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Pastel Purple Hair: The Professional Guide To Getting A Flawless Shade

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Nothing says summer more than a freshly painted pastel hair color. The perfect vibrant companion to festivals and warm rooftop nights, pastel purple hair can be romantic, edgy, and beautiful all at the same time.

However, as with most fashion colors, the journey to pastel purple hair is best when you have a professional to accompany you. He or she will help keep your hair safe and your color popping! Get the expert lowdown on pastel purple hair here with Matthew Collins, Canadian colorist and brand ambassador for L’Oréal Professionnel.

From its persistence on our Instagram feeds and even the red carpet, it’s clear to see that pastel hair isn’t a new trend per se, but that isn’t to say it’s no longer trendy.

“We’ll be seeing a lot of bold colors this summer,” Collins says. “They are going to be a lot more subdued, in the form of pastels or wash-outs”.

So phew, it’s not too late—pale, muted hair colors are still positively in!

Choose your pastel purple hair wisely.

There’s no denying that any version of purple pastel hair is going to make an impressive statement, but there are different shades and color placements you can opt for to achieve different looks and put your own stamp on the trend.

Hair experts encourage you to head to the salon equipped with some of your own ideas and preferences to guide them in the right direction—but make sure you ask your colorist for advice on your hue, too. Experts can incorporate knowledge about your complexion, face shape, lifestyle, and look to create a customized result just for you!

“The thing I love about violet shades is that they can suit both warm and cool skin tones,” Collins says.

If you’re unsure of your options, here are a few to get you started.

Classic Lilac

If you fell in love with the original pastel purple hair, this gorgeous, icy shade is a safe bet. Showcasing a perfectly imperfect washed-out effect, this shade will only look better and better with time! It’s the ideal low maintenance gem.

Ultraviolet Pastel Purple Hair

If you consider yourself a true trendsetter, combine two trends in one and ask your hairdresser for ultraviolet pastel purple hair. The color of the year is nothing short of mesmerizing and bang on-trend—and now you can add your own twist to it by wearing it in a muted hue!

Pastel Purple Ombre

Who said that pastel hair had to be monochromatic? If you love the soft look of an ombre or balayage, ask your colorist about the best way to execute your pastel purple hair to suit your unique profile. Who knows? You could even end up with strobed or contoured hair!

Treat your pastel purple hair the way it deserves.

Unless your hair is already very light blonde or platinum, any version of purple pastel hair will require your tresses to be pre-lightened in order to allow your gorgeous new color to shine through. Since this process can weaken strands if preventative measures aren’t taken, make sure you leave this tricky task to your stylist. A professional will know the minimum amount to use and the length of time to leave it on, minimizing damage while maximizing your results. Just the tradeoff we want!

Try out pastel purple hair this summer and stand out against the rest!

If you’re interested in customized pastel purple hair color, use our salon locator to book an appointment with a professional.

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