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Mane Changer: 5 Ways to Sport a Festive Sugar Plum Hair Color

This sweet purple hue makes for the perfect holiday hair makeover.
December 12, 2022

‘Tis the season for sugar plum tresses — a bundle of festive, dimensional and ultra-vivid hair color. With a slight variation from purple hair color (which is just as gorgeous), sugar plum hair color includes ribbons of magenta, purple, lavender and pink for a mix that makes a bright statement just in time for the holidays and well into the new year. 

If this purple-meets-magenta hue sounds a lot like your next hair makeover, read on as we share our favorite ways to sport sugar plum hair with permanent hair color and semi-permanent hair color. Plus, learn how to upgrade your hair routine to care for your new sugar plum hue.
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Sugar Plum Cropped Cut

Why we love it: An edgy, cropped cut paired with a delicious sugar plum hair color makes for the easiest wash-and-go style and a gorgeous pop of color. Whether your hair is curly, straight or wavy, the sugar plum color makes your style stand out in the best way.

How to get the look: To give your strands a plum-colored makeover at home give the L’Oréal Paris Féria Midnight Bold Multi-Faceted Permanent Hair Color in Orchid Glow a go. The formula promises shimmering, vibrant hair color and even works on dark strands — no bleach required.
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Two-Tone Sugar Plum Hair Color

Why we love it: Two-tone hair color is an edgy choice that can satisfy even the most indecisive of people. Since the look sports two colors simultaneously, the sugar plum color offers a vibrant pop while your natural strands tone down the overall look. 

How to get the look: Part your hair down the middle with a comb, dragging the part down the back of your head through the length of your hair. Once your hair is in two even sections, clip one section up and grab an old towel to shield that half from the hair color.

Use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Purple and spray one side of your hair with an even layer of the purple hair color. Once the color is dry, let down the other section of hair and you have a two-tone, sugar plum hair color that will last until your next wash.  

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Sugar Plum and Blue Highlights

Why we love it: Pair your sugar plum ribbons with icy blue highlights to add colorful dimension throughout your strands. The mix of similar hues creates a gorgeous swirling of the two shades and an eye-catching hair color that doesn’t go unnoticed. 

How to get the look: Section off one-inch pieces of hair and alternate between the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Purple and the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Blue until you have a whole head of highlights. Let the hair color dry before styling your hair as usual. 

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Sugar Plum and Pink Ombré Hair Color

Why we love it: With sugar plum’s notes of purple and magenta, adding fuschia ombré highlights into the mix only makes the result even more gorgeous. Magenta sits alongside purple on the color wheel (with blue on the other side) so the two shades make a flattering pair. 

How to get the look: Apply the L’Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in Midnight Violet to the roots and upper half section of your hair, stopping around your ears. Take the L’Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in Fuchsia and concentrate it from the ears to the ends of your hair, blending where it meets the violet dye to create the ombré gradient. 

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Peekaboo Sugar Plum Mullet

Why we love it: Sweet sugar plum color gets an eccentric twist when you pair it with the experimental mullet haircut. Incorporated with peekaboo color, it offers dimension throughout your mane and helps to highlight the bangs and choppy layers that characterize your mullet. 

How to get the look: For the modern mullet haircut, we recommend booking an appointment with your stylist to get the layers and the high-low lengths just right. Once that’s in place, use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Metallic Orchid to create a halo of sugar plum at the hairline and throughout the ends of your hair.
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How to Care for a Sugar Plum Hair Color

To keep your festive sugar plum hair color vibrant, the right routine, products and practices are key. Check out our top tips to help you care for your new hair color.

1. Use a Hair Care System for Color-Treated Hair

A sulfate-free system like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Bond Repair Shampoo with Citric Acid and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Bond Repair Conditioner with Citric Acid is a must when you have color-treated hair because it keeps your color from fading. 

Along with that, this reparative duo works to strengthen hair inside and out by reinforcing weak hair bonds with the help of citric acid. Use it to improve hair damage from bleaching, coloring or heat styling while it strengthens your hair and protects against future harm.

2. Slow Down Fading Color With an In-Shower Glossing Treatment

Your sugar plum hair color is bound to fade, but you can slow down the process with an in-shower glossing treatment like the L’Oréal Paris Le Color Gloss One Step In-Shower Toning Gloss in Clear. In as little as five minutes, this glossing treatment corrects faded, lackluster and brassy color and leaves hair with a glossy, luxurious feel.  

Another way to maintain your hair color is with a glossing shampoo and conditioner, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Glossing Shampoo, pH Balanced and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Glossing Conditioner, pH Balanced. This system is infused with argan oil to help cleanse hair without stripping color, leaving it silky, shiny and smooth.

It also includes an in-shower glossing treatment, the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Glossing In Shower Acidic Glaze, which helps to keep colored hair shiny and vibrant. First, cleanse your scalp and hair with the shampoo, then spray the in-shower glaze on wet hair and let it sit for one to three minutes, (do not rinse) and follow up with the conditioner.

3. Air Dry Your Strands

Using hot tools on a frequent basis can not only damage your strands but fade your sugar plum hair color. Go the gentler, au natural route and try to air dry your hair when possible. For those with wavy and curly hair, we suggest the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Curls Non-Stop Dreamy Curls Leave-in Conditioner to shape and define your natural curls without weigh down. Those with straight hair can opt for the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths No Haircut Cream Leave In Conditioner to smooth your strands, control frizz and seal split ends. 


If the hot tools are still calling your name, always remember to prime your strands with a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Weightless Blow Dry Primer, Heat Protectant or L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Frizz Killer Serum Leave-In to smooth hair and provide heat protection up to 450 degrees.

Next: This Is the Holiday Hair Dye You Need for a Temporary Color Change

Written by: Reece Andavolgyi, Photo Credit: IG @/imfashionboy2, Design Credit: Sarah Duvivier

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