Summer is almost upon us—a.k.a. high season for SPF, self-tanner and festival styling. But while we remain big fans of the cool crown braid, carefree topknot and boho waves, this season we’re most stoked to play with whimsical hair colour ideas, like highlights in raspberry, silver blue and lilac. Can’t commit to a long-term relationship with not-exactly-natural unicorn hair? One of the most genius hair colour ideas on our radar is L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1 Day Colour[—basically, just like makeup in a hair jelly. That means you can love it and then leave it, adding temporary highlights that’ll wash off with your next shampoo. Read on for expert tips on how to wear the latest hair colour ideas.
Step 1. Pick a stand-out shade.
With L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1 Day Colour, you have plenty of hair colour ideas to choose from—13 shades, to be exact. But for best results, consider what will show up best on your current base. (Keep in mind the formula has no ammonia or peroxide, so it won’t bleach or lighten your existing colour at all.) Here’s a quick guide to which L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup shades will work well for you, depending on your current hair:
Blond hair colour ideas: L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup in #HotPink300, #PinkViolet400, #Lilac500, #SilverBlue600 and #Grey700 are designed especially for you. If your hair is very fair (think platinum/bleached or similar), you can also dabble in #NeonGreen100, #NeonPink200 and #NeonYellow150, which have the special effect of glowing under black light.
Brown hair colour ideas: Although pale pastels won’t be noticeable on brunettes, you have a fun palette of richly pigmented options: #Raspberry10, #Purple50, #BronzeAuburn20, #Green70 and #Blue60.
Dark hair colour ideas: Even if your hair canvas is black, you’re in luck: The vibrant hues suitable for brown hair are made to work for you, too. You can try any of the brunette options above.
Step 2. Apply your highlights.
Working with clean, dry hair, apply small amounts of L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1 Day Colour to your strands, starting at the mid-shaft and combing through. To blend like a pro, gently blend the hair makeup upward, so you can achieve a soft transition of colour. You can also work the tinted jelly a little higher around your face and lower toward the back for a balayaged/sun-kissed look. Once you have your highlights everywhere you want them, blow-dry your hair completely, directing with a brush as you go.
Step 3. Add a finishing touch.
No hair colour ideas would be complete without some Instagram-ready styling to match. For a fresh take on festival hair, contrast your free-spirited new colour with a sleek and silky finish. Shape a subtle wave with a large curling iron, and then apply a half-pump of L’Oréal Paris Stylista #Sleek Smoothing Serum evenly throughout your hair. (Bonus: The silicone-free formula with acai berry extract will keep frizz in check, making it a must for sultry outdoor concerts.) Next, grab a section of hair from ear to ear, across the back of your head, and create any braid you like. Gently pull apart the plait for a looser texture, and then lock down your whole look with your go-to hairspray, L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray.