Not sure how to make pastel hair color last longer? There are a few simple tricks that will help you out, but remember that the first step is having your hair colored correctly.

The pastel hair color trend seems fairly new, but it’s been around for a while so there are plenty of product brands to choose from!

Whether your looking for pink hair, purple hair, baby blue hair, or mint green hair…the process is the same and so is the at home maintenance!

Here’s a tip for before you get your hair colored with pastel hues:

Bring photos of the exact shade that you’re going for. If you go to the salon and tell your stylist that you want “light pink” hair then you might get something other than “pastel pink”, for example. If you can’t find photos of what you want, then you should be choosy with your words during your consultation.

Here are some examples:

  • Light Pink : Peony Pink
  • Light Purple : Lavender
  • Light Blue : Sky Blue
  • Light Green: Mint

Keep in mind that your hair must be lightened before the pastel color can be applied. Pastel hair color is not possible for some people because their hair is too dark and it would be very damaging to go through such an extensive lightening process!

How to Make Pastel Hair Color Last

How to Preserve Candy Colored Hair by Nicole Kestenbaum via


Pastel Pink Hair, Nicole Kestenbaum

Lately I’ve noticed that Instagram and Facebook are the catalogs of choice for clients when asking their hair color professional for a dream hair transformation.

Candy-colored hair is not something you’ll be able to achieve with box color at home, though, so ditch that fantasy. Candy-colored hair is achieved through a long process with an experienced color professional.

Be ready to be patient with this step-by-step process, and when you finally achieve your desired hue (in my case, pink), aim to give it all the love and care you can muster to preserve a vivacious color using the tips below:

1) Don’t wash your hair every day.

Alternating the days you wash your hair will keep your hair color vibrant longer. Clipping your hair in a bun and not washing your hair in the shower is not enough. Always use a shower cap to shield your hair from steam and wetting any loose strands.

2) Don’t wash your hair with scalding hot water.

The first thing my hairstylist/colorist advised was to not wash my hair with very hot water. Hot water makes the hair color fade quicker than if you wash with lukewarm water. Candy-colored hair like pink or minty green has a tendency to fade quicker anyways, and hot water speeds up the fading process.

3) Use a color-protect shampoo and conditioner.

Carefully choose the shampoo and conditioner you wash your hair with. Wash your hair every two or three days, and when you do, massage your scalp with the tips of your fingers(not your nails).

Choose sulfate-free and color-protect shampoos(salon brands will work better at keeping colorful strands vivacious, soft and shiny). Read More…

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*Some of the information in this post is my content and the “how-to’s” are via I do not recommend and shampoos or conditioners for preserving hair color that are not a professional product.

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