How to Use Hair Color Wax

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If you are looking for a way to spice up your curls and coils without damage, hair color wax is the product for you. Unlike other temporary coloring agents, this wax won’t stain your hands, and it rinses clean with just water. It does have a few drawbacks, however. It can be a bit messy and look uneven, particularly when globs of it are scrunched into the hair. Also, there are currently only a few color choices available. Below, I will show you how to mix colors to create some additional shades and to easily apply your creations using a balayage hair color kit.

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Color Mixing

From the available colors, you can make any number of additional colors. Here are just a few.

How to Use Hair Color Wax

  • Color: pastels (here, pink is shown”>
    Mix together 50% primary color and 50% white.
  • Color: millennial pink
    Mix together 50% pink and 50% silver.
  • Color: rose gold
    Mix together 50% pink, 25% gold, and 25% white.
  • Color: red wine
    Mix together 50% red, and 50% purple
  • Color: pale blond
    Mix together 33 1/3% gold, 33 1/3% silver, and 33 1/3% white.
  • Color: smoky lavender
    Mix together 50% purple, and 50% silver.


While there are a variety of ways to apply the hair color wax, the two methods below are good starting points. From here, you can create different looks from subtle to bold, and everything in between. For both methods below, start with slightly damp or dry hair that has been styled as you would normally wear it. Make sure that your curls are clumped, as the color will emphasize any frizz.


This technique adds dynamic shine your curls by placing color where the light would naturally hit.

  1. Using the smaller of the two brushes, gently paint curls around your face from an inch or so from the root all the way down to the ends.
  2. When you are finished, rinse the brush thoroughly. With the damp brush, lightly smooth over any uneven areas of color. Gently scrunch the curl.

Multi-dimensional Highlights

For this method of application, prepare your color palette by placing your main color in the middle of the bayalage board. Place lighter and darker complimentary colors on either side of the main color and mix them with main color if desired.

How to Use Hair Color Wax

  1. Take a square of foil and place it behind the section of hair that you want to place the highlights. If doing an all-over application, start with the hair behind your ears and work your way up. Using a hair clip, clip the foil in place.
  2. Paint highlights onto the hair. You can create tonal highlights and lowlights or ombres.
  3. Allow the section to dry for 3-4 minutes, and then gently remove the foil. Scrunch the section if needed.
  4. Repeat until you are happy with the desired result.

Want to try temporary hair color, but not sure how to apply it or how long it will last?
Watch the video below as Laurscurls shows how she applied the hair color wax and tips for styling.

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