Thinking of switching up your hair color this summer? Instead of sticking to a classic shade of blonde hair or brown hair, or a rainbow hair color, why not meet in the middle? The season’s newest obsession, pink lemonade hair, is just the ticket. A yellow-blonde base pairs with pastel pink highlights on the verge of rose gold for a sweet, summery take on everyone’s favorite warm-weather bev. Sound like something you’d like to sip on before diving right into a new look? Keep reading to learn how to get pink lemonade hair as well as how to maintain it.
How to Get Pink Lemonade Hair
Since pink lemonade hair is all about blending yellow-blonde with subtle shades of pink, it goes without saying that you’ll need a light hair color to begin with in order for this hair color trend to show up on your strands. If you have blonde hair, you’re in the clear. If you have anything darker, it’s time to get hands on with a box of L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Golden Blonde or L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach. Whichever DIY lightening system you choose, be sure to read the directions on the box carefully. After you lighten your hair, it’s time to have fun with the L’Oréal Paris Féria Fashion Metallics in Rose Gold and L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray in Pastel Pink. While these semi-permanent hair color products will only last anywhere from a single wash to seven or eight, they will help give you a better idea of whether or not you want to embrace the pink lemonade hair color trend permanently. If you do, we recommend heading to the salon to get the look, as this particular hair color idea is all about seamless blending and subtle color changes, two things that are often difficult to DIY.
How to Take Care of Pink Lemonade Hair
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 pink lemonade hair color, you’ll most definitely need to elevate your hair care routine. Keep reading to find out how.
1. Switch Out Your Shampoo and Conditioner…And Add a Hair Mask While You’re at It
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 using sulfate-free formulas. We’re especially fond of the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Conditioner when it comes to regular washing. We also love the idea of adding in a hair mask to help care for colored hair. So, be sure to also stock your shower with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Remedy Balm, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Mask, or L’Oréal Paris EverPure Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask.
2. Lower the Heat in the Shower
Even if you’re using the best hair care products for color-treated hair, you could be doing more harm than good if you’re washing your hair in hot water. That’s because hot water can strip your strands of essential oils, leaving it feeling drier and looking duller. To help ensure your pretty hair color remains looking vibrant, be sure to rinse with lukewarm water in the shower.
3. Opt for an Air-Dry
OK, OK, we get it, we love heat styling as much as the next girl. Only issue is, all that heat, no matter how gorgeous it makes your hair look, can do a number on your hair. 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 on damp hair and letting your hair air dry. 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 help create the look of major shine, but the strong hold can help tame flyways.
4. Always Use Protection When Using Heat
On those days where you simply can’t cut out the heat, be sure to protect your strands before applying any. 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.
Now that you know how to maintain your pink lemonade mane, you might be curious as to ways to style it. Our article, 5 Pretty Braided Long Hairstyle Ideas That Look Great Any Time of Year, will give you some ideas.