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From pumpkin spice to cold brew, there are a number of seriously gorgeous hair color trends that have been making their way onto the beauty scene. Enter vanilla lilac hair: the latest pastel hair color to make its debut. Not only is it a way to get in on the pastel trend—which is having a major moment—but vanilla lilac hair is the perfect option for rocking purple hair without dyeing your entire head of hair a vibrant violet hue (an equally trendy look). Want to learn about this trend? Keep reading for everything you need to know.
Vanilla lilac hair is a subtle pastel hair color. It involves having a dark root, a blonde base, and a gradual fade to a soft lilac hue. The color can be customized based on the hair color you start with but you’re most likely to see those sporting it with brown roots that blend into a platinum blonde color which then fades to a muted, subdued lilac at the ends.
This hair color trend involves lots of bleaching, especially if you’re starting with naturally dark hair. There is also some serious technique required to create the blend of colors, so it’s best to leave this one to the pros. If you have darker hair, you may be better off starting with a darker blonde shade before transitioning to a platinum blonde hair color in order to avoid causing extra damage.
If you’re more of a DIY gal, you can attempt to get vanilla lilac hair at home. This is a better option for those who have naturally blonde hair. First, you’ll have to use a hair color bleach to lighten your mane. Try using the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach. If your hair is already a light blonde color, you can use the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Absolute Platinum Extreme Platinum.
To turn your ends a lilac shade, try using a temporary hair color, like the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray in Pastel Lavender or the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in Lilac. Both hair colors will wash out in just one shampoo, so you have the freedom to rock another pastel hair color the next day!
Now that you know how to get vanilla lilac hair, it’s time to learn how to change your hair care routine for your newly color-treated hair. Try using a hair care line that’s safe for color-treated hair, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair and Defend Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm.
Of course, you’ll want to style your new lilac hair in a way that showcases its beautiful color. There are a couple of styles in particular that will take your new ‘do to the next level. Here are some easy hairstyles we love:
Curls are a great way to show off the dimension of your new hair color. Here’s how to create the perfect, loose curls:
Protect your locks by spraying a heat protectant throughout your hair.
Use a wide barrel curling iron to curl one to two-inch sections of your hair. This will create large, voluminous curls.
Gently brush through your curls with a wide tooth comb to soften the look for a carefree, full-bodied style.
Add some volume by spraying the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray on your roots for instant lift.
Finish the style by spritzing the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Weather Control Hairspray over your mane.
Of course, there will be days you want to throw your hair up and out of your face. For those days, a messy bun is the perfect style for tossing your hair up while still allowing your lilac ends to pop out and make an appearance. Read our article, How to Create a Messy Bun, if you’re rusty on your messy bun skills.
Why not try a fun pigtail hairstyle? One of the best ways to show off a well-blended hair color is through this textured hairstyle. Lucky for you, pull-through pigtails are also totally on-trend. Learn how to create them in our article, How to Rock Pull-Through Pigtails.
Want to know about another hair color idea that’s receiving quite a bit of hype? Head over to our article on How to Get Toasted Coconut Hair.