Thursday, 19 July 2018

Get the Look: UNICORN Hair | Pastel Pink & Pearl Hair Colour Tutorial

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Oh hey there!

No, your eyes no dot deceive you. I'm back with another hair colour tutorial/diy!

-cue applause-

Truth be told, I used to love doing these sorts of posts, as evident with my ombre hair series from a whopping FIVE years ago.

Then came the brunette to blonde transformation, a crazy phase of cherry red hair, and soon enough after a simple review of the BedHead haircare range, I was back to my dark roots (literally).

I struggled for a long time with gross gingery-copper hair, but after toning the living shit out of it, I was back to a nice silvery-lilac blonde, and I suppose that's how this current look actually came to life.

T H E  T I M E L I N E

Back before my graduation, around December last year, I went to the hairdressers hoping to make the plunge to pastel pink hair. My stylist and I instead decided to go for something more subtle, with a little pink towards the ends - unicorn hair!

After having this silvery-blue-slightly pink hair for a few months, I one day decided I needed to impulsively dye my hair pink (as you do) and the result was, well.. see for yourself!

I wasn't quite expecting it to be THIS pink, despite my close friend, who gave me the hair dye (Framesi Bold in Orchid), warning me about it! But it grew on me, and after a few washes, began to dissolve into a pretty pastel pink shade.

The dye itself was labelled as semi-permanent, but in reality I think this colour lasted around 3 months, which was much longer than I had predicted. Right now the pink has mostly vanished from my hair and I'm back to a silvery blonde (with even darker roots - it hasn't been dyed since!) but I absolutely loved it whilst it lasted.

T H E  M E T H O D

What really helped me in getting this lovely combination of lilac/pink/pearl occurred through the upkeep and hair-care routine: for my last birthday I received the IQ Intelligent Haircare Silverising Shampoo and Silverising Mask as a gift. Previously, I was using the standard Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo every time I washed my hair to tone out the brassiness (about 1-2 times a week), so this was a significant and welcome upgrade!

Again, approximately once a week, I would apply the IQ Silverising shampoo to my wet hair and leave for 5-10 minutes, depending on how intense I wanted the silver - when I left it on for longer, it would usually turn out quite icy blue - but it looked pretty awesome.

With the pink still slightly in the hair, however, this resulted in the lilac/blue and pink coming together in a stunning mermaid/unicorn fusion. I honestly just expected the toner to eradicate the pink completely, but instead, it complemented it!

After rinsing the shampoo, I then applied the conditioner/silverising mask, which in my opinion really 'set' the colour from the shampoo, whilst at the same time keeping it soft and healthy. 

And that's all there was to it - a super simple method for getting gorgeous pearly hair. All you really need to do is bleach your hair (if not naturally blonde), apply a semi-permanent pink or pastel-pink hair dye, and incorporate a silver toning shampoo and conditioner into your hair-care routine - being sure to repeat at least once a week.

What's your guys' favourite hair trend of the summer? 

**In case you're wondering, here is what my hair looks like now!**

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial/review, and are feeling somewhat inspired!

Have a fantastic week x


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