To buy: ORS Curls Unleashed Color Blast Temporary Makeup Wax in Golden Bars (from $10; amazon.com)
Unlike hair dye and bleach, you don't have to worry about the same kind hair cuticle damage to your strands with this wax —it even doubles as a moisturizing treatment, since it's made with nourishing beeswax and cetearyl alcohol (a hydrating alcohol) to revive and protect curls. Even better? If you like to change your color to reflect your mood, or just aren't crazy about whatever shade you've chosen after it's applied, the wax is temporary and comes out in just 1-2 washes.
Before applying the wax, I washed my hair thoroughly and smoothed on a leave- in conditioner. I then pulled on gloves and a towel to protect my clothing and raked the wax through my hair with my fingers in sections. I was immediately in love with how defined, moisturized, and pigmented my curls looked with just one coat! I decided to apply a second coat, this time setting my hair in a series of twists and letting the wax dry during the day. I protected my hair with a silk bonnet at bedtime and was surprised to see zero color residue in the bonnet.
I will say that the only downside to this wax is that I definitely applied ~way~ too much, leading to teeny tiny copper flakes on my pillows and phone when I wasn't wearing a bonnet. I think one coat would have been enough to get the desired pigment I was going for, but I can deal with a few flakes in exchange for gorgeous hair color and zero damage (compared to ammonia-based dyes that strip your natural oils and the natural pigment of your hair—no thanks).
The biggest plus of the ORS Curls Unleashed Color Blast Temporary Makeup Wax is being able to switch up my look as often as I like. Thanks to my super curly hair type (and not being outside nearly as much), I can get away with holding onto this hair color for at least two weeks before easily rinsing it out to apply another fun shade. I currently have my sights set on Dragon Fruit, which I'll mix with Golden Bars for a true rose gold shade. I’m so glad that we curly, kinky, coily folks can now change our hair color hassle-free without sacrificing our unique hair texture.
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