It’s been announced that Rose Quartz and Serenity are this year’s Pantone colours. They are balanced and complimentary colours of warm rosy pink and cool baby blue. So what does this mean for us, the consumer (and trendsetter)? Be prepared to see loads of pastels everywhere!
Pantone considers its years of ongoing research to predict colour trends for fashion, makeup, hair and virtually anything else that thrives on being trendy. This Spring, expect to see soft pinks, creamy neutrals, and baby blues grace the racks of every clothing store. Makeup palettes will be soft, shimmery and also in pastels. So what about hair?
Pastel hair has been getting more and more “common” and very much accepted as mainstream. Gone are the days that pastels, neons and vivid colours were worn only by the punks and rockers. Hair colour has changed a lot in the last few years, especially in 2015!
So where does that leave us for 2016? It’s time to decide if pastels are right for you. Here’s a checklist and some tips to get you started:
First of all, please remember that to achieve these pale tones of silver, pink, blue and mauve, you must lighten the hair first. This process is time consuming, expensive and can be damaging to your hair if not done properly. Make sure you are booking in for colour consultations and strand tests to make sure your hair is a candidate for this lightening process.
Plan ahead. As I mentioned, this process takes time! Some clients require two, three or more sessions in the chair to lighten their locks (depending on previous hair colour and how naturally dark it is).
Budget wisely! Start setting aside a ‘hair fund’ and plan for colour removals to start at around $100 an hour in most salons.
Photos are great to help you start with, but remember that most photos we see on Instagram, Facebook and the like have been photoshopped and edited for maximum colour beauty and saturation. These are great for inspiration, but not always reality.
All this being said, don’t be dissuaded from trying pastel hair on for size. Anything is possible with time, patience and a planned hair care regimen.
There’s a pastel shade out there that’s right for you. If you’re already lightening your hair, then these pastels are only an appointment away!
Blog contributor: Elissa Wolfe, JCI HAD Instructor
Hair Stylists and Colour Technicians are sought out in some of the most exciting and fast-paced industries in the world including film, fashion, TV and photography. The Hair Art Design Program at JCI is the only accredited hair school in BC approved for a 520-hour curriculum. The program is 20 hours per week and offers the option of morning, afternoon, evening or weekend classes so that students can work at their current jobs while retraining for a new career. Our faculty is comprised of top working professionals and guest instructors whose focus is on the future of hair. This is a modern program providing a strong foundation of cutting and colouring techniques.