Shakira joins a long list of celebs dabbling in this gorgeous cool pastel pink, this ever popular shade just isn’t going away. Every time we think we’ve seen the end of it, someone else pops up sporting the hue.
Like all the pastel colours, this pink must be applied to pre-lightened hair at palest yellow to achieve the best results. If there’s too much yellow left in the hair, the result will be more of a ‘salmon pink’, if the hair will only lift to orange, it won’t do much more than stay orange. For those of you with darker hair that struggles to lift or years of colour build up, pastels may be out of your reach for now, but if you still have your heart set on a pink, a ‘brighter’ neon shade or Jewel tone with a deeper hue is usually enough to cover it. If you’re lucky enough to be natural ‘white’ like the fabulous Helen Mirren (below) you can jump straight to the toner service without the need for pre-lightening.
Shakira was already half way there with her lightening process, having years worth of highlights and balayage, her Stylist simply needed to lift her roots and the darker sections of hair between her blonde (a lot more work than it sounds!). This in itself is a really nice effect as the end result will always retain some of that multi-tonal finish. If you’re more of a bleach virgin or it’s been a while, you’d be looking at a full head pre-lighten.
How difficult or achievable these services will be is entirely dependent on your hair condition, type, texture and previous colour and lightener applications. The release of Matrix BondUltim8 has opened a lot more options for us Stylists and given more peace of mind to our clients as we can now achieve far more with our lightening services knowing the risk to your condition is taken care of, we will almost always recommend adding the BondUltim8 to your service, especially if your hair condition is in any way a concern. A full consultation is absolutely essential as the lightening process and the base level the toner will be applied onto is the most important part of the service.
The toner itself however, is really straightforward, once the right base is achieved, that gorgeous dusty pink is simply applied onto it and then the only thing you need to worry about is the maintenance!
Besides the initial consultation before we even start, your aftercare and maintenance is massively important to keep your colour and condition in top shape. Toners fade FAST and although your roots may only need to be retouched every 4-6 weeks, your toner will need to be refreshed every 2-3 weeks in-between.
How and what you wash your hair with matters, the coldest water temperature and as much time between washes is advised to reduce fading and using a combination of advanced prescriptive shampoos and conditioners with the SoSilver to retain condition and manage the underlying yellow is recommended for most, but your Stylist can prescribe you a personalised routine.
Depending on which services you need to reach the right base level (especially if your lightening service involves a correction process), the initial service to get you there can be long and costly. The maintenance services however, are not. In fact; the ‘Tone-Up’ service is part of our Express Service Menu and if your just calling in for a quick refresh, we can have you in and out the salon within an hour for as little as £15. The homecare shampoos, conditioners and treatments may seem expensive at first glance, but when you factor in how often you use them and how little you use (honestly, a 20p piece size for short/mid length hair, 50p piece size for mid/long hair) you’ll come to realise they are actually saving you money compared to the supermarket deals and discounts! Plus the actual benefits you’ll see and feel in your hair is worth far more than a few quid, you’ve invested in your hair with the salon services, the aftercare is your insurance.
Below, we’ve put together some example pre-lightening services and the perfect aftercare bundle to give you an idea of the time and service cost involved for a pastel pink (or any pastel, neon, grey or icy blonde for that matter – it’s the toner that we cook up at the dispensary that makes the difference, the services and aftercare are generally the same), to give you an idea of what to expect basing everything on mid-length, normal texture hair, with the full head toner just like Shakira (there’s a lot more technique options out there, just ask!). Just remember; everybody’s hair and lifestyle is different, we will always analyse this during your consultation along with your budget to offer you something completely bespoke to you. If you would like to find out exactly what services you would need, how much it would cost and the time/maintenance involved for you, feel free to book in your FREE consultation whenever you like!
Pre-service protein treatment (Free)
Option 1 - like Shakira, you already have plenty of blonde in your hair from past highlights/balayage and root regrowth
Full Head Corrective Bespoke Highlights £55 (Including BondUltim8 Step 1)
Option 2 - You have a full head of virgin hair – no previous lightener or you have a previous full head colour no darker than a dark blonde (service and development times will differ greatly but the service will be the same)
Full Head Lightening Service £31 (including BondUltim8 Step 1)
Full Head Create Toner £15 (including BondUltim8 Step 1)
BondUltim8 Step 2 £20 (price includes all applications)
5. CLEANSE & POST-TREAT
Biolage Advanced RENEWALboost (Keratin BioService) £10
6. CUT & STYLE
Cut & Style (Below Shoulders) with a Graduate Stylist £23 / Senior Stylist £28
Total Initial Service Cost £99 - £128*
Approximate Service Time 5 – 7 Hours
(From left to right) The gorgeous Hilary Duff rocking the very on trend dark roots, Heidi Klum keeping it [relatively] sensible with a spot of under-lights and of course one of our salon heroes; Helen Mirren completely re-writing the rule book with her beautiful pink gloss.
*All service prices are correct at time of publishing, for an accurate quote, please book in for your free consultation.