How To - Use Pastel Hair Dye

Beeunique have noticed a large rise in the sale of light pastel colours due to the recent Pastel Hair Trend. Gone are the days when a 'blue-rinse' or pale pink hair was reserved for older ladies, and usually caused accidentally by over-toning! 

First thing to know is you must have very pale hair if you want a light colour to show up.  Using a pale lilac on medium brown hair for example is not going to give you the desired pastel result. Pastel shades are best used on hair that is naturally light or has been bleached to a pale lemon colour, think the flesh colour of a banana. The more yellow or orange tones you leave in your hair the more it will affect the final hair dye result.

Make sure you always try a strand test first! The colour of the dye in the tub or bottle is not always the shade you will achieve, it's much better to test the dye results first.  If you find the colour is too dark, mix in some lighter shade (or a little conditioner) to lighten it up.  Alternatively, if the colour is too light, mix in a darker shade until you create the colour you are looking for. When mixing colours always add a little of the dye at a time and mix well, also make sure to mix enough of this customised colour as you will be very unlikely to create the exact same shade again - it's always just a little off and that can be very noticeable with lighter shades.

Pastel hair shades tend to fade much faster than darker more intense colours so keep in mind that you will need to reapply dye more often than with a straight forward bright colour like neon pink or deep purple. There are ways to minimise the fade of pastel shades and these range from adding a little dye to your conditioner so you top up the dye when you wash your hair, use a sulphate-free shampoo and where possible don't wash your hair too often. Dry shampoo can be your best friend when trying to prolong your hair dye colour.

You can view all of our pastel shades here: Pastel Hair Dyes

You can see reviews of these and other hair shades in our Hair Dye Review section

More help can be seen in our Hair Dye Tips section and on our Hair Dye Forum


Some of the Pastel Hair Dyes available on Beeunique:

Crazy Color Peachy Coral

Crazy Color
Peachy Coral

Crazy Color Peppermint

Crazy Color

Manic Panic Fleurs Du Mal

Manic Panic
Fleurs Du Mal

Adore Jade


Pravana Pretty In Pink

Pretty In Pink

Adore Soft Lavender

Soft Lavender


The information given on this site has been from our own personal use, our customers feedback and various websites and forums. Beeunique are not trained hairdressers or professionals and as such we cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of all the information in this section and tips etc should be used with caution. What works for one person may not necessarily work for another and if you are in any doubt about a procedure it is recommend you contact a hairdresser or other trained professional first.