It’s time to break out the rock collection you started that one time—probably for a long-forgotten school project years ago. Yep, it turns out that they finally have a purpose. ICYMI, geodes—those super-sparkly rocks lined with crystals—are taking over the internet. These fashion-forward rocks have made their way into everything from home décor to nail art—and now they’re inspiring a beautiful new hair color trend. It’s crystal clear: Geode hair is a thing right now, and we couldn’t be more excited. Keep reading to learn all about this captivating hair color idea, including how to get a geode hair color and how to take care of your newly color-treated hair.
WHAT EXACTLY IS GEODE HAIR?
You might be wondering how exactly a bunch of sparkly rocks can be translated into the coolest new hair color of the moment. Well, geode hair isn’t just any old hair color—rather, it’s a way to incorporate a touch of rainbow hair color into your mane. Instead of coloring your entire head, though, hair is dyed starting at the bottom and fading upwards into your natural hair color. A few sparkling shades, typically in tones of purple and blue, are used to mimic the inside of a geode. Have brown hair? Keep in mind that your strands will need to be lightened with bleach before permanent hair color is applied to your midsections and another shade applied just to the tips. That means it could take multiple sessions to achieve your desired level of geode hair—so be patient!
HOW CAN YOU GET A GEODE HAIR COLOR?
Since geode hair features different rainbow hues that fade into one another, this is one trend that’s best left to the professionals. A trained colorist will be able to bleach and brush on color to get you the dye job you desire. If you’re starting with a very dark base, it may even take multiple sessions to get the look you want. That’s why it’s a good idea to set up a consultation with your colorist before jumping into the dyeing process—he or she will be able to give you an estimate of how long it’ll take for you to get geode hair. What’s more, despite being totally trendy, geode hair is still relatively new. That means your colorist may not understand exactly what you want based on the name alone. Play it safe by showing up to your appointment with pictures in hand, showing the style and shades you have in mind.
To try your hand at geode hair at home, stick to temporary hair color that washes out after a day. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Sprays, which come in a variety of shades that are perfect for geode hair, like blue and purple. Shake the bottle well before use, then hold it 4-6 inches away from dry hair and spray. Wait a few minutes for the color to dry completely. And remember, less is more—don’t spray too much at once because the color will become more visible as it dries. Once you’re ready to say goodbye to your geode hair at the end of the day, simple hop in the shower and wash it out. You can try another hair color the next day!
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO CARE FOR GEODE HAIR?
Any time you color your mane with permanent hair dye, switching up your hair careroutine is key. So, follow these steps to help keep your geode hair looking and feeling its best. Now go forth and rock your rock-inspired hair hue!
1. Use a color-safe system of shampoo and conditioner
Say bye, bye to your regular shampoo and conditioner! Switch them out of a system specifically formulated for color-treated hair. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Conditioner. Make sure to shower in lukewarm water, as super-hot H2O can strip your strands of essential oils, leaving it feeling dry and looking dull.
2. Add a hair mask to your weekly hair care routine
You may find that your color-treated hair needs a little extra conditioning from time to time. In that case, swap out your conditioner for a hair mask, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Remedy Balm, once or twice a week. Apply it after shampooing, and leave it on for 3-5 minutes, then rinse out.
3. Pump up the shine with hair spray
Part of what makes geode hair stand out from other hair color trends is the crystal-like shimmer and shine, so go ahead and use a high-shine hair spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray, to help style your strands. Spray it evenly through dry hair and scrunch for a slightly lived-in look, or use it as a last-step of any other hairstyles you’re working with.
4. Book touch-ups at the salon
Since geode hair doesn’t color all the way to your roots, there’s no reason you won’t have to worry about super-frequent touch-ups. Still, you’ll want to set up follow-up appointments with your colorist to help spruce up your look as your hair color fades.
5. Style into plaits
Try a braided look to draw attention to your geode hair color. By weaving sections of your hair together, you’ll create a beautiful blending of all the different shades incorporated into your new geode hair color. Play with the possibilities: Fishtail, French, or waterfall braids are great options.
6. Create effortless waves
Adding shape and body is a good look on every color. While you can tease your hair at the crown and follow with a curling wand to make waves, we especially love how effortless (and non-damaging) creating waves with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray. Simply spritz it into damp hair, scrunch, and be on your way.
Love the look of geode hair but thinking of trying something a bit more bold allover? Check out article, How to Do Rainbow Cereal Hair.