In the market for a new hair color? As tempting as it may be to go ahead with your regularly scheduled lighter tresses for spring and summer and darker strands for fall and winter, we urge you to consider something a little outside of the box…the lunchbox, to be exact. That’s right: The latest in viral hair color trends is actually inspired by one of your favorite school day snacks—peanut butter and jelly. PB&J hair is a deliciously layered, multi-colored hair color trend that takes shade inspo from a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. We’re sure you still have a few questions. Like, what exactly does this unconventional hair color idea look like? Who does it look best on? And, most importantly, how on earth can you achieve it? As always, we have all the answers for you! Follow our peanut butter and jelly hair color guide, which includes how to care for color-treated hair once you’re done dyeing.
WHAT IS PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY HAIR?
Whereas many bold hair colors these days revolve around mixing together as many rainbow hues as possible, this particular hair color trend shows how sticking with a winning combo of colors can make for a stunning look. Peanut butter and jelly hair is all about a grape or raspberry jelly-inspired base mixed with golden highlights that are reminiscent of peanut butter. All in all, it’s a super dimensional hair color that we can’t help but love!
WHO DOES PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY HAIR LOOK BEST ON?
As with many hair color trends, peanut butter and jelly hair is customizable based on your undertone. If you have slightly cooler skin, your colorist will likely recommend a cooler purple base with dustier rose gold hues, whereas warmer skin will pair well with a warmer maroon base and vibrant gold highlights.
WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW BEFORE GETTING PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY HAIR?
As with all vibrant hair colors, peanut butter and jelly hair will require quite a bit of work to achieve if you’re aiming for a permanent hair color. If you’re starting with a dark base color, you’ll need to bleach your hair first so that the different hues that make up this trend will actually show up. Since the trend involves changing your base color and adding highlights, it may be a good idea to book a salon appointment to achieve the perfect multidimensional mane. However, if you’re open to a more temporary transformation, you can get the look yourself. More on that next!
HOW CAN YOU GET PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY HAIR AT HOME?
Ready to rock a delicious new hair color? To get the look at home, you can use semi-permanent and wash out hair color. Start by using the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Purple to create a grape jelly base. Keep in mind that if you have brown hair, you will have to bleach your hair with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach first, as this hair color is formulated to work on blonde, bleached, or highlighted hair. The darker your starting shade, the more sessions it may take to achieve your desired bleached effect.
Once you’ve created the base of your peanut butter and jelly hair color, it’s time to add a little peanut butter dimension. To do so, pop the tops off of the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray in Rosegold and Gold and get to spraying a few pieces here and there to mimic highlights. Place a towel around your shoulders to protect your clothes and wait until the color has dried completely before going about the rest of your day.
You can also use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in BronzeAuburn to add more dimension to your PB&J hair color. Apply the temporary color using your fingers and allow it to dry. Both wash out hair color options will come out in just one shampoo, leaving you with just a pretty purple hair color that will last for a few more weeks.
HOW DO YOU TAKE CARE OF PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY HAIR?
Colored your hair to look like your favorite sandwich? We bet it looks downright scrumptious! Now it’s time to care for your strands the right way. That means using a system of shampoo and conditioner formulated for color-treated hair, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Conditioner. When your hair needs a little extra love, reach for a hair mask for added conditioning and detangling power. Once or twice a week, swap out the conditioner in your hair care system for the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm.
Already planning the hair color you want to rock after peanut butter and jelly hair? Why not try one of the trendiest colors of 2019? Check out our article, Silver Chic: The Year’s Most Coveted Color, for everything you need to know.