pastel hair alyssa martinez

I change my hair color as often as someone shop for their clothes. That is why I often get asked in Instagram how I achieved my hair color. But before I tell you my tips on how to get the exact hair color you want, I want to have some real talk, you might not get the exact hair color you want that you’ve seen in a photo from Instagram and Pinterest. I know my article’s title is a little misleading but hear me out first. The main reason is that the photo is edited.

A lot of photos in Instagram and especially in Pinterest are often photoshop. Those pink, violet, green, or those cute pastel hairs you see online are often stock photos or runway backstage photos of blonde models and their hair were edited using photoshop by some person which I don’t know why they do it. But some, unfortunately, are actual photos from hairdressers themselves who are too pressured to show a good work online. Just read about it on Not Another Salon.

But with my tips below, you can at least get closer to it. However, if you’re patient you will really get the EXACT hair color you really want.

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My gray hair with highlights of blue steel and coral pink

1. Keep your hair healthy

This may sound cliché but you really need to keep your hair healthy and strong especially if your hair is not a natural blonde. Dyeing your hair to an exact color you want will require some chemical process. If your hair is not healthy and strong, there’s a high chance it will get super dry and worst, break! I’m not scaring you, but there are really people who just jump into bleaching without knowing their hair is not strong enough for it.

2. Bleach your hair

If you want pink, violet, and pastel hairs or even rainbow hair, bleaching is a must! Even if you’re a natural blonde, there are levels of blonde you need to achieve. The ideal for pastel and rainbow hair is level 10 blonde which is the whitest blonde of all. There is an ideal technique to bleach your hair, so before getting your hair bleach at the salon or at home, make sure you do your research and know what level of blonde you need to get. But if you have brunette or raven hair and it’s your first time ever to bleach your hair, I highly suggest that you go to a salon and get professional help.

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My current hair color

3. Tone Before Dye

Last step before you dye your hair is toning. If you want to get your hair around level 6-10 blonde then toning is a must! This will remove all remaining brassy red or yellow hue left in your hair. And it’s easier than bleaching, you can just DIY this at home! You can tone your hair in 2 ways: 1) by using violet bleaching shampoo which you can easily buy at the salon, supermarket, or online. But this will take a lot of washes, it may take some time. If you want something stronger and faster, you can do 2) Buy a hair toning product. The best seller and highly recommended by unicorns and mermaids is Wella T18 which also known as the “white lady” because yes, it will really make your hair that white. Trust me, because I use this myself.

What do you think of my tips on how to get the exact hair color you want? Did this make you think of getting your hair colored? Share it below!