Could you pull off the new pastel hair trend?

It’s a celeb favourite but can mere mortals pull off powdery-hued hair? Katie Wright brushes up on the latest catwalk trend.

Could you pull off the new pastel hair trend?

It’s clear celebs love a pastel dye job, and now the My Little Pony hair trend has hit the catwalks, with models at the Haider Ackermann SS16 show rocking a rainbow’s worth of candy colours in their hair.

But does this sugar-sweet look work in the real world? Absolutely! And it’s easily achieved with temporary colour, even if you’re not blonde to begin with, so you don’t have to commit for long. We’ve got the experts’ advice on five sugary shades and how to achieve them...


“We’ve seen some great on-trend colours being used on celebs and the catwalk, and now consumers can create the looks in salons,” says Josh Wood, Wella Professionals global creative director of colour.

He describes the salon-only Wella Professionals Instamatic as a collection of “soft, diffused and muted tones that allow for unlimited creativity”, including Pink Dream, perfect for following Rita and Jessie’s lead— but hair will need to be pre-lightened first (find your nearest salon at ).

For a more temporary touch of pink that works on darker hair, try Fudge Urban Hair Art Pink Ink spray, which disappears after one wash ( )


“If you have warm-toned skin, this works well with peaches and corals,” advises Seán Nolan, technical educator for HOB Salons.

“And hair chalks are great for experimenting, as they are the easiest to wash out of your hair.”

Tracy Hayes, head of global colouring for Fudge Professional, adds: “Fudge Urban Hair Art sprays are highly pigmented pastel sprays that work even on dark hair and wash straight out, so you can switch up your hair colour as often as you like.”

But with pre-lightened pastels, colour can fade quickly: “Avoid washing every day if possible, as the colour will fade with each shampoo,” says Hayes.

“Use warm water and a gentle shampoo that’s sulphate and paraben-free.”

* Pixie Lott Paint Hair Chalks, €6.45 (

* Fudge Paintbox in Coral Blush (available in salon or via )


“A great way to get to grips with what skin tone you are is to look at the jewellery, make-up and accessories you wear. If you wear blusher rather than bronzer, or silver jewellery, lean towards cooler pastels,” says Seán Nolan. That means Kylie Jenner greens, from mint to turquoise, will work for you.

Blondes can mix Fudge Paintbox Turquoise Days, €12.45 with Whiter Shade Of Pale, €15.45, to create a softer shade (Superdrug stores and ).

Brunettes, try dip-dying with Quif Blast Creative Colour in Pretty Green for a shimmering finish ( ).


“If you have a warm or pinkie skin tone, I would avoid the warm palette, such as coral and pastel pinks, but go with the cooler pastels, like lilacs or blues,” says Tracy Hayes, which means you can try the Instagram trend for grey-blue ‘denim hair’ — but you’ll need to start with bleach blonde tresses for this one.

At home, Maria Nila Colour Refresh in Azure, €29, plus p&p ( ), will give it a baby blue wash, and in the salon ask for Wella Instamatic Ocean Storm shade ( ).


“Pastels tend to work best on pale blondes. However, brunettes can still get involved, keeping to blues and violets, as they tend to work better on the cooler skin tone,” says Seán Nolan.

Pixie Lott Paint Wash Out Hair Colour in Violet 102, €7.75 ( ), will work best on blonde hair, but Label M Powder Purple Spray, reduced from €12.93 to €8.45, plus p&p ( ), is dense enough to show up on darker hair too, giving a gorgeous violet wash.

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