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It’s no secret that citrus fruits are a household staple—after all, they’re super-yummy and offer plenty of benefits. But as much as we love citrus fruits, we never knew it could be the inspiration for a hair color—until now, that is. If you’ve scrolled through your social media feeds lately, then there’s a good chance you’ve peeped what is now being deemed citrus hair. Known for its lemony embodiment, citrus hair is all about a mixture of yellow, orange, and lime green hues all blended into one beautiful ‘do. Sound like your cup of citrus fruit-infused tea? Take your hair on an acidic-inspired adventure with our how-to guide below.
Citrus-inspired hair is oh-so-pretty, but there are a few things you need to know before you attempt this look. For starters, if you’re beginning with a brown base shade, you’ll need to bleach your hair first in order for your orange, yellow, and green tones to actually show up on your hair. And the darker your base color, the more sessions it may take to get the citrus hair color you’ve been craving. Plus, since citrus hair weaves in multiple colors, it may be best to get this look done by a professional. So, now that you know what you’re in store for, go ahead and book that appointment at the salon if you’re interested in getting a citrus-inspired hair color!
If you’ve ever dyed your hair before, then you know that color-treated strands require special care. And that’s certainly the case for a vibrant citrus-hued mane. We’ve got you covered with tips for caring for your gorgeous new ‘do.
1. Use a system of products formulated floor color-treated hair. Scoot over regular shampoo and conditioner—it’s time to take a few new products for a spin. If you have citrus-colored strands, reach for a system of shampoo, conditioner, and mask formulated for color-treated hair when you’re in the shower. Try the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Color Vibrancy Intensive Ultra Recovery Mask. Swap out the conditioner for the mask once or twice a week and leave it on for 3-5 minutes after using the shampoo, then rinse out. (Here are more tips for caring for color-treated hair.)
2. Use a heat protectant before styling. Want to blow-dry or straighten your gorgeous citrus mane? Make sure to spritz on a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Blow Out HeatSpray or the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray before reaching for your heat tools.
3. Rock your natural texture. While super-smooth strands look pretty, somedays, you might not have the time or the energy to style your hair with heat tools. And that’s totally OK, since your natural texture is just as beautiful! Spritz on the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray to towel-dried hair to create beachy waves. Looking for volume? Apply an egg-sized dollop of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse to damp hair, then scrunch. Want to pair your brand new citrus hair color with the season’s piecey trend? Squeeze some of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Undone Style Cream into your hands and apply it to damp hair—you’re good to go! No heat tools—no problem. You can still get a seriously stylish look without them.
4. Schedule regular touch-ups. The thing about super-bright hair colors like citrus is that they require a bit of upkeep. These hues aren’t exactly low maintenance—meaning you’ll need to get regular touch-ups to help keep your color looking as fresh as can be.
Love the look of citrus hair and want more hair color inspiration? Read our guide to getting a vibrant tangerine hair color.