Pastel lavender, that cool urban look that’s pretty, grunge and glamour all rolled into one. It’s one of those colours that everybody always dreams about having. Now’s the time, people. Buckle up! We’re here to tell you how to get pastel lavender hair at home!
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What is pastel lavender hair?
Lavender is the edgier sister shade of pinker Lilac which is also one of the hot hair colour ideas that are all the rage this year. Pastel lavender is a super soft colour and the perfect blend of purple and blue shades which means it will suit any skin tone – cool or warm.
We love lavender for being such a versatile colour – it can be soft, it can be bright, it can be pastel, electric or neon. And it looks completely fantastic with lavender ombre, balayage or highlights styles.
Lavender is also a great blending partner for all kinds of silver and blonde hair shades. Lavender is typically used to colour-correct yellow and brassy tones, so you know with pastel lavender your lush look will always stay cool.
Check out the latest looks for ideas and inspiration.
Will pastel lavender hair suit me?
Working out which hue of pastel lavender colour will suit you depends on whether you have cool or warm undertones.
Cool lavender hair colours contain more blue or green pigment so shades like blue lavender would really suit you.
Warm lavender hair colours have deeper red tones, so go for slighter softer and pinker lavender hues and lilacs.
Do I have cool or warm undertones?
If you’re not sure what your undertones are, you can use our checklist below to find out!
If you have cool undertones:
- Your skin tone is pink or pale.
- You blush easily!
- Jewel and pastel colours are so your thing.
- The colour yellow washes you out and does not look good on you.
- You have blue not green veins in your wrist.
- Pearls and silver jewellery look awesome on you.
If you have warm undertones:
- You have red or golden tones in your natural hair.
- Your skin tone is golden, tan or olive.
- You might have freckles.
- You have green not blue veins in your wrist.
- You suit bright or rich shades better.
- Gold jewellery looks awesome on you.
Which hair colours suit me?
You can also find out which hair colour suits you by taking our quiz! Just answer a few quick questions to find out what hair colours most suit you! Click on the image below.
You can also try on some virtual hair colours with the Best hair colour changing apps you need to use in 2021!
Can I dye my hair pastel lavender at home?
Yes! Fabulous news. You CAN dye get pastel lavender hair colour at home. BUT it depends on the colour your hair is now, how good the results will be.
If you have blonde hair and lighter: You have a great base to start playing with pastel lavender shades at home. Although you may need to lighten your hair further if you want to a light pastel colour.
If you have light brown hair and darker: You’ll need to bleach your hair with a lightening kit to try pastel shades like lavender. Using off-the shelf lavender box dyes will not do for dark hair – sorry!
What are the best pastel lavender hair dyes?
If you’re ready to lunge into lavender at home. Read more about each one in the best lavender hair dyes you need to get the lush look in your life!
Best lavender hair dye at a glance.
Clairol Colour Crave Semi Permanent Hair Dye, Lavender
Best for: Vibrant lavender locks.
This is a great lavender colour that’s easy to apply and the creme is lovely and thick so you don’t splash it everywhere and dye your bathroom lavender too. We tried it on mid-blonde hair and left it in for 30 minutes to really penetrate.
The results were a lustrous, vibrant colour that lifted our hair. After 5 washes, it’s on its way out so it won’t last the 15+ washes it promises but the colour is so gorgeous that we’ll forgive them.
How can I care for pastel lavender hair at home?
Lavender hair is like purple hair in that it will fade fast. So you need to do all you can to look after your colour. Confusingly, purple shampoo is not what you’re looking for. This is made for blonde hair and will strip your lush lavender colour.
A lavender colour-loving shampoo will help prolong the life of your colour so look for ones that are sulphate free. We love Bumble & Bumble’s Full Potential hair shampoo as it’s kind on colour while locking it in.
Full Potential Shampoo by Bumble & Bumble.
You’ll also need to invest in the infamous little miracle potion that is Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector to treat your hair in between colourings and restore you hair shaft bonds.
Once a week, use a hair mask like our fave Coco & Eve Like a Virgin Hair Masque to moisturise and nourish your locks.
And as always, make sure you follow the best advice in How to look after coloured hair and keep it luscious for longer.