What is more fun and feminine than pink hair? October was the perfect time for me to rock pink hair because it is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Show your support by donating to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, here.
This color is created by using a semi-permanent dye. While the term “semi-permanent” may sound like a long term color commitment, don’t get scared away, it is classified as a temporary color. Straight out of the tube the dye lasts around six weeks, but with our easy pastel formulation, it lasts one to two weeks. The color substantially washed out of my hair in one week, and any trace amounts of pink pigments were gone by the end of the following week. An added bonus about using pink as a temporary color is that it looks just as good while it is fading from your hair.
Since my hair has warm undertones, I added a tiny amount purple into my formulation to keep the pink from turning out a peachy salmon color (which would still look insanely pretty). If your hair already has a cool or ashy undertone and you want a pure pink, feel free to leave out the purple.
Ion Color Brilliance Semi-Permanent Brights in Magenta
Ion Color Brilliance Semi-Permanent Brights in Purple (optional)
Mixing Bowl & Coloring Brush
2 (2″) squeezes of magenta
1 pea-sized dot of purple
1.5 cup conditioner
Darker color (used on the ends and to frame the face):
4 (2″) squeezes of magenta
1 pea-sized dot of purple
1 cup conditioner
Disperse the semi-permanent color into your bowl. Add a few pumps of conditioner and mix thoroughly. Add in half the amount of conditioner needed for your formula and mix until incorporated. Add in the remaining conditioner and thoroughly mix. While it may seem like unnecessary steps, if you add all the conditioner at once the color won’t incorporate fully which results in a spotty finished look.
Next, section off hair into 4 parts with clips. With your gloves on work one section at a time. Neatly divide out a 2″ piece and thoroughly coat hair with color mixture. I used the lighter formulation from the roots through the upper 2/3 of the my hair and the darker formulation from where the lighter color stopped to the ends. No need to be exact, I think it looks best when it fades subtlety.
After covering a full section, I clipped the colored hair up in a bun to keep it out of the way. Once I had all sections covered I stepped into the shower and unclipped each section. Carefully, I brushed through my hair with a wide tooth comb and applied more color to areas I had missed. I also added an extra coating to the ends and a few face framing pieces.
Finally, I wrapped the length of my hair in a plastic bag (I just used a grocery bag, no need to be fancy) and clip your hair up in a bun. Let hair sit for a least 2 hours. If you’re wanting a more dramatic and longer-lasting color, wrap another plastic bag around your entire head (like a shower cap), place a dark towel on your pillow and sleep with the color in your hair.
After you let the color sit, rinse hair in the shower. Shampoo a few times, follow with conditioner and admire your hair. I never got used to looking down and seeing pink – so fun!!
I stored the leftover color in a jar. If you want your pink mane to last longer, keep the jar in your shower to use it as a deep conditioning treatment after shampooing your hair. Leave it in for 5-10 minutes and rinse until the water runs clear.
This formula works best on lighter blondes, but if your hair is brown you can still get a nice deep pink or wine color. I would use half the amount of conditioner and double or triple the amount of pink dye.
As always, do a strand test before applying the color. I would also recommend testing out how long you need to leave the color in on a small piece underneath if you haven’t tried semi-permanent colors before. The results vary depending on both your hair and the brand of dye. In the past, I’ve had color sit for an hour and it ended up completely washing out in the shower. Practice and experiment until you find the perfect combination for your hair.
How are you going pink this October? Would you ever try pink hair?
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