‘Oil slick’ hair is the newest color trend for brunettes

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Ready for a new ‘do? Want to amp up your color? This oil slick hair color treatment could bring a rainbow to your hair, especially if you’re a brunette. Think greens, blues, purples and pinks all throughout your luscious locks.

This hair trend is inspired by the rainbow-like colors you’d see in an oil slick, which is what happens when oil ends up floating on an expanse of water. The effect can occur both on a small scale — in a puddle — or on a larger scale when a spill occurs in the ocean. But while oil slicks are bad for the environment, this hairstyle is all about the iridescent look without any of the negative effects. Whether you use a straightener regularly or you simply blow dry and walk out the door with more of a natural look, this color scheme is sure to make you ‘do pop.

Celebrity hair colorist Jason Hogan, who claims to have invented the new look, told Glamour that he adds the color in layers, while also working to maintain the integrity of the color and condition of the hair.

Here’s a pretty example of oil slick hair, shared on Instagram by a stylist from Gem Salon & Spa in Minnesota. You can see how the colors really do look like an oil spill:


Omaha stylist Hannah Heinrich created this sleek multi-colored look for a client and was very pleased with the results. “Gave @brandisorensen some oil slick hair and to say I’m obsessed would be an understatement 🖤,” she captioned her photo on Instagram:


Massachusetts stylist Ashley Brochu shared this photo of oil slick hair on Instagram. It looks great on hair with gentle waves!


If you’re not into the oil slick look, there are plenty of other hairstyles that are exciting people in 2019.

If you’re going for a lighter look, cool gray tones are also in this year. Try a look like this one from @hairbyntash, a Scottish stylist, who created this silvery bobbed style for her client:


If you only want one hue in your hair, lilac might be your next pick. This purple toned hair is a top beauty trend this year and looks cute with a pixie cut, like the one shown in the photo below, which was shared on Instagram by Badzio & Heleniak Hair Salon:


What new hair color will you try this spring?

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