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Brunettes now have a reason to rejoice because there’s a new hair trend in town and it’s been created specifically for those with warm, rich locks. Typically, color trends for brunettes have always leaned towards the coffee or caramel shades, or Auburn and red wine hues. Now, brunettes are able to rock the multi-colored hair look with the latest “oil slick” trend that is popping up everywhere.

According to Glamour Magazine, brunettes everywhere can thank celebrity colorist Jason Hogan with the creation of this fun and glam new look, although many other colorists have claimed to have created the look. The color trend is called “oil slick” because it mimics the colors that are created when oil or gas is spilled on the ground, and it was created to work specifically on darker hair.

“It’s dark, mysterious, rich and, more importantly, the most striking fantasy hair trend with the least amount of damage,” Splat Hair Color Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Helen Crutchfield-Christoni said.

The effect is created by coloring the hair with multiple different colors and is something we’ve definitely seen before, like with the mermaid hair trend. The big difference is those amazing multi-colored hair trends used to be reserved for blondes, leaving brunettes waiting for their turn to rock the multi-colored hair look!

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Using the jewel tones like purples, greens, and blues in darker hair gives a shockingly beautiful effect that people just can’t seem to get enough of, and stylists love to create.

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The best part about this hot new hair trend is it can be as dramatic as you want or as subtle as you need. The colors can be more vibrant and throughout the entire hair, or more muted and applied, so they’re only seen when one runs their hands through their hair, giving a “peek-a-boo” effect.

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The best part of oil slick hair is that it doesn’t cause nearly as much damage as many other hair trends that require brunettes to bleach their hair does. The oil slick trend is designed to work with brunettes, and it compliments their already rich, warm hair color without the need to lighten first and then apply color.https://www.instagram.com/p/BwarjobhGKP/If you’re looking for something new for the coming summer months are want to add a bit of color to your life, consider oil slick hair and make a fun and colorful statement. After all, who says blondes have more fun?

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Oil Slick Hair: Rainbow Hair for Brunettes

By Trish Galbavy, Cosmetology Master Educator at Tricoci University

If you’re a brunette and want those fabulous, bright hair colors that everyone else has, oil slick hair is perfect for you. This coloring technique was originally created by celebrity colorist Aura Friedman of Sally Hershberger Salon by creating iridescent tone mixtures of purples and greens on top of hair for an inky effect. “I’ve been trying to re-create gasoline or oil when it’s on the ground and it rains,” she said. “I find that when you take a dark purple and a dark green and layer them one on top of the other, you end up with this iridescent feeling.” This oily effect tends to reflect opal colors of dark gray, purples, green and black when done correctly. It’s amazing where artists get their inspiration from – why wouldn’t you want those colors on your hair??! Two positives from using the oil slick hair color technique:

1. Forget bleaching your hair like crazy.

We all know bleach is not the best thing for your hair. This applies to someone who has naturally dark hair. A lot of people are now more educated on with knowing they cannot have bleach blonde in one sitting at the salon and it does take a while because of the waiting period between lightening processes. With the oil slick technique, you can get this look at one visit in the salon and your hair will still be in a healthy state.

2. The color will last longer.

If you didn’t know, pastel colors do not last very long. One month at the most, and that’s if you are lucky. The cost and maintenance of pastels are a costly commitment. With oil slicking, this can be maintained with the normal 6-8 week visits at the salon.

So now we know why we should use the oil slick hair technique, let’s go over how to achieve it. We are going to need to lift the hair about two to three levels, depending on the natural level of the hair. By now, everyone has their own balayage technique that they swear by. Use your own balayage technique to pre-lighten the midshaft to the ends of the hair. Because this look is all cool tones, you will also want to darken the base to a dark cool brown or a cool black. Allow the color and lightener to process, the rinse, but do not condition it and only dry the hair about 90% of way. Here comes the fun part. All stylists are artists. Let your creative instincts take over! You can let the technique come from your heart and free hand the color by what you feel. You can also reference a picture and try to duplicate the pattern through that. There will be no right or wrong way you can place the fashion colors onto the hair.

Here comes the fun part. All stylists are artists. Let your creative instincts take over. You can let the technique come from your heart and free hand the color by what you feel. You can also reference a picture (see below) and try to duplicate the pattern that way. There is no right or wrong way to place the fashion colors onto the hair. I would, however, suggest placing two different colors within the same parting. For example, use the purple at the top part of the pre-lightened hair and melt a green tone towards the ends of the hair strand. Allow each parting to lay on top of each other using foils. It will save time and product cost.

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Prelighten hair with Balayage & baby lights. You can use anywhere from a 7 to 20 volume developer. Prelighten to a level 7 with a natural level 5.


Redken City Beats Time Square Teal, Brooklyn Blue, Indigo Skyline with 1/4 East Village Violet.


This is more of a “feel” application. Start with 4 quads, take a parting within your section. Then choose any color you desire and start to apply it at the base to mid-strand. The next color then will be applied mid-strand to ends. Blend using your fingers or a blur brush. This technique is used through the head. Remember to alternate your colors throughout.

The best thing about this technique is that you are not limited to a basic application. You can think outside of the box, get as creative as you want, and use this look to put your own personal stamp on to this walking billboard. As for at home care for your guest, with any fashion color put onto the hair, suggest to your guest to shampoo their hair separately in cool to cold water. Always suggest a color extending shampoo and conditioner to prolong the color of the hair. And lastly, recommend your guest to come in for regular conditioning treatments to maintain the health of the hair. I really hope these techniques will help you with the brunette clientele who is looking for some fun colors in their hair. Most of all I cannot wait to see all the creativity that develops from your oil slicking abilities!

Balayage & babylights by Alexa Whitt. Redken Fashion colors by Angelina Garza.

As for at home care, as with any fashion color, I’d suggest shampooing the hair separately in cool to cold water. And always use (or suggest to the guest) a color extending shampoo and conditioner to prolong the color of the hair. And lastly, come in for regular conditioning treatments to maintain the health of the hair.

I really hope these techniques will help you with any of your brunette clientele looking to add a twist to their normal coloring routine. Most of all, I cannot WAIT to see all the creativity that develops from your new oil slick skills. Use the hashtag #tricociuniversity on Instagram and Twitter and show us what you’ve created. Or, create the next “oil slick” trend. The possibilities are endless.

But there’s a new color technique for darker strands that makes your hair look iridescent. It’s called oil slick hair color. At first mention, the term may make you wonder why anyone would want oily hair. But this chic winter beauty trend has nothing to do with actual grease.

Oil slick color is a style that applies a mix of dark blue, green, and purple tones over darker hair, giving it an iridescent appearance. This is similar to the pastel hair color trend, but its shimmery effect comes from blending darker shades rather than ultra-pale ones. The effect is a darker spectrum of colors all incorporated together with a bit of edge that looks good with really dark roots.

What makes oil slick hair stand out is that it’s mostly about using cooler colors (i.e. blue, green, purple, etc.,) with a hint of one warm color (i.e. pink) worn against dark hair, like an oil slick. It’s designed to look dark in certain lighting and shine colorful in the light, like black oil. Whereas rainbow contains all the colors in the spectrum, cool and warm.

If you have naturally dark hair, this is the perfect way to add a fun and unique color to your mane without the maintenance. You don’t have to lighten it so much to get it there, so your hair will be in better condition. And while pastel shades tend to fade quickly, these deeper colors will last for months. It’s also more subtle than the pastel hair trend so there is less urgency to head to the salon for a root touchup the second you get re-growth.

If you decide to get on board with the oil slick trend make sure you are using products from the essence ULTIME Diamond Color and Radiance line, which is especially developed for color treated hair. The line not only nourishes your thirsty hair after the color process, but protects your beautiful blues, greens, purples and pinks from fading. If your tresses still look dry, be sure to use choose your styling products from the styliste ULTIME Crystal Shine and Hold line to give you locks the glossy sheen you desire.

If you’re a brunette looking for an edgier hair look this winter, try out the oil slick color trend. The bleach-free technique gives dark hair a colorful, iridescent sheen with some amazingly gorgeous results, without destroying your strands. The richer jeweled tones of the rainbow make this the perfect look for the season and a score for dark-haired girls everywhere.

How To Do Perfect Hair With Affordable Priced Oil Slick Hair Color

When it comes to hair trends, oil slick hair color is leading recently. It started making a buzz around salon space in 2016. The better is the price of the oil slick hair color, the better will be the result. It gives a beautiful pattern of rainbow colors to your hair without even damaging your hair.

The oil slick hair technique is making its way into hair salons all over the world. It involves coloring multiple hair flocks with diverse colors. Color includes pink, blue and green, it lends a shiny look to your hair. So, if you like goth people or want to make your hairs like rock stars then you should know the oil slick hair color.

The trending oil slick hair colors

Every year subtle slick hair oils are introduced in the market. The light colored hair changes from bright teal ombré to full on pinky hair without using a bleaching agent completely. Now getting your favorite hair color is possible without damaging your hair. The oil slick color works best on light hair.

If you are a brunette with dark brown hair, you will feel a little left out on the rainbow oil slick hair trend. Because turning your darker strands an opalescent color is way more process than it is for blonde hair.

Stylists need to think out of the box and be creative as to best satisfy his clients. Some of the experts make their own color by mixing different colors, in this way every client can get his customized hair color.

Prices of customized oil slick hair color

Unique oil slick hair colors are available in market at an affordable price. However, the price of the oil slick hair color always varies with quality. The higher the price, the better the quality. A high-quality oil slick hair color usually ranges from 200-250$, which is enough for your head.

Applying the oil slick hair color needs attention, and it is more complex than traditional coloring. Therefore, the total service charges will be higher. This technique requires a lot of work but in the end, the result always comes out satisfying.

The overall process is so much fun. And yes, if you are a rainbow hair porn lover you are going to love this process.

How does oil slick hair color works

The effectiveness of oil slick hair color depends on the darkness of hair. If you have light to medium hair, this technique is best for you. However, if you are a brunette with dark brown color hair, you have to bleach your hair to get your desired rainbow hair color.

Experts suggest using Pravana, Pulp Riot, and Manic Panic color brands for achieving the best results. These colors carry a wide array of bright and saturated pigments. Combing your hairstyle with a day of dead clothing will help you stand out on special events. Stylists often use a tint brush for applying the hair color. It allows each stand to be fully saturated in color. The color is then put under heat for 20 mins. After cooling for 5 mins, you will get perfect oil slick hair color.

Always choose quality oil slick hair color

Quality depends upon the price of oil slick hair color. The higher the price the better will be its quality. Oil slick hair color makes hair colorful and shiny. It is due to the reflection of different colors used in making oil slick color. The different wavelengths of colors result in a rainbow-like color pattern, which looks amazing. Combining your look with jewelry including skull bracelet and skull ring will help you look chic.

How to use the right products for oil slick hair color?

Like any other hair color, the oil slick hair color also requires a mix of the right products and a daily maintenance routine. If you want to give your hair a rainbow look, there are several rainbow hair tips available.

Experts recommend using any shampoo and conditioner that is for color treated hair and it should also be sulfate and paraben free. This will help to avoid stripping out your oil slick color while shampooing. A tip for the longevity of oil slick hair color is that don’t wash your hair very often.

Maintenance of oil slick hair color

As we all know that rainbow or any type of pastel colors are not permanent and they will only last for one to four weeks. To keep your color for a longer period of time, ask your colorist to give you some home color depositing conditioner mix. In this way, you can do touch-ups at home by yourself and you don’t have to visit the salon every week.

What shades work best?

The technique will help you get rainbow strands without undergoing the bleaching process and toning. But some darker hair doesn’t take color, so they have to be bleached before using the oil slick technique.

If your hair is light to medium brown, you will get higher shade. If your hair is dark brown and has never been lightened before, there are chances that they will pastel out.

If you want to get on board with the oil slick trend, make sure that you use the best products. The products like essence ULTIME Diamond Color and Radiance line are especially for treating hair.

The radiance line not only nourishes your dry hair after the color process, but it will also protect your beautiful blues, greens, purples, and pinks from fading away sooner. If your hair still looks dry, use your styling products from ULTIME Crystal Shine. Hold the lines to give you locks that are glossy sheen as you desire.

Tips for you to rock in your oil slick hair color

    • Bring pictures

    If you want to get your favorite hairstyle with varying colors, it is best for you and your stylist to start working on common ground. Show your stylist what oil slick colors inspires you and how do you want your hair to look.

    First, decide which color do you want, it can be green and purple, like a duck, or favor a heavier concentration of blues, like a storm-tossed sea. Let your colorist work on your hair with her skills and creativity. She is more likely to bring in creatives ideas, adding some other colors like steely gray or pale pink strands to the mix and make your color unique and classy.

    • Make sure your hair shine

    The essential of the oil slick is it gives you a shiny perfect hair. Using cool water to rinse your hair after shampoo and condition will help your hair color last longer.

    You can use boar bristle brushes as shine enhancer for your hair coloring. Applying hair oil to your dry hair can help your hair to look shinier than before.

    • Use products for color-treated hair

    The oil slick hair color doesn’t require too much chemical, but your hair always needs special care. Choose gentle shampoo and conditioner that are free of salt and sulfate and designed for colored hair.

    Finally, these trendy hair colors need the proper outfit to match the styles. Dressing up with skinny jeans like high waist Mujer black skinny jeans will definitely help you look stylish.

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    5 Reasons Oil Slick Hair Color Is For You

    Kind of pretty, right? It’s glowy streaks like those that hair color pros have been inspired by for the latest trend, oil slick hair. Based on those pavement palettes of indigo, purple, emerald and magenta, hair colorists have come up with a dramatic and very cool effect for hair.

    So yes, oil slick hair is a thing. Is it your thing? Here are five reasons why the answer is probably a yes!

    1. You’re Bored With Your Dark Hair

    Sometimes it seems like your light-haired friends have all the hair color fun. They change it up constantly with fun pastels or bright colors, highlights, balayage or ombré. But if you have dark hair, the options are more limiting. You really have to bleach nearly all of the color out of your hair in order to put in a new color that shows up. For you, oil slick hair is the answer. There are lots of color combinations, but in general, oil slick hues are in the magenta, purple, green and/or cobalt families, and to get the full effect, they must be integrated into a rich, inky base. Like yours. It’s the dark base that provides the dramatic backdrop for the colors, as well as the contrast they need to shimmer.

    2. You’re Not That Keen on Using a Lot of Hair Lightener

    You can opt for a little or a lot with oil slick color. Meaning you may opt to add a few subtle highlights of indigo or emerald into your ebony base. That means your hair stylist will only have to lighten a couple of sections. But of course, you can go for the full effect—a stormy swirl of cool, jewel shades. But in either case, because the petroleum palette is relatively dark, your stylist won’t have to bleach your hair too heavily to get the desired effect. For added insurance, ask her to include one of the new bonding systems in your formulas to prevent damage and restore your hair health while it’s processing.

    3. You Don’t Want Hair Color That’s Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

    This is where you have one up on all those blondes who seem to show up each day with a new shade of pink or mint green or Tiffany blue hair. Those shades are lovely, but within four or five shampoos…poof. They’re pretty much gone. Your oil slick colors, on the other hand, will have loads more staying power—months in some cases.

    4. You Don’t Want to Spend Your Life in the Salon

    Again, you have it all over hair color clients with lighter hair when it comes to touching up the oil slick. Because you’re keeping your base color the same, it won’t matter how much your hair grows—it won’t need touching up at the roots.

    5. You’re Kind of a Badass

    Admittedly these aren’t hair colors found in nature. And you’re good with that. Really good. Because at last you have found a hair color palette that both flatters and expresses the real you. And that’s the beauty of oil slick hair. It won’t shock your conservative employer or your mom’s stuffy friend, but it does tell the world you’re unique and confident!

    A Few Tips for Rocking Your Oil Slick Hair Color

    1. Bring pictures.

    There are many design possibilities, as well as many varying color possibilities. So it’s best if you and your hair stylist start on common ground. Show her the oil-inspired hues you’re leaning toward and confer together on where and how lightly or heavily they should be placed throughout your hair. Maybe your color should skew more green and purple, like a duck, or favor a heavier concentrations of blues, like a storm-tossed sea. And let her get creative! Maybe she has some other ideas, like adding a few steely gray or pale pink strands to the mix, to make the look your own.

    2. Play around with clip-in extensions.

    Still on the fence? With clip-in extensions, you can definitely give the whole oil slick hair a test drive. Start with a few subtle slivers of blue-green or dark fuchsia. If you like the effect, add a few more. When you’re sold, call your stylist and book an appointment for the real deal.

    3. Make sure it shines.

    Shiny hair is essential for oil slick perfection. A cool water rinse after you shampoo and condition your hair will help. (It will also help your hair color last longer.) Boar bristle brushes are brilliant shine enhancers. Apply a hair treatment oil to your damp hair before styling. If your hair is super dry or dull, work a bit of the oil into strands before bed, wind it up in a bun and let the oil soak in overnight.

    4. Use products for color-treated hair.

    Even though oil slick hair color doesn’t require as much chemistry as more intense color effects, your hair still needs to be handled with care. Choose gentle shampoo and conditioner formulas that are salt- and sulfate-free and designed especially for color treated hair. If you use thermal tools like dryers and irons, turn down the heat. High temps are notorious for stripping away hair color. And always use a good heat protectant spray with your irons to keep hair to prevent thermal damage.

    This Crazy New Hair Dye Trend I Tried Finally Lets Brunettes Have Some Fun

    Is there any phrase more tired than “Blondes have more fun”? My personal heroes (Gloria Estefan, JLo and Michelle Obama, obviously) prove that brunettes can totally keep up with our fair-haired BFFs… unless it’s at the hair salon. As a dark-haired lady — my hair is a color I like to call I-promise-it’s-dark-brown-not-black — I’ve pined after many a set of mermaid, beta fish and opal tresses. And while I’ve always dreamed of joining ranks with the pastel gals, I’ve been too afraid to subject my hair to harsh bleaches and repeat touchups. So when I learned about a new dye technique that promised to deliver magical mermaid hair to dark-haired ladies like me, I had to investigate.

    “Oil slick” hair is the crazy-colorful new hair trend dreamed up by celebrity stylist Aura Friedman of the Sally Hershberger Salon. The iridescent tone, which also goes by the name “duck feather,” layers bright purples, lush greens and bold blues to create the look of gasoline on the ground after a wild storm. Plus, because you don’t have to drastically lighten your locks, it’s healthier for your hair too.

    I was intrigued, but a little concerned about the commitment. Aside from a tiny streak of bleach (the result of being stuck indoors for too long after Hurricane Sandy), I’ve never dyed my hair.

    I turned to Barrow Salon in San Francisco for the job. Helmed by celeb hairstylist Michelle Snyder (she’s sheared A-listers including Zooey Deschanel, Sienna Miller and Zoe Kravitz), the salon is on the pulse of what’s new and next.

    Color genius Shelly Cross was in charge of my hair makeover. One peek at her beautiful blue-gray locks, and I knew I was in good hands. She got right to work, starting me off with foiled layers of two types of bleach: balayage and regular bleach. Shelly explained that since the balayage bleach is slower at stripping color than regular bleach, adding both types would ensure good dimension in the colors. This dimension would allow some spots to pop with color and others to be more subtle.

    After washing out the bleach, Shelly was ready to add in the dyes. Her oil-slick strategy was all about overlaying colors. She told me, “Overlaying purple and green, and adding the blue here and there, will give your hair that metallic feel. When you overlay, the colors create that really iridescent feeling, giving it that oil slick look.” Though Shelly says there’s no limit to the colors and tones you can work into your oil slick ‘do, she felt the trio of purple, blue and green complement each other really well and worked well with my skin tone.

    After washing out the dye, it was time for the unveiling. You could hardly see any of the colors while my hair was wet, but Shelly promised they’d be there. As Shelly worked her blowdryer magic, the bright colors start to emerge. I’m pretty sure I gasped when I saw my hair, and then I went silent because I couldn’t stop smiling. It was — and is — truly the hair of my dreams.

    Thanks to the color layering and several dimensions of bleach, my hair was both wild and subtle, all at the same time. With just a casual hair flip, I could tease a few glimpses of teal or purple, but since the colors were limited to near the front of my hair, it wasn’t a full-on assault of color. Shelly said that the maintenance for oil slick hair is easier than pastel hair, since pastel tones fall out of hair so quickly. The only potential downside is that when you’re touching up your oil slick strands, the color blending can pick up randomly. That means every appointment will result in a slightly new color blend.

    Having magical-colored hair is everything I thought it would be and more. I now get daily compliments from my coworkers about my hair, and I find myself dreaming of ways to show it off. Let’s just say I see a lot of fancy braids in my future.

    I also recently acquired a beautiful skateboard and a pair of flashy sneaker wedges, so as my friends tell me, I’ve finally reached cool teen status. Sure, it’s about 10 years too late, but I’ll take it!

    Brunettes! Would you try oil slick hair? Let us know in the comments below!

    Photography: Brittany Griffin
    Colorist: Shelly Cross
    Salon: Barrow Salon, 256 Sutter St #4, San Francisco, CA 94108


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