Ready to try something a little different with your hair? If so, then you may want to check out the new trend of coloring your hair with metallic hair color. This trend incorporates metallic shine into virtually every shade of the rainbow, giving your hair a sleek look that’s out of this world. Of course, achieving metallic hair (and maintaining it) can be pricey if you have it done at your local salon; fortunately, you can easily pull off this look at home with the right products—and for just a fraction of the price!
If You Have Darker Hair
First, a note about your natural hair color. If you have lighter hair, you can pretty much go with any metallic color you find and your results will be bold. On the other hand, if you have darker hair, you may have to use a bleach or other lightening product before you add the metallic color for the most vibrant results.
If you’re worried about damaging your hair by lightening it, the good news is that there are some metallic coloring products these days that can be used without the need to lighten and still deliver bold results. For example, Ion Color Brilliance has four metallic shades (Empire Gold, Silver Streak, Rose Gold, and Gunmetal Gray) that deliver vibrant color for temporary use. These can be a great way to get an idea of how metallic color will look in your hair before you decide to go with a more permanent solution, too.
Texture is Your Friend
Also, if you’re thinking about going metallic with your hair, remember that texture is your friend. The more texture you have going on in your hair, the more the metallic color will really shine through. Therefore, metallic hair color is great for those who have naturally curly or wavy hair. However, even if you have naturally straight hair, you can make your metallic color work by going with a textured cut, such as one with layers. In reality, just about anybody can pull off this look brilliantly.
Maintaining Your Color
As with any less conventional hair color, you will need to take some extra care to prolong the life of your metallic hair color, as it’s prone to washing out more quickly than more permanent colors. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to extend the life of your color, such as going a day or two in between washing your hair. If you have naturally oily hair, consider using a dry shampoo in between washings. You can also invest in a quality color-care shampoo, which will protect your hair color from washing out prematurely and can significantly extend the life of the color itself.
Finally, when you do wash your hair, do so with cooler water as opposed to hot water. Hot water is known to strip color more quickly, so you can save your metallic color from washing out as fast by simply remembering to rinse with cooler water each time you shower.
Metallic hair color is a trend that’s here to stay for awhile, so if you’ve been thinking about doing something new and different with your hair, now is your chance to make a statement by coloring your hair! Just be sure to choose the right metallic shade for your needs and take steps to protect your new color as well.