Beauty How-To: Pastel Hair

You saw it on the runways of Giles Deacon, Proenza Schouler and then Chanel did it- but how do you feel about the pastel hair trend? More and more celebs are even turning their hair My Little Pony-style shades of pink, purple and blue, particularly the blondes. So if you want to try it like GaGa, Kelly, Rachel and Dree did, we’ve got a few options for you.

Left to right: Lady GaGa, Kelly Osbourne, Rachel McAdams, Dree Hemingway

Permanent Colour

Let’s be realistic- w’ere not going to tell you how to do this tricky trend- it’s best left to the experts. Perhaps head to your closest Toni and Guy salon and ask them for a quote- they were in charge of the Gilles Deacon show in London after all, so I’m sure they’d be taking tips from them.

Semi Permanent Colour

Urban Outfitters are now stocking Manic Panic hair colours in both semi and wash-out types. Fudge have also catered to the trend, with a great new product that can be used as a toner to get rid of yellow shades in blonde hair, and also as a creative mixer to turn their Paintbox shades into pastels. Genius.

Manic Panic semi permanent hair dye, US$10 and Manic Panic Tool Kit US$4 both at

Fudge Whiter Shade of Pale Toner, Paintbox colour in Blue Hawaii and Pink Moon, all $13.95 at

One Night Fix

Try clip ins like the ones used on the catwalks- you can even buy blonde ones and colour using the products above like Toni and Guy did. Once again, Urban Outfitters stock wash out Manic Panic products too.

Left to right: Giles Deacon, Proenza Schouler, Chanel


  • Reply dapperdolly Sunday 25th November, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    It’s very easy for this to look messy and it fades/looks washed out quickly.

  • Reply yslyenom Tuesday 2nd October, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Wow, this article was from 2010 and why do I see it’s the trend now in Australia.

  • Reply paperplane__x Wednesday 11th July, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    this is so hard for asian hair

  • Reply Through My Looking Glass Saturday 16th June, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Has anyone tried it on darker hair? I’m interested to try it out but my hair is brown.

  • deezon
    Reply deezon Tuesday 3rd April, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I’m going to get purple cause literally everyone has pink..

  • Fashionista8P
    Reply Fashionista8P Sunday 8th January, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Rachel McAdams looks SOOOO stunning! love her and her hair

  • Reply BellaB Wednesday 21st December, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I don’t know about this look. I’m not sure it’s very flattering.

  • erinlyndal
    Reply erinlyndal Sunday 4th December, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Love this look.

  • Reply ethereal Thursday 17th November, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    I love the pastel hair look, but I can’t put enough bleach in my hair to get 10 years of black dye out!

  • Reply hannahstoios Wednesday 28th September, 2011 at 9:27 pm


  • chuu_sxy18
    Reply chuu_sxy18 Tuesday 6th September, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    This is such a cute look.

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