Tuesday, May 13, 2014

How To Care For Pastel Hair

Last year I dyed my purple/pink hair back to a natural brown when I was pregnant.  Pretty much from that day forward I couldn't wait until I could dye my hair a pretty color again!  I was a little hesitant, only because I know the commitment and care that comes with keeping a pinky hue.  So I guess now is a better time than ever to share my secrets on how to keep that pastel hair last!

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Be committed to washing your hair less
Like, a lot less.  I've always been an every other day washer but I've cut that down significantly.  I aim for about 1-2 times a week.  It's no secret that washing your hair strips the color out.  Unfortunately, when you have a light pastel color it shows after every wash.  My pink fades to a really nice peachy color after a few washes but I like to freshen the color often.

Opt out of those hot showers
This rule kind of sucks but it really helps.  On the days I do wash my hair, I have a lukewarm to cold shower.  When you take a shower in warm water the color strips significantly.  I've never really liked hot showers so I can manage but I know how important they are to others!

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Use high quality color
This is kind of a no brainer but it's important!  At the moment I'm using Pravana Pink and Sparks Pink Kiss.  They're essentially the same thing but Sparks happens to be a bit cheaper.  One box of Pravana doesn't run higher than fifteen dollars and Sparks is about seven.  The high quality stuff isn't really that expensive, but remember that it may take a few boxes for one application and you have to reapply often.  I can make one box work on my current hair length, but I'll up it to two when I really want to saturate it.

Conditioner is your friend
I have about four different conditioners that I use on the regular.  Because of the frequent bleachings (those roots are kicking after three to four weeks!) I make sure to take extra care for my hair.  I'd recommend a great wash out conditioner, leave in conditioner, and hair serum.  I use the last two on the days I don't wash.  It's quite a routine!

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I'll be posting a list of products later in the month (this mom has simply run out of time!) that I prefer to use.  If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below :).

xoxo

Ashley

10 comments:

  1. The PERFECT hair, seriously girl! I have been a redhead, brunette, and my regular dirty blonde in the past year which is quite the change for me, but I still would love to try light pink or purple. I just HATED the upkeep of the red because my very straight fine hair looks pretty awful after just one day of now shower, and Rob is not a fan of the whole colors that don't occur naturally hair. UGH. So for now, I'm living vicariously through you having dream-hair! :) p.s. your crown was sent out yesterday!

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  2. I love your hair so freaking much. I have always wanted a full head of colorful hair, but it just never seems possible. When I was a teen, my school dress code did not permit it. Now, I work for Starbucks and they have strict rules against unnatural hair colors, tattoos, and piercings.

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  3. Love your hair very much. I will probably never do it myself, but I love seeing it on others :)

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  4. Dang, that really is quite the routine! If you don't wash your hair, do you just use dry shampoo? And seriously, this is my favorite color on you by far. It's SO fun and girly and playful! And your curls are always perfection :)

    xo marlen
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  5. I love this post; I have been thinking about going pastel (encouraged by my husband, yay!) and I'd go to a salon to get it done, but knowing how to keep the haircolor going is great before I do it. I really want to keep pastel hair for longer than I had blonde hair (sadly for the hair, I found out I was pregnant two weeks after bleaching it blonde, so no keeping it up.)

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  6. I was intrigued to read this post even though I'd never actually dye my hair this colour. You pull this look off so well! Like, you rock PINK HAIR! That's kind of super awesome....especially because you had fun hair before all the celebs were doing it ;)

    xo Jackie
    Something About That

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  7. Maaan you're making me want to dye my hair back to pink again. Even though I ruined my hair because I was too impatient to care for it properly... and hated the maintainance... BUT SO PRETTY ;____;

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  8. Adore your style, you're a beaut ! & Adore to see your lil' princess month after month this is tooo wonderful & cute :) M-C

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  9. I prefer brights to pastels--because I think faded blue or purple looks gray, I rarely even made it two weeks in between coloring my streaks again. Of course, since I just had a few pieces colored and the rest of my hair was natural, it was pretty easy. I love your look of all-over color, but I know i wouldn't have the patience for it!

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  10. Oh, I love your color! I use Pravana too, and I go back and forth between pink and purple all the time. Just can't seem to make up my mind. haha


    xo
    Amy
    http://artoftheheartblog.blogspot.com

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