Smoked Marshmallow Is The Low-Maintenace Blonde That's Perfect For Winter

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Smoked Marshmallow Is The Low-Maintenance Blonde You Need For Winter

14 January 2019
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Jessie Amato

Junior Beauty Editor

For as long as she can remember, Jessie has had a passion for all things beauty. As an employee of L'Oréal, she hopes to share her knowledge and inspire Hair.com readers to express themselves—one new cut and color at a time.

2019 is in full swing and there’s no better time to make a drastic hair change. Our busy schedules often follow us into the new year, however, leaving us little time to dedicate to salon color. If your daily routine is jam-packed, a low-maintenance hue might be exactly what you need.

Though 2019 has already blessed us with gorgeous vibrant trends like cranberry and pastel blue, a neutral, ash blonde shade will soon take their place as the hottest hair trend of the year thus far. If you haven’t heard of smoked marshmallow hair color just yet, you’re about to start seeing it everywhere.

Read on for everything you need to know to give this toasty trend a try.


What is smoked marshmallow hair color?

If you’re looking for a hair color trend that incorporates both blonde and brunette, smoked marshmallow is the best of both worlds. Originally coined by colorist Megan Martinez, the hue begins with a dark base combined with a mixture of highlights and lowlights applied from the mid-lengths to ends of the hair to create a multi-dimensional blonde. The roots are left dark, allowing for a longer regrowth period between appointments.

Your colorist will need to use bleach to create a light blonde hue and while bleach will always cause damage, a professional colorist can help improve the look and feel of your strands before you leave the salon.

How do you maintain smoked marshmallow hair color?

Though smoked marshmallow hair color may not require a lot of salon upkeep, a quality at-home care routine is essential to keep your hue looking its best. First, swap out your shampoo and conditioner in favor of a system formulated for color-treated hair. We love the Biolage R.A.W Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner. The shampoo and conditioner system is formulated with coconut milk and meadowfoam to help protect color-treated hair, leaving it soft and shiny with lasting color vibrancy.

We also suggest investing in a purple shampoo to keep your blonde looking vibrant and brass-free between salon appointments. We recommend using the Redken Color Extend Blondage Color Depositing Purple Shampoo twice a week. The purple shampoo is formulated with ultraviolet pigment and Redken’s Triple Acid Protein Complex to tone, strengthen, and brighten for a brighter, stronger blonde. The ultraviolet pigments help to preserve blonde hair color between appointments by keeping undertones at bay.

If you’re dealing with the damaging effects of bleach, incorporate a weekly hair mask like the Redken Extreme Strengthening Mega Hair Mask into your routine. The two-in-one strengthening hair mask is both a treatment and care extender designed specifically for your damaged hair.

Who does smoked marshmallow hair color work best for?

Smoked marshmallow hair is entirely customizable, making the hue perfect for just about anyone. Whether you want a subtle smoked marshmallow look or a dramatic look with super light ends and dark roots, your colorist can customize the shade depending on what works best for your skin tone and desired maintenance level.

Inspired to give smoked marshmallow a try? Use the hashtag #HairDotCom to share your final look with us!

Looking for more expert hair color tips? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

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