Motor oil may be the last thing you would think of when searching for your next beauty trend, but it has actually been the inspiration for a gorgeous hairstyle that is giving rainbow hair and sand art hair a run for their money. To get an idea of what this hairstyle looks like, think about the way motor oil looks when it floats on top of a rain puddle or is fresh on wet pavement. You see a swirl of gorgeous, iridescent colors such as purple, green and maybe even pink. That’s the look that stylists try to emulate when creating this hair color.
One of the benefits of oil slick hair is that it can be applied to darker hair. After all, the colors that you see in an oil slick are on top of a darker oil puddle. The style does not require bleaching the hair to start. The colors are applied directly to the dark hair so they appear to float on the top. The colors are not as saturated, so the look has a shimmery and iridescent look like the oil slick.
Darker colors are used to create oil slick hair since the base is not bleached. That means that the color will last longer, and you won’t have to get as many touchups. You can also avoid the damaging bleaching process.
Oil Slick Styles
Some of the most popular “styles” that are being spotted on runways around the world are slicked, high ponytails, tight braids, fishtails and low ponytails with severe side parts. This trend works a little better with straighter hair, as curly styles don’t reveal the “oil slick” appearance as well.
Oil slick hair is a great choice for your fall look since it uses warmer colors. You can enjoy an on-trend look without resigning yourself to the same-old boring brunette. You’ll enliven your style for these colder months.
While this is an easy and great look for brunettes, blonds may have a little trouble keeping the look going for more than a couple of weeks without noticing significant growth at the roots.
How to Get the Oil Slick Look
Select your dye of choice and prep hair by using a good moisturizer before AND after application. Break hair down into sections to get a more thorough and even application and after washing out use a shine serum to enhance the look of the “oil slick”. Keep hair hydrated to avoid any chance of drying out. This is not THE most reversible coloring trend available, but it can be done. There are also temporary products that can immolate this look without the commitment.
Talk to your stylist about the oil slick hair trend and how it will look on you prior to coloring. The stylist can suggest certain brands and even experiment with the different colors and intensity to get a different look if you just can’t muster up the courage to do-it-yourself.