Thought your hair hue was limited to that of a glistening blonde, rich brunette, fiery red or glossy black? This season’s hottest colour palette for your locks is oh-so much more than that! We’re talking My Little Pony rainbow inspired shades—from pastel purple, cotton-candy pink, apricot, aquamarine green to baby blue.
Don’t believe us? Take it from the ultimate it-girls—everyone from Cara Delevigne, Georgia May Jagger, Katy Perry, Nicole Richie, Hilary Duff AND Kylie Jenner (phew – what a list!) have all opted to take the pastel plunge. Pastel hues even made an appearance at the Louis Vuitton Resort 2015 Show. Safe to say it’s a trend that doesn’t seem to be fading anytime soon, which brings us to question, could pastel be the new blonde?!
International stylist, creative director and Australia’s crowned Queen of all things hair related, Renya Xydis (of Sydney’s Valonz, Salon X & Renya Xydis City) is one of the most sought after hairdressers nationwide, and would you believe, currently rocks magnificent locks that sit between a shade of lilac and cotton-candy pink. “As we start to enter the warmer months, there is always a shift toward lighter, more playful pastel hair colours” she explains. “Nicole Richie was the first to embrace pastel hair colour” with many celebrities and socialites now following suit.
As the mercury rises and spring is on the horizon—why reserve donning your favourite pastel shade to just that of your wardrobe… There are countless ways in which you can inject a little rainbow glory into your locks, from taking the plunge and changing your colour completely or as Renya suggests, by “blending pastel hues underneath the hair, through layers underneath the hair or simply through the ends of your hair”.
But these fantasy locks don’t come easy; they take serious upkeep. Before you start contemplating a shade of aquamarine or apricot, you need to find a salon that offers Olaplex. “Olaplex will strengthen the bonds and proteins in your hair, allowing you to make a more drastic change (without completely murdering your luscious locks!)” notes Renya. And once you’ve taken the plunge, be prepared to have your colour redone every 3-4 weeks to prevent fading. There’s definitely no lived-in low maintenance to be enjoyed here!
With that said, if you are still itching to achieve a multi-coloured mermaid mane and garner Instagram it-girl status, the big question is which shade is right for you? Renya suggests opting for a shade that complements your complexion, fair skinned ladies should opt for pastel pink or light oranges; while shades like lilac and baby blue will make your eyes pop. Olive skinned beauties are best complemented with vibrant tones—think red, magenta or violet purple. “These colours will really stand out against your complexion without drawing away from your natural colourings” explains Renya. If you have dark skin, try a rainbow hue with warm undertones, like deep red or purple.
Once your locks are pretty and pastel, you’ll want to invest in some products to keep them looking lush and not like you’ve had a rather rough weekend at Coachella that involved one (or seven) too many craft cocktails…
A colour shampoo and conditioner
- Goldwell's Color Fade Stop Shampoo & Conditioner: a super-gentle shampoo and conditioner that is specifically designed for colour treated hair and infused with pomegranate extract to leave your locks lush. It’ll keep your candy-colour fixed and reduce wash out (that means, less hours spent in the salon chair).
- Kerastase's Chroma Captive Shampoo & Conditioner: a radiance boosting, nourishing and colour-protecting duo.
A bevvy of super-nourishing hair styling products
- Oribe's Supershine Moisturizing Cream: a super luxe leave-in conditioner.
- Moroccanoil's Glimmer Shine Spray: to add some serious shine to your new pastel locks while reducing frizz and fly-aways.
- Olaplex's No. 3 Hair Protector: an at-home treatment that Renya Xydis absolutely swears by. Renya suggests applying to dry hair once a week for 10 minutes, then washing as normal to ensure your pastel hair ‘stays healthy’.
If you’re contemplating taking the pastel plunge, but want to test the waters first, luckily for you—there are countless temporary and semi-permanent solutions that look just like the real thing, even if it is for one night only…
- Fudge's Urban Hair Art: a spray-in and wash-out formula that’s seriously pigmented and available in four shades, including violet haze, coral crush, pink ink and turquoise noise.
- DARE's Temporary Hair Colours: semi-perm hues that are completely free from ammonia and peroxide and available in 11 shades, think sugar storm (candy pink) and peach party (pale orange). Your hair will require pre-lightening if it’s darker than a medium brown, but these colours are designed to last 10 to 30 washes.
- Redken's Color Rebel: temporary ‘hair makeup’ these little handbag-sized shades feature a revolutionary water-based ink infused with ultra-fine colour pigment. Available in 10 different shades, they’re an absolute breeze to apply and dry almost instantaneously and are designed to last two shampoos.
While I’ll be sitting on sidelines for this trend, nothing says #YOLO (yeah, I said it) more than dying your hair pastel pink—and I am all for living vicariously through those of you cool enough to pull off these candy colours.
Image credit: Dare Hair Colour