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When it comes to hair color, jet black is the new black. That’s right—it’s finally in fashion to make hair look as black as can be. And the good news is, you can totally pull it off—if you follow a few simple tips! There’s a sable style for everyone, from emo babe to retro starlet. Find out how to become a raven-haired beauty, below.
Jet black 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 tresses, because this color requires a lot of maintenance.
Jet black hair is seriously dramatic—and if you’re thinking of making a drastic color change (like going from a light hue to jet back), 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.
Are you more of a DIY dyer? Find your shade of choice and always follow the instructions on the box. Need some inspo? Try the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Bright Black or L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Ultimate Black.
It turns out there are quite a few different shades of black. So, don’t assume that by 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 shade that suits your skin tone, whether you’re more onyx or ink.
Match your brows to your blackened locks. Your coloring isn’t complete until everything coordinates—a.k.a. you need ebony eyebrows! Fill in light or sparse hairs with the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Frame and Set in Deep Brunette, a cream pomade that helps define and style.
Once you’ve colored your hair, it’s important to start using products that are formulated for color-treated hair. Try the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner system.
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.
When you drastically change your hair color, you may need 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 balms to vivacious lipsticks. 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.
Like we told you earlier, jet black hair requires upkeep. If you notice gray roots growing in but don’t have time to visit the salon just yet, spray the L’Oréal Paris Root Cover Up in Black onto new growth and lightly through the rest of your hair. It lasts one shampoo.