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If the phrase “temporary hair dye” makes you cringe, know you’re not alone. We, too, have a love/hate relationship with it, likely because of a traumatic Halloween-hair-dye debacle that left our strands feeling brittle, dry and unnatural many, many years ago. Since then, though, we firmly believe that temporary hair dye formulas have steadily improved. There are mess-proof hair color sticks that allow you to avoid the aerosol can entirely, versatile hair paste that looks like the real deal and holographic hair foam that should be a mandatory staple in everyone’s festival beauty stash — cool right?

So what are you waiting for? Click through for five temporary hair-dye formulas that won’t look anything like that gray witch hair you wore out for Halloween oh-so-many years ago.

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