Craving a hint of rainbow color in your hair but not ready to dye your ‘do from roots to tips? The oil slick hair trend is a worthy option for your next hair transformation. Characterized by ultra-fine babylights of color, this hair trend resembles the shifting shades of an oil spill. While it can be worn by anyone, given it’s often created with rich, jewel tones, it looks especially brilliant on neutral and warm complexions and those with rich natural hair colors.
Nevertheless, if you’re looking to switch up your hair color, ahead you’ll find 15 ways to rock the oil slick hair trend along with the top facts to keep in mind when considering the color.
Choosing a Shade: The trick is to ask for colors that compliment your base hair color and skin tone. “You should ask for your colorist for jewel colors highlighted in your hair,” suggests celebrity hairstylist and Better Natured brand ambassador Marcus Francis. “Focusing on burgundy, emerald, deep purple, royal blue. Ask to alternate the colors between foils to help create an abalone-like blend of colors.”
Maintenance Level: Moderate. Given oil slick hair is a type of color-treated hair, it will require proper color-care products (read: those made without sulfates). However, since it’s created with a foil or balayage technique, grow out will be subtle. “To keep this beautiful effect rich and vibrant it's so important to keep the color-treated hair moisturized with the right products,” Francis says. “Better Natured has a few products to really help maximize the life of your color. The color care shampoo and conditioner are staples to include in your hair care regime, and if your hair texture is on the more coarse or thick side, the moisturizing shampoo and conditioner really help to keep your locks from becoming fragile and dry.”
Goes Great With: Dark hair. “This trend actually works better for darker hair to help amplify the darkness that it actually has,” says Francis. “The shadows the dark hair creates to help the added color make for richness in the hair.”
Similar Shades: Rainbow and jewel-tone highlights
Price: While it varies based on the salon you go to, you can expect to spend between $100 and $300 to achieve this colorful hair look.
Mother of Pearl Oil Slick
This oil slick hair color idea is so well blended that it almost looks holographic. Obsessed? We sure are. And, while we're swooning, let's touch on how well this color trend pairs with gemstone accessories. Whether you choose a barrette, clip, or jewel-adorned headband, it will only add to your dreamy hair look.