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Lighten Up: Find the Perfect Pastel Shade for Your Skin Tone

Hair Color Trends

Lighten Up: Find the Perfect Pastel Shade for Your Skin Tone Lighten Up: Find the Perfect Pastel Shade for Your Skin Tone Lighten Up: Find the Perfect Pastel Shade for Your Skin Tone

Each and every season, new hair color trends take center stage. And for summer 2017, one of the most popular just so happens to be pastel hair in a variety of different hues. Whether you’re going for multi-toned mermaid 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 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.

What You Need to Know About Getting a Pastel Hair Color

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 stylist 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 Color, which is available in peach, pink, soft pink, purple, indigo, blue, and teal. These shades of dye work well on bleached, light blonde, or highlighted hair. So, if you’re a brunette, you’ll need to bleach your hair beforehand, which you can do using the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach.

Find the Right Pastel Hair Hue for Your Skin Tone

When it comes to pastels, the sky’s the limit! Still, you’re going to want to take your skin tone into consideration to find your most flattering match. We’re here take out the guesswork and break down which colors work best with which skin tones. Get ready for your pretty new pastel ‘do!

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.