Summer is finally here; it may not feel like it to us over here in Britain, but trust me, it is (technically!). This only means one thing, festivals; festivals make me think of free, wild hair, amazing braided styles and an array of pastel colours.
Pastel colours have only really made an appearance over the last two or three years and are now readily available in stores, where as before you probably had to embark on a mini mission to Camden, or your equivalent!
The best brand for pastel hair colours is Bleach London, which is available exclusively to Boots or through their website shop.bleachlondon.co.uk and you can also buy a mixer from Superdrug called Colour Freedom Pasteliser, which tones down vibrant dyes for a more pastel-y shade. There are many more colour brands available for all you online shoppers; there’s Manic Panic, Directions and Crazy Colours, which all do the biggest range of unusual hues. Most of these hair dyes fade out in 2-10 washes, which is good for any school goers on summer holiday!
First of all if you do crave cotton candy, unicorn-tastic hair, you will need to bleach it, or if you have a yellowy blonde colour already then you can just use a toner to lighten it. The best way for beginners is to use a bleach kit.
Choose your kit based on the developer (peroxide) – the numbers determine the amount of time it takes to bleach the hair and not the strength … also do not use a 40-volume developer because it can damage your hair and cause burns!
If your hair is already light blonde, use a 10-volume developer, using a weak 10-volume developer will help to swell up your hair cuticles and soak up the pastel dye better.
If your hair is light to medium brown or strawberry blonde, use a 20-volume developer.
If your hair is dark brown or black, use a 30-volume developer.
Top tip – Try not to wash your hair for a week before bleaching it and never bleach over freshly washed hair, you need to retain your natural hair oils as much as possible to avoid too much damage.
Once your hair is bleached then it is all ready to go! Don’t forget you can go for a dip-dye if you just want to add a splash of colour, in this case you could just bleach the ends! It can also be pretty tricky to dye your own hair without missing out bits, so you could get a friend to come and help you, or if you want to splash the cash get a professional hairdresser to do it. Bleach London actually do their own salon that specialises in doing pastel hair colours, discover more at bleachlondon.co.uk.
And just to get the full effect of how awesome pastel colours can look, here’s a mini montage! Enjoy.