If you love the color trend as much as we do you are delighted by the rainbow showers and pastel hued locks flooding Instagram. If you love it even more than we do you’ve taken the leap and indulged in a colorful play of your own recapturing that sense of child-like wonder we often times release too soon.
Well good for you! Keep it going for as long you desire! And, keep it healthy.
You probably had to lift your natural shade to get that whimsical color so you’ll want to manage any bleach-related damage and keep your new tresses from fading. Luckily it’s possible!
Justin Anderson, Pravana guest artist at the Chris McMillan Salon (and the colorist behind the pastel hair of Kelly Osbourne and Ireland Baldwin), says, “In order to get the true pastel tones that you desire, you must have a near-white canvas to color over.” But, while the bleach part is unavoidable, the potential damage is: Anderson recommends that you start prepping your hair two weeks before your color service to make sure it doesn’t totally ruin your locks. During those two weeks, he says, “Don’t over-style it, and put an oil through your ends as frequently as possible.”
Once it’s time to take the plunge, Ian Michael Black, Aveda global artistic director for hair color, says to make sure your colorist is using what he calls a mantra of “slow and low.” He explains, “Lightening your hair can be one of the most damaging things you can do, so always use a low volume of peroxide with your lightening product, and lighten slowly to preserve the condition of your hair.”
Creating that “near-white canvas” is permanent, whereas the pastel you’re putting over it isn’t. Luckily, when it comes to pastel hair color, Black says, “The dyes are usually mixed with very low or no peroxide, so they’re safe to apply frequently.” So, once you’ve got your bleached-out base, it’s fine to go ahead and put that baby blue in as frequently as necessary. Anderson agrees: “If you are just refreshing the color that you already have, you should be able to do it every couple of weeks with no problem.”
To maintain your hair color between treatments use a color-safe shampoo like Pravana’s Vivids Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner when you do. Black adds, “Hot water opens up the hair cuticle and releases the color pigment from the hair. I know it doesn’t sound very relaxing, but I recommend using cool water when rinsing your shampoo and conditioner.”
With these tips you can definitely continue to look healthy and vibrant long after your salon appointment and enjoy more carefree moments.