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How to Get Oil Slick Hair

Hair Color Tutorials

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When you think beauty, gasoline and oil are probably not the first images that pop into your head. But not for long! That’s about to change thanks to the latest hair color trend: oil slick hair. This stunning hair color is perfect for those with brunette or black locks that want to get in on the rainbow hair color trend without excessive bleaching and damage. Want to learn more? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about getting an oil slick hair color.


Calling all dark-haired gals: Oil slick hair is the hair color for you! Inspired by the colors reflected in puddles of oil and gasoline on the pavement, the oil slick hair trend is equally as gorgeous as it is edgy. Oil slick hair dyes are hues of magenta, purple, cobalt, and green. These rich colors need a dark base to fully stand out, making it the perfect hair color option for those with dark locks. The color is also totally customizable; you can have your ends sport the trend or color your entire mane. Oil slick hair also involves less maintenance than other colorful hair trends since each color is a strong, bold hue that will last longer than the pastel shades you may have seen out and about.


Depending on the placement of your colored strands, you may want to go to a professional who has an eye for creating the perfect oil slick hair color. However, if you’re more of a DIY gal, you can totally get this look at home. Before any coloring occurs, you’ll have to use a hair color bleach, like the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach, to lighten any strands you want to color. Then decide how long you want to sport this trendy color to determine if temporary, semi-permanent, or permanent oil slick hair dyes are the best option for you.

If you want temporary oil slick hair…use a washout hair color like the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Blue, Purple, Hot Pink, and Pastel Mint or the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color in Blue, Purple, Raspberry, and Green. Both hair colors wash out with just one shampoo! Also noteworthy: if you choose to use the Colorista Makeup 1-Day Color, you can mix multiple shades to customize your oil slick look.

If you want semi-permanent oil slick hair…use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Midnight Blue, Hot Pink, Purple, and Teal. This hair color will wash out in four to ten shampoos, making it the perfect option for those who want their oil slick locks to last more than one day but don’t want to change their hair color permanently.

If you want permanent oil slick hair…use a permanent hair dye in blue, purple, pink, and green. If you want to commit to oil slick hair for the long haul, a permanent hair coloring kit will be able to give you the oil slick hair color of your dreams.


Once you’re rocking oil slick hair, you want to make sure you switch up your hair care routine to take care of your trendy color. Swap your usual hair care products for ones that are safe for color-treated hair. We love the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair and Defend Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm.


When it comes to styling your new hair, you want to choose hairstyles that showcase its dimensional color! Here are a few styles that are sure to do your new ‘do justice.


Pigtail braids are not only totally in, but they’ll also show off your color while keeping your hair out of your face. Here’s how to get the look:

Step 1: Split your hair into two sections. Part your hair down the middle, creating two equally-sized sections.

Step 2: Braid away. Start French braiding one section of hair but don’t finish the braid. Stop halfway down the length of your hair and secure with a clear elastic.

Step 3: Repeat. Repeat Step 2 on the remaining section of hair.

Step 4: Fluff out your braids. Gently tug at your braid to make it appear fuller.


This wet look hairstyle was made for oil slick hair! The sleek, wet look will showcase your color even more. Learn how to get the look by reading our article, How to Get the Wet Hair Look.


Loose, beachy waves look great on any hair color, but their carefree curl is particularly great for adding dimension and texture to oil slick hair. Check out our article, 8 Ways to Get Perfect Beach Waves, to find out how to create them!

Want to see if another rainbow hair color might work for you? Head over to our article, 7 Rainbow Hair Color Ideas for Your Most Magnificent Mane, to get inspired.