Brunettes understand that drastic color changes are not something to take lightly. Dark hair can be stubborn when it comes to lightening and it’s prone to fading once your dream color is achieved. Dark roots return quickly, and frequent retouching can leave hair fried and fragile. For all of these reasons, if you’re a natural brunette you may think pastel is out of your reach. But you’re wrong. Click the style notes to learn the pros tips and tricks to pulling of pastel shades in brown hair. –– Laura Martin

Tip #1: A Little Goes A Long Way. Because pastels provide a much stronger contrast against a dark backdrop you don’t need to add a lot to make a big statement. Start with a few pieces around the face. You can always add more.

Tip #2: Use Your Undertones. If your hair is hard to lift don’t try to lighten it all the way to blonde. Instead, lift to a light orange stage and add a peachy, strawberry, or violet hue that will work with the remaining pigment.

Tip #3: Use Permanent Color. For a longer lasting result use a damage-free permanent dye like Goldwell Elumen. It will give you a shiner, more sophisticated result and it won’t bleed onto your clothes.



Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter.

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