I have been eyeing rose gold hair for a looonnnngggg time now, but just never pulled the trigger. First, I really like cool toned, icy blonde, and rose gold is much warmer than what I usually ask for. Secondly, I have just not been willing to commit to doing it. I was scrolling my instagram feed and BOOM – I saw Lauren Conrad talking about a brand new product – the Kristin Ess Rose Gold Temporary Tint. It’s currently sold out at Target, but will be restocked on Feb. 12.
Let’s start with the color I was working with before application – I have lightened blonde hair, which this product is targeted for (it won’t work on dark hair) – here’s my usual hair color straight and waved…
Instructions for Use
The application is super easy; you wash your hair like normal, towel dry or leave your hair wet depending on the intensity you want (the wetter your hair is, the less the color will take), spray it on, leave it on for 1-2 minutes, rinse and condition. I found the application was not blotchy at all – it sprayed on very evenly, but was extremely messy. More on that in a second.
My Experience Using the Kristin Ess Rose Gold Temporary Tint
The first time I used the Kristin Ess Rose Gold Temporary Tint, I was a little scared of directly applying it to my hair because of how bleached my ends are – I thought it might turn super pink. To avoid that, I didn’t spray it directly on to my hair – I wet my hair, towel dried it, sprayed it in my hands and rubbed it on where I wanted it. I barely saw any difference at all using this technique – my hair had just a slight hint of pink. This technique didn’t really work, so I decided to follow the instructions on the bottle.
The second time I used it, I directly sprayed it from the bottle on towel dried hair while in the shower. I brushed it through with a Wet Brush to ensure even distribution. I liked the result a lot more. It wasn’t crazy pink, but definitely picked up a lot more by directly spraying it. Note – this is EXTREMELY messy – it gets everywhere – definitely do this in the shower!
I decided to apply it one more time to see what it would look like with a little more applied. I found that it was picking up on my ends a lot more (which makes sense because they really bleached), but not so much in the mid shaft of my hair (which also makes sense because it’s darker). The result after the third application was much pinker and made my hair look darker. It still didn’t pick up on the middle area of my hair as much as I wanted – more so just on the ends again, even though I stood outside of the shower (mistake) and strategically sprayed it where I wanted it.
Here is the progression from my normal hair to the 2nd and 3rd use. I never took a pic of the first round because it was not noticeable.
Does it actually come out in 1-3 washes?
Nope – not on my hair. I scrubbed the heck out of my hair with Redken Clarifying Shampoo 4 times, and then used my Pravana Purple Shampoo (which is bomb BTW) to get my icy blonde back. Well, that didn’t quite happen. I was SUPER worried about it staining my bleach blonde ends, and it seems like it did stain it. I am going to try washing it with dish detergent and if that doesn’t work, I will be making a trip to my colorist to get it toned/fixed. Here’s my normal color on the left, and my hair after 4 washes plus a wash with purple shampoo on the right. It’s clearly still pink.
My Final Verdict of the Kristin Ess Rose Gold Temporary Tint
I personally will not use the Kristin Ess Rose Gold Temporary Tint again because it stayed in my hair after 5 washes (it’s still not fully out!), and I spend WAY too much at the salon to get my perfect icy blonde to mess with it again. That said, it is a beautiful tone of rose gold/blush, and just because it stayed in my hair, it might not on everyone’s. Remember – my hair is SUPER bleached so this might not be a common experience! Application was super easy, but definitely messy if not done in the shower. I think it’s a good product for getting an at home pastel look without breaking the bank, as long as you don’t mind the possibility of it staying in your hair for a little longer than advertised on the bottle. I also think this is great to do if your hair color is a stale, and you are about to get it colored professionally soon. Then, it doesn’t matter as much if it doesn’t fully come out, although it may make your hair stylist’s job a little tougher!
What do you think of what it did to my hair? Would you try it?