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If you had to guess what 2017 would be remembered for in terms of beauty and fashion, the answer would probably have to be holographic everything. What started out as an obsession with unicorn-inspired accessories quickly turned into full-fledged outfits complete with unicorn horn nails, iridescent glowing cheekbones, multi-dimensional holographic lips, and now the most magical colored mane you could ever imagine. We’re talking about holographic hair.
Now, considering all the other hair colors that have made a name for themselves this year (such as succulent hair, geode hair, and hidden rainbow hair), you might be wondering how to top those super-cool trends. Well, take one look at holographic hair and you’ll realize why this is the it hair color trend of the moment.
Holographic hair color is characterized by a mixture of high-gloss multidimensional pastel highlights that basically appear to change colors before your very eyes. To better understand this otherworldly must-have hair color, we’ll share how to get the look as well as how to care for your new holographic ‘do.
Getting holographic hair isn't so simple. In fact, it's 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. So, if it’s something you’re interested in, find a colorist who specializes in the technique. As with any pastel-hued dye job, you’ll need to bleach your hair first if you’re starting with brown hair in order 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.
Color-treated hair requires special care. So, show your holographic hair some major love by following the below tips.
1. Switch to a system of products formulated for color-treated hair. Any ol’ hair care products won’t do when you have holographic hair. Use a system of shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask formulated for color-treated hair, like 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. Swap out the conditioner for the mask once or twice a week.
2. Pair your holographic hair with waves or curls. Embrace carefree summer vibes by setting your heat tools aside and air drying your hair instead. Try the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray, L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse, or L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Undone Style Cream. Apply your styling product of choice to damp hair and you’re good to go.
3. Spritz on a glossing mist. Once you’re done styling your strands, help add the look of shine to your holographic hair by spraying on the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Nutri-Gloss High Shine Glossing Mist evenly through dry hair.
4. Schedule regular touch-ups. 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 so that you can help keep your holographic mane looking fresh.
Holographic hair is one of many hair color trends right now. Check out our guides to mermaid-inspired hair and unicorn-inspired hair for more color inspiration.