Friday, August 14, 2015

Pretty in Pink Hair Trend Alert

We’ve seen it everywhere … Hilary Duff went pink, Julianne Hough went pink and even Cara went pink (if just for a day). It’s officially a trend! Pink hair is everywhere, from cool celebs to It Girls alike. We aren’t talking about hot pink, 90’s Gwen Stefani style, but a softer, pastel shade that is just soooo pretty. “How do I get it,” you ask? Believe it or not, it’s easier than you think and Team TME turned to Cutler Senior Colorist and pastel hair extraordinaire, Rachel Bodt, gives us her take on why this color is so popular and how to achieve it.

THE COLOR: For the same reason rose blush is a makeup staple, pink hair is universally flattering on all skin tones and shades. The dusty, pastel tones we are seeing recently “look prettier, more romantic while still edgy and uber cool,” says Bodt. Finding the right tone for you is key to rocking the look. Anything from a soft pink hue to a deep, rich rose tone may work.

GIVE IT A TRY: You can try this look at home with hair chalk for a little taste of what it will look like. For a more realistic at-home trial, use a color depositing conditioner, like Davines Alchemic Conditioner in Red, to temporarily dye your strands pink. It washes out in 5 to 6 washes, but will give you the most realistic taste of what you’ll look like with pink hair.

Pro Tip: To avoid hot pink locks, remember that little goes a long way.

SEE A PROFESSIONAL: Bodt says, "There are a few ways to do this. Either by doing a full double process, where you bleach the whole head to white and then tone with pastels. Or you can do heavily highlights and then gloss with a pink tone.” The highlight process will give you a similar look, but is less of a commitment so going back to a natural color is easier.

HOW TO KEEP IT UP: Direct dyes wash out every time you shampoo, so you will have to do some extra maintenance to keep your color bright. According to Bodt, “Use a cleansing conditioner, which is free of sulfates. This won’t scrub out the color. Also ask your colorist to make you a color conditioner you can use once a week to keep it looking fresh.”

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