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Each and every season, new hair color trends take center stage. And for summer 2018, one of the most popular hair color trends just so happens to be pastel hair in a variety of different hues. Whether you’re going for multi-toned mermaid hair or unicorn hair or one vibrant shade as a whole, you certainly have a lot of colors to consider. The best way to find your perfect pastel hair color match for summer is to think about what will pair best with your skin tone. Keep reading to find out what exactly the process of going pastel may entail as well as shade ideas for every skin tone.
If you’re ready to take the plunge in the pastel universe, 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 hue (or hues!) of your choice to show up. What’s more, it could take multiple sessions to get 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 able to expertly weave in multiple shades. If you’re going 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! You can get pastel hair at home using the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Colors, which are available in peach, pink, soft pink, purple, blue, and aqua. These shades of dye work well on bleached, light blonde hair, or highlighted hair. So, 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 shorter-lived look, try using the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Sprays to get the job done. Designed to spray on for color that washes out in a single shampoo, you can have fun playing with pastel blue, pastel lavender, pastel mint, and pastel pink.
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 take out the guesswork and break down which pastel hair colors work best with which skin tones and undertones. Get ready for your pretty new pastel hair color!
If you have fair skin and warm undertones…your features will look beautiful paired with cooler pastel blues. Lucky for you because pale purple and ocean blue hues are totally on trend with the season’s mermaid hair vibes.
If you have medium skin and warm undertones…let your hair emulate gorgeous, glowing underwater treasure with cool blues. Whether you go for baby blue or grass green, your features will pop and you’ll be in love with your mane every time you look in the mirror.
If you have dark skin and warm undertones…the darker your skin, the brighter colors you can get away with. Sure, we’re talking about pastel shades here, but nowadays such a thing as fluorescent pastels exist. Think: super-bright teal, for example.
If you have fair skin and cool undertones…the best way to accentuate cool, fair skin is to pair it with warmer pastel hues, like light pink and orange. The mix of opposite hues will help balance each other out for a gorgeous finish—especially if you have freckles. Strawberry shortcake, anyone?
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 appeal to better suit darker skin tones—otherwise, you may risk washing out your skin tone.
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 paired 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.
While semi-permanent hair colors don’t require a whole lot of extra care given their already short shelf lives, 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.
OK, 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 & Defend Conditioner, and use a hair mask, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Remedy Balm, 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 and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask for good measure.
Even if you’re using all the best hair care products for color-treated hair, if you’re washing 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.
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 bottle of the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray. Not only can it help create the appearance of major shine, but the strong hold can help tame flyaways.
Editor’s tip: Since we know there will still be days where you crave a heat-made style, 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 a brighter, bolder look. If that’s your reality, check out our article, How to Create Prism Roots Using Our Colorista 1-Day Sprays, for some serious hair color inspo.