It’s a new time. Where traditionally, coming into work with a green streak in your hair would get a write-up from your boss, now bold fashion colors are a norm that’s becoming more and more accepted in mainstream society. At Donna Bella, we’re thrilled at the development because it opens the door for SO many awesome color combinations stylists can achieve by coloring their hair extensions and working them into the mix. Whether working with mermaid colors, strong neons, or the increasingly popular Pastel Unicorn effects, here’s why stylists and clients alike are turning to less conventional hues for their hair creations. For a look at how we created a gorgeous Pastel Unicorn effect, be sure to reference our video with world renowned stylist Ashley Rocks!
Some fashion bloggers snarkily refer to the pastel phenomenon as “the colorful response to granny hair.” Though surely made in jest, it’s a comment that’s not all that far off from reality. Since modern iterations of silver hairstyles indicate that it can indeed be a sexy color not exclusive to the nursing home, the pastel phenomenon takes this principle just a step further on the color commitment scale.
In terms of color literacy and flexibility, we recognize that all clients are on different spots of the spectrum. Some stick to the familiar confines of naturally occurring hair hues when looking for a change, while others branch out to work strains from the rainbow into the concoction. Pastel Hair, and its associated styles, takes its inspiration from the land of mythology, merriment, and whimsy. Whether it’s Lisa Frank stickers, Adventure Time, or something on the psychedelic spectrum, Pastel styles work fashion colors in the silver, cobalt, light yellow, pink, and purple ranges for a versatile effect that’s entirely fashion-color based, but softer in its execution than a neon might be. What’s more is you, the artist and visionary, can construct a look based on your individual need. Want more green than pink? No sweat. Heavier on silver and blue? You can do that too. The combos are literally endless.
Some clients may have the itch for fashion colors. Maybe they’ve grown bored with their “naturally occurring” choices, and want to take it off the beaten path. In this regard, Pastel or Unicorn effects can be used for softer color effects that are still striking. When dealing with fashion colors, it’s important to remember that all the tenants of safe coloring become tantamount: working with shades that compliment the client’s skin tone, using semi- and demi-permanent colors, and strand testing to eliminate unwanted surprises are key.
Utilizing fashion colors creates limitless color creations for you and your clients. Be sure they know their options, the various color transitional effects, and that a pastel color ‘do can get their creative rocks off without the harsh commitments of neon or fashion ombres. It’s fun, flirty, and just a little bit left of center. Be sure to stay tuned to the Donna Bella Color Takeover Portal for more hair tips and tricks like this one!