DIY Hair: Five Gorgeous Pastel Hair Colors
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All I ever really wanted was pastel hair, and at times, I had it. My hair dyeing escapades were quite the experience, but they had to come to an end once I got a new job. If I could go back and do it all over again, I'd do all five of these awesome colors!
Brilliant Dye, Pastel Results: Some Things to Keep in Mind
When dyeing hair a pastel color, you'll usually start with a brighter pigment. You can do one of two things from here - dye with the color straight from the bottle, or dilute the dye with conditioner.
If you opt to use the color straight, be prepared to wait a few washes for it to fade. This is what I did with my lavender hair.
If you want pastel hair immediately, dilute! Fill a little bowl with about 1/3 cup of white conditioner, and add a teaspoon of color. Mix it up, and add color/conditioner to achieve the shade you want. Apply it as you would normal dye! I used this method for my mint streaks (see number 4 below).
1. Cotton-Candy Pink
My hair was pink for a very short time, but it wasn't quite this shade. I had dyed it using Manic Panic's Shocking Blue, and it eventually faded to pink somehow.
Manic Panic does make a Cotton Candy Pink, which comes out very light and sweet. Word on the street, however, is that Special Effects' Atomic Pink creates a much more vibrant pink!
2. Baby Blue
I wanted this color, an electric baby blue, when I first started dyeing my hair, but I never achieved it myself. I didn't bleach my hair light enough before I applied the blue dye, so it came out a greenish teal color.
If you're going for a pastel blue, your hair needs to be absolutely white when you dye it. If your hair even has a hint of yellow or orange, the blue won't come out as a true blue, but teal or green instead.
Some great dyes to use for this color, if you do it right, are Manic Panic's Bad Boy Blue, or La Riche Directions' Atlantic Blue.
Kelly Osbourne brought some attention to pastel hair after she went to a lovely lavender nearly four years ago! I also had this color for a short time - I used Manic Panic's Ultra Violet, and applied it straight to my hair. It was pretty dark at first, but eventually lightened up to a nice pastel purple.
I'd definitely recommend Ultra Violet - but if you're going directly for this lavender, dilute the dye with conditioner before applying. Other dyes that will work include Manic Panic's Electric Amethyst and Lie Locks.
I never would've thought I'd like any tone of green in a hair color, but mint is so so pretty. I had mint streaks for a little bit, and I loved them! You can get away with having dark roots with certain colors, but mint is not one of them. If you're going to go for mint hair, you really should keep your roots in check!
To achieve mint hair, try out Manic Panic's Atomic Turquoise (diluted), or Pravana's Mystical Mint!
Peach is so pretty! I tried peach streaks for a while, but I wasn't fond of the dye (Manic Panic Pretty Flamingo). The resulting streaks were very pale. I'd rather use a concentrated dye and dilute it myself, than start off with an already very light dye.
To accomplish peach hair, you can do a few things. Rather than bleaching your hair white like you would need to do for a pastel blue, you can leave it with its yellowish or orangey tones. Use a pink dye, like Manic Panic's Cotton Candy Pink, on top of your yellow hair. Color theory tells you that your hair will be a nice peach color!
If you already have super-white hair, try using Manic Panic's Pretty Flamingo. Otherwise, peach hair dye is pretty hard to find. You'll have to experiment with mixing different oranges and pinks!
Which pastel hair color is your favorite?
Seriously. I'm living through you! If you have the opportunity to dye your hair crazy colors, do it. And please, share photos!
If you want more vibrant colors, I've done a review of Manic Panic hair colors as well! Head on over to that article and check out some photos.
Also... I quit shampooing. It's quite interesting, actually. Catch my six month update here.
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