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Back when I was in my 20s (I’m in my 40s now…where does the time go?!), I promise you that it was nothing for me to change my hair color at least a couple of times a month. Because I wore it in some variation of short, I didn’t really worry about if it was damaging my hair—or not.

It actually wasn’t until I decided to grow my hair out a couple of years ago that I saw just how much hair dye can weaken hair follicles. Now I’m on the road to getting my scalp and hair back strong and healthy again. That’s why, back in the day when I was young and a little hair-reckless, I wish there was such a thing as hair color wax.

What exactly is hair color wax? It’s one of the latest temporary hair color trends that is definitely better than permanent dyes that contain harsh ingredients like ammonia (more on this in just a bit). And, if you’re anything like I was a couple of decades ago, it’s a great way to literally go from purple to white to intense red hair, all within a matter of a few days, without totally damaging your lustrous locks in the process.

As far as hair wax brands go, I did some research and it appears that Mofajang Hair Color Wax, Hailicare Unicorn Purple Hair Wax and ALEXIA & CO Japanese Color Hair are all fan favorites. But if you’re looking for some solid reasons to give hair color wax a try, take a few moments out of your day and I’ll do my best to break it down for you.

It is super easy to use. One of the best things about hair color wax is it’s uber easy to apply. First, it’s best to put it on freshly-washed conditioned damp hair. Just take some of the wax (which feels more like a cream than a wax, by the way) and evenly distribute it throughout your hair, wherever you want the hair color to go. Then, if you want more intensity, let the first “layer” of color dry for 15-20 minutes before adding another. For the record, most brands easily rub off during the application process, but if you want to be extra safe, put on some rubber gloves before applying. Oh, and if you’re a visual person, click here and here to see how two women applied their own hair wax to their locks.

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It’s less damaging than hair dye. Recently, I was talking to a woman who used to have really long dark hair. About five or six months ago, she decided that she wanted to go blonde. Long story short, her hair is a short lob right now, mostly due to the damage that dyeing her hair caused. The moral to the story is ammonia is nobody’s (hair) friend. This is another reason why hair color wax is so awesome. Most brands contain natural ingredients like beeswax, licorice and some type of oil (like a castor oil); things that are good for your hair whether you used them to color your tresses or not.

It works well on all hair textures. If you’re wondering if hair color wax only works for a couple of hair textures only, absolutely not! The straightest of the straight and the curliest of the curly all sing its praises. In fact, if your hair happens to be more of a 4-type, using the hair wax can even elongate your curls (kind of like how Bentonite hair clay is able to do it). Oh, and if you’re wondering if it looks just as good on dark hues as light, it absolutely does (although you’ll probably have to do the layering thing that I mentioned earlier).

You can switch up as often as you want. Another thing that’s cool about hair color wax is once it’s completely dry, it doesn’t feel icky or sticky. On the other hand, if there’s a downside, it’s that after about the third day, it can sometimes look a little chalky or be difficult to manage. In other words, after day 3-4, you should probably wash it out. But again, if you like to switch up your look as much as possible anyway, that gives you a reason to go from silver to blue to rainbow (yep, you can also mix different colors if you want) all within a seven-day period.

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It can even make your hair look thicker, healthier too. If you love what dye does for your hair, color-wise, but you absolutely hate what it does to your hair, health-care wise, this is another reason to give hair color wax a try. Thanks to the consistency of the wax and the ingredients in it, it can actually help your hair to appear thicker and feel healthier!

Just to be as transparent as possible, to me, hair color wax is a lot like foundation. Some brands don’t rub off on clothes and people better than others. Also, although the wax is great on dark hair, it’s kind of hit or miss when it comes to fully covering greys. But if you’re looking for a way to drastically change your hair in (one of) the most low-maintenance ways possible, hair color wax is a (relatively) affordable way to do it—over and over and over again. As often as you feel like doing it!