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What Is Holographic Hair? Here's How to Get the Look

January 24, 2020

What started out as an obsession with unicorn-inspired accessories quickly turned into full-fledged outfits complete with unicorn horn nails, iridescent glowing cheekbones, multidimensional holographic lips, and now, the most magical colored mane you could ever imagine. We’re talking about holographic hair. Considering all the other vibrant hair colors that have made a name for themselves over the past few years (such as succulent hair, geode hair, and hidden rainbow hair), you might be wondering how to top those super-cool hair color trends. Well, take one look at holographic hair, and you’ll realize why this is the must-have hair color for 2020.


Holographic hair color is characterized by a mixture of high-gloss multidimensional pastel highlights that essentially appear to change colors before your very eyes. The colors are expertly placed to create a 3D holographic effect throughout your mane! You can rock holographic hair with any base color, but it’s typically done over a platinum blonde hue for the ultimate holographic look. Still need the full scoop on this otherworldly, on-trend hair color? Below, find out how to get the look and how to take care of your new holographic ‘do.


Getting holographic hair is no easy feat. In fact, it may be best to visit a professional colorist who will be able to expertly apply the various shades to your hair for a one-of-a-kind look. On the flip side, if you’re skilled in the art of hair coloring, feel free to take matters into your own hands. As with any pastel-hued dye job, if you’re starting with brown hair, you’ll need to bleach your hair first for the color to show up. Depending on how dark your base shade is, it could take multiple sessions to achieve the holographic hair of your dreams.

Speaking of brunettes, the best way to bring your holographic hair color to life is with the help of the L’Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in Cool Amethyst. This multifaceted, bold color serves up some serious shimmer and features an array of deep, violet hues. The result? A holographic effect that catches the light and everyone’s attention.

As for blondes, you can redefine the well-know theory that blondes have more fun with the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Dark Lilac Opal Blonde. Use the dye to upgrade blonde strands and introduce them to a gorgeous blend of blush pink, lilac, and silver tones. The look is sophisticated and pearlescent for holo hair that couldn’t be prettier.

Not sure if you want to fully commit to the holographic hair trend? We understand, it’s pretty dramatic! But, we have just the hair color option in mind for: wash out holographic hair color! The L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color in Moonstone can be used on blonde and brunette hair and will wash out with just one shampoo, making this trend a super easy to test drive. We also dig that this moonstone shade can transform your mane into pink, purple, or teal strands—it all depends on the hair color you’re starting with and how the light hits your hair.


There is no denying that color-treated hair requires special care. So, show your holographic hair some major love by following the hair care tips below.


Any ol’ hair care products won’t do when you have holographic hair. Use a system consisting of a shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask that are specifically formulated 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.


Embrace carefree vibes by setting your heat tools aside and rocking an air-dried hairstyle instead. To style your hair without heat, use the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse. Apply an egg-sized amount to damp strands from root to tip, scrunch, and go. You’ll be left with soft and bouncy curls.


Once you’re done styling your tresses, add a glossy finish to your holographic hair with the help of a shine spray or hair serum. We recommend the L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Frizz Finish Oil-In-Serum. Trust us, you can’t go wrong with high-shine strands, regardless of whether you have short hair, medium hair, or long hair.


Holographic hair looks stunning—but it isn’t exactly low maintenance. This is one color trend that will require a considerable amount of upkeep. But hey, it’s worth it for how many compliments you’ll get on your color, right? Schedule regular touch-ups with your colorist or handle it all on your own so that you can help keep your holographic mane looking fresh.

Holographic hair is one of many hair color trends right now. So, if you’re looking to switch things up, you have plenty of options! Check out our articles, How to Get a Mermaid Hair Color and How to Get Unicorn Hair, for more color inspiration.

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