I tried a copper temporary hair color

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Copper is on everyone’s mane these days. Just in time for Aries season, the likes of Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Sydney Sweeney and more celebrities have embraced the fiery hue. Sure, we’ve seen celebrities go red before, but never in droves of this magnitude. Copper really has the Hollywood elite in a stranglehold this spring. But they are not the only ones. Seeing everyone testing the crimson shade made me want to try it myself.

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Luckily for me, a rep from vegan hair care brand Maria Nila grabbed an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. The brand offers a range of Color Refresh masks with non-permanent color pigments to allow everyone to refresh their shade or try a new shade without obligation. As a Sagittarius Sun, that last part really piqued my ears. While I was looking forward to following the copper hair color trend for a bit, I wasn’t entirely determined to fully commit.

Maria Nila temporary copper hair color mask
(via Maria Nila)

Maria Nila sent me their Color Refresh in Bright Copper. Besides the non-permanent color pigments, the mask also contains argan oil and a color protection complex to soften and protect your hair from frizz. Personally, I love that they’re vegan and I proudly point that out on their website and packaging. I could compliment this brand forever, but let’s dive into the coloring process before I get carried away.

My hair is currently a grown-up blonde balayage blend that I haven’t touched in almost a year – yuck. The top part of my hair is as close to my natural color as I can get with all the coloring over the years. I also already have a copper shade with some of my locks, so I was excited to try this shade all over.

Caucasian girl with blond hair wearing green sweater with daisies on it standing in front of wisteria
(Live my Bridgerton fantasy in front of the wisteria)

Applying the color was a relatively simple process, especially for someone like me who had never applied a color drop mask like this before. I washed my hair with shampoo, towel dried it, then went to town adding the mask to my locks. The app was pretty hit or miss so I was nervous as to how it would turn out given my lack of skill.

The instructions note to leave the mask on for three to 10 minutes, depending on how intensely you want the color to appear. I left it on for five minutes because I wasn’t quite ready to use Ariel with red firefighter locks. Once my timer went off, I washed off the mask and followed with conditioner. I was beyond ecstatic at how it turned out. I was very nervous that it wasn’t going to end well for me and my hair, but it turned out so well.

Caucasian girl with temporary copper hair color in her hair
(Yes, it’s the same sweater…)

The shade I ended up with is a perfect copper, neither too pale nor too intense. And it was just the change I needed for the spring season. There’s still plenty of mask left in the bottle, so I’m definitely going to use it again to refresh this shade. Who knows? Maybe I’ll leave it a little longer next time?

Ultimately, I highly recommend this mask to anyone who wants to test out the copper hue but doesn’t want to fully commit to the color. The advantage of Color Refresh masks is that they rinse out between four and 10 washes. You can get good mileage if you plan your wash days accordingly. And if you’re not a fan of the tint, wash your hair more frequently to bring out the color. Either way, it’s a pretty safe option for trying out a new shade.

You can find the entire Color Refresh range here in case you want to try another color.

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