Thursday, 3 November 2016

My hair tag: Going from blonde to pastel pink

So you might have seen on my Instagram that I've gone pink! It's a colour I've always wanted to try but it took me so long to get to the right tone of blonde that I didn't want to go ruining it by tinting it another colour.
But I went into my hair salon the other week and I was filming a hair colour consultation with the amazing team at Real Hair London, and I mentioned to the colourist that I'd always wanted to try pastel pink hair. She told me that on light blonde hair, the colour would pick up really well - and not just that - but it would only take 20 minutes to do!

 I had a blended ombré - so the roots were darker on top and the ends were really quite a light blonde. I also had light pieces running through the front sections of my hair. And she told me that the pink would pick up best on those lighter and bleached parts of my hair.

My hair colour when I went into the salon
So before I could change my mind, I decided I'd try it. After all, she said it would wash out after about two weeks anyway, and would gradually lighten up to the pastel pink shade I'd really wanted.
I'm not actually too sure what brand of salon hair dye she used, but it was SO bright and I started panicking thinking that I'd walk out with a luminous head. 
She combed it through the mid lengths and the ends, then brought the dye up through some of the front sections of my hair. It stayed on for around 15 minutes and then was washed out with shampoo.

It sounds so simple and it was! If you're brunette then you probably couldn't just walk in and get the same effect in that amount of time, because you'd have to have lighten the parts of it you wanted pink first - or else the colour wouldn't show, or would only show as a mauvey shade.

I can't believe how quick it was! I do have to admit, I was a little shocked at first because the colour was a lot more vivid than the pastel pink I'd been hoping for, but after two or three washes it was at the perfect shade. The sad part is when it begins to fade back to  blonde:(

SO that's when I looked into ways that I could keep the pink tone, without having to head back into a hair salon every few washes. I got in touch with the lovely PR team at Bleach London and they kindly sent me three products - the Super Cool Colours dye in Rosé and the Rosé Shampoo & Conditioner.

Rosé shampoo and conditioner by bleach
Don't be put off by how bright it looks! It washes out lighter.
I started with the Cool Colours dye when my salon-pink hair had almost faded, and since I wasn't too sure how strong the effect would be, I left it on for 15 minutes (as advised) and I didn't put it all the way up to the roots incase it dyed my scalp pink! You have to shampoo and towel dry your hair before applying it, and then after 15 minutes you can rinse - not wash - it out. Oh wear gloves because it stains your hands pink. Found that one out the hard way.

The colour was so lovely! Less bright than the salon one and much more pastel, but it showed up really nicely. These days I'll leave it on around 25 minutes to get a deeper shade of pink and I've also found that mixing it in with a blob of conditioning hair mask makes it really shiny when dry.

Right after using the Super Cool colour in Rosé
I'll use the Cool Colours dye (about three big blobs of it) every other week, all over my hair, and then I'll wash my hair every other day with the Rosé Shampoo & Conditioner - and they make sure the colour stays bright and doesn't fade. If you have light blonde hair you can actually bypass the actual dye and only use the shamp&condit. After about 4 or 5 washes you should get to the perfect shade of pink from using it.

Finally (nearly done I promise!), I have two favourite styling products which I absolutely swear by - and you can see by how empty the one on the left is! When I use them, my hair feels so soft and not at all dried out by all the colour. If you want to invest then I really recommend the Nectar Thermique and the Elixir Ultime by Kerastase. Spritz on about 4-5 sprays of the Ultime oil (very light and non-greasy) all over your hair to heat protect, then add a blog of the Thermique to your ends before drying. It makes the world of difference.


- Bleach London Super Cool Colours in Rosé, £5, here
-Bleach London Rosé Shampoo & Conditioner, £6 each, here
- Kerastase Nectar Thermique, £20, here (out of stock on Look Fantastic at the moment)
- Kerastase Elixir Ultime Versatile Beautifying Oil, £37, here 

Also I just want to say another big thanks to Jonathan at real hair salon in West London - who does the most amazing tape extensions and styling, and Chanel, who is the queen of colour there. Check them out if you're local to Londz - they are fabulous.

As always, drop me a message below if you have any questions and I'll get right back to you.



1 comment

  1. Gorgeous Zoe! The pink really suits you! Steph xx


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