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If you’ve looked at the hair color trends on your social media feed lately, then you’re probably already well aware that rose gold hair is the hair color of the moment. And, if you’re like us, you’re swooning with jewelry-toned hair envy. With beauty bloggers, social media cool girls, and Hollywood’s hottest celebs illustrating just how versatile this pretty pinkish hair color is for all skin tones, it’s not surprising that you may want to rock your very own rose gold hue. And you can! In an effort to bring rose gold hair into your life, we’ve outlined the basics of how to get and maintain this can’t-look-away hair color. Keep reading to find out how to dye your hair a rose gold hair color at home and how to maintain your new hue with the right hair care routine.
Good news: You don’t have to hit up a salon to be in possession of rose gold strands! Follow these three steps to get in on the trend—at home:
Just like any big hair color change, it’s important to know what you’re getting into first. If you have naturally blonde hair or your hair has already been lightened, you’re probably fine to move onto the next step. For all other hair colors, even darker blondes, you may need to bleach your hair first—and the darker your starting shade, the more sessions it may take to reach the right base color before you can move on to adding rose gold color. If you’re going to DIY, don’t forget to brush up on everything you need to know about how to bleach your hair at home before you put your gloves on and dive in. After bleaching, you’re ready to color, just be sure to follow the instructions included in the box with your dye.
The second step is to understand the different types of hair color available (permanent, semi-permanent, and temporary), then choose the type of formula that best suits your needs. Permanent hair color will last the longest, so it’s your best option if you’re ready to commit to a rose gold mane. Semi-permanent hair color will stick around for a number of weeks, fading a little each time you shampoo. Temporary hair color, on the other hand, will only last until you wash your hair.
For a permanent, true rose gold hair color use the L’Oréal Paris Féria Fashion Metallics in Rose Gold, which comes with a deep conditioning colour gel, conditioning developer creme, aromatic shimmer hair serum, and power shimmer conditioner. This rose gold hair color is perfect for the more daring individual who wants an intense hair color that really stands out.
For a more classic blonde with a touch of rose gold, try the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Rose Blonde Collection, which comes in both a medium and a dark shade. These two rose gold shades feature beautiful, warm rose gold tones. (Read our article, Rose Gold Hair Gets an Update: How to Get Rose Blonde Hair, for more on rose blonde hair, one of our favorite hair color ideas for 2018.)
If you’re looking to temporarily test-drive a super-metallic rose gold hair hue, pick up the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray in Rose Gold, which will rinse out after just one shampoo. To use, shake the can well, then hold it four to six inches away from dry hair and spray (style your hair first before using). Hold the can as upright as possible and use a piece of paper to guard your face or direct where you want to spray rose gold color. Wait a few minutes for your rose gold hair color to dry completely—and don’t spray too much. Your rose gold hair color will become more visible as it dries. Keep in mind that temporary color can transfer, like makeup.
Whatever hair color formula you choose, be sure to brush up on your at-home coloring knowledge by reading our article, 10 Tricks of the Trade for Salon-Perfect Haircolor at Home, and don’t forget to follow the directions included in your at-home hair color kit.
As with all color-treated hair, rose gold hair should be given the care it deserves! To keep dyed hair looking its absolute best, it’s crucial to follow the right hair care routine. Follow these tips to help make your new hair color shine and prevent fading:
Super-hot water can strip your hair of its natural oils, which can make it so your strands feel drier and look duller. Nobody wants that! Help prevent this unfortunate side effect by turning down the dial and rinsing off your rose gold hair in lukewarm water instead.
Editor’s note: Turns out, lukewarm water is also the best temperature for your skin care routine. Read our article Cold vs. Hot Water: What’s the Best for Your Skin? for all the details.
This may seem obvious, but its importance cannot be overstated: When you have color-treated hair, no matter what color it is, you should take care of your hue with products that are safe for color-treated hair. Use a shampoo and conditioner that will work to keep your strands in the best shape possible. Try the L'Oréal Paris Everpure Moisture Shampoo and L'Oréal Paris Everpure Moisture Conditioner if your hair is especially dry. To use, massage the shampoo onto wet hair, lather, then rinse before applying the conditioner. Let it sit for one to three minutes, then wash out. Once or twice a week, swap out the conditioner for a hair mask, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Mask. To use, apply to wet hair post-shampooing, leave on for five minutes, then rinse out.
Whether you have colored hair or not, it’s always a good idea to protect your strands with a moisturizing leave-in product, like a hair serum, oil, or cream. If your locks are particularly frizz-prone, reach for a leave-in serum that protects against humidity, like the L'Oréal Paris Eversleek Frizz Finish Oil-In-Serum. For overall dry hair that lacks luster, use a lightweight oil, like the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Treatment, on the lengths and ends of your strands. Just a few pumps can go a long way in protecting your hair and your new rose gold hue.
This goes for all hair types and colors: Try to keep heat styling to a minimum, if possible, and when you do use hot tools be sure to protect your hair beforehand. Use a heat protectant like the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray before you reach for your hair straightener, blow dryer, or curling iron. It’s also a good idea to limit heat styling—meaning it shouldn’t be an everyday activity—and use your heat tools at the lowest temperatures you can.
Pair your rose gold hair with easy-going, heat-free waves or curls. Air dry your hair with styling products that are meant for achieving stunning styles sans heat. Try the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray to give your locks definition and create a beachy look.
In between washes, refresh your rose gold locks with a few spritzes of a dry shampoo that won’t leave behind any residue, like the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo. Since you won’t be left with a white, powdery finish, your color will continue to look vivid and shiny.
Now that you’ve got your gorgeous rose gold hair color set, styled, and protected, why not bring your new hue to life even more with complementary makeup? There are plenty of makeup looks that go well with your new color, but of course, rose gold accents will make your hair hue really pop! Swipe on a bit of rose gold eyeshadow to make your eyes stand out against your new color. Try the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Metallics Eye Shadow in Rose Chrome or any warm, pink shade from the L'Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Scented Eyeshadow Palette. Take things one step further with a dusting of rose gold highlighter, like the L'Oréal Paris True Matchä Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette in Moonkissed. For more corresponding makeup ideas, check out our article, How to Do Rose Gold Makeup.
That’s right: our collective love of rose gold hair has spawned different variations of this hair color trend. Once you’ve rocked regular ol’ rose gold, why not mix it up and try one of the related hair colors? A few of the trendy options available to you include crystal-inspired amethyst rose gold hair and wine-inspired caramel rosé hair.
Ready to move on to an even bolder hair color? Read our articles How to Get Geode Hair and How to Find the Best Rainbow Hair Color for You.