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How to Do Pastel Pink and Purple Highlights

A Reader Gets Pretty in Pink

Want to do something fun to show your lighthearted side during these warmer weathered months, but don't want to go the shocking pink route? Take a tip from reader PrettyShinySparkly, then, who recently wrote me about her new pastel pink and purple strands featured on her blog of the same name. Find out how she got them below:

  • A natural blonde, PrettyShinySparkly typically has her stylist put both highlights and lowlights in her hair, but due to time constraints, she pulled a DIY, using L'Oréal's Superior Preference in Glistening Magnolia ($15) in hopes of attaining a beachy-white blond. When the color turned out a little bit too buttery-yellow, she applied Wella's Color Charm Toner in #T18 ($5), a subtle lavender, to counteract any unwanted golden-toned pigments. "After rinsing out the toner, shampooing, and deep conditioning, I was shocked and flabbergasted to find that I had accidentally created the most perfect, subtle, barely-there version of the lavender highlights I was so coveting," she said.
  • Then, a few weeks later, as the streaks faded into a silver-toned lavender hue, she decided to keep the pastel theme going, applying Manic Panic's Cotton Candy ($7.50) and Mystic Heather ($9). The outcome? Fun and funky pink and purple semipermanent highlights that are perfect for Summer.

Do you have a hair color story to share? Tell us all about it in the Do-It-Yourself Beauty group on the BellaSugar Community. Your at-home stylings might just be featured here on Bella.

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ChelseaVM ChelseaVM 4 years
I would suggest, if you dont want to dye your natural hair, so check out Style Strands Highlights. They come in pretty pastel pink, lavender, mint and peach etc. You put them in and they will stay in your hair up to 6 weeks, you can wash and style with them in.  I bought pastel pink highlights and also ombre ones from them a few weeks ago, and they havent faded at all! The website is www.stylestrands.com i
holleighz holleighz 6 years
If the idea of doing your own color is frightening or even semi-permanent sounds like too much of a commitment, you can get great, very temporary lavender highlights with tinted shampoo or conditioner. (Hair needs to be lightened to a very pale blonde to begin with.) Blonda Shampoo by Unite creates a silvery-purple. Pravana Pure Light Conditioner will give you a true pastel. Leave either on for 15-30 minutes - much longer than the recommended time for regular use - and you'll end up with perfect whimsical highlights.
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