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Cotton Candy Hair: What Is It And How To Get The Look

photo of woman with cotton candy hair color

If you love to scroll through social media looking for the latest and greatest hair color trends, you’ve definitely stumbled upon cotton candy hair before. Among the various fantasy shades sweeping through the hair industry, the cotton candy trend never seems to lose traction.

Inspired by our favorite summertime sweet treat, cotton candy hair blends together whimsical shades of blue, purple, and pink. To achieve the perfect cotton candy hair, your stylist will begin by lightening your strands as much as possible before painting on the colorful hues.

Looking to bring cotton candy hair into your life but don’t know where to begin? Keep scrolling for everything you need to know.

How should you care for cotton candy hair?

Although we love fantasy hair colors, we definitely recommend them for those who aren’t brand new to changing up their hue. Since fantasy shades require frequent touch-ups to stay vibrant, you’re going to need to invest a lot time (and money) if you’re dedicated to taking on a cotton candy hair color.

To be sure that your color is properly cared for you step out of the salon chair, a killer product routine specifically formulated to protect and prolong your color is essential. From the L’Oréal portfolio of brands, we recommend the Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner. Formulated with coconut milk and meadowfoam, this system helps protect color-treated hair, leaving it soft and shiny with lasting color vibrancy.

Since bleach can wreak havoc on your strands, invest in a quality hair mask like the Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Mask. The product revives dry strands with an intense conditioning treatment.

What’s the best way to wear cotton candy hair?

From a single vibrant shade to multidimensional tones, there really is no wrong way to wear a cotton candy hair color. However, there are a few that have us particularly craving something sweet. If you need some help narrowing down some inspiration photos to bring to the salon, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite ways to wear the look.


If you’re a fantasy hair newbie, trading your basic color for a crazy hue may be a shock at first. To ease the transition, opt for a pastel shade to test the waters before going completely over the top.

Short and Sweet

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need super lengthy locks to pull off a fashion hair color. Cotton candy shades look stunning paired with a simple side swept pixie.


We love the look of cotton candy hues on natural texture. If you’re looking to try the look for yourself, be sure to find a stylist that specializes in applying color to natural hair types for the best possible results.


Peekaboo highlights are the perfect way to add slight dimension to your ‘do. To get the look, ask your stylist to add thin pops of color hidden within your base shade.

Cotton Candy Ombre

Hair trends may come and go, but we can’t seem to move on from gorgeous ombre. To create this cotton candy variation, your stylist will start with freshly bleached hair and transition to a fiery pink shade from your mid lengths to ends.


Not ready for a full-on explosion of cotton candy hair color? Opt for a more toned-down variation of the look. Ask your stylist for a subtle balayage with thin streaks of pastel pink and blue throughout your mane.

Looking for the perfect stylist to create the cotton candy color of your dreams? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

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