Blue Steel

Yes, the tips of my hair are blue. But before those of you who have in some way been touched by my natural grey hair over the years sit down to write your angry letters of disappointment, please rest assured that this is merely an experiment with temporary color. By the time you finish reading this paragraph, my hair will have been restored to all of it's silver-streaked, geriatric glory.

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, here's the deal. Nearly two months ago, I found a can of Fudge Urban Color temporary spray-on hair chalk on the shelf at TK Maxx for something like £3.99.  I'd been wanting to experiment with dip-dyed ends for a while now, but definitely knew I didn't want the committment of the real thing, making the lowball price tag of this temporary color all the more appealing. When I got home, I put the can of spray on my dresser and let it sit there for about two months before I finally got around to trying it - I had a feeling that it was going to be a messy affair, and I wasn't wrong.

Today was the day. I finally had the time and the inclination to give it a whirl. Being home alone, I didn't have any help, but was able to make it work. It is indeed a messy affair. I wanted to be sure that I started with dirty hair, which would be less porous. My hair being about three (or maybe even four) workouts old without a shampoo (and barely a brushing) was my starting point. Not exactly glamorous, but this is science, so whatever. As I'm sure many of you know, temporary color lasts longer than you would think, especially on light, white, grey, or even just very dry or porous hair, so I wanted to minimize my chances of staying blue for a month. However, to be perfectly honest, even if it had left a bit of a trace (it didn't), I think I wouldn't have minded, because I loved the way it turned out. At the end of the day, I just don't mess with color these days unless I'm willing to wear the results.

The spray works exceptionally well, even on darker hair (which a lot of mine still is in back and underneath). When spraying, It is imperative that you put something over your shoulders (I didn't), let it dry before touching it (didn't do that either), and not touch your face or your dog and cat if you do get some on your hands (again, nope. Dog and cat both had blue faces). After I was done, I did think that I had found the fatal flaw; even when the color dries, it transfers to skin and clothes very easily.  Between trying to brush my hair out of my face with my hand and just the overall length of my hair, the color transfer soon meant I was beginning to look like Mystique from X-Men. Luckily, the color does seem to wash off completely and easily with soap and water. As it turns out, you need to put a layer of regular hairspray over the top of the color when you're finished. Because, science. What can I say, I didn't read the directions or look anything up before I started - I just went for it. I ended this experiment thinking that this was a really cool product that I could never use because of the color transfer, but now that I have all the information in the form of that little hairspray trick, I'll definitely be road testing this one again.


  1. Love the risk with your hair and you totally pull it off!


  2. Seriously, this is awesome!

  3. So cool - love it!

  4. Thanks for experimenting on our behalf. If you got photos of the blue face dog and cat, please share PLEASE?

    1. I thought of it after the fact, and REALLY wish I would have snapped their wee faces before I rinsed everybody (including myself) off. No worries, I'll be doing it again.


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