Looking to up the drama factor of your hair this winter? Consider taking a walk on the deep dark side. Inky black hair is trending this season and for good reason. To find out more about this raven hue, who it's best for, and how to maintain its shine, we caught up with expert hairdresser and L'Oréal Professionnel Artist Jennifer Luszczak.
Deep, Dark Drama
"The inky black hair color trend is flooding our streets lately because this is a great way to up drama for the winter," Luszczak says. It looks equally beautiful on women with dark skin tones as it does on ladies with pale, fair skin. The paler your skin the more of a contrast there will be as well, adding to the wow-factor of the color. What's more, Luszczak shares that inky black hair is a great way for girls with fair skin to avoid that "washed out" look they may experience in the colder months. One expert tip is that the inky black shade often looks best on women who have naturally dark hair. Going from blonde to black can be done, but you will have to commit to the routine maintenance that will keep your lighter roots from showing.
Get the Look
What makes inky black hair so unique from other tones of black is its depth. Inky black hair is super saturated and often monochromatic-another huge trend in haircolor this season! This ultra-dark black is also very cool toned, leaning almost to a midnight blue when the sun hits it. If you already have naturally dark hair, Luszczak explains that you should expect to visit the salon every 3-6 weeks to keep the color vibrant and looking its best.
If you're not sure if you're ready for that commitment, ask your hairdresser for an inky black gloss instead so you can give the hue a test run without having to deal with any visible roots. "For those who want a dimensional, not flat inky color, panels or block coloring techniques of a very dark brown can be painted in for movement," she says.
What really makes black hair stand out of the pack is its incredible shine. This is why it's important to use shampoos and conditioners that have been formulated for color-treated hair and can add back that much-needed hydration.