If you’re bored of neutral spring hair colors like honey brown, dark brown hair, and cream blonde, a trending fantasy shade might inspire you: mauve hair color.
Interested in trying mauve hair color? We spoke to Amanda Epstein, Matrix brand ambassador, to get all the details on the stunning shade.
What is mauve hair color?
Since mauve hair color is so customizable, the whimsical hue can be difficult to define. To achieve a mauve hair color, your colorist will combine notes of purple and pink to create a colorful and dimensional look that can be cool or warm-toned. According to Epstein, mauve is the perfect balance between subtle and fashion hair colors.
It’s great for anyone who is nervous about doing vivid colors and it’s a great step into that world...I love it because it’s such a wide variation of tones and it’s so subtly beautiful.
All hair colors work best when they’re tailored to complement your skin tone, so consult with your stylist before committing if you’re unsure what mauve look is best for you.
Depending on the mauve hair color you desire, your colorist might need to use bleach to lift your current color before applying the mauve shade. Bleach will always cause damage, but your colorist will work to improve the look and feel of your strands before you leave the salon.
How do you care for mauve hair color?
Since fantasy shades are more prone to fading, Epstein shares a few tips for extending the life of your color.
Color maintenance rule number one: Stock up on salon-quality products to care for your new hue at home.
“I would treat mauve hair color the same as any vivid color, so I would recommend using Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid line including the shampoo, Lamination Spray, and conditioner,” Epstein says. “I also recommend washing hair under cold water and keeping washing to a minimum of two to three times a week.”
If your color-treated strands are parched, add a weekly hair mask into your routine. We love the Biolage Re-Hydrate Clay Mask. With shea butter and Moroccan lava clay, it conditions and moisturizes dry, dull hair to seal in nourishment.
Looking for some mauve hair color inspiration to bring to the salon? Below, we’ve listed our top five ways to wear the look.
The Best Mauve Hair Color Looks
Ashy MauveIf you’re worried about the damaging effects of bleach ruining your hair, opt for ashy mauve. Combining notes of ash brown, gray, pink, and purple, it’s the perfect way for brunettes to stay on-trend while maintaining healthy strands.
Dark Mauve BalayageAny hair color that strays far from your natural hue will require you to hit the salon every few weeks for a touch-up. If you desire something more low maintenance, ask your colorist for a mauve balayage. Your colorist will paint on the mauve shade from your mid-lengths to ends while blending your roots for a seamless grow-out.
Metallic MauveMetallic hair colors might seem adventurous, but the reflective color trend is surprisingly wearable. Whether you opt for a full head of metallic mauve, highlights, or a balayage, it’s sure to make your mane stand out.
If you want your mauve hue to be soft yet statement-making, you can’t go wrong with smokey hair color.
In case you haven’t heard, rich, chocolate brown hues are everywhere for spring. Combine notes of mauve and chocolate brown for a spring hair color that’s extra sweet.
Interested in trying mauve hair color? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.