Pastel Hair Color
The truth behind the maintenance
By: Colby Smith, Salon Coordinator
Bright hair color is a huge trend this season. All our favorite celebrities are showing off fun pastel hair dye. But looking past what meets the eye, we have to stop and ask: what kind of damage are they doing to their hair?
Moisture is the key thing you want when you are coloring and highlighting your hair. It is crucial whenever you are making drastic color changes. With hair color, lightening is the most damaging. Adding vibrant colors to previously lightened hair doesn’t damage the hair, and since they fade very quickly, you can play with multiple colors. Also going dark isn’t damaging. It’s trying to go light again where you run into problems.
Vibrant colors tend to fade very fast…usually after a few shampoos. To keep them looking vibrant, you need to redo it about every 2 weeks. More often if you like it super bright and vibrant. It evolves into a pastel tones as you wash so it’s also fun to see the quick changes.
You need to know that doing these vibrant colors, it’s necessary to pre-lighten the hair to a pale blonde. It’s easy if your hair is naturally light. For darker hair it puts more stress on the hair to get the pale tones. Most people run into problems when they color their hair light, then go dark, then try and go light again. The misconception is that just because you put dark hair over the highlights, it’s healthy again. The reality is that whatever hair was previously highlighted will get damage when you try and relighten hair.
If you want very vibrant hair there are products out there you can try at home. If pastel tones are your target color, then adding pink or the color of your choice to conditioner will give a sheer refresh to the color when you wash. Also make sure to use SPF – just like you would on your face.
If you want vibrantly-hued hair, come by for a Color Consultation and we’ll walk you through the process and come up with a game plan!