Now that we’re in full-swing when it comes to the holiday season, let’s talk about some ways you can add a little bit of color to your ‘do, without spending a fortune, doing something permanent, or completely damaging your hair. Believe it or not, it’s totally possible thanks to Redken Color Rebel, Redken’s new line of temporary, easy-to-apply hair color products!
Thanks to Brand Backer, I received two of Redken’s Color Rebel hair chalks, Rebel Without a Coral and Purple Riot. Redken Color Rebel is a liquid hair chalk that comes with a makeup-inspired foam tip applicator, which makes it really easy to apply (thought not really any less messy, I discovered… but more on that in a minute). There are six great colors available (pictured above, though Gilty as Charged is a gold shimmer, not a yellow like you’d think looking at it). When I asked about adding other colors (perhaps in the blues or greens family), I was told there aren’t any plans to add to the line right now, but “never say never”. Here’s to hoping they expand the line… I’d love to see a cobalt blue, an emerald green, and a vibrant teal, and I’ve got my fingers crossed!
How does Redken Color Rebel work?
Getting the product ready to use is simple. Once you take everything out of the package, you’ll see that the foam tip comes separate, and all you have to do is press it down onto the applicator. Once you do that, you replace the cap, give it a few good shakes, and then take the cap off. Twist the top a few times, until the color saturates the foam applicator, and you’re ready to start coloring!
At this point, you’re going to want to just start coloring away. That’s what I did, because I figured the Purple Riot would put the perfect finishing touch on my witch costume for Halloween. It totally was, as you can see here and here, and I don’t think my costume would have been nearly as awesome without it. But you can use Redken Color Rebel for non-costume times too! I have some ideas below, be don’t skip right down there, because I learned some important things while trying out this fun hair product!
Quick tips and tricks for using Redken Color Rebel.
Ok, so before you start playing, here are a few things I discovered when I used the Redken Color Rebel temporary color:
- You’re going to want to wear gloves if you can. I used my hand to back the hair as I was coloring smaller strands, and while I was able to wash the color off my hands, I definitely panicked seeing the staining. Gloves, or something else as a backer (like wax paper, maybe) would have been a very wise choice.
- The color is buildable. If you want a lot of color, use a heavy hand and go over your colored spot a couple times for bright, vibrant color. For a lighter color, be gentle with your application. If you’re not sure what kind of look you want, start light and build up the color until you’re happy.
- Apply the color, and then style, not the other way around. I used my waver, and then applied the color, but because it’s a liquid formula, I ended up having to go back over the color with my waver. Had I colored and then waved my hair, I’d have saved myself some time.
- Have a comb or brush on hand to smooth out your strands after the color dries. While I suppose you could apply-and-go, you’re likely going to want to brush out the slight crunchiness that comes from adding the liquid formula to your hair. I suppose “apply, then style” goes here, but still, you’ll want to brush it out after application, styling or no.
- If you have already-colored hair or are using a sulfate-free shampoo, their estimated “two shampoos” to color removal is very much not the case. I was anticipating the color lasting a little longer for me anyway, since I typically shampoo every other day, and use a sulfate-free shampoo on top of it, but for me, Redken Color Rebel lasted well over a week. It wasn’t until I dug an old bottle of cheap shampoo out from under the bathroom sink that I really saw the color coming out, but it was at the expense of my salon-done color. So that’s definitely something to think about. The box does give you some tips on how to remove the color faster, but I haven’t tried them.
- Once it’s dry, it’s in! You won’t see the color transfer onto clothes, skin, or your pillowcase, which is great. Redken Color Rebel is definitely a stay-put color, temporary or not.
So if you keep those things in mind before you get ready to go color crazy, you’ll be good to go!
Oh, and while my hair is fairly light, I’ve read that this does work on darker colors too. If you’re nearby and want to give it a shot before dropping some coin on your own Color Rebel, shoot me an email and you can come streak at my place. Wait… that’s not what I meant! Uh, anyway…
Getting into the holiday spirit with a little color.
Instead of trying to come up with a look of my own right now, I figured I’d come up with some ideas for all of the Redken Color Rebel colors that you can use to inspire a holiday look of your own. With hair chalk like this and its easy application, you can have all kinds of fun, whether it be adding some golden highlights to your dark hair, adding a splash of red to complement your ugly Christmas sweater, or rocking some purple and pink tips with a sequin dress to really stand out on New Year’s Eve. And remember, you can always use a foam brush or paint brush for more control if you need it… just use the Color Rebel‘s foam applicator to transfer the color. Here are some ideas…
If you have short hair or bangs, layer a couple colors right at the front for a funky new take on your ‘do (pinned). Or you can part your hair off-center and go for one long streak of color. Then braid or curl your hair for a woven effect (pinned). Another short hair idea, rock some color at the roots of your short hair for a different take on funk (pinned). Stencil or stamp shapes onto your hair for an interesting take on hair chalk (pinned). Or just go for the bold ombre effect… and think of how perfect-for-the-holidays this red would look against a deep emerald green or royal blue (pinned).
You can find more ideas on my Pinterest board right here.
Ok, so you want it… here’s where to get it!
You can get Redken Color Rebel at any Redken salon, which you can find using their salon finder. You can also find it on Amazon, of course, but if you don’t want to wait, hit up your local Redken salon. Chances are, if you use the salon finder, you’ll be surprised at just how many Redken salons are near you. I searched within 10 miles of my zip code and got eight pages of results, including the Hair Cuttery that’s across the street from my regular Starbucks. So if you want to add some easy, temporary color to your hair this holiday season, it’s going to be simple to find!
This post was written as part of the Brand Backer program. I received a sample as compensation for my post/review, but the opinions above are my own and were not influenced by compensation received. For my full disclosure policy, go here.