- Go to a pro for your color. If you are going to do a permanent pastel hair color, you'll want a stylist to get it done right. We're not talking about the temporary colors you spray or paint on, but a total color commitment. For that, a trained stylist is essential. Rather than a messy, uneven dye job, you get a sleek, healthier style that looks consistent and deliberate. (Have you ever tried to bleach the hair on the back of your head? It's very, very difficult to do well.) An experienced colorist is going to give you more professional-looking results that are less likely to damage your hair, simple as that.
- Choose the correct shampoo & conditioner. If you are using a shampoo for damaged hair, but your hair is just dry, you could be doing more harm than good. If the reparative shampoo you're using is protein-based and there is already enough protein in your hair, you end up over-depositing the protein, making your hair brittle and more likely to break. If your hair is simply dry, opt instead for moisturizing products.
Trim your hair regularly. Double processes wherein the hair is bleached and toned can often lead to damage, so it's imperative that you get your hair trimmed regularly. A cut every six to eight weeks helps keep hair healthy and free of split ends, which can cause more damage.
- Prep ahead of your scheduled appointment. Since a pastel requires a double-process, doing a deep conditioning treatment weekly for the month prior to your appointment will help minimize hair trauma.
- Play with new styles for a fresh look. Find yourself feeling fussy after just a couple of weeks with a new hairstyle? Rather than going wild with the bleach again, try a new look instead. The cool thing about multicolored hair is that it can look like a totally different shade when you do a new style, like a crown braid.