The color mauve has been making quite the splash in the beauty world, from mauve lipstick to—most recently—mauve hair. And if you have brown hair, making your mane mauve could be an especially good idea. Chocolate mauve hair, a hybrid of dark brown and rose gold hair, is the perfect way to embrace this hair color trend, and you already have the base color required. The sweet shade isn’t very bright—in fact, the end result typically looks pretty subtle. So, it could be the perfect hair color choice if you want to spruce up your look without making too dramatic of a change. Here, learn about how to get a chocolate mauve hair color and how to care for your new hue.
WHAT IS CHOCOLATE MAUVE HAIR?
Chocolate mauve hair is created through a combination of bleaching and adding pastel rosy tints through the process of balayage. Unlike the brunette versions of mermaid hair and unicorn hair, which are traditionally created with super light ends that really pop against your naturally dark brown hair, chocolate mauve hair is much subtler. That being said, the darker the base color you’re starting with, the more bleaching you may require to achieve a chocolate mauve hue—you may even need multiple sessions in the salon chair.
HOW TO GET CHOCOLATE MAUVE HAIR
Because chocolate mauve hair utilizes balayage—a hand-painted highlighting technique—this is one color trend that is best left to the professionals. If you’d like to get chocolate mauve hair, find a colorist who specializes in balayage, and bring in photos of how you’d like your hair to look at the end of the process. The good news is, since balayage highlights are generally concentrated from the mid-lengths to the ends of hair, there shouldn’t be a harsh line of demarcation when your roots start growing in. That means you won’t have to worry about frequent touch-ups. A pretty chocolate mauve hair color without a ton of upkeep? Sign us up!
Now, if you really want to try your own hand at this hair color, you can. Simply stock up on the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray in RoseGold and spritz random sections of your hair for a short-lived balayage. Since the temporary hair color washes out with one shampoo, this product will allow you to test drive the look and determine just how much you want to commit to a new look.
Editor’s tip: Love the idea of a mauve hair color and want to rock an all-over hue that will last longer? Give the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Dusty Mauve a try!
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF CHOCOLATE MAUVE HAIR
Changing up your hair color can definitely require a time commitment—and that commitment shouldn’t end as soon as your dye job is done. Color-treated hair requires special care, so you’ll want to switch up your hair care routine to help keep your mane looking and feeling its best. Follow the below tips to care for chocolate mauve hair.
TIP #1. USE A HAIR CARE SYSTEM FORMULATED FOR COLOR-TREATED HAIR
Say bye to your regular shampoo and conditioner. Make room in your shower for products that are specifically formulated for color-treated hair. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair and Defend Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm. Swap out the conditioner for the hair mask once or twice a week.
TIP #2. TURN DOWN THE HEAT IN THE SHOWER
Speaking of washing your hair, pay attention to how hot the water gets in your shower. Super-hot H2O can strip your strands of essential oils, so try shampooing and conditioning in lukewarm water instead.
TIP #3. SPRITZ ON A HEAT PROTECTANT BEFORE STYLING
Want to give your chocolate mauve hair an at-home blowout? Don’t forget to apply a heat protectant before picking up your styling tool! Spray on the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Quick Dry Primer Spray. If you’re planning on using your flat iron, apply the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray first.
TIP #4. AIR DRY YOUR TRESSES
Go ahead and pair your chocolate mauve hair with your gorgeous natural texture. After towel-drying your hair, spritz on a wave spray, then sit back and let your chocolate mauve hair air dry. Yep, you can still create stylish-looking waves or curls without any heat!
Next, learn about another trending brown hair color in our article, How to Get a Ginger Beer Hair Color for Fall.