How’s your week been – or furthermore – how’s your week going to be? I’m on fall break, but that doesn’t mean I’m taking a break from hustling, cause I have an empire to build! But, I may take a couple days off to go to the zoo, haha. But I did have a pretty exciting week!
As many of you know, I recently made quite a drastic change to my hair! It’s now completely pink!! After months of waiting and trials, and pinning inspiration, I finally took the plunge!
How fantastic is this color?! I can’t thank Travis enough! He’s always on board with my color changes, cuts, and even my crazy ideas. Which reminds me…
My second drastic change! I’ve been drooling over undercuts for such a long time, so I decided “You know what? It’s just hair!” and made a split second decision to just go for it. Travis, being the fantastic (and patient, haha) man that he is, was really excited. I remember the moment he chopped off the bottom layers of my hair! I was so nervous I’d regret it but as soon as they were gone I knew I’d made a good decision.
I’ve actually had pink in my hair for a while, as I’ve had pastel-pink tips since around April, but I’ve always wanted to go full out pink, so I’m really happy with how this turned out! I know many people decide to dye their hair crazy colors when they’re itching for change, but take a step back from the Manic Panic tub you’re eyeing. Vivid and pastel hair colors, especially pink, are a lot of work to maintain. If you can’t fork out the money, or time and effort if you’re a DIYer, for the upkeep, maybe hair dye isn’t for you. Luckily, I’m here to help you learn how to keep your pink hair in tip-top shape!
I feel like such a princess in this picture, I love it! (boy do my eyebrows need some help though…) Have I caused some serious hair envy yet? Good! I think everyone should try a hair color they love at least once, and October, being Breast Cancer Awareness month, is the perfect time to go pink! Now, what do we need to do to maintain that lovely, rosey, mahou shoujo hair color?
What to know before you go PINK:
- First thing you need to know before going pink is what shade of pink you want your hair to be. Are you looking for vivid neons, pretty pastels, or maybe a classic dusty rose color. Whatever you want, you need to have reference pictures for it, and LOTS of them. Even if you DIY your own hair colors, I’d recommend asking a professional stylist what the best mix would be to achieve the color you desire.
- Realize that you probably aren’t going to get away with not bleaching your hair. Unless you want a subtle, dark rose color, you are going to have to bleach your hair. Especially with pastel pinks, your hair is going to have to be practically white, or at least very light blonde. If you don’t want to bleach at home, book a hair appointment. Note that if your hair is dark, you may have to book several appointments or take several days to bleach your hair, as too much bleaching all at one time can and will ruin your strands.
- Pink is not really a dye. Pink is actually really a type of stain, as the strands do not really “absorb” the color like other dyes, but instead the color merely sits on top of the hair. This means there will be some serious fading over time, and it will require some dedicated upkeep. Luckily, I can make your life a little easier. 😉
Tips and tricks for pink hair:
- Buy a pink conditioner! For a while, when I was still blonde, I used Overtone to give my hair a pink tint. If you don’t want to spend the money for a separate conditioner, and your current conditioner is a white color, take your pink dye, add some to your current conditioner bottle, and shake it up. You’ll have your own conditioner that’s the same shade as your hair, and will help prevent fading.
- Choose your shampoo wisely! Focus on a color-care, or at least sulfate-free shampoo. You’ll thank me in the long run!
- Don’t wash your hair everyday! I know you hear this a lot, but it’s especially important if you have unnaturally colored hair! Shampoo will cause color to fade, so wash sparingly. I managed to train my hair over the summer, and now I only have to wash it about twice a week!
- Speaking of washing, don’t wash your hair in hot water! Hot water can also cause color to fade quickly, so try to wash hair in lukewarm/cool water, and rinse with water as cold as you can stand to lock everything in. (Plus the added bonus of soft, shiny hair!)
- Designate days for hair care. Try a day you won’t have anything to do either in the mornings or evenings, I usually do Friday night or Saturday morning. Take the time to wash your hair, apply a (color-safe) hair mask, and do any color touchups so that your hair is ready to go for the week ahead. You can use this time to do some facemasks, catch up with Netflix, or do some blogging, like I am now!
- When rinsing your hair after a redye, I recommend doing it under a bathtub faucet. It helps get more of the excess product out, so that you don’t end up with a stained shower, t-shirt, towel, pillow, sheets…you get the idea.
My top products for top-notch pink hair:
- Keune Color Craving in Passionate Pink – This is the brand they sell at the salon, and I’m madly in love with it. It has great color pay off, and comes in tons of colors. Passionate Pink is what I use to keep my locks vibrant, and I can go longer without redying because it fades into a very nice pastel pink as well.
- Overtone Conditioners – This is what I used for a long time after I first went pink. They sell conditioners, weekly treatments, and full sets in all kinds of colors and shades.
- Kevin Murphy Smooth Again Treatment – I put this in my hair at night while my hair is damp, and it helps prevent frizzy hair, which I need because the bleaching and styling has damaged my ends. This is an absolute godsend and I highly recommend it and any of his other products!
- Old T-shirts – I have started using old t-shirts instead of towels for my hair and it has definitely made a difference. Bleaching and dyeing your hair already damages it, and drying your hair with regular towels can cause a lot of extra breakage. Use a 100% cotton t-shirt to dry your hair, as they’re not only more gentle, but also tend to absorb more water!
- Silk pillow cases or scarves – Speaking of being gentle, switch to a silk pillow case, or wrap hair in a silk scarf before you go to bed. It helps prevent breakage, and leaves hair more manageable in the morning.
As you can see, pink hair can be a lot of work, but don’t let that discourage you from trying it! If you’re not ready to make the commitment, try hair chalks, or even buy a wig! Honestly, the hardest part about my pink hair was finding out what color to fill in my eyebrows with! Hey, maybe you guys would like a post on beauty and fashion tips for pink hair! Hmm, I’m sure I have a few tricks up my sleeve…what do you think dolls?
Do you have crazy colored hair, or are you planning to have some? If not, what color would you dye your hair? My hair would probably be a pastel, Tiffany Blue shade if it wasn’t pink!