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This is how you slay white and pastel hair colors

Pastel hair has been a top trend for a while now, and for good reason. It’s a lovely statement look that still verges on the subtle side of unnaturally colored hair. An even more subtle look is to have white or platinum hair with some pastel highlights or chunks accenting the look. If you’ve been wanting to try out this look, below is your guide to slaying white and pastel hair colors.

Get to bleachin’

The first step with any statement hair color look is to bleach your hair. You have two options, of course: home or professional. Bleaching hair at home can be quite the process. If you have very dark hair that damages easily, it’s recommended to bleach in stages, giving your hair a week or more of rest in between. Since the pigment in dark hair goes through a lot of lightening stages, you might be walking around with a shade of hair color you don’t find ideal. If you have light brown or lighter hair, it’s usually a one-step process.

For bleaching at home, your best bet is to get a pre-assembled bleaching kit to minimize any flubs. Be sure to follow the product instructions perfectly. Many of these may even be a one-step application for any hair color. Always do a strand test, and if you have any doubts, get your hair bleached at a salon.

Putting in pastel

This part is a little more in line with traditional hair coloring than you’d think. There are tons of pastel dye products on the market now, since the trend has gotten so popular. You apply per the product instructions, but make sure to do a strand test first. Keep in mind, some colors fade easier than others (for instance, pink tends to fade and greens can stick around). Here are the best options for white and pastel hair colors.

  • Crazy Color: This semi-permanent product has a number of pastel shades, and the brand has been around since 1977.
  • L’Oréal Paris Féria Smokey Pastels: Even the ever-accessible L’Oreal Feria brand has jumped on the bandwagon, offering some attractive shades in pink, lavender and pastel blue. They’re even listed as permanent shades, though make sure to use a color-protecting or depositing shampoo and conditioner.
  • Directions: This is another semi-permanent product that’s on the budget side. It costs about $6 for an 88ml container.
  • Manic Panic Pastel-izer: A long-time favorite in the crazy hair color world, Manic Panic is excellent for the sheer amount of color choices. And once you find your perfect color, you can simply add it to the Pastel-izer mix to give it a more pastel hue. Manic Panic tends to fade fairly easily, especially with lighter colors, so it’s a great product for experimenting with shades.
  • Bleach London: Really, really want to hang onto that color? If you’re the type who marries a crazy hair color shade for a long time, you’ll know the pain of trying to keep it vibrant or around at all. Bleach London has answered those concerns by selling a soft pink color-depositing shampoo and conditioner, and it sells another general color protecting shampoo and conditioner.