21 Pastel Hair Color Ideas for 2018

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All the celebs have been rocking pastel hair of late and it’s encouraged many of us to give the try a shot for ourselves. If you’ve been thinking of trying out these new and unique pastel hair color ideas for yourself but aren’t sure where to start, how to go about it, and what colors to even pick in the first place, we’ve got all the info you need to know.

Check out the 21 pastel hair color ideas for 2018 you need to know about:

1. Pastel Rainbow Asymmetrical Lob

There are three things you should definitely do before you try and opt for a colourful blend such as this one. Firstly, get a good cut and work out the right style (taking into consideration the color design you want) with your hairstylist. Secondly, work out what shades will work better on your skin tone and thirdly, condition as much as you can.

Short Pastel Rainbow Hair

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Colourful hair won’t be colourful for long if you don’t take care of it. Bad condition hair will cause the shade to fade quicker. Plus it will look straggly rather than glossy.

2. Pastel Purple Hair & Silver Holographic  Highlights

If you really don’t know what color to go for, this holographic looking design isn’t a bad shout. It’s all different shades of pastel pops – lilacs with blues, silvers and pinks.

For spring time hair, you can’t beat pastel hair and with hair this good, everyone will be looking for all the right reasons.

3. Magenta to Pastel Pink Hair

If we’re talking pink, we’re not just talking candy floss pink just like Emma Stone recently rocked. Although who could forget that stunning powdery shade with that pretty pink lipstick?

Magenta to Pastel Pink Hair

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If you want to rock pink yourself, you’ll be happy to know that these lighter, pastel shades are easily achieved and there’s plenty of brands out there offering these colorful delights. Have a look around online and you’ll soon start to learn that some brands have a better rep than others. You’ll always want to know with the best, healthiest and highest-quality hair dye in order to get the best results.

4. Mixing Vivids and Pastels

Who said you couldn’t mix vivid hair colors with pastel beauties? We love this look, one that definitely combines the two but in such a way that it looks awesome and not too much.

Rainbow Pastel Hair Color Idea

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Rainbow hair is very much on trend right now and with so many different colors to play with, why not just a few of them at once?

5. Dark Purple to Pastel Purple Hair

This look could almost be Elsa inspired and let’s face it, we all loved Frozen. Braids are a great way of showing off the many colors and shades in your locks so learn how to get braiding!

Dark Purple to Pastel Purple Hair Color

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Start with one big braid and add more as you go. Didn’t you see Kim Kardashian-West recently? She’s all about the braids!

6. Dark Blue to Pastel Sky Blue Ombre Hair

We’ve seen brighter blues with the likes of Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall rocking a really rich, dark and bright blue pop.

What about trying something a little pastel themed if this is your first time? Pastel colors are easier to wash out and fade than their brighter counterparts. Plus, pastel colors are beautiful. Enough said.

7. Pink and Purple Pastel Hair

When you’ve got a ‘do this good, you want to keep it in tip top shape for as long as possible. You’re going to want to avoid washing your hair as much as you normally would as this will cause the color to fade quicker.

Make sure you’re taking care of your locks too with plenty of conditioning treatments designed for color treated hair.

8. Fairy Dust Hair

Sweet as sugar, this pastel pop of fairy dust hair is perfect for anyone wanting to make a real statement. If you’ve got long, glossy locks and want to show them off, this is most definitely the way to do it.

You have more length to play around with so why wouldn’t you play around with it? Work different blends and shades together for a look that is completely different to anyone else’s.

9. Holographic Hair (Dimensional Silver Violet)

Curly hair is perfect for showing off that perfect array of pastel pretties so grab your curling tongs and get whirling! The curls in this look help to reflect the light on those beautiful silvery, blue and violent tones. It’s a breathtaking look and one that we’re all coveting.

If you don’t have curling tongs, you can use your straightening irons to achieve a similar effect. Rather than pulling them down, twist them and curl them or flick them out to play around with different looks. You can create so many cools from something designed to straighten!

10. Soft Pastel Perfection

Think My Little Pony and you’ve got about the right idea for these pastel hair looks. Once reserved for punks and rockers, brightly coloured hair has never been so in fashion so think of the craziest colour combo you can and then add a few more shades just to be sure.

Soft Pastel Rainbow Hair

Source: @a_kool

Why not? You only live once.

11. Pastel Purple

Pastel colors are light colors so this look will require bleaching or lightening treatments beforehand. This will have a detrimental effect on your hair so if yours is dry, damaged or seriously over-styled, you’ll need to be realistic about the kind of results you’ll get.

Pastel Purple Hair Color Idea

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If you need to spend a few weeks having your cut, hot oil treated and well cared-for first, do it. You’ll only regret it when your hair doesn’t look quite as good as you’d hoped.

12. Pastel Blue Ombre Hair

Rita Ora is a fan of this stunning spearmint blue color and if you don’t fancy an all-over look, this ombre one is definitely a winning combo of colors.

Pastel Blue Ombre Hair Color Idea for Long Hair

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Going blue at the roots and blonde at the ends is a great way of adding a different pop of color but not too much, and it’s a little different. Why wouldn’t you want to be a little different?

13. Metallic Blush

You’ll need to be smart about your color choices, especially if you have dark hair. You’ll also need to be realistic about the kind of time frame you’ll be looking at to achieve the desired effect. This metallic blush looks like pink perfection but it’s not a look that’ll be easy to get if you don’t go about it the right way.

Pastel Pink Long Bob Hairstyle

Source: @bescene

Remember that you may need to undergo more than one lightening treatment if you’re going from dark to light. This is not a one-step process.

14. Pastel Hair Color Idea for Blondes

If you’ve got blonde hair, the lightening treatments will be less necessary, or you’ll only need a light pre-bleaching session first. This candy-floss pink is amazing to look at, but you’ll need to go a lot lighter before you brighter.

You could even consider using hair chalks on bleached hair for a temporary color fix. These chalks are a great way to play around with a few colors before you make you final decision. They’re also perfect for getting pastel hair for when you want it to last just one night only.

15. Dusty, Pastel Teal Hair

It could be blue, it could be green, it could even be the color you get when you mix the ends of all your hair dye pots together. Sometimes it pays to play around with color combos to achieve a unique shade for you. We’ve seen lots of blues around but this teal blue is something else entirely.

This beautiful blue will fade to a lovely dusky, powdery blue, before going a slightly silver shade. If it’s an easy fade-out you want, this isn’t a bad one to go for but just remember to keep the roots darker to stop it looking like you urgently need to make a hair appointment.

There are lots of coloured shampoos on the market these days which can help you to top up a color in between appointments too. It is well worth investing in one if you want to save a little money.

16. Grey to Pastel Pink Ombre

Grey hair is in. Pastel hair is in. Why wouldn’t you combine the two? Just look at this grey to pastel pink ombre. It just works!

Amber Le Bon went for a My Little Pony-style dip dye / ombre. This is like that but with a touch more color at the top. Bold and beautiful but without being too ‘in your face’.

17. Vivid Purple to Pastel Purple Colormelt

Ashley Tisdale is a fan of purple, lilac and lavender hues and we love this vidid purple to pastel purple colormelt, a great way of combining two looks in one.

It’s always good to have options!

There are tinges of pastel pink in there too, just to give the look a more three-dimensional feel. The more tones you add, the more dimensions you’ll add. We think it’s time for things to get a little colorful…

18. Pastel Pink and Blonde Hair

This pastel pink and blonde hair combo makes the hair look almost a rose gold color and do you know who recently sported a look like this? Kate Hudson, that’s who. If it’s okay for Hollywood royalty, it’s a look we’re all going to want. Right?

Pastel Pink and Blonde Hair Color

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If you want to go pink but not too pink, ask your hairstylist to go rose gold instead, combining various shades of strawberry blonde with baby pink to achieve a blingtastic color that will just look all the more fabulous as it fades.

19. Pastel Lavender Hair

It was Nicole Richie who got tongues wagging with her various shades of purple hair over the years and if you want something that is cute, romantic and a little girlie all at the same time, but you don’t really want to sport a baby pink, this pastel purple is such a great idea.

Pastel Lavender Hair Color Idea

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As purple fades, it turns a silvery-grey color (which is actually quite hard to achieve by itself).

20. Pastel Hair + Braids

This is the prettiest hair we’ve ever seen and although it might not be easy and take more than a few hours in the hair stylist’s chair, it’s certainly worth it. If we had hair like this, we’d take enough selfies to last us a lifetime. Wouldn’t you?

Why go for muted lilacs and powdery pinks when you can go for the entire pastel spectrum in one go? Hey, if you’ve only got one time frame available to dye your hair a crazy color, you might as well go all out! You can’t say it’s not stunning!

21. Soft Pastel Tones

This look is a little more randomised with balayage or hand-painted pastel pops of color running through. A soft silver could be used as the base with hints of turquoise, green, lilac, blue and pink to bring it all to life.

Soft Pastel Tones Hair

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Add your curls to make the look pop and what do you have? Hair that a fairy princess would be proud of, that’s what!

We hope we’ve given you plenty of pastel hair color ideas to play around with but we want to see what wonderful creations you beautiful people have come up with too! Give us a shout out on social media and let us know what pastel pretties you’ve put together.