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First there was mermaid hair and unicorn hair, then there was succulent and geode hair, and now jewel-toned hair is here. Jewel-toned shades like fuchsia, emerald, amethyst, and eggplant are positively stunning, so it’s no surprise that they’ve become trendy. But whether you’ve dyed your hair a bright color before or you’re new to the process, there are a few things to keep in mind when opting for a jewel-toned mane. Here, learn how to find the right jewel-toned hair color for your skin tone, how to achieve the look at home, and how to take care of your color-treated hair.
If you’re ready to take the plunge into jewel-toned territory, consider your skin tone and natural hair color before taking action.
If you have fair skin or light hair…opt for a light or medium jewel-toned shade. If you have a light hair color to begin with, an aqua or amethyst jewel-toned hair color can look especially gorgeous when paired with your fair skin.
If you have olive skin or dark hair...the darker your skin tone and starting hair color, the darker jewel-toned shade you can get away with rocking. We especially love how fuchsia, emerald, and sapphire hair accentuates olive skin tones.
If you have dark skin…try ultra-dark jewel-toned colors, like garnet and ruby, as well as vibrant lighter colors that really pop, like topaz. Gorgeous!
As with all rainbow-inspired hair colors, jewel-toned hues can require quite a bit of work to achieve. If you’re starting with a dark brown base color, then you’ll need to bleach your hair first in order for your jewel tone to show up—and the darker your base color, the more sessions it may take to reach your desired shade. In addition to that, color-treated should be cared for differently—so you’ll want to make a few changes to your hair care routine once you’ve gotten your dye job. Visiting a pro colorist is always a good option, as he or she can help guide you through the process. If you don’t want all-over color, consider asking your colorist to add a jewel-toned hue just to your ends for an on-trend ombré look. That being said, you can get the look at home as well (instructions on doing so below!).
The L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color collection has an array of hair colors that are jewel-toned. The L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Aqua, Purple, and Indigo can be used on blonde, bleached, or highlighted hair. So, if you have brown hair, you’ll need to bleach your hair first before using these shades. Meanwhile, the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Teal, Burgundy, and Red can be used on brunette hair without bleaching.
Got the jewel-toned hair color of your dreams? Congrats! Now it’s time to care for your strands the right way. That means using a system of shampoo, conditioner, and mask formulated for color-treated hair, like 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, Swap out the conditioner for the mask once or twice a week and use after the shampoo.
Then, give your mane a break from the heat tools from time to time and embrace your natural texture. To style your jewel-toned hair sans the use of a curling wand or straightener, apply 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 to towel-dried hair, then let your hair air dry.