Pastel pink colored hair all started with the 2014 Tommy Hilfiger ad. Like most of the brand’s ads, this one pictured a group of tall and tanned all-American girls with dirty blond hair. What was so different about this ad? Just one of the young ladies had collarbone-length pink hair. That’s all it took for the trend of pink hair to hit runways and eventually become a ‘do in high demand.
Take it from a Pro
Madison is a multi-talented hairstylist and makeup artist who works at ritzy, high-class salon and day spa. With demand for all different shades of pink on the rise, she left us with a few tips to share with our readersIf your hair isn’t naturally blonde, it’s important to start off with white hair. To get a true pink shade (especially an ever popular pastel pink), you need that white base. Even for the yellow blondes, the hair should still be lifted to a snow-like color. One of the best things anyone wanting to go pink can do is visit their stylist, at the very least for this part of the process.
- If your hair isn’t naturally blonde, it’s important to start off with white hair. To get a true pink shade (especially an ever popular pastel pink), you need that white base. Even for the yellow blondes, the hair should still be lifted to a snow-like color. One of the best things anyone wanting to go pink can do is visit their stylist, at the very least for this part of the process.
- No matter how light or dark of a pink you’re looking for, you need to seal the shade to make it more lasting. If you’re in a salon, your stylist will take care of this. If you’ve chosen to create your new look yourself, one of the best DIY’s you can do at home is rinse your hair with equal parts vinegar and water.
- After you (or your stylist) have colored your hair pink, the best way to maintain the shade is to tone your hair. One thing to keep in mind when toning at home: the longer you leave the toner on the higher of a lift you’ll get, meaning it will appear lighter.
- As with any color, pink will fade. To prevent color fading you should try to limit washing your hair every other day. On the wash days, be sure to use a sulfate-free, color safe shampoo and conditioner line and rinse with cold water.
- Invest in a high-quality dry shampoo for the non-wash days. Make sure that it absorbs oils without making your ‘do look tired and heavy. For those with a steady hand, give baby powder a try!
- Because going pink is a double process (remember, go white, then pink) the upkeep is a bit more tedious then a typical color. To maintain your new look, it is best to have the new growth touched up every three to four weeks.
Madison explains that while lots of girls come in asking for shades of pink, the look is certainly not for everyone. Unless the customer is someone who often goes for a more edgy or grungy look, Madison says that she will have her customer give wash out semi-permanent hair color a try. She says that hair chalk is also a great option for those who only want the color for a single event.