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Let’s take a little walk down memory lane. Remember when it seemed like just about everyone you knew was rocking rose gold hair? Or what about unicorn hair? And how about platinum hair with exposed roots? Whatever the case may be, it’s plain to see that hair color trends have been super-dramatic and colorful lately. The most recent example to join the list: hair marbling. This rainbow hair color trend is inspired by tie dye—and is totally eye-catching. Keep reading to learn all about hair marbling, from how to get the look to how to care for your color-treated hair afterwards.
Think about the water marble nail art craze. To get that swirly, colorful pattern on your nails, you had to first create the design before applying it. The same goes for hair marbling. And since there’s no one way to swirl your colors together, every single finished hair color is completely unique. This is one trend that’s best left to the pros, so if you’re thinking of trying hair marbling yourself, look for a colorist who specializes in the technique. Plus, keep in mind that if you’re starting with dark hair, you’ll need to bleach it first in order for the rainbow hues to show up. The darker your starting color, the more work it’ll take to achieve your customized hair marbling shade.
Once you’ve gone to the salon for hair marbling, it’s important to switch up your hair care routine afterwards. That’s because color-treated hair needs lots of TLC. Plus, you may even want to change up how you style your hair to best show off your rainbow hair marbling hue.
1. Use a system of hair care products formulated for color-treated hair. Post-hair marbling, look for a shampoo, conditioner, and mask formulated for color-treated hair. 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. Use the mask in place of the conditioner once or twice a week. And make sure to turn the dial down in the shower—washing in super-hot water can strip your strands of essential oils. So, opt for lukewarm H20 instead.
2. Spritz on a heat protectant. If you’re planning to pair your hair marbling with a sleek blowout, remember to apply a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Blow Out HeatSpray, first. Then, read our article for step-by-step instructions for blow-drying your hair at home. Thinking of flat ironing your hair? Apply the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray beforehand. We’ve also got tips for using your flat iron the right way.
3. Air dry your hair. On the flip side, you may not feel like heat styling your hair every day. For the times when you’d rather take it easy, air dry your hair instead. Air drying your hair doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style, though. Show off your hair marbling by applying mousse, styling spray, or styling cream to help add definition and texture to your hair. Try the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse, L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray, L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Undone Style Cream. Just apply your styling product of choice to damp hair and go about your day.
4. Rock a braid. Hair marbling is inspired by tie dye, so can you imagine how pretty your hair will look in a braid? A traditional three-strand braid is always a good option, but feel free to venture out by trying something a little bit more intricate-looking, such as a fishtail or a Dutch braid.
If you loved learning about hair marbling, check out our article, How to Rock the Succulent Hair Color Trend, for another fun hair color idea.