Get The Candy-Colored Hair Color Of Your Dreams

You know you’ve always wanted to try it. Here is some inspiration — and tips — if you’re thinking of taking the plunge into pastel hair.

1. First, you need to test your skin to make sure you’re not allergic to the dye. No one likes a cotton candy-colored rash.

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2. Then test a small strand of hair to make sure the color is going to come out as you hope.

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3. This may require a round (or three) of bleaching beforehand, especially if you have dark hair.

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4. (Unless you’re naturally platinum blonde, bleaching is necessary to get color close to what’s on the box.)

Also, if you are naturally blonde, you can use a color depositing conditioner for a tinted look.

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5. You can be brave and use an at-home bleach kit like this one…or play it safe and see a professional.

Make sure your hair is dry and unwashed prior to bleaching. The natural oils in your hair will help reduce damage.

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6. After bleaching, make sure to wash your hair thoroughly, otherwise the residual chemicals may interfere with color application.

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7. Prior to dyeing, make sure to put on some protective gloves, otherwise staining is inevitable. Safety first!

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8. And apply petroleum jelly around your hairline to avoid staining your skin.

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9. Prepare the dye according to the directions and apply with a tint brush. You are about to get the hair of your dreams.

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10. It’s important to completely saturate your hair with the product. Get it all up in there!

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11. Leave it on as long as the product requires. Any less and the results might be too light.

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12. If your hair is darker or hard to dye, you can leave a cap on to insulate the hair while the color penetrates.

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13. Rinsing your hair with white vinegar immediately after dyeing can help lock in color by raising the pH level. Science creates fierceness.

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14. It’s also advised to wash your hair in cold water to help keep color looking fresh.

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15. Beware of staining fabrics right after you dye your hair. Sleep with an old towel covering your pillowcase for a few days. Unless you want candy-colored sheets – up to you.

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16. Hydrated hair will better retain the color molecules. Weekly deep-conditioning treatments are recommended.

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17. Using sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner will also help lessen color-eroding damage. You’ve got to give back to the rainbow hair gods.

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18. And not washing your hair for at least a week after dyeing is another great color preserver.

And an excuse for being lazy.

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19. Also, before making the decision to dye, decide if you want permanent or semi-permanent color.

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20. And don’t forget, it doesn’t hurt to seek the help of a professional stylist. You may be brave and smart, but they have done this before.

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Or you can always just wear a wig.

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Try these helpful instructions on how to prep and dye hair an exotic rainbow hue.

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