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Something magical is happening in the beauty world—and surely, you’ve seen it taking place. We’re talking about the unicorn beauty trend. From the perfect iridescent lippy to the coveted metallic dagger nails, there’s something for everyone. Today, however, we’re here to tell you all about unicorn hair color. There’s just something about the combo of pretty pastel hair color shades that leaves us swooning—and we have a pretty good feeling that you feel the same way. Want to bring this imaginative hair color idea to life yourself? Follow the unicorn hair color tutorial below—it covers everything from the hair color products you’ll need to the hair care and hair styling products you’ll want to stock up on.
Unicorn hair is all about mixing an array of different pastel hair colors together to create a fun, versatile look that, despite its many colors, seems to pair well with just about anything. There’s something to be said about a serious style statement—and when it’s done in pretty pastels, you better believe people you’ll turn heads.
The trick to creating a buzz-worthy unicorn hair color is to keep the shades light and airy. Where other trendy hair colors may be all about full coverage from roots to tips, unicorn hair is more about a series of chunky colors applied with a balayage technique so that they can seamlessly transition into one another for a gorgeous, color melding look.
Since unicorn hair is comprised of many different colors, consider visiting a professional colorist to get the look, as he or she will expertly be able to place the shades. What’s more, remember that when you’re dyeing your hair pastel colors, you’ll need to bleach your strands first in order for the colors to show up. So, the darker your base shade, the more work it’ll require to achieve your desired effect. That being said, you can get unicorn hair at home if you so choose, which we’re explaining next.
Ready to try the look at home? Follow these steps for a mythical creature-inspired unicorn hair hue.
To rock a unicorn hair color, you’ll first need to bleach your hair if you haven’t already or if you aren’t a natural blonde. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach—and make sure to follow the included instructions.
Look in the mirror and determine where you want certain colors to be. You’ll want to start at your roots, so the best way to create color variation is to split your hair into multiple sections and pin them out of the way with lobster clips so that you can work one by one.
Try a combination of the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Pink, Soft Pink, Purple, Blue, and Aqua. These semi-permanent hair colors will last for 8-10 shampoos. If you want to start off with an even more fleeting hair color, the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Sprays in Pastel Blue, Pastel Lavender, Pastel Mint, and Pastel Pink will do the trick. On the other end of the spectrum, if you’d prefer a permanent unicorn hair color, stock up on the L’Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Hair Color in Smokey Blue, Smokey Pink, Smokey Lavender, and Rose Gold. Just keep in mind that these longer-lasting hair colors will create a dustier take on the unicorn hair trend.
Once you’ve chosen your shades, it’s time to bring your unicorn hair color to life. Going section by section, apply your shades according to the directions. Continue this process until you have a few chunks of every color all over your head.
Once you’ve achieved your unicorn mane, it’s a good idea to switch to a system of shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask that’s specially formulated for color-treated hair, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm.
Taking a hot shower might feel great, but it’s not exactly the best thing in the world for your unicorn hair. Super-hot temps can strip your strands of essential oils, leaving hair dry and dull-looking. What’s more, heat tools can have the same effect. While we typically recommend that you try to air dry your hair as much as possible when you have a unicorn hair color, we totally understand that there will be times you want to rock a head full of curls or super-straight strands. On those days, just make sure to use a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray, first. And on the days when you’re feeling like giving your hair a break from heat, don’t compromise your overall style. Simply spritz your strands with a wave-enhancing hair spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray, and apply it to towel-dried hair to add shape and texture to your strands.
If you want to keep the unicorn beauty trend alive in the rest of your look, check out our article, How to Do Unicorn Lips.