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In the market for a new hair color? As tempting as it may be to go on ahead with your regularly schedule lighter strands for spring and summer and darker 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 none other than peanut butter and jelly hair, a deliciously layered, multi-colored mane that’s reminiscent of everyone’s favorite childhood lunch. But, what makes up the peanut butter and jelly hair color idea, who does it looks best on, and, most importantly, how on earth can you achieve it? As always, we have all the answers for you below. Follow our PB & J hair color guide, including how to care for colored hair once you’re done dyeing.
Whereas many bold hair colors these days revolve around rainbow hues, this particular hair color trend shows just how pretty a slightly darker take on various colors can look super-complementary. Rather than bold reds, blues and greens, peanut butter and jelly hair is all about a grape jelly-inspired base mixed with a series of maroon, rose gold, and gold chunky highlights to create the multidimensional look. One of a kind, right?
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 with a warmer purple base and vibrant rose gold and gold hues.
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 color will show up. However, if you’re open to a semi-permanent transformation, we have a hair color tutorial for you just below.
Ready to rock a delicious new hair color? To get the look at home, you can do so with semi-permanent hair color. Start by using the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Purple to create your grape jelly base. Keep in mind that if you have brown hair, you will either 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 achieve the oddly alluring chunky look. 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.
Colored your hair like your favorite sandwich? We bet it looks delish! 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. Peanut butter and jelly hair in need a little extra love? Reach for a hair mask for added conditioning and detangling. Once or twice a week, swap out the conditioner for the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm.
Love the peanut butter and jelly hair color trend but want to try another hair color? We’ve got one shade that’s perfect for the warm weather season. Check out our article, How to Get a Vibrant Tangerine Hair Color, for another hair color tutorial.