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How To Get Vanilla Chai Hair, The Cozy Blonde The Internet Loves

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In the hair world, a change in season usually sparks a new wave of hair color trends—and fall is one of our favorite seasons to try out new hues. When the leaves change color and the weather cools down, it’s common for many people to trade in their sunkissed locks for dark brown hair and vampy red shades. This year, however, cool toned hair colors are completely taking over. That’s why we’ve been loving vanilla chai hair color, the newest ash blonde balayage trend to sweep the internet.

Looking to slay the vanilla chai hair trend this fall? If you’ve never heard of the beverage-inspired hue before, you’re going to be obsessed.

What is vanilla chai hair?

Vanilla chai is a dimensional ash blonde hue first named by stylist Amy McManus. To create vanilla chai hair, your colorist will use a balayage technique to blend creamy vanilla and icy hues while leaving the roots darker. The mix of blonde and brunette makes vanilla chai hair ideal for anyone looking to go lighter but still keep hints of darker hair for the fall.

Vanilla chai hair color is best achieved by starting with a light brown or dark blonde base. If you have darker strands, don’t worry. Vanilla chai hair is still totally achievable. However, since the look requires multiple appointments to safely lift the color, you should expect to head to the salon at least three times before your vanilla chai look is perfected.

How do you maintain vanilla chai hair?

As with any hair color change, you can expect to switch up your product routine a bit. To keep your vanilla chai hue looking it’s best between salon appointments, we recommend adding a purple shampoo and conditioner to your hair care routine. From the L’Oréal portfolio of products, we love the Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo and Conditioner. Formulated with Strength Cure Asta Repair™, this purple shampoo helps to strengthen and rebuild damaged, brittle hair while preventing dryness and further breakage for shiny, moisturized hair. The conditioner moisturizes and restores hair by strengthening from root to top for shiny, moisturized hair.

If you’ve tried a bright blonde hair color before, you probably already know that bleach can take a serious toll on your strands. While there’s no way to repair the damage done by bleach fully, there are tons of salon quality hair products formulated to help improve the look and feel of your hair. We suggest adding a deep conditioning mask like the Redken Extreme Mega Mask to your hair care routine. This product is a two-in-one strengthening hair mask that is both a treatment and care extender designed specifically for damaged hair.

How does vanilla chai hair look best?

We’re firm believers that vanilla chai hair will look stunning paired with any cut or style. Whether your hair is short and blunt or long and layered, you can’t go wrong with this shade.

Whichever way you decide to wear vanilla chai hair, use the hashtag #hairdotcom to share your final look with us!

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