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Spring is just around the corner, meaning now is as good a time as any to lighten up your hair color. But instead of switching to a super-light shade of blonde hair, like platinum blonde, why not try something a little dirtier? We’re talking about dirty blonde hair. Dirty blonde hair is the perfect transitional shade from winter to spring—and it’s one hair color that you can definitely get at home. Keep reading to find out what exactly dirty blonde hair looks like, how to get a dirty blonde hair color at home, and tips for taking care of your new dirty blonde hair color, as colored hair requires special care.
Dirty blonde hair is a medium blonde that has tones of wheat (or, er, you could say dirt) in it. Dirty blonde hair looks particularly amazing with golden, warm skin tones, while cooler blonde colors, like platinum blonde, look better with paler, pinker skin tones. Keep in mind that the darker your starting color, the more work it’ll take to achieve a dirty blonde hair color. If you’ve got light brown hair, you may be able to get dirty blonde hair at home, but if you’re a darker brunette, it may be a good idea to go visit a professional colorist. It could even take multiple sessions to get the color you’re after, as anytime you lighten your hair, you’ll need to bleach it first.
Ready to take the plunge and get a dirty blonde hair color for spring? We’ve got you covered. Try the L'Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Medium Ash Blonde or L'Oréal Paris Excellence Crème in Dark Blonde. Whichever shade of dirty blonde hair you choose, make sure to follow the instructions included with the packaging.
Regardless of what shade you dye your hair, it’s important to care for it properly—and that means you might have to make a few changes to your routine or add in a few additional steps. Here’s what you need to know about taking care of color-treated dirty blonde hair.
1. Use a system of shampoo and conditioner designed for color-treated hair. When you color your hair, consider washing your hair with a system of shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for color-treated hair, like the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Intensive Protecting Shampoo and L'Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Intensive Protecting Conditioner. And be gentle in the shower: Use lukewarm water, since hot water can strip your hair of essential oils, which can leave your hair feeling drier and your dirty blonde hair color looking duller.
2. Swap in a hair mask once or twice a week. Sometimes, color-treated hair just needs a little extra something-something. So, once or twice a week, swap out the above conditioner for the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm. After washing your hair with the above shampoo, apply the hair mask to wet hair and leave it on for three to five minutes, then rinse
3. Temporarily hide your gray roots. Not enough time to color those gray roots that are growing in? No problem! Temporarily disguise regrowth with the L'Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up in Dark Blonde. This lightweight, quick-dry spray lasts one shampoo. To use, hold the can four to six inches away from your head and spray it directly onto new growth and partly through the length of your hair to blend in the color.
4. Air dry your hair instead of using heat tools. From time to time, put down the heat tools and rock your natural texture instead. Dirty blonde hair + beachy waves the perfect springtime match. Spritz on the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray to towel-dried hair, then create one braid for looser waves or multiple braids for tighter waves. Once your hair has dried, undo the braid (or braids) and tousle your fingers through your waves to break them up for a lived-in look that’s super-pretty.
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