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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!

Everyone Loves Blonde Hair Coloring!

Naturally-colored hair can be a treat, but sometimes we all just want to shake things up a bit with a new hair color. Never before has changing the look of your locks been so easy or in style as right now, so it’s a great time to think about switching to a cool new color! Of course, when it comes to American classic looks, everyone loves a blonde, as they say. And, lucky for you adorers of golden hair, blonde is in right now in a big way, with everyone from celebrities to fashion models sporting the color!

Lady Gaga’s platinum blonde look has been a big part of the resurgence of blonde as the hottest color.

When you’re thinking about going blonde, what you want to think about first is what shade of blonde will work best for your skin. While you can always dye your hair any color you want, certain tones of blonde will look better on different types of skin. The rule of thumb for going blonde is simple: the lighter the skin, the lighter the blonde should be and the darker the skin, the darker the blonde should be. If you’re pale-skinned, ultra-light blondes (even almost white) can look incredible.  If you tend to tan, light blondes may contrast strangely with your skin, but caramel blonde tones can be pulled off with great success. If you think you’re somewhere in the middle, sandy blondes and golden blondes will work incredibly well.

Now, let’s get down to the fun part and look closer at a few blonde shades! Blonde hair

Classic golden blonde is a sure stunner when it comes to color.

color falls on a shade scale that goes from cool to warm, with those in-between known as neutral shades. Which part of the scale a shade falls on is pretty easy to determine; simply ask yourself if it’s closer to white or closer to golden/light brown. Those that fall closer to white are cool, while golden and light brown are more warm tones.

Cool blonde hair colors include the lightest colored blondes out there. These include everything from just a tick from white to those with just a hint of yellow in them, and they’re absolutely gorgeous against pale skin. Platinum blondes are included in this part of the spectrum, and they’re also some of the most popular and hip colors out there right now. In fact, some people are taking the whole platinum blonde thing to the next level and going with full-on white hair these days!

Neutral blonde colors are those that seem neither white nor golden, but are a soft yellow sandy color in between. Most people will look great with neutral blondes, and the look can be spiced up with lighter highlights for a truly unique look. The term “honey blonde” is often applied to neutral blondes, though that can also be  a bit of a warmer hair color, depending on how it’d done.

This version of strawberry blonde is almost red, but still retains the warm glow that makes blonde so popular.

Speaking of warm, those with deeper skin tones often think that they can’t make blonde look good, but we at HairBetty say that’s not true! You just need to find the right shade and the right colorist, and you can pull off blonde just as well as anyone ever has. Think sandy, classic golden or even so-called “dirty” blondes that have shades of brunette mixed in. One interesting look we think takes some courage to try, but looks amazing if done right, is to throw out the rule book and go platinum blonde or white on very dark skin. If you’re just a little tan, this can come off as strange looking, but if you have a deep, rich skin tone, it can look amazing.

Past these standard blonde looks, there are some seriously cool unique shades that use blonde of their base. The most commonly known of these, of course, is the strawberry blonde hair color, which adds a hint of red or auburn to a blonde that’s usually of a lighter shade. In addition to that, many people these days have been using blonde as the base color for exciting bits of color, including individual streaks of colors such as red or deep blue and green or interesting highlights like the ombre hair look. Blonde is our favorite look for these great and ultra-modern coloring ideas, and it can be a great way to give your look a little more oomph.

To check out a few different looks of blonde hair coloring, give the HairBetty search engine

Get crazy with your blonde with some fun dyed pieces, highlights or even a full ombre!

a whirl and see what our hair experts have collected! Once you’ve done that, all it takes is to bring your look into an expert stylist who can give you the stunning blonde color of your dreams. People say that blondes have the most fun; why not give that theory a try and go blonde today?

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!