How to Play with Color

Feeling the urge to switch up your hair color? We’re with you, curly! Whether you’re looking for a fresh color specifically for the Spring season or this is one more to the list of just for fun hair colors (we’re guilty here!) — the color of your hair can be such a source of confidence and a great way to express yourself. 

AND, guess what? Your color is safe with TréLuxe! Did you know that all of our products are color safe? This means no sulfates, silicones, parabens, phthalates, or drying agents. All TréLuxe products are water-based and water-soluble, which means they won’t add to any weight build-up that will take away from the sheen and vibrancy of your killer curl color. Plus, our first two ingredients are water and aloe vera, so we have you covered on the moisture you need to maintain healthy and colorful curls. Today, we want to inspire you to make that change you’ve been thinking of by walking you through the different types of hair color you can use, the bleaching process, and we’re sharing some of our fave colors and trends.


Permanent vs Semi Permanent Color

Let’s start with two common types of hair color that are often used, permanent hair color and semi permanent hair color, and the differences between the two. When mixed with developer, permanent hair color enters the cortex of the hair strand, altering the color and the structure of the hair indefinitely. Although permanent hair color might lose some of its vibrancy and fade a little with time, it’ll last until the hair is dyed again or until the color grows out, which is why you’ll typically always see a difference between new growth and the dyed hair. 

On the other hand, semi permanent hair color sits on the hair’s surface. It deposits color, enhances shine, and tones the hair to temporarily reach the desired color, but it’ll gradually fade over a few washes. Although semi permanent hair color is less damaging to the hair because it does not enter the cortex, it can still cause some damage over time because it’ll need to be applied a lot more frequently due to the quick fading. Semi permanent hair color won’t cover gray or alter your hair color completely, but it’s great for playing with those fantasy colors we all love. 

It’s a Gradual Process

Now, if you’re planning on going lighter, you’ll need to lighten (bleach) your hair (especially our dark haired curlies), whether you choose to use permanent or semi permanent color. This should be done gradually. Bleaching is a chemical process that strips the color from your hair strands and leaves a light base for color to better show up on. If bleaching is done improperly, these chemicals can leave your curls feeling dry and weak. You’ll pretty easily be able to tell if your curls are bleach damaged because they’ll feel crisp and straw-like, and you’ll be able to see the split ends and breakage. This is why it’s SO important to leave the bleaching to the pros! A professional hair stylist will work with you and your curls to care for your hair while getting it to your desired color. 

Piece by Piece

Another way to watch out for that bleach damage, while still playing with color, could be to opt for dyeing pieces of your hair rather than your entire head. Here are some of our favorite ways to do this.

Highlights or Balayage

These two are probably the most popular and might look pretty similar at first glance. Let’s talk about the differences. Balayage are thinner, more subtle highlights that start away from the roots (about the mid-shaft of the hair). This technique allows for more dimension and a less dramatic color fade as your curls grow out. Highlights start at the root and tend to be a little brighter and thicker, which can make them more noticeable, but they’re less dimensional and don’t grow out as nicely.




Color Blocking

This is exactly what it sounds like. Color blocking is taking sections or “blocks” of your hair and dyeing them a color that contrasts the color of the rest of your curls. This can be such a fun way to add a little something to your curls without committing to dyeing your entire head.






One of our personal favorites! Peek-a-boo is once again dyeing sections of your hair, but they’re usually sections that are in-between other sections or the underneath of your hair, so they’re “peeking” through. It lets you play with when and how you want to show off  your color because it’s not always necessarily showing.




Money Pieces

We’re not quite sure where the name came from, but some theories are that this technique makes you feel like a million bucks, so we'll go with that one! Money pieces are dyed sections of hair right at the front that frame your face. It can be such a cool little twist on your color and curls.




Fantasy Colors

Don’t be afraid to step out of your color comfort zone! Play with color — Here are some fantasy colors we can’t help but obsess over.

Find your rhythm and blues

Blues can be as bright or as subtle as you’d like them to be. We’re obsessed with darker blues like this one because it adds color and dimension without being super “in your face.” 


Don't worry, be purple

This is another color that can be very bright or super subtle. Again, it’s the perfect way to add a little bit of something to your curls.


Paint the town red

Give us all of the shades of red! We know, we know — red might seem intimidating at first, but look how good this is! 


Get into the green scene

Stunning. Beautiful. We need it! If you can’t tell, we’re all about these darker shades when it comes to starting to play with color.



Feeling inspired yet, curly? We sure are! There’s so many ways you can play with color, but there’s also so much to keep in mind before jumping into the process. We hope this blog provides you with a little more insight on how you can take the first steps to living out your curl color dreams. And, we hope that you allow TréLuxe to care for your curls and color along the way!

Will you be trying any of these colors or trends? Let us know in the comments!


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Apr 07, 2023

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