By Mickey Hightower
Introducing a pop of color is customary when transitioning a wardrobe from winter to spring. This season, fashionistas are going beyond brightly hued accessories, like shoes and sunglasses, for the sunny months ahead. Everyone from festival fans at Coachella to sunbathers on spring break are topping off their spring looks with pastel hair. Anything from delectable shades of cotton candy blue and pink to subtle teal, peach, and lavender locks are becoming the hottest hair trend for spring.
Previously spotted on the runway from New York Fashion Week staples like Thakoon and Narciso Rodriguez, and the occasional red carpet, the candy-colored hair trend has exploded in the past few months thanks to celebrities and models like Nicole Richie, Lauren Conrad, and Coco Rocha showing off dip-dyed ponytails and all-over color transformations to millions of people via social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter. Pinterest has also been a growing source of pastel hair-spiration, with pinners finding not only a spectrum of colors to choose from, but also do-it-yourself guides.
As hair color converts are finding out, there are as many ways to rock pastel hair as there are shades to choose from. Those ready to take a more permanent plunge can try dip-dying. Best performed in salons, dip-dying involves bleaching the ends of the hair to a pale yellow color and then painting on a custom mixed pigment. For others, wanting something non-committal, chalking is the way to go and safer on the hair. Due to the ease of application, chalking is a DIY dream that allows for experimenting with a rainbow of colors. With sidewalk chalk or dry pastels from any craft store, hair color can be changed by simply rubbing the chalk against twisted strands of hair and comes out with shampoo.
Variations of pinks, blues, and purples are lovely on blondes, brunettes, and redheads. Green, the most challenging color to pull off, works best on blondes with many foregoing brighter shades like emerald for softer shades such as mint. Whether it’s a dip-dyed turquoise or chalked lilac, pastel hair offers a playful, fresh, and versatile way to shake up spring style