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5 Steps to the Perfect Pastel Hair Color

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Are you dying (pun intended) to get that beautiful pastel hair color that seems to be everywhere you look these days? From bubblegum pink to sky blue, everyone from Hollywood to your neighbor next door seems to be sporting the latest look in hair color. The good news is, just about anyone can get gorgeous pastel color with a little bit of patience and some know-how. If you’ve been eyeing the candy-colors, but aren’t quite sure how to go about getting the look for yourself, keep reading for the five tips to the perfect pastel color!

5. Lighten Hair Gently, Over Time

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Getting that perfect pastel color is going to require hair that is as light as possible, but if you have darker hair or hair that has been colored before, you can’t bleach to the lightest shade all in one sitting or you’ll risk serious damage to your locks. This is where patience truly is a virtue. Whether you lighten your hair at home or have a salon do the lightening, take your time and have your hair lightened over several sittings, with at least a few weeks (preferably longer) between each process to give your hair time to heal. Your goal is to have hair that is as close to platinum blonde as possible, without frying or overly-damaging the hair in the process.

4. Choose a Color That Complements Your Skin Tone

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Not everyone looks good with bubblegum pink or pastel green hair. Take some time to decide which color is right for your skin tone before going all out with the color. There are plenty of online tools that let you “try on” a hair color before you take the plunge, and when in doubt, go with colors you normally have in your wardrobe that look the best on you. As a bonus, those same clothes will look great with your new ‘do! If you still aren’t sure, consult your hairdresser for advice. And while you’re at it, make sure to choose a good brand of hair color that will give you the best color for the longest amount of time!

3. Apply Color to Freshly Washed, Dry Hair

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As with most hair dyes, pastel colors should be applied to clean, dry hair. Applying the color to wet or damp hair will result in diluted, uneven color. If you’re coloring right after bleaching, rinse your hair in cool water and use a mild shampoo to get all of the bleach out of your hair, then gently blow dry or allow to air dry before applying the color. If you haven’t recently bleached, wash your hair as you normally would, but skip the conditioner, since most conditioners coat the hair and will affect how your new color turns out.

Laura uses her extensive background in the beauty industry to pass on invaluable tips and advice to her readers! Find Laura on LinkedIn!

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