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11 Pastel Pink Hair Ideas That Are Surprisingly Wearable

  • Elizabeth Denton
February 27, 2024

When you think of spring hair colors, there are a few hair color trends that may come to mind—blonde highlights, for example. If you’re anything like us, pastel hair colors probably make the list. Pastel pink hair is one that we’re especially fond of for spring. With so many different shades of pink hair dye available, it’s easy to find a hue that works for you. Plus, there are so many ways to play with pale pink hair.

You can use a light pink hair dye to give yourself a total mane makeover (one that’s in season year-round), opt for rosy highlights, or even take two-toned hair out for a spin. So, if you’re ready to be powerful in pink hair this season, check out these seven pastel pink hair color looks we love and discover the at-home hair dyes that you can use to get them.

Blush pink bob

Why we love it: A bob is a classically chic haircut that looks good on everyone and works with all hair textures. (Hello, a curly bob? Perfection!) That’s why the pastel pink bob is always a good idea. It takes the classic look and flips it on its head to give it a pretty-but-edgy vibe that’s totally unexpected.

How to DIY: Since this look is pretty much an all-over, one-color pink vibe, use L'Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in Rosy Blush. The shimmering formula is long-lasting and made with a bonding hair complex to help strengthen your strands while it colors—a helpful bonus if you have to bleach your hair before adding your light pink hair color.

Cotton candy waves

Why we love it: Loose waves with a cotton candy-esque pastel pink shade are perfect for a playful and whimsical style this spring. And, it’s fitting for any occasion—whether you’re jetting off for spring break with friends or hitting your favorite local music festival.

How to DIY: If you want to experiment with cotton candy waves for a special occasion, apply the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Soft Pink to blonde or pre-lightened hair. You’ll get an ultra-flattering soft pink hair color that lasts up to 10 washes. If you’d prefer not to bleach your hair first (understandable), opt for Hot Pink for a more vivid (but still spring-like) result.

Cherry blossom highlights

Why we love it: Opting for highlights is one of the easiest ways to switch up your hair color without a huge commitment. Plus, when you do highlights rather than all-over color, you can go as subtle (or as bold) as you want.

How to DIY: Highlight your hair as desired with L’Oréal Paris Colorista At Home Hair Bleach & Lightener, then carefully paint over the bleached strands with a semi-permanent or permanent pink hair dye.

Rose gold ombré

Why we love it: Incorporating a subtle rose gold ombré effect into your existing hair color is an easy and on-trend way to glam up your look for spring. While you’ll get the most dramatic rose gold hair on pre-lightened strands, the pink hue is still pretty on brunettes for a more laid-back vibe.

How to DIY: If you’re not sure whether or not you’re ready to dye your hair pink, test-drive the look before heading to the salon with L’Oréal Paris Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Rose Gold. Mist the color onto your strands from the ends upward, stopping three to four inches from your roots. Then, comb the hair color through your hair again, starting a half inch from your roots through your lengths to create a “natural” swept-on color.

Bright pink unicorn braids

Why we love it: Unicorn braids are a chic protective hairstyle that many folks with 4C hair love. They’re a classic for a reason. But when you add in a trendy pink hue, the braids go right into Spring 2024.

How to DIY: Bleach your strands, then apply L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Hot Pink to the lightened sections. The color will appear hot pink at first, but gradually fade to reveal a softer, more pastel hue with each wash.

Peachy keen lob

Why we love it: Peach is 2024’s color of the year, and it looks especially chic when paired with an on-trend lob (long bob). With warmer undertones, this pinkish-orange hue is especially flattering on those with deeper skin tones.

How to DIY: Color your mane with L'Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in Strawberry Blonde. The formula features three vibrant tones for a one-of-a-kind pastel pink-meets-peach hue.

Mauve mermaid waves

Why we love it: Grunge is back in 2024, and one of the best ways to embrace the trend is with a new hair color. Mauve—a smoky mash-up of pastel pink and dusty lavender—fits the bill perfectly.

How to DIY: Lighten your hair, if desired, then use L'Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in Dusty Mauve to dye your entire head the perfect grungy, dusty pink color.

Soft copper curls

Why we love it: Copper hair was everywhere in 2023, and it’s still on our radar—it’s just so flattering. We’re particularly fond of it on curly hair because the color’s warm dimension makes coils pop.

How to DIY: Lighten your hair (if necessary) to a medium blonde or light brown. Then, apply L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Intense Red Copper from your roots to your ends. Though the hue appears vivid on bleached blondes, it processes to a softer, almost pastel copper color when applied over darker blonde or brown strands.

Long powder pink hair

Why we love it: If you’re a platinum blonde and want to update your hue without committing to a full color change, a gloss is the way to go. It provides a subtle tint of color without altering your base shade permanently.

How to DIY: In the shower, shampoo as usual then apply a blush-toned hair gloss from your roots to your ends. Generally, glosses sit on your hair for about 15 minutes, then you can rinse and style as usual for a pale pink tint that will last around 10 days. That said, it’s important to follow the instructions on the product you’re using—they can differ from gloss to gloss.

Silvery roots

Why we love it: When you have grays, you may be tempted to cover them up by dying your roots to match the rest of your hair. But toning them with a cool, pink-toned gloss screams confidence—and that’s something that’s always in style.

How to DIY: After shampooing, apply L’Oréal Paris Le Color Gloss One-Step In-Shower Toning Gloss in Silver Opal to your roots and let it sit for about 15 minutes. The deep conditioning formula will neutralize any brassiness you may have while adding a soft rose tone to your gray roots.

Two-toned tresses

Why we love it: Sometimes, it’s a challenge to decide exactly what you want to do with your hair. Fortunately, you don’t have to. Two-toned tresses allow you to experiment with Contenttwo hues at once, making it the perfect pick for those with indecisive tendencies.

How to DIY: Part your hair down the middle, creating two equal sections on either side of your head. Apply L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Pink to one section and a contrasting shade to the other—pink hair pairs great with purple, blue, and red, so choose whichever hue speaks to you.

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