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New Hair Color Ideas: Pastels, Pastels, Pastels!

Have you seen them? They’re everywhere! Taking over our heads, sometimes in parts, sometimes altogether. Know what we’re talking about? Pastels hair colors, of course! When it comes to hair color ideas, pastels are the hottest thing out there for this year, and we think probably for the next few as well. Pastels can be done all over, in combinations, in small pieces or even in the ultra-hip ombre hairstyle, and for those looking to stand out in a big way, they’re the it colors of right now.

Pastel hair colors are bursting onto the scene in a big way!

This incredibly cool and highly modern trend has its roots in the experimentation of the Japanese Harajuku fashion, something which has been brought to mainstream American through people like Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj. Harajuku fashion made intense and bright hair colors very popular, especially bright pinks, greens and blues. Unlike most Harajuku fashion however, the current pastel fashion takes those super-bright colors and tones them down to tones more like Easter colors.

This pale pastel purple is peachy-keen in our book!

These gorgeous colors include those such as light seafoam greens, pale pinks, faded sky blues (close to robin’s egg blue) and even tints of purple. The idea is to avoid bright, vibrant colors and stick to the pale versions. If you do that, you can pull off this trend in almost any color in the rainbow, excluding, of course, standard natural hair colors.

If pastel colors appeal to you, what you want to think about when deciding how to pull off this trend is how to apply it to your own hair. The all-over dye job is extremely popular right now, especially with pinks and seafoam greens, as can be seen on the popular culture blogging platforms Tumblr and Pinterest. This is a bit extreme for some, however, as it usually requires a complete bleaching of the hair and frequent touch-ups, though done right it can look absolutely stunning.

A slightly less extreme option, though still pretty eye-catching is to go the ombre route. As we’ve mentioned before in a previous post, the ombre hairstyle involves a gradual fade from one hair color to another throughout the length of the locks. This works especially well with brunette and blonde hair when using pastels.

Pastels can also look supercool when mixed into another hair color in small pieces.

Here’s an ombre pastel! Double cool.

Dip-dying is a great option when wanting to try this out, which involves taking small pieces of hair and dying them individually in a pastel color by dipping them into the dye. This can be done in a variety of colors for a pastel rainbow effect, in two or three complementing colors or even just on one small piece to create a unique look. Trying a few pieces to begin can also help you decide whether or not you like the pastel trend on your own hair, since it’s not quite so much of a risk.

When it comes to trendy, gorgeous hair coloring trends, there’s nothing out there the HairBetty blog has been more excited about than pastels, and it’s a great time to jump on this trend in its early stages! We think this one will be around for a while, so get an early start on it and head over to the HairBetty search page for pastel hair now!

Spicing Up Your Braided Hair Styles

Scarlett Johansson is one of many celebs to rock the halo braid in recent days.

We told you we would, so let’s get to business and back to braids! A couple days ago we told you a bit about some of HairBetty’s favorite braided hair styles out there right now, but that’s only half the story when it comes to this great look. Once you’ve picked out the braids you want, you don’t have to stop there, but can actually give your plaits a little “oomph” with a few easy and fun ideas. From accessories to wrapping braids to using hair color along with braids, braids these days have tons of options for taking the look to the next level.

Halos and Crowns for Angels and Royalty

You’ve probably seen this great idea for braid hairstyles implemented on everyone from celebrities to the hip people in your town: we’re talking about the braid crown or halo! Essentially, this just means that the braid goes around the top of the head, as opposed to hanging down the back or the side. This can either be done wrapped around the “crown” of the head (thus the “crown” name) or sitting more on top in a smaller ring (the “halo”). You can either do this cool look by taking a braid that would hang down and wrap it around the head, pinning it in place, or you can actually braid the hair at the top of the head into a crown if it’s long enough and you have the plaiting skills. This second look is especially cool because you can keep the hair in the back hanging down gracefully, which perfectly complements the crown or halo braid.

Braid Accessories? Oh Yes!

It might not be the first thing you think of when you envision new braids for yourself, but

A few flowers go a long way!

adding a few accessories to your braids has become a hugely popular and super-chic idea that we seriously love. The most classic of these are flowers, which are especially seen combined with the halo or crown braid for a cool boho look. The tension of braids provide a perfect grip to casually put a few blooms into, which looks especially good at the top or bottom of the braids. You can also actually braid flowers into the hair, if they have a long enough stem! Of course, if you’d rather have something you can re-use, high-quality faux flowers are a great option. In a related vein, we’ve even seen some gorgeous, leafy ivy and other plants woven into braids. Just get creative, and make sure whatever plant you use is in tip-top shape.

Other than plant-based accessories, you’ve got a huge number of options out their for spicing up the look of your braids. Vintage jewelry pieces, especially pins, broaches and clips look absolutely stunning when used in conjunction with the right braid. If you’ve got some old designer pieces sitting around, especially those from the 80′s and 60′s, try them out with a braid and see what cool combos you can come up with. Another cool idea we’ve seen in some of the hippie-influenced fashion out there is to braid in feathers or feather hair extensions with braids, giving a bit of a Pocahontas look.

Dye Those Braids

If we had to pick one trend for sprucing up braids that we like the most at HairBetty, it would hands-down be combining great hair color jobs with great braid looks. Especially cool with braided hairstyles like the fishtail, what’s so cool about this idea is that you can

A combo fishtail braid/pastel hair color is the latest word in cool.

use techniques like dip-dying, single piece dying or even an ombre combined with braids for incredibly unique looks. Dip-dyes and single piece dying can even show off the complexity of a braid by allowing the eye to follow each piece of hair as it weaves in and out of the braid. We especially like this look when a non-natural color, such as pastels or bright blues or sea green, is combined with natural colors such as blonde or brunette hair.

And there are our suggestions for making your plaits look great, unique and stylish! Next time you’ve got the hankering to braid up your hair, give one of these a try, and HairBetty guarantees you’ll turn heads everywhere you go.

Ombre Hair Colors Are This Year’s Big Hit

If you’re looking for the hottest hair coloring trend, sported by everyone from the hip youth to

You’ve probably seen the ombre hairstyle out, but might not have known what it was!

celebrity tastemakers, nothing has been trendier in the last year than the incredibly cool ombre hair colors. Similar to highlights, the ombre essentially means dyeing medium to long hair so that it has at least two tones, one of which fades gradually into the other. It creates a dynamic contrast that’s both gorgeous and seriously hip, and we here at the Hair Betty blog just love it.

While the ombre is typically done with an unnatural color on naturally colored hair, there are simply hundreds of options when it comes to this spectacular hairstyle. For those who want to keep their natural hair color and simply add ombre highlights to it, almost any color will work. However, we think dark brown to black or very light or golden blondes create the best overall looks.

Next, you’ll want to choose the color to do the highlights with! This can be literally anything, though we would suggest staying away from combos like light brown and red or blonde on brown. If the two colors look good together to your eye otherwise, they’ll probably look good on your head, so just stick to colors that complement each other. For natural colors, a lighter blonde ombre on golden blonde hair looks incredible, as does blonde on red or auburn. If you’re a little more daring and willing to stand out in the crowd, we just die for unnatural ombre colors on blonde and black or dark brown. We’re especially crazy about purples, teals and almost all pastels, but even silver and pure white have been known to look spectacular.

Celebrities like Rachel Bilson have made the ombre hair coloring even more popular.

Finally, if you’re interested in trying out the ombre hair trend, you’ll need to decide how much of your hair you want to commit to dying. The typical look is a fade from about two thirds down your hair to the tips, but you can do just about anything. Whole-head ombres can look great, as can just doing the tips. Another interesting idea is to do an uneven ombre, dyeing different strands at different lengths for a less stark transition. Some people have even experimented with dyeing different strands different colors (usually two or three, but sometimes rainbow!) for an even more unique look.

For hair coloring, the ombre look is an absolute killer for medium to long hair. With celebrities of all stripes picking up on this look, and people constantly experimenting with various colors and processes, this hair coloring trend is likely to stick around for awhile, so jump on it while it’s still relatively uncommon. Hair Betty’s extensive catalog of hairstyles features a wide selection of ombre looks, so click on over there and find yourself one you’ll love today!