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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 hair colors. 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 off jet black hair—if you follow a few simple tips! Find out how to get jet black hair below, as well as how to care for and style your new super-dark hair color.
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.
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.
Are you more of a DIY dyer? Find your black hair dye of choice and always follow the instructions on the box. Need some inspo? Try the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Hair Color in Ultimate Black or the L’Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Hair Color in Bright Black.
It turns out there are quite a few different shades of jet black hair. 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 eyebrows to your jet black hair. Your coloring isn’t complete until everything coordinates—a.k.a. you need to throw some shade to 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 Brow Definer Mechanical Pencil. Whichever you choose, you can help them pop to tie your jet black hair beauty look together by adding a little highlight with the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Brow Raiser Highlighter Duo.
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.
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.
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 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. Or, if you’re feeling mythical, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Galaxy Sticks.
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 Magic Root Cover Up in Black onto new growth and lightly through the rest of your hair. It lasts one shampoo.
The beautiful thing about jet black hair is that it’s the perfect base for rainbow and metallic accents. Whether you want to rock some one, two, three, or a whole handful of colors with your jet black hair, the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray collection has you covered.
Excited for the endless possibilities with your new jet black mane? Check out our article, How to Use Colorista 1-Day Sprays, for extra inspo.