PHOTOS & WORDS: ZOE LONDON
HOW TO GET PASTEL HAIR, AND HOW I DID MINE A MINT BLUE. IT’S SO CHEAP AND EASY TO DO AT HOME!
So we know i’m one for changing my hair, but when it comes down to bright shades – they just don’t last. Let’s be honest, most of the time I sport a pastel hairdo, and at the minute this style is so popular in loads of colours. Whether you go for a pale lilac like Leanne, a pastel pink like Victoria, or a peach like my gorgeous friend Lottie, pastel is in.
The great thing about pastel hair is that it doesn’t last as long as fully bright dyed hair, and while mine fades to pastel because I dyed it bright to begin with – it’s dead easy at home to do pastel hair that only lasts for a few days if needed, and much longer if desired.
USE A WHITE TONER
I adore the Fudge Hair Whiter Shade of Pale toner for making hair a super pale shade. It works by mixing with regular hair dye to essentially dilute it, but while it dilutes it also tones the hair – to keep brassiness at bay. If you’re into pink or peach, mix some of this in with it and it will ensure it doesn’t go a weird brown shade (which those colours can do on hair that’s a little yellow in bleach blonde tone) and also to keep the bright dye from being too bright. I used this recently mixed with blue to make an all over ice blue wash, which I adored. It only really lasted for about a week if that before it went back to my regular green.
MIX WITH CONDITIONER
For an even more budget friendly addition, mix your hair dye with a bit of conditioner. You can use any really, I always use the John Frieda Blonde ones to mix with dye as they’re just a little better on bleached hair – which mine essentially is. Just use the conditioner in the same way you’d use the toner, and you’ll find due to the conditioner, the dye wont cling to the hair as bright. It’s pretty much the equivalent of mixing a ton of white paint into a bright pink paint – it makes it diluted and softer.
TRY BLEACH DYES FOR PASTEL LOCKS
The Bleach London dyes are known for their pastel shades rather than their brights, so if you want to try something different or have a shade in mind that you want to use from the bottle, give these a go! They’re pretty inexpensive and can be picked up from Boots, making them a really easy option for a quick cheat sheet to pastel pretty locks!
Just bear in mind as with all dying, it will probably stain the hair – the only one that wont is lilac/blue toned pink – but all the others will. So be prepared to have a soft wash of the colour in with your bleach, but if you’re dark haired it’s cool cos you can just dye over it, and bleach hair just use a lot of good toner to get any lingering pastel dye out. Otherwise commit to it, but be known that pastel dye is quite a bit of maintenance – you’d need to do it every week or every other week i’d say to keep it a nice pastel tone! Oh and I included a photo of gloves because I always forget, and it’s so important to wear gloves – pastel/bright/neon dyes will stain your hands and clothing and it’s just best to wear gloves, even though you might not want to or it seems like a pain. Trust me! Years of blue tinted nails…
What’s your favourite pastel hair colour?