HOW TO MAINTAIN PINK DYED HAIR

Pastel coloured hair, at its finest is as rare as it's associations, rarer than unicorns, not impossible but what can sometimes feel as unreachable.

A little Stephi hair history:
I've been dying my hair for almost 8 years, not to include the brief lilac hair I had when I was 8 courtesy of my mum experimenting with food colouring.
From these 8 years the main things I have learnt is that no one persons hair is the same and one persons precious hair care regime is another persons enemy.
I have long curly, unruly, thick, coarse and frizzy hair having afro origins on my mothers side my hair is the most unmanageable mop known to man, and has only recently learnt how to be tamed.

 

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I wouldn't dare recommend the products I use to say someone with straight, short or thin hair as only I, and I alone know what my hair needs, sometimes this has influenced my decisions, due to my circumstances to try more stronger bleaches/dyes from having non-porous hair or more natural alternatives with knowledge my hair type will benefit better.

 I've tried almost every colour under the sun in a burst of teenage angst to show ways of expressing my creative being and temporary hair colorants seem to have refloated back into societies eye that years ago wasn't deemed acceptable to have pink hair that almost seems normal nowadays, because we all know at the end of the day all trends resurface every few years and only grow stronger.


 Realistically I'm going to rant how you should take extra care especially if you have darker hair with intentions of attempting this transformation, as I will guarantee no matter what, there is no reversible treatment that will fully restore the condition, or colour of your original hair. I believed for years my hair was bound in a magic forcefield that would never ever be damaged, but the truth be told even afro strands that have been bleached over 8/9 times does have a breaking point. I only ever try to just retouch my bleached roots to maintain a healthy head.

 I'll stop blabbering about the many disclaimers and if that long winded story hasn't reterred you from bleaching I can only heed you a word of final caution as you, yourself can take the responsibility of your actions that cannot be blamed on any product based on the decisions you have made. I am not a trained hairdresser, I can only speak from my experiences and what has worked for me, this is not to say my opinion is the correct one as every individuals hair reacts differently.

 The key to maintaining a successful colour is persistence, experimentation and regime.
 Certain tips and tricks helped me along my experiments, things I wish people told me when I was first starting out so I wish I can help others who may of been in my shoes once.

 

1. Bleaching is almost a definite unless you have very light hair naturally and/or wish to have a darker tone to which it still needs to be pre-lightened, various natural methods such as lemon juice are good for gold hair and helps clarify tone alike using chammomile (I recommend very much so if you want to go only a few shades up). Depending on how vibrant and successful you want the pink to show, the whiter... the better.

  2. Toner or purple/blue shampoo will become your best friend, if you have peachy orange tones amongst your pinks I suggest investing in a good toner, Provoke Touch of Silver is by far my favourite and the least expensive brand I've seen seen in the UK for about £3/4.

 3. Washing your hair in cool water, something I wish I could do without but generally blasting your hair with cool water seals the hair follicles and thus the colorants making it shiny and wonderful and this tip has taken me places with my frizzy mane. A sub third tip: try to learn to not shampoo hair frequently as this too strips colour. Your hair in turn evolves with your habits by not overly producing excessive oils that require washing. This revolutionary trick means I shampoo my hair once/twice a week without it ever getting greasy. Learn to accept your conditioner is mutually your best friend and shampoo will most likely take 4x longer to use up in contrast. 

 4. Add a few teaspoons to your everyday shampoo or conditioner for colour top ups as a lot of colour is lost during washing and leaving it on for 10 minutes when washing gives the colour a boost if it's faded too much. This elongates existing colour and the key to pastel hair when it starts to get patchy. 

5. Try to stay away from products and heat. Straightening, curling and hairdryers are the worst for loss of colour and if possible air dry as much as possible. The same for hairspray the stickiness means the affected areas tend to fade quicker after brushing or washing after products are used.

Who's to say after one unsuccessful dying session you should give up? Certain brands have better pinks that hold greater stability and saturation/pigmentation of colour, whilst others may provide more natural none-damaging alternatives that may not last as long. The key is to try each brand, luckily I'm wonderful enough to provide you with a short summary of my experiences with the brands I've tried and how they've worked with my hair type.

 La Riche Directions:

Pastel pink: The first pink I ever tried. The worst pink I ever tried. 1/10. After reading endless tutorials, after bleaching, toning and stripping my hair of all pigmentation to be a blank canvas I bought 2 tubs to cover my head, I ran out early and all ran down the drain when rinsing. This did not show whatsoever.

Carnation pink: Things were looking up, I thought after being so upset with my first attempts to try again and this colour lasted me a whole week with one wash (better, but not what I expected for THREE tubs) Patches occurred quite early in brassy parts. Absolutely brilliant colour once first dyed, would maintain this colour or dilute it permanently if I could!

Flamingo pink: The most vibrant colour, that lasted me the longest, I remember being concerned above others about the staining after I tested a strand after 5 minutes, the saturation is unbeatable and certainly a head turner. If you're to use a pink either for its vibrant or pastel purposes use Flamingo Pink and dilute it with conditioner when mixing and leave it on for an extra 20-30 minutes.

 

Lavender: I bet you're thinking 'huh? surely lavender is of a purple base' Yes but the named picture above is from lavender, although disclaimer; my hair did have more yellow tones in to perhaps make the final hue pinker. This colour lasted me about 2 weeks with little patches of brassiness where it hadn't taken.

The wonderful part of most the dyes I discuss are the no peroxide properties, which essentially means they're vegetable conditioning dyes with no harmful chemicals, I guarantee your hair has never been so soft after using a hair dye!

Manic Panic:

Cotton Candy Pink:
I found this had great staining, the colour lasted me for about 2 and a half weeks but the peachy stains  it left may be considered undesirable, which lead me to bleaching little parts to really get the colour off. A friend also warned me to be cautious with their blue and green range as on slight brassy toned hair will fade to snot greens with brown undertones, that I cannot imagine to be rather flattering.

 

This post was inspired by my random impulse to get 2 bottles of Fudge Paintbox's Pretty Flamingo which I hear great things about, I will update with the results in July/august in time for festivals for when I wanted to use it. I hope this information has been of use and I apologise for the novel that came with it!

 



UPDATE 

I've released a series of hair posts for anyone looking for some hair care advise! 

The Secrets Of Coloured Hair

Things That Happen With Bright Coloured Hair

Tales Of A Long Pink Haired Mermaid

Rules Of Curly Hair

Quick Rainbow Hair (spray on)

How To Get Sand Art Hair (rainbow)  



How have your hair dye experiences turned out? Any tips or tricks to maintaining super pink hair?

 

 

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48 Comments

  1. June 16, 2014 / 3:06 pm

    I love pink hair! I dyed it purple, but it only stays purple for a week ): I'm so jealous of your hair!!

    x

    • June 16, 2014 / 3:31 pm

      There's nothing to be jealous of, my pink only stayed in for a bit, soooo wish it was permanent, what purple have you been using dear? 🙂 x

  2. June 16, 2014 / 5:40 pm

    I love your hair and you are stunning! Great blog and thank you so much for following mine. I am following you back now with Bloglovin and on Google+ and Instagram. It is nice to find another Blogger in the Liverpool area!
    Have a great week.
    Camille xo.

    • June 16, 2014 / 5:57 pm

      oh my god thank you, you're gorgeous!!!! You're very welcome dear, I'll follow back now 🙂
      I know there's not enough bloggers on the wirral!!!! Xx

  3. June 16, 2014 / 6:55 pm

    That hair colour is insane!! It looks so cool with curly hair!!
    Love your blog too
    Teresa xx

    • June 17, 2014 / 8:41 am

      Gahh thankyou so much I need to get this colour back!!!!!
      Love yours too!!! xx

  4. June 17, 2014 / 2:59 pm

    Your hair looks incredible pink! I would have never even thought about using Lavender but might have to try it, I attempted doing mine with Carnation Pink a few weeks ago but it went patchy and super orange (probably wasn't light enough) so I panicked and got rid of it asap! Did you dilute it?
    Thanks for following by the way! xxx

    evienorwood.blogspot.co.uk

    • June 17, 2014 / 4:05 pm

      thank you doll!!!! Definitely try it, I've recommended the colour to so many people, it's deceptive as a purple dye but looks wonderful on slightly yellower hair!
      Carnation Pink does go really orangey which is such a shame considering how lovely the initial colour starts off as, maybe it just needs a bit of toner!
      I put in about 3 table spoons of conditioner to dilute yes 🙂
      You're welcome I love your blog! xxx

  5. June 17, 2014 / 3:34 pm

    You're hair is absolutely stunning! The colour and your natural texture just look seriously gorgeous! I used to have lilac hair, but then I went dark! Regret it so much cause your gorgeous colour makes me miss it haha!
    Also love you blog!
    Peacock Fashion xxx

    • June 17, 2014 / 4:07 pm

      Awh thank you very much that's very sweet!!! 🙂
      oooooh I can imagine how snazzy that would of looked wow!!!!! xxx

  6. June 17, 2014 / 6:56 pm

    So happy I stumbled across this because I literally bought some carnation pink directions yesterday! I have similar thick, curly hair to you too. I currently have turquoise and I was going to bleach it then go pink this week! Thanks for the advice and thanks for the follow

    http://bethebteam.blogspot.co.uk/ Robin xx

    • June 17, 2014 / 8:07 pm

      What a coincidental!!! You're very welcome dear, love your blog 🙂 xx

    • June 18, 2014 / 9:58 am

      Hello!

      Sorry to just barge in but I was just wondering if you were gonna bleach the green out? Because green doesn't bleach out, so I wouldn't recommend that! I'm not an expert or anything but I have tried that and fried my hair and it was still green and pros have told me that green doesn't bleach.

      Sorry if you already knew that, but I just don't want anyone to damage their hair anymore than they need to!

      xx

      kaffrynea.blogspot.co.uk

    • June 18, 2014 / 10:34 am

      The turquoise she has looks like a vegetable dye and green/blue does fade and it is possible to bleach it out.. it's only when it turns a grey green is that the pigmentation is lost and thus unbleachable, and you can only put a red on to get it back!!!!!

  7. June 18, 2014 / 12:07 am

    Your hair color is stunning! These are really great tips, and I never thought to add some hair dye into your conditioner for touch up and that is something I'll start doing! xo

  8. June 18, 2014 / 9:54 am

    I love your hair! It's beautiful!

    I've also tried many hair dyes, and I've found my favourite is Pravana! Especially if you want vivid colours. It lasts for over a month (I wash my hair every other day) in comparison to the other dyes, which last a week tops. It's a bit more pricey but I do think it lasts a lot longer!

    xx

    kaffrynea.blogspot.co.uk

    • June 18, 2014 / 10:36 am

      Awh thank you dear 🙂
      I've always wanted to try Pravana!!!! It's impossible trying to find UK stock anywhere!! Reading this I'm soooo tempted you get it!!! xx

  9. June 18, 2014 / 5:35 pm

    Such a good post! Your hair looks gorgeous. I love dying my hair pastel colours and always find it so hard to maintain the colour.

    sabrinaharriet.blogspot.co.uk

    • June 18, 2014 / 11:52 pm

      Thankyou thats so lovely 🙂
      Maintenence becomes a lot easier once you make the odd change I've found!! X

  10. June 19, 2014 / 2:36 pm

    Absolutely love the Lilac hair colour!! I've been debating it for ages but I am so not brave enough! It really suits you! xx

    vixensfashion.blogspot.co.uk

    • June 19, 2014 / 6:54 pm

      ahhh thankyou very much 🙂
      you should totally go for it, it's only temporary anywhom! xx

  11. June 19, 2014 / 9:45 pm

    gaah your hair is amazing! (and you're gorgeous :)) great tips,
    L xo

    Head-full-of-flowers.blogspot.co.uk

    • June 20, 2014 / 8:45 pm

      ahhhh thankyou so much!!!
      you're so welcome! 🙂 xx

  12. June 20, 2014 / 2:42 pm

    Thank you for following my blog Stephi! I love yours, obsessed with your hair right now! x

    pixipicks.blogspot.co.uk

    • June 20, 2014 / 8:46 pm

      You're very welcome dear, you have a snazzy blog and thankyou ahhh!!! 🙂 x

  13. June 27, 2014 / 10:55 am

    I absolutely loved this post – it was exactly what I'm looking for !! My hair is currently ash blonde/platinum and I'm aiming for pastel pink hair. I can't wait to go rock this kind of hairdo this summer at the music festival I'll be going to !
    After having done some research (and thanks to your article), I think I'll opt for LaRiché's Flamingo pink, for my hair.

    Thanks again for sharing this article with us,

    Anaïa xo

    • June 27, 2014 / 11:25 am

      You are so very welcome dear, I wish I had this kind of advice when I was researching!
      Go for it and update me on how it goes, bet it's going to look amazing!!!

  14. July 3, 2014 / 3:34 pm

    Pink looks so great on you! I've been wanting to dye my hair a fun color for so long, but always chicken out! Thanks for sharing these tips!

    <3 Taylor
    http://www.agirlonrope.com

  15. July 3, 2014 / 8:39 pm

    I'm moving to southern UK in 4 weeks, and I wonder if it's hard to fit in with coloured hair? Here in sweden people will stare at you forever…

  16. July 3, 2014 / 9:57 pm

    In the uk there is so much culture it's become very normal and acceptable to have coloured hair, creating individuality and as of recent trends, odd how things are different country to country!

  17. July 5, 2014 / 11:37 am

    Your hair is amazing! My hair is so dark & fine that I don't think it could withstand colouring, but lilac hair is my dream!

    whatlaurendidtoday.blogspot.co.uk xx

    • July 5, 2014 / 2:42 pm

      plenty of serum, conditioner and heat protection with one day of bleaching wouldn't do much harm but go with how fragile your current hair is! xx

    • July 14, 2014 / 7:52 pm

      thank you very much, you should totally go for it 🙂
      ahhhh glad you like it dear!!!!!!!! X

  18. July 17, 2014 / 11:03 pm

    You really suit the pink colour! I have purple hair and you're right about having a routine with it, once you master the little things it's a piece of cake 🙂 the directions dye in violet is a very nice purple if anyone wanted to know aha.
    Lovely blog! xx

    • July 18, 2014 / 12:31 am

      awhhh thank you so much 🙂
      I've tried the violet also, the colour lasted for so long, couldn't believe how dark it was too!! xx

  19. August 6, 2014 / 6:11 pm

    I loved your hair and blog, and I'm following you on bloglovin! I've had my hair pink once (half of it) but the color I used here in Brazil no longer exists, and I haven't found one that I like ): But thanks for the tips, I think I'm gonna bleach my hair again haha

    • August 6, 2014 / 6:28 pm

      thank you so much
      definitely have a good go its brill!

  20. August 13, 2014 / 10:59 pm

    I'm going to buy a new hair dye in two weeks and was thinking about pink or purple. The only thing that I'm afraid of is the damage of hair. For now their condition leaves much to be desired and I don't know what is going to happen after the next dyeing.. But thank you for this post soo much !! xx
    squiwew.blogspot.co.uk

    • August 14, 2014 / 12:01 am

      most of these dyes are vegetable dyes and build with alot of conditioners so of all things it gives it nourishment, I wouldn't worry about the damage since you're not bleaching over the top of it and they are only semi permanent!
      glad you liked the post!
      xx

  21. October 11, 2016 / 6:43 pm

    I ran across this while googling whether to use the purple shampoo on my pink hair. Thanks for the answer. I have the cotton candy manic panic as pictured and am about to take the plunge. Wish me luck if you still see this! ❤❤❤

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  23. Elishia
    October 5, 2017 / 5:27 am

    Hi I just wanted to say thank you for your tips on how to keep pink hair longer and i have read more post and blog tips then I could keep track of and tho I’m greatful to anyone who takes time out to try and offer helpful tips yours is the only one I’ve found describing my hair type to a tea very thick curly frizzy unmanageable main of hair like yourself I started dyeing my hair in my early teen and years later I dyed the top a medium pink and the bottom a dark violet and I love it and received a lot of compliments but your purple shampoo tip honestly I never thought to try it and thank you it worked great: )

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