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Marble Hair Color Is The Most Gorgeous Way To Wear Rainbow Shades

25 September 2018
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Emily Arata

Senior Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L’Oréal, Emily works with celebrity stylists to make finding the right cut, color, or style easier than ever before. She's previously written for Allure, Elite Daily, and First We Feast.

When you were young, you may have gone through something of a rainbow phase. Leopards with rainbow spots all over your school folders, sweaters in an array of neon shades—there’s no love quite like that a little girl has for over-the-top hues.

If you’re still mourning those colorful accessories, there’s good news! While scrolling through social media, a brand new hair trend has caught our eye that includes every shade of the rainbow. Marble hair color is a way of mixing dye shades that invite the professional stylist to get creative and use your hair as their canvas. While dark brown hair color ideas have their place, this trend is all about walking on the wild side.

Did we pique your interest just a little? Keep reading.

What is marble hair color?

If you’ve ever taken a liking to nail art, you may know the technique called water marbling. It involves dripping various polish shades into a glass of water, using a toothpick to swirl them around, and dunking in your nail for a one-of-a-kind multicolored finish. That’s very similar to the way marble hair happens.

Once you’ve had time for a consultation, your stylist will start by lifting any existing color from your strands. This creates a blank slate for your new hair color, which won’t show up as vividly on a dark base. It’s important to note that bleach will always damage hair, but a trained professional will work to leave you with a mane that looks and feels healthy.

Here’s the fun part: Hair prepped, your stylist will paint an array of colors onto paper and use a stylus to blend them together and create a swirly marble effect. From there, he or she will press the paper onto your hair to transfer the dye.

Techniques like this can result in uneven color if applied imprecisely, so make sure you’re going to a salon instead of trying this at home. Alternatively, your stylist can also apply a rainbow of shades using a more traditional balayage approach.

Who should try marble hair color?

We adore a good colorful hair trend, but fantasy shades aren’t for everyone. Compared to a honey blonde or light ash, pastels can be very high maintenance. They require touchups every few weeks—especially if your rainbow starts at the roots. 


Pastel shades are also prone to untimely fading, so it’s important to stock your haircare arsenal with salon quality formulas built for color-treated hair. Repeated use of bleach can take its toll on your hair over time, so it’s important to take extra good care of it while wearing maintaining marble hair color.

If you have extra money and time to invest in a hair color that makes you feel out of this world, however, marble shades are for you. With a talented salon professional behind the chair, you won’t regret going out of your comfort zone.

How do you care for marble hair color?

As with any hair color, the product you use should dramatically change based on the color you’ve chosen. To support colorful hair, we love a radiance protection and perfection system like L’Oréal Professionnel’s Vitamino A-OX Shampoo and Conditioner from the L'Oréal portfolio of products. Add the line’s complementary Color Radiance Mask to ensure your fresh color is totally protected.

While we’re at it, don’t forget about guarding your hair against heat damage. Shu Uemura’s Color Lustre Thermo-Milk Blow Dry Primer is a smart choice for days when you just can’t resist a blowout.

When in doubt, run any new product picks by your stylist for a final stamp of approval. He or she knows your routine best. Armed with these tips, you’ll be able to pull off any marble hair color you choose.

Interested in a personalized marble hair color of your own? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.

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