to color your hair again, will easily wash out during your next shower.

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