How-To: Oil Slick Hair Color

Stylists know that when clients come in requesting creative color, brunette beauties can be a bit more challenging than their blonde counterparts thanks to the necessary pre-lightening involved in the process. Thankfully, rainbow hair isn’t just for blondes! With the oil slick hair trend, even dark-haired beauties can rock the VIVIDS look without having to do extreme lightening from roots to ends.

Oil slick got its name from the iridescent, intertwined rainbow shades found in spilled oil on the ground. The look, with its dark base and less-extensive required lightening, is an ideal technique for brunettes!

PRAVANA Guest Artist and colorist at Sally Hershberger LA Jessica Gonzalez (@jesstheebesttcolor) created a gorgeous, soft, spring version of the oil slick hair trend using the new VIVIDS jewel-toned shades combined with pastel colors. By incorporating deep, inky strands into the softer shades, the final result is a perfectly colorful, multidimensional transition into the warmer spring and summer months! Mix and match the shades of your choice for your best oil slick yet! 

Check out the video here for a PRAVANA how-to, filmed on location at Sally Hershberger LA: 


To maintain rainbow hair like oil slick, arm your clients with the VIVIDS Color Protect after care line, complete with a gently cleansing sulfate and salt-free shampoo, a moisturizing conditioner and Sealing Spray. 

About: Founded in 2004 by 30-year beauty industry veteran Steve Goddard, PRAVANA International is a global salon professional hair care brand "created by stylists, for stylists". PRAVANA'S anti-corporate philosophy goes beyond traditional product creation by redefining personal hair care with a caring commitment towards only the highest quality brand and product precision, underscored by a responsible and altruistic eco-conscious approach, which includes biodegradable packaging, natural, non-harmful ingredients and a built in charitable contribution for every purchase made. For more info please visit