Gone are the days that neon hair was only reserved for a Halloween mane makeover. This bold and daring hair color has been gaining major traction in the beauty world. Just check out the #neonhair hashtag on Instagram with over 194 thousand people rocking everything from neon green hair to neon orange hair. If you’re determined to join in on the bright and attention-grabbing trend, it’s only right that we show you how it’s done. Ahead, we’re sharing everything you need to know about neon hair color, including how to get it and colored hair-care tips to keep your color intact.
HOW TO CREATE NEON HAIR
If you’re up for a neon hair transformation, there are two ways you can go about it. Since neon hair is a super-bright look, you may need to bleach your strands for your desired shade to show up. This is where a colorist comes into play. A professional has the skills and expertise to lighten your hair without damaging your locks. Plus, if you’re starting with a dark base, it will take a few sessions to get your hair light enough to color it neon. So, if you’re making a dramatic hair color change—like going from black to neon blue hair—then it’s best to visit a professional colorist.
On the other hand, you can also step into the world of neon hair color with a DIY session. All you need is an at-home bleach kit, like the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach, then follow up with the neon shades of your choice. If you prefer to test out the neon hair trend without a full commitment, consider using temporary hair color to get the job done. This option washes out with one shampoo so you can play with color as you’d like. You can sport all-over neon hue, an ombré effect by coloring your mid-lengths and ends, or streaks of bright shades—it’s all up to you. You can use the following to bring the look to life.
If you want neon green hair… try the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color in Neon Green.
For those who love neon yellow hair… try the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color in Neon Yellow.
If you love the idea of neon pink hair… try the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color in Neon Pink.
HOW TO CARE FOR NEON HAIR
Once you’re a neon hair baddie, it’s essential to keep your strands in proper shape. Neon hair, like all color-treated hair, requires special care. This means it’s time to make a few changes to your beauty routine. Consider our five tips below to stay ahead of the game.
#1. USE A COLOR-SAFE HAIR SYSTEM
Kick things off by revamping your hair-care routine. Leave your go-to shower shampoo and conditioner behind and opt for a system designed with color-treated hair in mind. Try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Color Vibrancy Protecting Conditioner to protect and shield hair color from fading, leaving you with shiny and vibrant-looking strands.
Once or twice a week, swap out your conditioner with the L’Oréal Paris Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm to get extra TLC. After shampooing, leave the hair mask in place for three to five minutes and rinse thoroughly.
#2. ALWAYS WASH WITH LUKEWARM WATER
Hot water feels amazing in the shower, but it’s not the best option for your strands. Super-hot H2O can strip your strands of essential oils, which can leave your neon hair feeling dry and looking dull. Play it safe and rinse off in lukewarm water instead.
#3. SMOOTH ON HEAT PROTECTANT BEFORE HEAT-STYLING
Some styles naturally call for your hot tools, and using a heat protectant is a must to shield your strands is a must. After all, no one wants to deal with a damaged mane. Spritz on the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray before applying heat. This offering provides 450-degree heat protection, calms frizz, and seals in shine.
#4. EMBRACE YOUR NATURAL TEXTURE
No rule says that you have to use heat-styling tools to style your hair. In fact, taking a break from the heat can minimize the risk of damage and keep your neon hair color looking its best. Switch things up and reach for heat-free styling products to show your strands some extra love. Smooth on an egg-sized amount of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse onto damp strands, scrunch, and let air dry. Once complete, you’ll have soft and bouncy curls to play with.
#5. MAKE TOUCH-UPS YOUR BFF
No matter how diligent you are with your neon hair-care regimen, your bright color will fade over time. So, you’ll want to be prepared by booking appointments with your stylist to get regular touch-ups or keeping a few extra at-home hair color kits stocked in your vanity.
Next up: If super-bright hair colors are your forte, we have another option to try. Check out our article, How To Get a Vibrant Tangerine Hair Color, to get some pointers.