Between the potential damage and maintenance, having pastel hair is a huge commitment, not to mention expensive. So if you’re ready to take the plunge, it’s best to do your research and make sure you’re getting the color you want without damaging your mane in the process.
Here’s what you need to know before getting the unicorn hair of your dreams.
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1. If it’s your first time, go to a professional colorist who knows what they’re doing. Sure, DIY might seem like the affordable option at first, but you don’t want to end up with a botched dye job which would probably cost you a lot more to fix.
2. You need to have a white base before the actual color. Bleach can be damaging but you can lessen the impact by nourishing your hair at least two weeks before your salon appointment.
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We recommend: Avoid heat styling and use a deep conditioning hair mask that ensures your precious locks are healthy before you dye them.
3. If you have virgin hair, start in pieces and work your way up. You can take pieces from the front or color the ends first.
4. You’ll have to change your hair care. Bleaching and coloring will take its toll on your hair, which is why you need to take extra measures to make sure the pastel lasts longer and the hair isn’t too damaged.
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We recommend: Use sulfate-free products which help prolong your color. The Human Nature Professional Salon Care line keeps hair healthy, shiny, and frizz-free with avocado, sunflower oils, and sugar beet extracts.
5. Steer clear from hot water—it dries out hair and will lift the outer cuticle layer which causes the color to fade quicker.
6. Regular upkeep is necessary if you want to prolong your pastel hair. Depending on how light your hair is, you’ll need touch ups at least every 2-6 weeks. The lighter the shade, the faster it will fade.
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