The 7 Best Semi-Permanent Hair Dyes and Lighteners for Getting Beachy Locks At Home

When it comes to trying out a new hair color, experimentation is not always the best policy. If you've ever blindly purchased a promising hair dye at the drugstore and ended up with neon locks or damaged strands, you're well aware of the potential for a hair disaster. Luckily, switching up your 'do for a trendy summer look only requires a bit of subtle lightening. Here are seven semi-permanent hair dyes and lighteners which will give you a Jennifer Aniston-esque hair day instead of turning your mane into a brittle mess.

L'Oreal Feria Wild Ombre Multi-Faceted Shimmering Color

Umberto Beverly Hills U Color Italian Demi Hair Color

Umberto Beverly Hills U Color Italian Demi Hair Color, $12, Target

Umberto’s Demi Hair Color provides lush, vibrant color without the commitment of permanently altering your shade. Those with darker brunette hair would do well with a shade like Topaz or Red Bark, while those with lighter hair may look best in Natural Light Blond or Extra Light Natural Blond.

Ion Color Brilliance Demi Permanent Creme Hair Color

Ion Color Brilliance Demi Permanent Creme Hair Color, $5, S ally Beauty

Ion’s highly rated Creme Hair Color in Light Golden Brown will give brunette locks a gorgeous, golden tint.

Clairol Radiance Colorgloss Semi Permanent Color

Clairol Radiance Colorgloss Semi Permanent Color, $6, Rickys NYC

Hair glosses are God’s gift to women who crave a natural wash of color that looks as if it could have been achieved by great genes, or perhaps a day in the sun. Clairol’s Semi Permanent version provides hair with shine and color for a healthy, enviable mane.

Wellite Powder Lightener

Wellite Powder Lightener, $18, Amazon

If you’re looking to give yourself a quick hair makeover with the goal of naturally highlighted look, try Wella’s Powder Lightener, which will take hair a few shades lighter. Try several strategic sweeps for a subtle highlights, or apply to larger areas to make hair more uniformly golden. Just make sure to test the formula first, as the powder isn’t a simple wash-out demi formula.

Redken Shades EQ Conditioning Color Gloss

Redken Shades EQ Conditioning Color Gloss, $11, Amazon

Redken’s Conditioning Color Gloss not only has a cult following for its formula, but its extensive range of colors will give your hair any shade from sun-kissed caramel to beachy blond.

Wella Color Charm Demi-Permanent Hair Color

Wella Color Charm Demi-Permanent Hair Color, $5, Sleek Hair

Yet another consumer-approved winner in the demi-permanent hair dye category is Wella’s Color Charm Color, whose ammonia-free formula is gentle and flattering.