Last year I dyed my purple/pink hair back to a natural brown due to my pregnancy. From that day forward, I couldn’t wait until I could dye my hair a pretty color again! I was a little hesitant, only because I know the commitment and care that comes with keeping a pinky hue, but I did it anyway.
Below are my secrets for maintaining and caring for pastel hair — from damage prevention to making it last.
Be committed to washing your hair less
Like, a lot less. I’ve always been an every other day washer but I’ve cut that down significantly. I now aim for about 1-2 times a week.
Here’s why: It’s no secret that washing your hair strips the color out. Unfortunately, when you have a light pastel color it fades even faster than traditional color. My pink fades to a really nice peachy color after a few washes but I like to freshen the color often.
Opt out of those hot showers
This rule kind of sucks but it really helps. On the days I do wash my hair, I have a lukewarm to cold shower. When you take a shower in warm water the color strips significantly. I’ve never really liked hot showers so I can manage but I know how important they are to others!
Use high quality color
Using high-quality color is a must! At the moment I’m using Pravana Pink and Sparks Pink Kiss. They’re essentially the same thing, but Sparks happens to be a bit cheaper. One box of Pravana doesn’t run higher than fifteen dollars and Sparks is about seven.
The high quality stuff isn’t really that expensive, but remember that it may take a few boxes for one application and you have to re-apply often. I can make one box work on my current hair length, but I’ll up it to two when I really want to saturate it.
Conditioner is your friend
I have about four different conditioners that I use on the regular. Because of the frequent bleaching (those roots are kicking after three to four weeks!) I make sure to take extra care of my hair.
I’d recommend a great wash out conditioner, leave in conditioner, and hair serum. I use the last two on the days I don’t wash. It’s quite a routine!
Have you ever dyed your hair a pastel hue? Let us know in the comments below!
Hair chalking is still super trendy these days, and so the Broke & Chic team decided to make a short and sweet tutorial on how to chalk your hair in pretty pastel colors for Spring!
Of course, you can chalk your hair in any colors you’d like, but pastel hair will make you stand out — every girl wants it. The best part: hair chalking isn’t permanent and it works on all types of hair: from straight to curly, and blonde to black.
Off-beat hair colors have been taking the red carpet by storm with stars such as Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Kate Bosworth, Jaime King and the most dramatic of them all…Katy Perry.
Katy Perry has been rocking the all over blue do’ ever since her split with comedian Russell Brand. Was this her way of expressing sadness or needing a change? Or did she just take her smurfette role a little to far?
Back in the day, nail and lip color other than red or pink were looked at as taboo. Now we have cosmetic lines such as Essie, Lime Crime and Urban Decay coming out with all sorts of crazy colors that have become acceptable over the years. In my short life time, blue nail polish was something you would never wear to a job interview. Now it wouldn’t even raise an eye brow.
Will this be the same with hair color? Will we see purple and pink hair just as often as we see blonde and brunette? I always wondered what the fashion of the future had in store for us. Maybe this is it.
If you love all these looks but are afraid of the commitment and possible damage, then chalking is for you!
Chalking is a technique that can give you this unique hair without bleaching. Best of all…it works on dark hair too! It’s something fun you can do when you’re in the mood for a temporary change that can make a big impact.
What You’ll Need
Soft Pastel Chalk (no oil)
Water Filled Spray Bottle
An old t-shirt you don’t mind ruining.
1. Take a 1-inch strand of hair and wet it with a spray bottle (skip this step if you have blonde hair)
2. Apply gloves and take a pastel of your choice. Rub it on your hair strand until it’s at your desired vibrancy.
3. Blow dry the hair strand until completly dry.
4. Go over the strand with your flat iron. This will help set it in. Make sure it’s on its lowest setting.
5. Brush and style as usual!
This will wash out during your next shampoo, so do as many strands as you’d like!
*Warning* It might stay in your hair for a few shampoos if you have natural blonde hair.
Check out this video tutorial from the wonderful Kandee Johnson as well!
Beautiful Hair Chalking Results
What do you think of this rainbow hair trend? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!