Pastel coloured hair, what better way to celebrate the arrival of warmer climates!

We’ve braved several attacks from the ‘Beast from the East’ and even withstood the ‘Pest from the West! But spring has finally arrived. It’s time to embrace a colour splash, inspired directly from the florals finally springing up to brighten your day.

How to get pastel coloured hair

Those who are seasoned hair colouring pros will know that any time you are aiming to go lighter, takes time and patience. To get pastel coloured hair, you have to embrace the magical powers of bleach.

By bleaching your hair first, you remove the colour molecules that are already in your hair strands. This makes room for those beautiful smoky pastel colours to take over. Don’t try this at home! We never recommend  bleaching your own hair, it can be hazardous to you and your hair. With a salon professional at your aid, you can know that the strength of bleach won’t destroy your hair and they can provide you with advice on how to get that perfect floral hue in your locks.

Once your hair has been bleached (safely!), you are then free to dye your hair that perfect pink or lovely lilac colour you found on Pintrest.

Limelight Birmingham’s top tips for pastel coloured hair

Colouring hair any colour that is vastly different to what you’re used to seeing can be exciting, but it can also be daunting. Follow our top tips for pastel coloured hair to ensure a satisfying transition.

Colouring ‘Virgin’ hair

Never coloured your hair before? Consider starting with a small section of your hair to go pastel. Colouring a whole head of hair can be a long process and in turn, expensive. A small section underneath, a side streak or even using your fringe as a trial are good ways to see how you like the change before fully committing. Think Dakota Fanning circa 2016 when she rocked a few slices of peach colour through her long locks.

Getting the perfect colour

Remember that pastel colours often come up lighter than you might expect. Obviously, the whole idea behind pastel colours is a light hue, but  you might be surprised at how light they turn out. Don’t be put off! Speak to your stylist about what colour you’re aiming for and don’t panic if what they appear to be putting on your hair is a much deeper colour than you’re hoping for.

Pastel coloured hair aftercare

There are a few things that you can do to help hair that has just been bleached. The first is to choose your shampoo and conditioner carefully. Here at Limelight Salon, Birmingham, we recommend L’Oreal Professional, Vitamino Color shampoo and conditioner.

In order to maintain the fresh pastel colour vibrancy, it helps to hold off washing your hair every day. Dry shampoo is a great friend of those who opt for coloured hair. Not only does it keep your hair looking shiny and freshly washed for longer, it extends the periods needed between washes.

It’s also a really great idea to deeply condition your hair regularly. We recommend a treatment called Smartbond that prevents breakage, protects the hair from damage and preserves the health of the hair. Limelight Salon offer Smartbond for £25 per treatment.

Regular cuts for your hair will ensure you keep your fresh look appearing exactly that. It will also give you a chance to get that all important touch up to your pastel coloured hair.

L’Oreal’s Colorful Hair

Here at Limelight, we like to keep on top of the freshest trends around and educate ourselves as professionals on how best to provide those trends for our clients. For that reason, we use L’Oreal Colorful Hair. Colorful Hair is ammonia free. Ammonia is an incredibly powerful chemical that for many years was a go-to substance used in all hair dyes. Scientists, in more recent years, have realised the true extent of the damage that ammonia can cause a person’s hair. For that reason, here at Limelight, we avoid ammonia-based products and seek products that will be the kindest for your hair type.

So, when you come to us for the freshest of looks: pastel coloured hair, you can know you are in safe hands. If you’d like to speak with one of our colouring specialists about a fresh pastel look, give us a call today on 0121 442 4905.