If you’re looking to upgrade your hair color with a brightening boost, instead of highlights, consider taking a closer look at the season’s tastiest new food-inspired hair color: marshmallow hair. Not to be confused with platinum blonde, marshmallow hair creates an ultra-cool take on the super-white blonde hue by seamlessly incorporating silver and gray accents—meaning it’s pretty much three of the season’s hottest hues all wrapped into one. Thinking this might be your next hair color transformation? Read on to discover what you need to know before making the ultra-bright leap, how to enhance your marshmallow hair without major commitment, and which hair care products you should add to your routine for a marshmallow hair color that lasts.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE GETTING MARSHMALLOW HAIR
As with all platinum blonde hair colors, marshmallow hair can require quite a bit of work to achieve. If you’re starting with a dark base color, then you’ll need to bleach your hair first in order for your marshmallow shade to show up—and the darker your base color, the more sessions it may take to reach your desired shade. In addition to that, color-treated hair should be cared for differently—so you’ll want to make a few changes to your hair care routine once you’ve gotten your marshmallow hair dye job — more on that later. When it comes to actually achieving a marshmallow hair color, unless you’re a DIY pro, visiting a pro colorist is always a good option, as he or she can help guide you through the process, especially since this is a dramatic change.
HOW TO ENHANCE YOUR MARHSMALLOW HAIR WITHOUT MAJOR COMMITMENT
Marshmallow hair, while eye-catching on its own, is the perfect base for anyone who wants to experiment with rainbow hues like mint green or pastel pink. Check out the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray collection, a line of semi-permanent hair color sprays that will let you switch up your style on the daily. To learn how to make the most of the sprays, check out our article, How to Use Colorista 1-Day Sprays.
HOW TO CARE FOR MARSHMALLOW HAIR
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again—color-treated hair requires a special level of commitment and care to keep it in tip-top condition. Follow the five tips below and caring for your marshmallow hair will be easier than you could’ve ever imagined.
1. Switch to a system of shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask that’s specially formulated for color-treated hair
It’s time to break up with your old shampoo, conditioner, and other hair care products. Instead, try using a system formulated for colored hair, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm.
2. Turn down the heat
Taking a hot shower might feel great, but it’s not exactly the best thing in the world for your hair. Super-hot temps can strip your strands of essential oils, leaving hair dry and dull-looking. Not what you want when you have marshmallow hair!
3. Use heat protectant
Love hot tools? Who doesn’t! If you find yourself wanting to blow-dry, straighten, or curl your marshmallow hair, just make sure to use a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray, first.
4. Let your hair air dry
You don’t have to use heat tools to style your hair. For those days when you want a break or are in a rush to make it out the door on time, air dry your hair. After hopping out of the shower, reach for a wave-enhancing hair spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray, and apply it towel-dried hair to add shape and texture to your strands.
5. Visit the salon for a gloss
There’s nothing worse than noticing that your marshmallow hair color has started to dull. But hitting up the salon to get a gloss can help keep your marshmallow hair color looking shiny.
Since ultra-light hair colors need all the extra TLC they can get, it wouldn’t hurt to brush up on our article, How to Help Keep Your Hair Color Looking Healthy. Happy coloring!