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Each and every season, new hair color trends take center stage. One of the most popular hair color trends at the moment would have to be pastel hair—in a variety of different hues. Whether you’re interested in a multi-toned hair color like mermaid hair or unicorn hair or are leaning towards rocking a single vibrant shade, you certainly have plenty of colors to consider. The best way to find your perfect pastel hair color is to think about what will pair best with your skin tone. Keep reading to learn what exactly the process of going pastel entails, as well as shade suggestions for every skin tone.
If you’re ready to take the plunge and embrace a pastel hair hue, there are a few things to keep in mind. For starters, if you have a dark base color, you’ll need to bleach your hair first in order for the pastel color (or colors!) of your choice to really show up. What’s more, it could take multiple sessions to reach the end result you’re looking for, which means going to a professional colorist could be a good option. Plus, if you’re envisioning a cotton-candy inspired hair color, a pro colorist will be adept at expertly weaving multiple shades throughout your mane. If you do decide to go the professional route, bring an inspiration photo with you so that your colorist knows exactly what you want.
More of a DIYer? That’s cool too! You can get pastel hair at home using the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Colors, which are available in a variety of soft shades. These lighter hair dyes work best on bleached, light blonde hair, or highlighted hair. If you have brown hair you’ll need to bleach your hair beforehand, which you can do using the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach.
If you crave a look with a shorter lifespan, try using the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray to get the job done. Designed to spray fun colors directly onto your strands and be washed out in a single shampoo, this option requires zero commitment.
When it comes to pastel hair colors, the sky’s the limit! Still, you’re going to want to take your skin tone and undertone into consideration to find your most flattering match. We’re here to take out the guesswork and break down which pastel hair colors work best with which skin tones and undertones. Read on to find out the pretty pastel hair color that’s right for you.
If you have fair skin with warm undertones, your features will look beautiful paired with pastel purples and blues. Lucky for you, pale purple and ocean blue hues are totally on trend with this season’s mermaid hair vibes.
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Blue or L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray in Pastel Blue
If you have medium skin and warm undertones, let your hair emulate gorgeous, glowing underwater treasure with cool blues and greens. Whether you go for baby blue, grass green, or something in-between, your features will pop and you’ll fall a little more in love with your mane every time you look in the mirror.
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Teal or L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray in Blue
If you have darker skin, you can get away with a brighter hair color. Sure, we’re talking about pastel shades here, but nowadays such a thing as fluorescent pastels exist. Think: super-bright turquoise, for example.
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Turquoise or Lime Green
The best way to accentuate cool, fair skin is to pair it with warmer pastel shades, like light pink and orange. The mix of opposite hues will balance each other out for a gorgeous end-result—especially if you have freckles. Strawberry shortcake, anyone?
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Peach or L’Oréal Paris 1-Day Spray in Pastel Pink
If you have medium skin and cool undertones, you would be best served by highly saturated pink hues—think hot pink, pastel fuchsia, and magenta. Although pastel hair is thought to be pale, it can be pumped up for a more vibrant look that better suits darker skin tones—otherwise, you may risk washing out your skin tone.
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Hot Pink or L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray in Hot Pink
If you have dark skin and cool undertones—lucky you! You’re among the few who can switch between hot and cool colors. That’s because warmer colors like tangerine look equally as stunning as cooler amethyst hues when set against your dark skin. Wear them separately or pair them together for a sunset-inspired pastel ‘do that’s sure to have all eyes on you.
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Tangerine or L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray in Pastel Lavender
Semi-permanent hair colors don’t require a whole lot of extra care, given the short period of time they last for. On the other hand, if you opt for a permanent pastel hair color, you’ll most definitely need to elevate your hair care routine. Keep reading to find out how:
Okay, so you might love your current shampoo and conditioner, but when it comes to caring for color-treated hair, it’s a good idea to consider sulfate-free products. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair and Defend Conditioner. Additionally, you’ll want to incorporate a hair mask, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm, into your routine once or twice a week to help maintain the integrity of your hair. You can also try a hair sheet mask, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Mask or L’Oréal Paris EverPure Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask, for good measure.
It doesn’t matter if you’re using all the best hair care products for color-treated hair, if you’re washing your mane in hot water, you could be doing your hair a disservice. That’s because hot water can strip your strands of essential oils, leaving your hair feeling dry and your color looking dull. Thankfully, there’s a simple fix: Shower in water that’s lukewarm instead of scalding.
We get it, you love heat styling. The only issue is, all that heat can do a number on your hair. So, instead of creating beachy waves with a curling iron, try using the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray or L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Air-Blown Texture Mist. More of a sleek and shiny gal? Cut the high-heat straightener and reach for a can of the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray. Not only can it help create the appearance of major shine, but its strong hold can be used to help tame flyaways.
Editor’s tip: Since we know there will still be days where you crave heat styling, we won’t insist on banning it altogether. On those days, just be sure to protect your strands before applying heat. To do so, spray some of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray onto damp strands before blow-drying, and then again before using a flat iron or curling iron.
Prepare yourself, getting pretty with pastel hair colors might lead you to want an even brighter, bolder look. If that’s your reality, check out our article, How to Create Prism Roots Using Our Colorista 1-Day Sprays, for a vivid hair color idea that's sure to suit your fancy.