When you think of summer, in addition to the beach, hiking and camping trips, and endless good vibes, you might also think of bold hair colors and bright patterns, namely, tie dye. The vivid pattern is pretty much synonymous with hot summer days thanks to throwback fashion trends, and nowadays you can incorporate that same groovy vibe into your hair. While the hair color trend definitely requires some serious skills, with the right hair color products and tips, you can achieve it from the comfort of your own home. Sound like something you’d be into? Keep reading to learn not only how to bring your tie dye hair color to life, but how to care for color-treated hair to keep it vivid and bright all summer long.
How to Get a Tie Dye Hair Color at Home
Digging the dip dye hair color trend? While many big-time hair colorists are flaunting major mixing and placement techniques, if you prefer a more lowkey take on the hair color trend, you can bring the look to life without stepping out your front door—well, except to buy your at-home hair dye, of course.
First things first, you have to determine if you want to rock the tie dye hair color look on a short term or long term basis. If you prefer long term, you will want to look at permanent hair colors. These colors, despite their name, will eventually grow out, but they won’t completely fade out, hence the permanent name. On the other hand, if you prefer a temporary look tie dye hair color, it’s time to consider a few semi-permanent hair color options, as they can last anywhere from a day to a couple weeks.
If you want a short-term tie dye hair color that lasts a day…try the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1- Day Spray. It comes in 10 colors, giving you tons of options to bring your tie dye hair color to life. What’s more, since it comes in a convenient spray container, it can be particularly easy to spray tie dye patterns into your hair.
If you want short-term tie dye hair color that lasts a couple weeks…try the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color. Available in shades like peach, purple, indigo, aqua, lime green, and hot pink for those with blonde hair and teal, burgundy, tangerine, and maroon for those with brown hair, there are plenty of options when creating your custom tie dye hair color. The hair colors come pre-mixed in tubes so you just have to squeeze some into a bowl and use a small to medium brush to paint them on in the tie dye pattern of your choice. Wait 15-30 minutes and rinse it out. To prevent the colors from bleeding into each other, you may want to go one tie dye section at a time, or layer plastic wrap between each section.
If you want a long-term tie dye hair color that’s smoky…try the L’Oréal Paris Féria Smokey Pastels in Smokey Blue, Smokey Pink, and Smokey Lavender. You will need to follow the instructions on the box to mix these colors together and create your custom tie dye hair color.
If you want a long-term tie dye hair color that’s grunge…try the L’Oréal Paris Féria Glam Grunge in Vintage Teal and Dusty Mauve paired with the L’Oréal Paris Féria Fashion Metallics in Rose Gold. Together these hair colors will create a light and dark take on the tie dye hair color trend. To get the look you’ll need to carefully follow the instructions on the box.
How to Care for a Tie Dye Hair Color
It’s a good idea to switch up your hair care routine, regardless of which type of dye you used to create tie dye hair. Below, we teach you how to give your color-treated hair the TLC it deserves.
If you created a semi-permanent tie dye hair color that lasts for a single day, follow the tip below:
Treat Your Hair to a Sheet Mask
The L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Hair Sheet Mask will deeply nourish strands to revive them. The super-convenient form allows you to care for your hair while tending to the rest of your routine. Rinse it out after 5 minutes and revel in how healthy your hair looks—not to mention how prepped it looks for your next hair color transformation.
If you created a semi-permanent tie dye hair color that lasts for a couple weeks or a permanent hair color, follow the tips below:
Wash Your Hair Less
Hair color, regardless of how permanent it claims to be, can fade and wash out when washed excessively (think: every day). That said, when the goal is maintaining a gorgeous tie dye hair color, try to keep your washing to 3-4 times a week max. While it may take your roots a couple weeks to get onboard and stop looking greasy, trust us, your hair color will thank you.
Use the Right Hair Products
Say it with us now: new hair color, new hair care products. When you’re working with hair color it’s important to use sulfate-free products, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Conditioner, as they’re less likely to fade your color. In addition to the right shampoo and conditioner, 2-3 times a week you can switch out your conditioner with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm for a little extra deep conditioning and repair.
Cut Down on Heat Styling
Another thing that can fade hair color fast? High temperatures. So, as much as you may love super-straight strands or perfectly coiled curls, it’s time to put the hot tools down in favor of the season’s effortlessly chic beachy waves. To get the look, spritz damp hair with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray. If you have fine hair, you may want to follow it up with the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray to give your style a bit more hold.
And Protect Against Heat When You Can’t Cut It Out
Last but not least, on the days where you absolutely can’t resist the urge to heat things up, be sure to spray your hair with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray first. It will help prevent the high temps from adversely affecting your hair color or the integrity of your hair.
Love bold hair colors? Check out our article, 2018 Hair Color Trend Alert: Violet Hair, for a little extra inspiration.