Have you considered pastels and candy colored hair but ultimately came to the conclusion that it was just too much of a change or commitment for you? Understandable. These shades are difficult for a few reasons: they aren’t considered professional for the workplace and they require an immense amount of upkeep. So what’s a great option for someone who can’t do the all over color look? Candy colored highlights. Click the notes for more. –– Kelly Rowe

Tip: Highlights allow you to have complete control over the quantity of color; express yourself a little or a lot!

Tip: Choose colors that will fade nicely. Light pinks and violets rather than blues and greens. We like silvers too.

Tip: Make sure you are explicitly clear with your colorist about what your preferences. If you work in a more corporate environment don’t get the highlights framing your face.

Tip: Think of pastels as muted candy tones. So if you want it bright, say candy, if you want it less obvious, say pastel

Tip: While most people associate these colors with spring and summer, adding them to your natural hue as a light highlight is completely acceptable for fall and winter. Keep the tones icy and add a gray/silver base to the candy tone for a bit of mystery.

By Kelly Rowe. Kelly Rowe is a professional hair stylist in NYC and a regular contributer to Style Noted.

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