Which brands for pastel mermaid hair?by GlendalynPosted 2 years, 10 months ago
Hi all, I am new and apologise if this is answered somewhere (I did search!). I currently have dark blonde hair, that has been lightened several times over its lifetime. Under is a darker blonde, ends of top layer are pretty light, but also pretty damaged. Roots to about 4 inches are darker blonde, only coloured once (box dyes).
I want pastel mermaid hair (will try to add picture) with lavender, pinks and blues. I'm pretty certain I need to bleach to inside banana peel light for them to show up?
I want them to last! I was going to go more vivid, but the amount of posts about trying to get purple/blue out kinda put me off!
What are the best brands for pastels that will last? Is that possible? I have access to: manic panic, star gazer, directions, pravana or special effects.
Any suggestions on what to get (or even what not to get!) is welcome. Also when using multiple colours, how to you apply without mixing them? Multiple pairs of gloves?
Posted 2 years, 10 months ago
You could get pravana neon colors in the shades you want or if you can't find exactly what you're looking for I would try diluting them with small amounts of conditioner until you're happy with the colors. Manic panic has cotton candy pink but like most pastel colors your hair has to be basically white. Also keep in mind pastel colors are going to fade a lot quicker but you can make these last as long as possible washing in cold water only when needed to be washed. I can't really give specific shades besides pink and you can dilute a turquoise color with conditioner, same with purples if you don't find the pre mixed pastel colors you're looking for! I'd take a look around at the colors online and see what you like. I would have a bowl to mix each color along with separate gloves and someone to help if you can get it.
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by vivienne StaffPosted 2 years, 10 months ago
My best experience with long-lasting pastels have been from diluting stronger dyes in loads of conditioner. Pre-mixed pastels have never really worked for me because they either end up being darker than expected or washing out immediately. If you only wanted to use one brand Special Effects is probably the most strongly pigmented, but it’s also got a lot of supply issues so it’s quite hard to find.
Personally, I’d probably go with Directions Cerise or Rose Red diluted for a pink and Directions Neon Blue for a silvery blue shade. You can mix and dilute them for the lavender or go with a diluted Pravana Violet. For turquoise, I’d pick one of Stargazer’s non-pastel turquoise shades. I used them quite a long time ago, but I found they actually came out rather than leaving an extremely stubborn minty green stain like most dyes.
by GlendalynPosted 2 years, 10 months ago
Thanks! Yes I fear the blue fade to green and purple fade to red.
Diluting the colours doesn't effect the pigment being absorbed then? I was thinking direction as it's easy gotten, and I can get quite a few colours for the price. Thanks!