As/Is·Posted on Jul 30, 2013Get The Candy-Colored Hair Color Of Your DreamsYou 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.by Angela VitelloBuzzFeed StaffLinkFacebookPinterestTwitterMail 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. Via vfiles.com 2. Then test a small strand of hair to make sure the color is going to come out as you hope. Via col0red-hair.tumblr.com 3. This may require a round (or three) of bleaching beforehand, especially if you have dark hair. Via vfiles.com 4. (Unless you're naturally platinum blonde, bleaching is necessary to get color close to what's on the box.) Via col0red-hair.tumblr.com Also, if you are naturally blonde, you can use a color depositing conditioner for a tinted look. 5. You can be brave and use an at-home bleach kit like this one...or play it safe and see a professional. Via vfiles.com Make sure your hair is dry and unwashed prior to bleaching. The natural oils in your hair will help reduce damage. 6. After bleaching, make sure to wash your hair thoroughly, otherwise the residual chemicals may interfere with color application. Via suckerpunch5670.tumblr.com 7. Prior to dyeing, make sure to put on some protective gloves, otherwise staining is inevitable. Safety first! Via mizeinked.tumblr.com 8. And apply petroleum jelly around your hairline to avoid staining your skin. Via ericastrawberrykane.com 9. Prepare the dye according to the directions and apply with a tint brush. You are about to get the hair of your dreams. Via pinterest.com 10. It's important to completely saturate your hair with the product. Get it all up in there! Via wanderingdaysrover.tumblr.com 11. Leave it on as long as the product requires. Any less and the results might be too light. Via doti-a.tumblr.com 12. If your hair is darker or hard to dye, you can leave a cap on to insulate the hair while the color penetrates. Via xyzajla.tumblr.com 13. Rinsing your hair with white vinegar immediately after dyeing can help lock in color by raising the pH level. Science creates fierceness. Via col0red-hair.tumblr.com 14. It's also advised to wash your hair in cold water to help keep color looking fresh. Via foreverasiam.com 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. Via ipleasureyouwithpain.tumblr.com 16. Hydrated hair will better retain the color molecules. Weekly deep-conditioning treatments are recommended. Via he-is-myyy-wonderwall.tumblr.com 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. Via vfiles.com 18. And not washing your hair for at least a week after dyeing is another great color preserver. Via anonimmypp.tumblr.com And an excuse for being lazy. 19. Also, before making the decision to dye, decide if you want permanent or semi-permanent color. Via beautiffulcurls.tumblr.com 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. Via col0red-hair.tumblr.com Or you can always just wear a wig. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Via billybs.tumblr.com Try these helpful instructions on how to prep and dye hair an exotic rainbow hue.