Pastel Hair Dye

Pastel Hair Dye

by Melissa Anderson on June 21, 2012

Pastel hair is a hot trend that doesn’t look to be going anywhere. From celebrities like Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj, to the runways of Paris, many stylish people are rocking this latest trend and turning heads. But you don’t have to be a celebrity or a rock star to try this look. There are many great ways you can incorporate pastel hair dye into your own style in a fun and understated way.

Because pastel hair dyes are considered such a bold look, you will definitely need confidence to pull it off. Almost all brightly colored hair dyes come in semi-permanent or temporary forms, and pastels are no exception. This is great because you can get the look without the commitment. One company that makes this temporary color is Splat Colour Washables. This line comes with four colors including pink, red, blue and purple. You can apply it to your whole head, or section it off and go for pastel streaks. They wash off fairly quickly, so if you want pastel hair for a special occasion, or are just looking to try something new, this may be for you.

For a longer lasting look, I would recommend getting a semi-permanent hair dye in a bright color. Brands like Manic Panic, Special Effects, or Crazy Colours are a good choice since they offer such a variety of shades from Electric Blue to Emerald Green and everything in between. Since these brands also use a vegetable based formula and are ammonia free, they are gentler on your hair than conventional dye.

In order to achieve a pastel hair color with these brands, you will have to mix conditioner to the dye. This will weaken the brightness of the color, and give you a nice soft pastel shade. You can experiment with how much conditioner you want to add depending on how rich you want the final color to be. It’s also important to note that this method works best on hair that is already lightened or blonde. If you have dark hair, the color will not stand out as much, and you may only have a hint of color to your hair.

Another option for achieving pastel hair is to use chalk pastels. This is a good choice if you don’t want to deal with dyeing your hair and want something that will easily wash off. Best of all, it’s very affordable and only takes minutes to apply. To get this look, you’ll need a box of chalk pastels. You can get these from any arts and crafts store. Make sure the chalk pastels are not oil based.

If you’re blonde, you can apply the chalk to your dry hair by rubbing it on. You can twist your hair to get more traction. If you have darker hair, you should wet it first to get the color to stick. Once the chalk is in your hair, you can blow dry it or hot iron it to set it.

It’s very easy to achieve pastel hair with minimal expense. Not only is it a hot look for the spring and summer, but its fun and flirty. So try it out for yourself!

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Hair Dye Brands List

Hair Dye Brands List

by Melissa Anderson on May 24, 2012

Dyeing your hair can be a great way to change up your look dramatically, or it can subtly accentuate your style. If you opt to dye your hair at home instead of a salon, it can be confusing or overwhelming trying to decide which brand to use. Whether it’s going for a different color or just adding highlights to your hair, there are several great brands that will help you get the look you want.

Before you head to the store, there are some things you should consider first. The main thing being: why do you want to dye your hair? Is it to cover gray hair, to add highlights, or to try a completely different shade? Another important thing to consider is: How long do you want the color to last? Is it a temporary look you’re going for? Or do you want something that will last a long time? Once you’ve decided, it will make narrowing down the choices a lot easier.

Many of the top hair dye brands offer their colors in permanent, semi-permanent, or temporary colors. The names are pretty self explanatory.


A great at home hair dye is Clairol. They have several different products in their hair coloring line from Clairol Natural Instincts, Clairol Hydrience Cream, and Clairol Nice ‘n Easy. Many people love this brand because it’s very easy to use and is gentle on the hair. This brand is also long lasting and gives the hair a shiny appearance. The colors range from black to blonde and everything in between. Prices for Clairol are relatively inexpensive averaging under $10.


Another great brand is Garnier. They also have several great products in their hair color line including HerbaShine Color Crème with Bamboo Extract and Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Multi-lights. These products generally leave hair less frizzy than some other hair dye brands, and the color lasts a long time. Garnier makes great permanent hair dyes and their colors come in black, blonde, red and brown. Prices for Garnier average around $7 a box.


L’Oreal is a very popular brand that you’ve no doubt heard of. They offer several different products for every hair type and color out there. L’Oreal is generally considered the best hair dye for dark hair, though they do also have great hair dyes for covering grays, adding highlights, or other vibrant colors like magenta and bright red. Prices for L’Oreal start under $10.


Schwarzkopf is a German based beauty company and is highly regarded by many professional colorists for their quality hair dyes. They make three product lines including Igora, Live XXL Color and Essensity. Their Essensity line is ammonia free. It also does not contain artificial fragrances, silicons or other harmful ingredients such as parabens, and is gentler on the hair. Prices for Schwarzkopf vary and range from average around $12 a tube.

John Frieda

John Frieda’s Precision Foam Color line is a high quality hair dye that can be found at most stores. This line offers colors in 20 shades. It also uses foam technology making application easier and less messy. Prices for John Frieda Precision Foam Color retail for around $12.

Manic Panic

If you’re looking for a bright bold color, Manic Panic may be right up your alley. This company uses vegetable-based dyes that don’t contain any ammonia or peroxide. They are great for people who have skin sensitivity or allergies. The colors are all semi-permanent and will generally last around 4-6 weeks. They offer 30 shades and include colors with such vivid names as Purple Haze, Vampire Red, Cotton Candy Pink Electric Lava and everything in between. Prices for Manic Panic are very reasonable, and start under $10.


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Dye Your Hair Online

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