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DIY Hair: Five Gorgeous Pastel Hair Colors

Updated on April 13, 2016

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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!

My hair faded to pink weeks after an application of Manic Panic's Shocking Blue.
My hair faded to pink weeks after an application of Manic Panic's Shocking Blue.

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.

3. Lavender

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.


4. Mint


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!

A faded application of Atomic Turquoise
A faded application of Atomic Turquoise

5. Peach


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!

Manic Panic Pretty Flamingo
Manic Panic Pretty Flamingo

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Go Dye!

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're looking to go pastel but first need to know how to bleach, check out my articles on how to bleach dark hair, and after-bleach care.

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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      Caitlin 16 months ago

      Thank you!!

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      Alex Rose 16 months ago from Virginia

      I don't know how professionals operate, but I do know that's why I do it myself! I have heard from so many people how they are unhappy with something they paid for - I'd rather do it myself because I know what I want, and relatively how to get there. And then if it doesn't turn out as desired, at least I didn't spend hundreds of dollars on it.

      You've got the right idea - If you don't want any sort of roots, just be careful bleaching them from home. Don't leave the bleach in for too long - it shouldn't take that long to work on unprocessed hair. Also, when diluting with conditioner, use less than what you think you'd need. In my experience, it always comes out lighter on your head than the color you've mixed in the bowl!

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      Caitlin 17 months ago

      So I wanted lavender hair and decided to get it professionally done bc my hair is light brown and long. In February 2016 I had it bleached and dyed a dark purple. It faded to a nice shade but by then my roots were growing out and I wanted to get a whiter canvas to work with. So I got it bleached again three weeks ago and had it dyed this vibrant purple. So it hasn't faded that much and I'm kind of annoyed that I've now payed 1200 for hair that is not my desired shade. Do all professionals dye it bright until it fades? I showed her a pic both times and she was like "oh yeah this will look great". I'm just annoyed that once again my roots are growing out and my hair is still not "pastel". I think I'm going to have to wait for it to fade and have a friend bleach my tips and then dilute color with conditioner..any advice?

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      Alex Rose 17 months ago from Virginia

      Ellie - Use a low volume developer, like 10 volume, and bleach over time!! Trying to do it all at once will kill your hair. Use lots of conditioner and oils to moisturize your hair in between bleaches. I bleached my own hair about 6 times with 10 volume, over the course of 3 months. It's a lot of work but it's worth it in the end.

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      Ellie 17 months ago

      Any advice on how to get your hair white blond safely???

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      nat 19 months ago

      are any of these colours permanent?? Looking for a permanent pastel dye

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      Cutie206 20 months ago

      I like lavender the best and pink

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      Sarai 2 years ago

      Just went through a three week mess of getting my hair to white, and im toning it for the last time now. Luckily my hair is super strong because otherwise i dont know how it would have survived the four bleachings I've had to undergo to get it white from red. Wish me luck, I'm going to try every single pastel here. ♡

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      Courtney Rhodes 2 years ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A.

      I love the peach. I just don't know if i have the guts to do it!

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      ejrebel 2 years ago

      I got the same result with the manic panic blue but it went silver so I bleached it and it came out pink on my roots (kinda looked cool actually)

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      Tiffany 2 years ago

      You should use punky colour its like the original manic panic.. manic panic is a rip off of punky colour.

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      Alex Rose 2 years ago from Virginia

      Nice!! Sorry you had to waste your time and money with other things!! Some people have suggested RAW to me, So far I haven't been able to test it out in its full glory - but I'm a HUGE Manic Panic girl.

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      Skullgurl 2 years ago

      I am Manic panic pro...i was a bad bad gurl and tried Ion Srmi-perm Brilliance...i wanted the pastel aqua, lavender, and pale pink. I had tried the diluter from MP once before and it didn't work well...so i strayed....WHAtAMISTAKE! It was to thick going on, and not easy to leave in overnigjt like i do w MP. It got all lumpy and almost lard like. I washed ot out w vinegar and cold water...and...UGH....HALF MY HEAD WAS W OUT COLOR. It was horrid. So i paid 25 bucks to buy Ion..and two days later paid 30 more to do it right wp. Thanks to this article i doluted my osn colos and got the perfect pastels!! You RAWK! XOXO-Skullgurl Metalchick- 40- Wisconsin

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      micheala 2 years ago

      I have used this technique when I did my own pink/peach and blue/teal. With the pink it turned out amazing and I used "Splat" hot pink and mixed it with cholestrole. The splat had a thinner consistency and was more workable than the thicker manic panic. You can buy the splat anf cholesterol at walmart.

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      MKS 3 years ago

      Love the variety!! You look great with pretty much any hair color, so lucky :) I just did pastel pink (like this http://www.hi-style.us/2014/09/la-vie-en-rose.html... , I plan to keep it up with Overtone conditioner - they have a ton of different shades, even pastel orange which my friend is going to try to get a peach effect. PS holla at VA, I lived there for a while!

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      Jemjoseph 3 years ago

      I love to see pastel colored hair, it's ethereal and looks like it's straight from a fairy tale.

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      Alex Rose 3 years ago from Virginia

      I don't think so, my art instincts are telling me no! Yellow and purple make brown, and so if your hair has any sort of yellow tones it will start to look muddy. Your best bet is to try to get it as light as possible before dyeing!

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      Grace 3 years ago

      I love the lilac/lavender look ... would you think that would work on natural strawberry blond hair :) ?

      Anyway, thank you very much for your helpful photos!