Confession: when it comes to Technicolor-mermaid-unicorn hair looks, we tend to file them away in our minds until it's time for Coachella. But when former first daughter Sasha Obama debuted a new, unexpected, and gorgeous shade of hair in 2018 at Washington D.C.'s Broccoli City Fest? Well, color us intrigued. Her vibrant teal-dipped ends had us feeling the itch to go aquamarine. Thus, it only made sense to round up six of the best temporary and semi-permanent hair color products that can effortlessly impart a tone similar to Sasha's without the hassle of salon visits, bleach, or maintenance.
Keep scrolling for six of our favorites.
This conditioning treatment from Lime Crime, known for its whimsical colors and overall aesthetic, will add deeper color to lighter strands and a subtler tint to darker. Plus, it will never leave hair damaged or dry and is 100% vegan and cruelty-free.
This mysterious shade of blue just might be one of the most infamous colors in the Manic Panic line (which is a cult favorite among perpetual hair turners). Ready to use, vegan, and ammonia-free, this one admittedly works best on pre-bleached hair or strands naturally on the lighter side of the spectrum.
Here at Byrdie, we're big fans of Overtone and its customizable line of conditioners, which lend variations of temporary color to all shades of hair. So how does it work? Use the product weekly to add a dose of saturated pigment to tresses while simultaneously supplementing with salon-worthy health and shine. Simply leave it on for 10 minutes in lieu of your go-to conditioner. Or if you want more impact, apply it to dry hair instead.
As the go-to temporary color choice of hair-daring celebs like Katy Perry and Nicole Richie, we'd trust Joico's beloved color butters (which infuse hair with a luminous shine to boot) to turn our hair to the blue side any day. Plus, it only takes five minutes.
For a rich yet totally temporary touch of color, look no further than this handy royal blue spray from Hush. In addition to working with every kind of color and texture—from thick and curly to fine and thin—it also manages to keep hair looking healthy, full of dimension, and, in the brand's words, "sophisticated." The shades are also meant to be buildable, which makes it a great way to dip your toe into the world of color if it's foreign territory for you.
Disclaimer: This lightweight foam is more of a cherry-on-top accent to your already blue hair. (See any of the above.) But it's just too fun to leave out, and to a point, it does deliver hair with a subtle sheen of pigment. Here's how it works: as your hair naturally moves in the light, the deposited color will shift from blue to purple and back again while delivering a tinge of eye-catching iridescence.