How to: pastel hair
This is a guide on how to achieve pastel hair. I just went to blue/turquoise/mint and documented the steps. It’s easier than you think!
What you need:
- light blonde/ white hair
- hair colour of your choice (I normally use Directions, in this case ‘turquoise’)
- at least 200 ml of white conditioner (for medium long hair)
- gloves and/or a brush
- a little trash bag to cover your head and a bigger one to cover your shoulders (you can also wear old clothes)
- a bowl
- at least 2 hours of time
1. Mixing the colour
First of all, put as much conditioner in your bowl as you need to cover your whole hair. I always take approx. 200 ml (that roughly equals 2 packages of bleach or other hair colours). Then mix it with the colour of your choice until the mixture is a little darker than the colour you want on your head. (Note If you’re planning to use turquoise: it’s very high pigmented! I only took 1 tablespoon of it and it turned out quite bright.)
Don’t worry if it’ll be too much: You can use the rest as a colour refreshing mask or just dilute it into your normal conditioner.
2. Apply the mix
Cut the bigger trash bag in a kind of cape and fix it with a clip. Make sure it is long enough in the back, even if you lean back your head.
I highly recommend having a reliable friend appy the colour because there is a lot more hair at the back of your head than you might think and it is absolutely crucial that the colour is applied quickly and regularly.
You can apply Directions to both dry and slightly wet hair and either cover your roots first and then go into length or cover it streak by streak. Just make sure that there is roughly the same amount of colour at every part of your head.
Remove dye that has come to your skin quickly. Warm water is enough when it’s still fresh but if you leave it on you might have to walk around with blue spots on your face or ears for a weak.
3. Let the colour do its work
Keep in mind: the longer the colour stays on your head, the better it will last (and the brighter it will get, but never brighter than the colour of the dye itself!) However, that only works if the colour stays wet. The easiest way to keep it from drying is to put a small trash bag or some foil on your head. Make sure you cover all your hair. I like to use a hair clip to keep my hair stuck to my head. (It might get blue, pink, lilac, whatever.)
Unfortunately, you never know exactly how long the dye has to sink in. I left it on for about 2 hours, other people leave it on while sleeping. If you only have one hour that might be also enough. Wash one streak of hair to see the current result and put some colour back on if you’re not content yet.
4. Wash it out and be happy
Wash it out with pure water and see the result. Remember that the colour is always a bit darker when your hair is still wet. If the colour came out too intensive or dark, just wash your hair a few times. Or wait for it to fade out in the next few days.
There’s no need for special care: the dye doesn’t harm your hair and the conditioner should have left it soft and shiny.
That’s how my hair looked right afterwards. Even though I only used 1 tablespoon of colour it turned out a bit darker than I intended but I think it will fade out quickly anyway.
If there are any questions left, feel free to ask!
And much fun with your beautiful pastel hair ♥