Hello friends! It’s Ange from Hairspray and High Heels. This is a post that is probably going to go down as one of my absolute favorites. For the better part of 2015 I have been dyeing my hair with contemporary color and I’ve been rocking a hot pink to magenta ombre but with fall coming up I wanted to take the #SallyHairDare and do something a bit different. I wanted something more pastel and you know if you can’t be yourself, be a unicorn. One of the fun new trends is what they call “unicorn hair” or “mermaid hair” and it’s essentially whatever your own version of that is with pretty pastel colors. Whenever it comes time to dye my hair I head to Sally Beauty. Picking color at Sally Beauty is different from grabbing it at the drugstore or grocery store. The employees have so much knowledge on the products and are so helpful from the moment you step inside the store. If you’re not sure what you need they will walk you through the process of each product needed to achieve the desired results. Their professional quality color products are top of the line, I won’t use anything else when doing my color myself. So without further ado, here is how you get pastel hair, at home, on your own.
For pastel color to stick you’re going to need to apply it over very light hair. I’m not going to walk you through how to lighten your hair because it’s going to be different for every single person. When it comes to applying bleach to your hair you’re going to want to do some research on lifting your color as well as keep in mind what’s underneath your color. Before going pink the first time I was at a very dark burgundy almost black so I knew that lifting my ends was going to take longer than it would to touch up my regrowth.
I’m naturally blonde and I lighten quickly so I knew that the roots would be easy to get to a yellow blonde, which is ideal for pastel color. My ends being so much darker obviously had a ways to go and I lifted them to a bright peach so that when I placed the pastel I would have a bit of an ombre effect. While each person will have different results depending on hair type and color I will tell you what products I used.
I went with Ion Color Brilliance Crème Lightener and Ion Sensitive Scalp Developer in a 20. They worked amazing. My regrowth lifted to a yellow in under 10 minutes. The ends took a bit longer to process but I successfully got it to a color I was happy without compromising the integrity of my hair. That’s another reason that I love Sally Beauty, I never could have gotten these results while keeping my hair healthy with a drugstore brand color.
Between the lightening and the coloring of my hair, a lot of mixing and applying goes on so I also picked up the Ion Color Brilliance Professional Hair Color Kit. You get a tint bowl, tint brush, tint bottle & gloves. It has everything you are going to need to mix up and apply your color.
For my color choices, I went with Ion Color Brilliance Brights in the shade Rose and Ion Color Brilliance Brights in the shade Clear. The reason I grabbed the clear is because it’s a shade diluter and the rose shade is a bit more neon then pastel so I wanted to tone it down a little bit and really get that dusty pink pastel shade. The Ion Color Brilliance Brights collection is super fabulous because it can be used on it’s own and there is no need to add any developer. They’re eye popping shades that are fabulous for anyone looking for contemporary color. The consistency is super thick so when using this color I do mix it with a white conditioner. You can choose any of the awesome conditioners at Sally Beauty.
STEP ONE: MIX YOUR COLOR
- The amount you need will vary depending on the length of your hair. Use a 2:1 ratio with rose and clear and mix it with ¾ cup white conditioner. Mix well until your get it to a nice creamy consistency. If you’re finding it too thick feel free to add a bit more conditioner.
I got away with using about half a tube of rose and a quarter sized amount of clear because I have super short hair.
STEP TWO: ROOT APPLICATION
- Apply the color to your roots first and let it sit for about 15 minutes before pulling it through to your ends. You can do this whatever way you’re comfortable with, paint them on with the tint brush or use your gloves and apply it directly to the roots.
STEP THREE: PULL THROUGH TO ENDS
- Pull the color through all the way to your ends. You want to make sure all of your hair is completely saturated with color. At this point I just go ahead and pile it on top of my head.
STEP FOUR: WAIT
- You’re going to need to have some time on your hands. When it comes to pastel color you want it to process and sit on your hair for a while. I recommend 1.5 hours.
STEP FIVE: RINSE
- Rinse your hair in COLD water until the water runs clear. Towel dry.
- Apply your Ion Color Brilliance After Color Treatment to your towel dried damp hair. Leave on for 3 to 5 minutes and then rinse with cool water.
STEP SEVEN: DRY
- At this point you can wrap your hair in a towel to dry before you style it. After coloring I don’t really like to use any heat tools like a blow dryer so towel it is. I take this time to do my makeup and get ready for the day.
And there you have it, easy do it yourself pastel hair coloring at home. I am absolutely head over heels for this shade. The results are more than I could have wished for. It’s my favorite color to date. The rose applied so nicely over the top of my head to give it a nice dusty rose almost purple shade and went over the ends to ombre into a pastel pink. I’m loving it. So to achieve this version, lighten yourself to a pale yellow blonde on top and a peach shade on the ends and you’re good.