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Pastel Hair Color Tips and Tricks For Cosmetology Students

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Pastel hair color is a popular trend many people desire. It’s tempting to try out the at-home hair coloring products that promise brilliant candy-colored hair. However, to achieve those spring-inspired shades successfully, most people will need to visit a professional hairstylist.

Pastel Hair Color Tips and Tricks for Professionals

Making pastel hair color look good and last a long time involves a strenuous process that requires a lot of patience. If done correctly, it will leave your client with beautiful pink, blue or purple locks they will love. If one of your first jobs after hair school is for pastel hair coloring, here are a few tips to help you achieve your goal.

Spend Extra for Quality Products

Many times, when it comes to beauty products, you get what you pay for. And with the complexity of pastel hair coloring, you may need to spend a little extra to ensure quality results. That is especially true with bleach powder. The cheaper products are often crystallized and hard to mix. Higher-quality bleach such as Quick Blue Bleach Powder is a fine powder and will blend easily with your developer.  

Apply Bleach Correctly

Always apply bleach to the tips first. The scalp will bleach faster than the hair tips, and if you choose to apply bleach to your scalp first, the color will not be even. Keep the bleach in for around 25 to 35 minutes. You can keep it on for up to 45 minutes for darker hair if necessary.

Use Toner for Lighter Hair

If you have bleached hair or very light-colored hair, you will have some brassy tones if you only use bleach. By using toner, you will help ensure that your hair color will be even and less murky. An excellent product to try is Clairol High Lift Cool Blonde. Mix the toner with the crème developer and allow it to sit for five minutes while it turns color. Apply to hair and leave it on for 25 to 45 minutes.

The Hair Dyeing Process

Using a white conditioner that doesn’t contain sulfates, add to a mixing bowl along with a small amount of the dye of your choosing. You can always add more dye later if you don’t achieve the color you want, but you can’t remove it if you add too much.

Once you have mixed the color, apply it generously to the hair. You will want to leave the dye in for three hours at least. Afterward, rinse out all the conditioner and dye.

One Last Tip Before Coloring with Pastels

Always make sure you and your client understand what hue you will be using. If your client doesn’t have a photo to use as a reference, you should be careful with your terminology during the consultation. There are many different shades of blues, greens and purples, and you want to be sure you choose the right dye for the job. When a client is talking about mint green hair, for instance, they usually mean light green. Lavender would be light purple, sky blue would be light blue, and so on.

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About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.