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Love lilacs? The gorgeous purple flowers are no longer reserved for open fields, vases on kitchen tables, and lipstick shades. Nowadays, our love of lilac goes as far as topping off our outfit. And nope, we’re not talking about a hat in that color or even a scarf, rather a whole head of hair. Just picture it: a purple pixie or ultra-long lilac tresses down-to-there. Pretty, right? If you want to get in on the dusty lilac look, muted just enough to veer away from true pastel shades, we have everything you need to know below.
Whenever you lighten your hair significantly (which you’d have to do to create this nearly pastel look), consider visiting a professional colorist who can bleach your hair and apply the color to help ensure that the dusty lilac color comes out the way you imagined. If you have brown or another dark starting color, dusty lilac hair will require bleaching, and the darker your base shade, the more work it may require to achieve your desired color. That being said, DIY dyeing is still an option for dusty lilac hair. If you want to get the look at home, try the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Purple, which is formulated to work on blonde, highlighted, and bleached hair. If you need to bleach your hair first, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach. Now, you don’t have to do dusty lilac all over your head—you could try coloring just the tips of your hair for a neat ombré look.
While creating dusty lilac hair takes precision and patience, the work doesn’t stop there. Whenever you have a color-treated mane, one of the best ways to help protect your color is by updating your hair care routine. Didn’t know you’d need to switch up your daily to-do list? No worries, it’s not hard—and your hair will totally thank you! Just follow our tips below.
1. Switch to a system of shampoo, conditioner, and mask formulated for color-treated hair. The L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Ultra Recovery Mask will do the trick.
2. Turn down the dial in the shower. Super-hot water can strip your strands of essential oils, so rinse off in lukewarm temps instead. Sure, it may not be quite as enjoyable to shower in cooler water, but think about how much better it could be for your hair!
3. Spritz on a heat protectant before heat styling. As much as we all love hot tools, it’s a good idea to use a heat protectant before you pick one up. So, if you’re planning to blow-dry, straighten, or curl your hair, apply the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Blow Out HeatSpray or L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray prior to styling.
4. Embrace your hair’s natural texture. There’s something really special about the way dusty lilac hair looks when it’s paired with waves or curls. Ditch the heat tools from time to time by air drying your hair. To get the look, try the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray, L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse, or L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Undone Style Cream. Just apply your styling product of choice to towel-dried hair and allow your tresses to air dry.
And that’s it! Now you know exactly how to get a gorgeous dusty lilac hair color as well as how to take care of your mane once you’ve dyed it. Ready to try another hair color on for size? We’ve got you covered with plenty of options to choose from. Check out our article, How to Find the Best Rainbow-Colored Hair Hue for You, for more trendy hair color inspiration. Which one will you try next?