Pastel hair colors have been haunting our dreams as they've gained popularity across the internet. Whether it's a blunt cropped lavender, or long, beach-waved ice blue, many of us wonder, how can this dream become a reality?
Here are some insights to pastel hair that will help you decide whether it's right for you.
Q: How can I achieve pastels?
A: For pastel colors in particular, hair must be pre-lightened with bleach to a palest blond. If this is not done, the desired shade will not be achieved. For the model pictured here, her previously lightened hair was the perfect canvas for a dimensional blue/gray. For an all over roots-to-ends pastel look, be prepared for a virgin bleach and tone (a time-intensive process which gets you to an all-over pale blond canvas). The darker the hair, the more subtle the outcome. Pastels and other fashion colors can also be applied over balayage highlights or ombré. Just keep in mind, the more vibrant or pastel you want to see, the more intensive the lightening process will be. If you have very dark hair and are looking to go pastel, it may take more than one session of lightening in order to get your hair light enough.
Q: How long will it last?
A: Typically, 4-8 weeks. The lighter the pastel, the less time it will last. Pastels contain much less pigment than more vibrant fantasy colors, and therefore fade from the hair much faster.
Q: How can I preserve my pastel?
A: Each time the hair is shampooed, pigment is lost. An option could be to shampoo less. Try using a dry shampoo to prolong time between shampoos, use a sulfate-free shampoo, and use the coldest water you can stand. If you frequently use heat on your hair, use an oil or heat protectant before drying. Also, avoid chlorine and salt water (I.e. Swimming pools and oceans).
Q: How can I maintain my pastel?
A: If you are going for an ombré, balayage, or "rooty" look, return for a pastel color application every 4-8 weeks. If you're a roots-to-ends pastel, a bleach retouch must take place as well as a pastel application. The best practice is to schedule your next appointment before you leave the salon.
Q: How do I return to a natural color?
A: If there is any pigment remaining, a Direct Dye Lifter may be used to remove it. It's best to consult with a stylist on where to go from there.
Going pastel can be a bit of commitment, but it's a lot of fun too! There are different options for everyone, and once you have a pre-lightened canvas, you're able to play around with other colors! If you're interested in pastel, consult with your stylist and go for it!
Post by Hannah!