Maintaining Pastel Hair Is Easier than You Think!

Posted 7 months ago by

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.

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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!

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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!

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Have you ever dyed your hair a pastel hue? Let us know in the comments below!

*A version of this post originally appeared on Southern (California) Belle

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Hair Chalking Tutorial: Perfect Pastel Locks for Spring

Posted 8 months ago by

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.

If you’re still having trouble, watch our video!

1. Gather all your supplies

  • Soft pastels
  • Water bottle
  • Clips
  • Gloves
  • Comb
  • Blow dryer
  • Flat iron

2. Pick your colors

We decided on these pretty pastels. If your soft pastel set doesn’t have any pastel colors, chalk the hair with white first and then immediately after, go over it with a purple, red, blue or yellow.

3. Section off your hair

4. Spray with water and chalk

Spray a 1-inch thick strand with water. Then, grab the chalk color of your choice and rub the strand until it’s fully saturated.

5. Blow dry

Blow dry the strand for about 20 seconds.

6. Flat Iron

Flat iron the strand using the lowest setting. This dries and sets the chalk into your hair.

7. Section off top part of hair

Once you finish the top of the hair, section it off so you can focus on the bottom.

For more detailed instructions, watch our video below!

Final Look!

To remove the hair chalk, just shampoo!

Submit your hair chalking results to hey@brokeandchic.com and get featured!

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Rainbow Hair is Taking Over Hollywood

Posted 3 years ago by

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.

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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 EssieLime 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.

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What are your thoughts on this “crazy” hair trend? Let us know in the comments below.

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Trend Alert: Hair Chalking

Posted 3 years ago by

Rainbow and pastel hair was one of the hottest trends for 2011, and it’s still going strong. From top designers to our favorite celebs!

Thakoon Spring 2012 Collection

 Narciso Rodriguez Spring 2012 Collection

Peter Som Spring 2012 Collection

See more hair inspiration on Fashion Launderette 

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
  • Gloves
  • Blow Dryer
  • Flat Iron
  • 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!

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