When it comes to hair color, bold rainbow hair colors and natural-looking balayage highlights have reigned supreme for quite a while. But jet black hair is officially in as one of this season’s most popular trends. The difference between jet black hair vs. black hair is the intensity of the shade. Jet black hair hair is all about making your strands look as black as can be—think the darkest, truest black shade you can imagine. Ahead, find out how to use jet black hair dye for a mane upgrade, along with our top tips on how to care for and style your new super-dark hair color.
How To Get Get Jet Black Hair
You probably know that jet black hair dye is involved in achieving the pitch-black color, but there’s a bit more that goes into it. Here are four factors to consider when getting this color change.
1. Take Time To Think Things Over
Jet black hair might be your dream hue today, but how will you feel in a few months’ time? It’s possible you’ll be aching for your natural hue back or just dying to try something new. Strongly consider how committed you’ll be to your jet black hair, because this hair color requires a lot of maintenance.
2. Leave First-Time Dyeing To a Professional
Jet black hair is seriously dramatic—and if you’re thinking of making a drastic hair color change (like going from a light hue to a jet back shade), you may want to consider leaving this in the hands of a professional colorist to help ensure the end result is something you’re happy with.
3. Or, If You’re Comfortable, Color Your Hair At Home
If you’re more of a DIY dyer, find your jet black hair dye of choice and be sure to follow the instructions on the box. Try the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Ultimate Black or L’Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Hair Color in Bright Black.
4. Be Specific About What You Want
It turns out there are quite a few different shades of jet black hair. So, don’t assume that merely telling your colorist you want jet black hair will guarantee you’re both on the same page. Imagine asphalt, licorice, and coal—they’re all different! There can be a lot of variation in shades of black, so it’s important to be specific in order to get the color you want. The best way to ensure your colorist understands what you’re looking for is to come prepared with pictures of shades you would be happy with. A trained professional can also help you by guiding you to a hue that suits your skin tone, whether you’re more onyx or ink.
How To Care For Jet Black Hair
Like we mentioned, jet black hair isn’t a low-maintenance hue. Once you’ve colored your hair, it’s important to start using a system of shampoo and conditioner that is formulated for color-treated hair so that you don’t assist in the natural fading process. To help your jet black hair color last as long as possible, try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Conditioner system.
On top of your hair care system, jet black hair requires a bit of upkeep. If you notice roots growing in but don’t have time to visit the salon just yet, spray the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up in Black on them and lightly through the rest of your hair. It’ll last one shampoo.
How To Style Jet Black Hair
With a color so bold, you can probably imagine that you’ll need to tweak the rest of your beauty look to follow suit. Here are four tips to keep in mind.
1. Go For Bold Eyebrows
Match your eyebrows to your jet black hair. Your coloring isn’t complete until everything coordinates (a.k.a. you need to throw some shade for your arches with the right eyebrow makeup). For full, bold eyebrows, try using the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Brow Mascara. If you prefer a bit more definition, try the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Waterproof Eyebrow Mechanical Pencil.
2. Make Your Jet Black Hair Shine Bright
Black hair looks amazing when paired with high shine. To get the look, apply a dime-sized amount of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Extreme Style Gel to damp or dry hair to rock the season’s slicked-back look, or spritz on some of the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray for high shine and light hold all day long.
3. Change Up Your Makeup
When you drastically change your hair color, you may need to tweak your makeup routine, too. Products that used to suit your face could be too harsh or too subtle now. If you find your makeup looking too soft and muted, transition from sheer lip balms to vivacious lipsticks—we love the way the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-ly In Love pairs with bold jet black hair.
On the other hand, if your cosmetics are taking your look over the top, make the shift from bright blush to creamy washes of color. And, whatever you do, don’t forget perfectly lit cheekbones with a highly pigmented highlighter, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops.
4. Play With Other Colors
The beautiful thing about jet black hair is that it’s the perfect base for rainbow and metallic accents. Whether you want to rock one, two, three, or a whole handful of colors with your jet black hair, the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray collection has you covered.
Excited for the endless possibilities with your new jet black mane? Check out our article, How to Use a Temporary Hair Color Spray, for extra inspo.