To create the flawless gradient seen in your favorite pastel ombre looks, keep these three simple steps in mind for your next creation…
1. Lighten the Mid-Lengths and Ends
Start by lightening the mid-lengths and ends. Doing so will allow pastel hair tones to stand out, creating a canvas for clean, radiant colour. Our pre-lightening pick for ombre is BlondorPlex, which can be swept from the mid-lengths (where the fade begins) right down to the tips, lending a boost of bond-strengthening power as it lifts.
2. Shade the Root
If your client likes their natural base, why not shade the root area with Shinefinity? This zero lift glaze will add subtle depth and tone without shifting the existing colour. You could also use Illumina Color to lend soft brightening to their existing hue, while paving the way for a super-seamless transition.
For a root-to-tip pastel mane, you’ll need to apply a brighter version of your client’s chosen colour, like a fuchsia to melt into a candy floss blush or a cobalt that turns sky blue through the ends. However, pastel tones also pop against a blonde and sometimes even a brunette root area, so make sure you know exactly what tonal direction your client is hoping for.
3. Sweep On the Pastel Toners
After the root shadow and pre-lightener have been removed, it’s time to apply those pastel hues. We recommend mixing up one or two shades, depending on the finish your client wants to achieve. If they’re hoping for a gradual blend from root to tip, opt for two shades: one for the midsection and one for the tips. But if they’re looking for a bolder effect, a single shade to cover the whole lightened section will work.
You’ll find a host of pastel tones in the Opal-Essence by Illumina Color collection, or you can use the clear toners in our other ranges to pastelize hues to perfection. To do this, look out for Tomorrow Clear in the Color Fresh CREATE line-up, 00/00 in the Shinefinity range or 0/00 in the Koleston Perfect portfolio.