Celebrity Colorist-Approved Formulas for Bubblegum Pink Hair
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Bubblegum pink locks know no season or skin tone making the pretty pastel hue one to try anytime your color’s feeling blasé. For a variety of shades to inspire your clients, click through the gallery ahead and discover bubblegum pink hair formulas, courtesy of top celebrity colorists from Los Angeles to New York.
Megan Schipani @shmeggsandbaconn
First, I lifted regrowth to a level 10 with Schwarzkopf Blonde Me and 20 volume developer with Brazilian Bond Builder. Then, I toned her regrowth with 15g 10-0 and 15g 0-11 with 7 volume for 25 minutes. I rinsed her and shampooed with Matrix Rebond Shampoo. No Conditioner. Then, I dried her and starting just below the root, I applied Matrix So Color Cult Clear and melted it into Bubblegum Pink on the ends. I let this process for 30 minutes. Rinsed and conditioned with Matrix Rebond step 2 and 3.
In order to achieve light pink hair, the hair must first go through quite a bit of lightening. So it is very important that your clients knows how to take care of lightened hair with the right high quality products at home. I always recommend a good color safe daily shampoo without sulfates or alcohol. One of my favorites right now is the Wella Brilliance Shampoo. I always tell my clients that if they are ever hesitant about a certain shampoo, always check the labels. If alcohol in any form is in the first five ingredients, DO NOT BUY. It will dry their hair out and strip their color. I love to send my clients home with a great mask. My favorite right now is the Amika The Kure repair mask. It should be used around twice a month and left on for 10-15 minutes. In terms of keeping the color fresh, I love the Overtone Conditioners and Masks as well. Depending on how vibrant they want the pink, sometimes I recommend mixing the pastel pink with a little bit of the vibrant pink for that perfect in between bubblegum pink. One of my favorite things about the Overtone conditioners is that there are three different levels of brightness and you can mix and match and play around until you find the perfect recipe.
Ryan Pearl @ryanpearl23
First I did a full head of highlights with Redken Flash Lift and 30 Volume. Then I did a root dim with Redken Shades EQ 9n 9rb for 10 mins so the root will appear softer and blended.
Lastly I used Redken City beats City Ballet Pink/Clear for 10 minutes on roots and mid-lengths, and five minutes on the ends.
Use Redken Color Magnetics Shampoo and Conditioner.
Shelley Gregory @shelleygregoryhair
For my bubblegum Pink, I did a double process/bleach retouch on my client to lift her to a level 10 blonde.
After rinsing and shampooing, I blow dried her completely dry before applying my pink formula.
For her pink I mixed two bowls of color, one for her root area and one for mid lengths to ends.
In one bowl I mixed, all Loreal Professionel #colorfulhair including 20 grams Pink Sorbet + 10grams Sunset Coral + 2 grams hypnotic Magenta + 2 grams Red Lipstick + 20 grams CLEAR.
In another bowl I mixed 40 grams CLEAR + 10 grams Pink Sorbet + 5 grams Sunset Coral + 5 grams Twinkle Fuchsia.
Start at root and apply bowl 1 formula all over scalp about an inch down hair shaft. Then using bowl 2 formula, apply to rest of hair, Mids to ends. Let process for 20 minutes, rinse with cold water and condition.
I have my colorful hair clients use a sulfate-free shampoo, I like L’oreal pro Serie Expert Vitamino Color Soft Cleanser. They also only use a conditioning mask, instead of normal conditioner, one of my favorites are Serie Expert Inforcer Mask (leave on at least 15 minutes).
Joey George @joeygeorge
Formulas will vary depending on your base color. For best results achieving a pastel pink hair color it is recommended that you have a very light blond base. For this cover story, we casted model Jessie Bloemendaal who naturally had very light blond hair.
On Jessie, I used Manic Panic ‘Fleurs Du Mal Creamtone Perfect Pastel’ on her slightly dampened hair. This product is a semi-permanent hair color which means it will only last for about 4-6 washes. It contains NO Ammonia or Peroxide and is mild enough to be used on fragile or chemically treated hair. The best thing about Manic Panic is that they are completely Vegan and Cruelty Free.
Should the color be too intense for your liking, give your locks a good scrub with a little Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap until you achieve the pastel color you seek. Be sure to follow that washing process with you favorite hydrating hair conditioner.
One of my favorite Shampoo and Conditioners for color-treated or chemically processed hair is Olaplex Bond Maintenance No.4 Shampoo and No.5 Conditioner. If you seek a salon quality treatment in your own home, try Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3. This highly concentrated product is designed to strengthen hair from within reducing breakage and protecting your hair structure!
Jessica Gonzalez @jesstheebesttcolor
The color I used for this is Pravana Vivids and I did equal parts rose gold and pink.
I send home my pastel clients with a little of the left over color so they can mix it with their Olaplex No. 3 and keep it fresh at home. My favorite shampoo and conditioner for bleached hair is the Olaplex No. 4 and Olaplex No. 5.