While I have loved having pink hair for the past month, there are definitely some things I wish I’d known beforehand, which is why I’m writing this post. So many of you DM’d me on Instagram and asked about upkeep, products, and whether I did this myself (spoiler alert: don’t trust myself enough for that).
I knew I wanted to do this for a while and just had to make an appointment at my regular salon. I sent my stylist one or two photos from Pinterest so she could see the shade I was going for. The first time I got pink put it, my stylist used temporary color that is meant to last 1-3 washes. For me, it washed out the the first time I showered. I loved how it looked and knew I wanted it to last a little bit longer, so I went back the following week and got a longer- lasting color put in (aka semi permanent). It was a little lighter than the color I had earlier, but I still loved it and it lasted for about a week and a half- it’s different for everyone depending on how often you shampoo your hair.
The first few days after you get semi- permanent color put in, you’re not supposed to wash your hair so you can let the color “set”. This was news to me and by the fourth day I was dying to wash my hair. If you’re blonde and already use purple shampoo (this one is my current favorite) it’s great to still use it because it actually keeps the pink in your hair longer. I was also advised to stay away from using heat on my hair, which I stuck to for the most part.
Right now I’m in the process of the semi-permanent color fading. I can’t wait to get back to being completely blonde but I loved having pink hair for a while. The entire process did make my roots a little dry, but I picked up this product at Sephora the other day and it has changed my life! I can definitely see myself going back to pink sooner than later but with all the travel I have planned for this summer, it’ll probably have to wait until this Fall (maybe for Fashion Week).
PS- This entire process can be a lot more intense if you have naturally dark hair. You’ll have to bleach the part you want to dye and I’m really not sure what it’s like getting back to your normal color after the color fades. I already do a bleach and tone to my hair every 3 weeks (aka get my roots touched up) to keep my hair light and bright, so none of these appointments were too long for me. The darker your hair is, the longer the process. If it’s still something you want to do, I recommend discussing it with your regular stylist.