Gosh, it feels like I’ve been gone forever! After re-emerging from my mostly internet-free holiday I could barely recognise the online world; Ariana Grande is now a notorious America-hater and donut-licker, everyone knows what Justin Bieber’s butt looks like, McDonalds has released minion figurines that swear at you depending on what you’re listening for and a freaking shoe with a pair of nail polishes is coming pretty darn close to breaking the internet! The internet is a crazy place, and it’s good to be back; I’ve missed you guys so much.
Anyways, moving right along!
If there’s one thing that has also changed over my one-week break, it’s my hair. Yes, it brings me great excitement to tell you at this very moment I am the proud owner of some pastel-streaked locks! So how did I do it? Through a process of trial and error! However, since I have personally experienced all of these trials and errors, I can impart my newly-found wisdom onto you so you don’t have any hair-dye disasters.
The biggest tip I can give you is this: MAKE SURE YOUR HAIR IS LIGHT!!
I don’t think that I can really stress this enough. If your blonde is even slightly on the dirty side, this will 100% not work. Trust me, I know this firsthand. On my first attempt at trying to get pastel locks I hadn’t pre-lightened my gold-blonde hair, meaning that what were supposed to be pastel pink and turquoise streaks ended up coming out as a strange red and murky blue that didn’t show up under anything that wasn’t the super-intense heater lamp in my bathroom. Major bummer. However, thankfully I only used a super weak dye so I didn’t have the disappointing streaks for too long! Long story short, if you want to get this look you’re going to have to make friends with a little something called peroxide. I ended up using the L’Oreal Sunkiss Jelly, which is a leave-in gradual lightener, and it worked like a dream! After one application my hair looked like it had been given a nice lift; all of the brown tones had been taken out, leaving my hair looking light, bright and pastel-ready!
The second most important tip I have is don’t (and I repeat DON’T) wash your hair under warm water. Trust me, if you do this all of the colour will magically disappear from your hair quicker than you can say ‘Rainbow Brite’. I ended up doing this a day after my second attempt with my newly-lightened hair, and let’s just say I was rushing for a LOT of touch-ups afterwards. After reading up about it online I learned that there’s a super-legit scientific explanation for this that has something to do with hair cuticles opening up in the warmth, but the bottom line is that you should only wash your hair in lukewarm to cold water. Also, if you want the colour to stay in as long as possible, you shouldn’t wash your hair for a week after you put in the colour. Just saying, you should probably stock up on the dry shampoo now!
As for which hair dyes I used, I decided upon the Brite Organix Pastel Pink and Purple, and they were absolutely amazing. I would highly recommend them to anybody thinking of getting on board the pastel train! They only need to stay in for 10 minutes (but I left in mine for 45 because I’m a rebel :P), and they’re 100% cruelty free, which is a massive bonus.
But yeah, that’s it for today’s post! Have you ever dyed your hair an awesome colour? Ever gone pastel? Tell me how you did it in the comments!
I hope you’re all having an amazing day
Lots of love
P.S. I thought I might end this post with a little bit of my hair inspiration! Ahh pastels are just too pretty.