Pastel hair is pretty and all, but when it comes to really standing out, there’s nothing like neon hair to get the job done. Instead of reserving neon for your reflective running gear and ‘80s costume parties, why not try one of the ultra-bright hues on your hair? Neon hair is here to shake up the beauty scene and turn heads in the process. If you love attention and bright colors, then we think you already know what your next beauty move should be. But if you need a little motivation, below we share how to achieve gorgeous neon hair color, as well as how to take care of colored hair.
How to Create Neon Hair
Like pastel hair, neon hair requires base lightening in order for the super-bright shades to show up. What that means: Unless you already have ultra-light blonde hair, you’ll have to bleach your hair first before you can rock neon hair. Keep in mind that the darker your starting shade, the more sessions it may take to get your hair light enough to color it neon. If you’re making a dramatic hair color change—like going from dark brown to neon pink—then it’s best to visit a professional colorist.
If you’re thinking of trying to get neon hair at home, pick up an at-home bleach kit, like the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach, then follow up with the neon shades of your choice. You don’t necessarily have to dye your entire head of hair neon—consider just dyeing your ends for a pretty neon ombré effect. Neon hair is high maintenance, so you’ll want to be prepared for regular touchups by booking appointments at the salon in advance or keeping a few extra at-home hair color kits stocked in your vanity. If you go for neon ombré, you won’t have to touch up the neon color quite as often since the color will only be on the ends of your hair.
How to Care for Neon Hair
Neon hair, like all colored hair, requires special care—which means it’s time to make a few changes to your beauty routine.
1. Switch to a system of shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask formulated for color-treated hair. If you have neon hair, make room in your shower for some new products, including a shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask! Try the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Ultra Recovery Mask.
2. Turn down the dial in the shower. Super-hot water can strip your strands of essential oils, which can leave your neon hair feeling dry and looking dull. The next time you get in the shower, rinse off in lukewarm water instead.
3. Protect your tresses before heat-styling. Who doesn’t love the look of super-sleek strands or bouncy curls? As thankful as we are for heat tools for helping us create these looks, it’s important to take a prep step before you pick up your blow-dryer or curling iron and style your neon hair. We’re talking about spritzing on a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Blow Out HeatSpray or L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray.
4. Embrace your hair’s natural texture. On those days when you just don’t have the time or energy to blow-dry and style your neon hair, rely on the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray, L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse, or L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Undone Style Cream. Any of these styling products can be used on damp hair to help add texture and shape—all you have to do is let your neon hair air dry and you’ll be good to go! No heat tools required for serious style.
Next up, find out How to Get a Vibrant Tangerine Hair Color.