I think we can all agree that pastel rainbow hair colors are nothing short of gorgeous. They’re especially great for those who want to play with color, but don’t want to deal with the fading process of brights. One particular take on rainbow pastel hair that has caught our attention is Pastel Milkshake hair, a creation of Glasgow-based hairstylist Megan Ryan that we can’t stop thinking about since it popped up on our Instagram feeds.
The delicious color consists of what looks like blues, purples, and pinks melted into platinum hair. “I think the most important rule in creating light pastel milkshake hair is getting the hair to the lightest, palest blonde as possible,” Ryan tells Allure. To bring the full look to life, she begins with creating the perfect white-violet, iced-blonde base necessary for this color. To achieve it, she started with her two can’t-live-without blonde products, Schwarzkopf’s Blondme mixed with Olaplex, then she toned the hair and applied Illumina Wella 9/60 on dry hair to deepen the tone. From there, she layered in light pinks and lilacs using Manic Panic’s Cotton Candy and Crazy Color’s Marshmallow, employing a color melting technique. She finished the color profile by adding in Crazy Color’s Lilac, which really took the end look to the next level. “It’s a full day job working on the lightening process, but once you have your perfect blonde, it’s all fun and games from there,” Ryan says.
The best part about this dreamy hue is that since it’s already so light, when the color fades out, it won’t leave behind any unwanted tones on your hair. On the other hand, since the shades are already so light, unlike other rainbow hair colors, you won’t get to experience much of a fade because you’re only looking at three to five weeks of color. “But the good thing is you’ll go back to blonde pretty effortlessly,” Ryan explains. “Whereas, if you use more vivid pastels, deeper purples, and so on, your hair will go through stages with your fade, taking longer to pastel out to blonde. Depending on the color request, sometimes I will tell my clients to go slightly deeper if they’re looking for something that’s going to go through different color phases naturally, as opposed to a quick full fallout.”
Thinking this sounds like a hair endeavor you’re ready to take? We don’t blame you. Just keep in mind that Ryan thinks this color is best suited for a light, cool skin tone. So if you’re the type that can easily rock silver, greys, and platinum blondes, this may be for you.
When it comes to caring for this ultra-light look, Ryan recommends washing your hair once or twice a week using cool water, as hot water can run the colors together and out of your hair. What’s more, when washing you should always use a sulfate-free color system to prevent stripping any colors.
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Now, check out this video of celebrities who have rocked the rainbow hair trend: