If you’re wondering what metallic hair color is, how to care for it, and the best looks to try, keep scrolling for everything you need to know.
What is metallic hair color?Metallic hair color transforms both neutral and vibrant hair colors into reflective, eye-catching hues that remind us of a shiny, freshly-minted coin. To achieve the look, your colorist will need to bleach your mane before applying the metallic hue you desire. It’s important to note that bleach will always cause hair damage, but your colorist can help to restore the look and feel of your strands before you leave the salon.
How do you take care of metallic hair color?If you’re thinking of trying a metallic hue, you’ll need to stock your hair care routine with color-protecting products. Start with a shampoo and conditioner formulated for color-treated hair like the Redken Color Extend system. The shampoo maximizes color vibrancy while strengthening hair with daily shampooing, while the conditioner helps with color retention, offers anti-fade protection, maximizes color vibrancy, and strengthens hair.
After a color session, your strands will probably need an extra bit of TLC. We recommend incorporating a weekly hair mask into your hair care routine like the Redken Color Extend Magnetics Mega Hair Mask. The two-in-one hair mask is a treatment and care extender designed specifically for your the color care of your color-treated hair.
Ready to take on a metallic hue but don’t know where to begin? We’ve got you covered! Keep scrolling for 15 of our favorite metallic hair color ideas.
Metallic Hair Color Ideas
Icy winter weather might soon be behind us, but platinum blonde is here to stay! If you want to give your hue a boost, opt for a metallic platinum shade that shines like a shimmering snowflake. If you have pale skin, this hair color was made for you!
Pastel BlueLooking for a metallic hue that’s wearable for every day? Enter pastel blue. This pale shade is just enough to make a statement but isn’t too over the top to wear to work. Plus, the color looks fabulous on every skin tone!
Cobalt BlueIf pastel blue is tame and reserved, cobalt hair color is its bold, statement-making cousin. Ask your colorist for a cobalt blue shade if you’re ready to take on a wild hair color and all of the maintenance that comes with it!
Metallic Lilac HighlightsIf you’re tired of brunette and blonde but aren’t totally ready to delve into a full head of metallic hair, why not try lilac hair color with subtle highlights? Whether you opt for full or partial highlights, the end result is sure to be a welcome change from your neutral hair color.
Strawberry BlondeThis blond-copper hybrid is a normally a subtle mix between the two shades. If you’re looking to show off your bold side, ask your colorist for a strawberry blonde hair color with a metallic sheen.
GunmetalWith so many hair trendsetters embracing shades of gray hair, you’re going to want a hue that helps you stand out from the crowd. That’s why we love this stunning metallic gunmetal shade. Whether you’re going gray naturally or choosing to take on a whole new vibe, this hair color is calling your name!
To maintain your gray hair color, we recommend the Redken Color Extend Graydient Shampoo. The violet shampoo neutralizes unwanted yellow and orange undertones while toning, nourishing, and strengthening gray and silver hair.
Silver BalayageAre subtle strands more your vibe? We recommend giving silver balayage a try. If you’re already starting out with a blonde balayage, your transition to metallic silver locks will be a piece of cake!
Rose GoldSo many hair color trends come and go, but rose gold hair is here to stay! With a metallic touch, the stunning combination of pink, gold, and blonde has taken on a new life in 2019.
Rose BrownBrunettes, don’t despair: With rose brown hair, you can still achieve a rose-tinted hue for spring without completely abandoning your dark hair.
To get the look, your colorist will begin with a dark brown base. Then, they’ll use bleach to lighten some of the strands of your hair before using a balayage technique to paint on the rosy hue.
Oil SlickIf you’re a brunette looking to achieve metallic rainbow hair with minimal damage, oil slick hair is the way to go. The dimensional color combo glistens like a fresh oil spill.
Cotton CandyCotton candy isn’t just for kids at carnivals. The sweet treat has been the inspiration behind the cotton candy hair trend, which blends shades of pastel pink, blue, and purple. The metallic variation of this whimsical color creation is to die for!
RedCalling all the hair daredevils out there—if you’re not afraid to be bold, opt for a fiery metallic red that packs a serious punch. We particularly love this look painted on using a balayage technique.
Keep in mind: Red hair is notoriously difficult to maintain. If you opt for any shade of red, be sure to pick up the Pureology Reviving Red Shamp’Oil and Reflective Condition for color retention and radiance of red or copper color-treated hair.
BerryColoring your hair with fruit juice might be risky, but that doesn’t mean we can’t draw color inspiration from our favorite healthy snack! This metallic berry hue will instantly make you feel sweeter—we promise!
Pastel PinkIf you’re thinking pink for 2019, skip the bubblegum and hot pink hues in favor of a metallic pastel shade. We recommend this one for fair to medium skin tones.
Metallic Pastel BlendCan’t get enough of pastels? With pale shades of silver, pink, blue, and purple all perfectly blended into your mane, you can’t go wrong!
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