The minute one of our favorite Instagram influencers debuts a new shade of ash blonde hair, we’re booking the next available salon appointment. If there’s one celebrity-inspired color trend that’s made a lasting impression on the hair world, however, it’s hot pink.
If you’re inspired to make a bold statement with your hue, this punchy hue can be your next major color venture. Keep scrolling for everything you need to know about hot pink hair color plus seven ideas to inspire you for your next salon visit.
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What is hot pink hair?
A vivid blend of cotton candy and fuschia, hot pink hair is a true statement color that incorporates warm undertones. If you’re starting with a dark hair color, you may need to sit through several bleaching sessions before achieving your desired look. Bleach will always cause some damage, but a professional stylist will work to leave you with hair that looks and feels beautiful before you leave the salon.
How do you take care of hot pink hair?
Like most punchy fantasy shades, hot pink hair will require more maintenance than your typical hair color. With consistent salon touch-ups and the right products by your side, however, anything is possible.
Begin your hot pink care routine with a shampoo and conditioner system formulated for high-maintenance hair colors like Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Nourishing Conditioner. The shampoo gently cleanses to maintain the vibrancy of fast-fading hair colors while the acidic conditioner deeply nourishes color-treated hair.
Since heat can sap the life from vibrant hair colors, keep heat styling to a minimum and always use a quality heat protectant like Matrix Heat Buffer Thermal Styling Spray. This heat-protecting spray formula ensures your hair has a smooth and shiny finish free from heat damage.
The damage caused by bleach will always be a concern for those daring enough to try bold hair colors. If you’re looking to minimize the look and feel of damage, work a weekly hair treatment like Redken’s Extreme Strengthening Mega Hair Mask into your routine. This two-in-one strengthening hair mask is both a treatment and a care extender designed specifically for damaged hair.
Unfortunately, even the most high-quality products won’t be enough to keep your hot pink hair vibrant forever alone. If you’re working with a full head of hot pink strands, be sure to schedule an appointment every six weeks or follow your stylist’s recommendation to keep your hue looking fresh.
What’s the best way to wear hot pink hair?
Fashion colors can look great on everyone—and hot pink hair is no exception. Whether you’re looking for a bold, all-over hue or something subtle to kick off your hot pink hair journey, there are tons of ways your colorist can customize your look.
Thinking of trying hot pink hair? Keep scrolling for seven of our favorite ways to wear the look.
The Best Hot Pink Hair Color Looks To Try
If you’re serious about committing to hot pink hair, you’re ready to take the plunge into all-over color. Full-on hot pink looks stunning on any hair length, but we particularly love the look paired with a pixie cut.
Cotton Candy Blend
Inspired by the fluffy carnival treat, this whimsical color trend is a stunning blend of hot pink, blue, and purple. If you’re a kid at heart, cotton candy hair is perfect for you.
If you’re a low-maintenance gal, you’ll love the look of smoked out roots with hot pink hair. Your colorist will leave your root darker than the rest of your hair, which means fewer touch-ups and a more seamless grow-out process.
Hot Pink Highlights
The more dimensional the color, the better your hair looks when it’s styled—that’s why we love hot pink highlights. While traditional blonde highlights add depth and dimension to your hue, hot pink also adds a bold pop of color that looks stunning with braids or updos.
Hot Pink With Violet Highlights
As unexpected as hot pink and violet are together, we can’t get enough of the vibrant color combo!
Half And Half
Choosing between two hair colors can be tricky, but you can skip the stressful decision-making with half and half color! To try this bold trend, ask your colorist for a hot pink hue on one half of your hair and a different shade on the other half.
Looking for a subtle way to edge into hot pink hair? peekaboo highlights can be strategically placed on the bottom layer of your hair for a pop of color that subtly shines through.
Interested in trying a hot pink hair color? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.