Hot off the 2012 runway, the hot trend for Spring hair is pastels and dye-dipped. Yet this trend is not for everyone, it is a great idea for Barbie Blondes. This is such a fun and creative way to express yourself and show some personality.
Ways to do Pastel and Dye-dipped color
Chalking ~ an eco-friendly way to color streaks in pre-lightened hair. All chalk can work but Rembrandt brand pastels are a little like a crayon and the colors are more vibrant. Strategically pull a strand of hair and wet it with a water bottle. Hold the strand tight, while rubbing the chalk on the hair, massage it in with your fingers so it distributes evenly. Try a few colors so its colorful and bright. Carefully dry hair with your dryer or a warm iron.
Oil based Pastels ~ thicker consistency and more pigments, this is similar to chalking. Apply the same way and make sure you saturate the strands. This will most likely work on darker hair.
Kool aid ~ safe for kids and smells delicious! lol. I did this once to my white pomeranian and it washed out within a few washings. Mix a little color with a glass of hot water until the crystals are dissolved. Dip the tips of selected strands or just the ends of your whole ponytail in the liquid but be careful it doesn’t touch the rest of your hair. You can put it in a foil so it is separate from the rest. Don’t rinse, just dry it very carefully.
Manic Panic ~ a semi-permanent color stain made for pre-lightened hair. These colors are great and vibrant but wash out in a few weeks. It is great to use if you want Katie Perry’s blue locks or Kelly Osborne’s silver coiffure. Pick your color and dilute to your desired pastel. I like diluting it in a bowl with lots of conditioner until the color is exactly what I want. Run thru with a comb so you get it real even but don’t put it on roots (this really stains your skin so always wear gloves and cover yourself with a towel)
After you did the tips in one color and dried them, you can re-dip in another color for a rainbow Ombre effect. This is beautiful when used in colors that compliment each other like pink and purple, or blue and turquoise.
Have fun and don’t worry…these colors wash out and you will be back to what you had before. Be creative and use your imagination. =)