How To Achieve Pastel Colored Hair

How To: Achieving Blonde and Pastel Hair

This year and in 2012, I took a plunge and entered the world of blondes and crazy colored hair. It’s a fun and, naturally, a head-turning hair adventure. And for those who wants to join me in this adventure, here are some tips to help you prepare.

But first, let’s do a colorful recap of my hair chameleon journey (as of December 2014)

  1. Ariel Red – My crazy color adventure started in 2012, starting with a fiery red color because I love Disney’s The Little Mermaid. I was still too scared to go full-on blonde, so I settled for an ombré. This was professionally dyed at the salon, but for that pinkish tone, I used Special Effects Cherry Bomb.
  2. Purple x Teal – A lovely mix of colors that was short lived because I went back to being a redhead. I used Manic Panic Purple Haze and Atomic Turquoise.
  3. Brown with Ash Blonde Highlights – I went back to chocolate brown in 2013, but L’Oreal Professionnel added ash blonde highlights to emphasize my natural curls. Professionally dyed at the salon.
  4. Golden Blonde – I moved back to the Philippines, and the first order of business was to go blonde. I really prepared for this, both mentally and financially. It took us one whole day to achieve the result I wanted, and I’m quite happy with the result. Professionally dyed at the salon.
  5. Platinum Blonde – I went lighter, but not intentionally. I used Schwarzkopf box dye from Munich, Germany.
  6. Mint/Apple Green – A lot of things were happening in my life that time, and I felt like I needed change. I mixed Manic Panic Atomic Turquoise with Dove condition (green bottle)
  7. Cupcake Pink – FINALLY! I’ve been wanting to do this since forever. I used my 3-year old Special Effects Cupcake Pink just for this. I also used Manic Panic Cotton Candy Pink, but it doesn’t perform as well as SPX.
  8. Turquoise/Blue Hair – Sailor Neptune anyone? To achieve this, I diluted Manic Panic Atomic Turquoise. Your hair needs to be really light, otherwise, it will only turn green.

Bleaching your hair is a courageous thing to do, but also a painstaking task. First of all, the regrowth will be the bane of your existence. Then there’s the damage, split-ends, and unimaginable frizz. If you want to go blonde, you really need to commit and treat your hair like a significant other.

The first of step of going blonde is to DO YOUR RESEARCH! It’s fun to go wild with your hair, but there’s always a trade-off. I recommend you read articles, forums, blogs about how bleaching works, blonde maintenance, side effects, and so on. Why so? Because this is your hair. If you screw this up, you will deal with it for the next 6 months. It’s better to be mentally, financially and even emotionally prepared for this.

PREP UP YOUR HAIR. Give your hair a much needed TLC — deep condition every weekend, apply VCO, get a trim, and so on. This will help condition you and your hair for the biggest damage it will ever experience. If you already find this task too time-consuming, then you better rethink your decision of going blonde.

First timer? DON’T DIY BLEACH AT HOME. I did say this is a HOW-TO post, but I really don’t want you to take that big risk. Of course, who am I to stop you? Just note that bleaching is something you can’t joke about. Aside from the damage, you may also experience uneven color and scalp burns that may result in hair loss. YIKES!

But, if you’re really determined to bleach your hair on your own. Then listen up: bleach is a fast-acting chemical, so better to ASK A FRIEND FOR HELP. Then buy a pack of bleach powder and oxidizing lotion (9%) from HBC. Mix both in a plastic bowl, and apply it to your hair using a tint brush (like regular hair dye procedure). Keep the substance for 30 minutes or less.

Instead of DIY, I highly recommend you FIND A QUALITY SALON that you can trust, and discuss with them your plans. But don’t go immediately to the cheapest salon, because cheap doesn’t always mean they’ll deliver a fantastic job. I went to Philippe Torjdman Le Salon and they’re incredibly expensive for a salon but 1) they’ve managed to salvage my hair and still make it appear so healthy and 2) looks better than DIY bleaching (Trust me, I’ve tried). Basement Salon also did a fantastic job retouching my roots once, but I’m too broke to go back.

Not to discourage you or anything but GOING BLONDE WILL COST YOU MONEY. The total amount spent will still depend on your hair’s length and ability to withstand damage, but I think you need to allot at least $250 or PHP10,000 if you want to go platinum blonde (good for two bleach jobs). Additionally, going blonde may mean new makeup products.

And once you’re blonde, congrats! You are now part of the HIGH MAINTENANCE CLUB! Bleached hair means dry, damaged and all-around frizz. You’ve spent so much on your hair, now’s not the time to flake out. Your hair should always be on point 24/7, meaning it should be styled always. I know styling bleached hair can be tedious, so if you need a fuss-free hairstyle, get a blowout experience.

You also need to INVEST IN PRODUCTS to maintain and protect your hair, this includes a purple shampoo to tone down blonde hair. You can read more of the products needed on my Blonde Hair Essentials blog post. Your hair will experience irrevocable damage but a Keratin Treatment or Brazilian Blowout should be able to alleviate the problem.

Last but not the least, COLOR WITH VEGGIE DYES. Veggie dyes, such as Manic Panic and Special Effects, are semi-permanent dyes that doesn’t damage the hair. I recommend you buy from because they’re an authorized seller of Manic Panic and currently the cheapest in the local market. KISTY.NET loves RAINBOWHEADPH

Okay, I think I covered everything you need to know before bleaching your hair. If you got any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. I’ll be happy to answer your question! :)

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    December 8, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Super helpful post for those who are interested on trying a colorful hair! :D As for me, I might actually just end up adoring people like you who are courageous (and rich! LOL) enough to do these hair jobs. I’m a lazy type of person, and maintaining my hair would definitely be not part of my to-do list. Hehe. :)

    Awesome post, as always! :D
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      Kisty Mea
      December 9, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      Thank you, Jhanz! I believe you can still find salons that are much cheaper though, but the price I stated is an average rate for long hair.

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    December 8, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Great post Kisty! I have been dying to dye my hair in a more eye-popping color (than when I did a red ombre) but it always just scares me LOL also because I’m not so good at coloring my hair—I always need assistance (used to be my mom; but now that I’m only with my bf, I can’t trust him to do it right LOL)
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    December 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    I’ve always wanted to dye my hair. There are some instances, like being a student and not-so-responsible in hair care, that pull me away from doing this. But thanks for posting this, I have now an idea where to buy hair dyes soon. Stay ozum, Kisty!
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    Shumaila jaffer
    December 10, 2014 at 3:22 AM

    woooohhh … u have done all the possible experiments with hair colors :O … loved ariel red and turquoise
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    Nafisah Atcha
    December 10, 2014 at 3:48 AM

    I wish I had the guts to do this to my hair :) xxx

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    Sophia M
    December 10, 2014 at 5:34 AM

    Ohh my goodness, your hair looks incredible! A few years ago my cousin had a bleached ombre and then she added turquoise and magenta over it and it turned out looking amazing! When she braided her hair all of the different browns, blondes, turquoise and magenta meshed together and looked like a rainbow :D

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    Miel Laquindanum
    December 10, 2014 at 6:44 AM


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      Kisty Mea
      December 19, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      Hello Miel, I don’t know the exact dye used but it’s a L’Oreal brown dye with ash blonde highlights. :)

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    December 10, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    so many colours suit you! this makes me want to go back to blonde and try out a pastel shade now
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    Jess Scull
    December 10, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    What a helpful post! I need to dye my hair in the worst way right now!

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    December 10, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    I don’t think I can ever pull these off. Haha. But kudos to you, Kisty! Very expressive of your style! :)
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    December 10, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Wow! Your hair has been in every color almost :) Love the blue though!

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    Mhisha Cuyson
    December 10, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    I love to try different hair colors as well, but I’ve been wanting to do the pastel purple. thanks for the tips! :)
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    Esha Gupta
    December 11, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    Whoa, looks like you have tried every possible color! Very helpful post for people who wanna color their mane. :)
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    December 11, 2014 at 3:00 AM

    I love your blog! I was just perusing on the blogaholic network and found you. Cheers!
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    December 11, 2014 at 6:03 AM

    I personally love the ariel red shade on you x
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      Kisty Mea
      March 3, 2015 at 1:18 PM

      Thank you! It’s one of my family’s favorite too!

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    Huda Sheikh
    December 11, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Wow impressive looks :)
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    December 11, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Wow, you’ve had so many amazing colours!
    I used to dye mine a lot but I’m too lazy to keep up with it as well as I should! :)
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    December 13, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    This is such a great post! You really pull of pastel colours, wish I could as I love the pastel hair look x
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    December 15, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    I only did DIY ever since I started bleaching my hair. I read lots of tutorials and tips online before I did it. It was scary since I don’t have experience with bleaching aside from the experiment my sister and I did on her hair. It was a total failure but at least we only bleached the ends of her hair.

    I haven’t colored my hair for a month now because I’m in the stage of repairing it. I have to wash my hair with conditioner and protein mask. I also use VCO every other day. I also want to enjoy the pale blonde and gray hair from time to time.
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    December 16, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Ate Kisty, question… If I go blonde, will it damage my natural locks? I really wanna dye my hair pink kasi (like what I have told you before) but after reading your post, mejo scared na ko na ituloy kasi baka masira yung curls ko eh. :-/
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      Kisty Mea
      December 19, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      Hi Rae! Yes, it will damage your natural locks. :( It may also ruin your curls, but mine weren’t that damaged…? :(

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    December 18, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    magkno po yung nagastos nyo dyan sa DIY bleach nyo?
    grabe! so pretty! cool nyo po! <3

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      Kisty Mea
      March 3, 2015 at 1:18 PM

      For DIY, less than PHP1000? The bleach powder cost PHP90/sachet. I’ve used at least 5 now. Then I got a big bottle of oxidizing lotion for less than PHP500 rin. :) Thank you!

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    March 2, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    hi ate! my friend and i are planning to dye our hair ombre this summer. is it safe if we just bleach it at home or not? we’re nervous cause our hair might be damaged.

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      Kisty Mea
      March 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM

      Hi! Please read the article again before going ombre. :)

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    March 17, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    I LOVE YOUR HAIR SO MUCH <3 especially the 4th picture at the top. IM SO JEALOUS :( I really want to try bleaching my own hair, but i'm scared that I might end up bald O.o I've dyed my hair several times already with the use of Hortaleza products. I used blonde dye plus big amount of oxidizer but it only made my hair medium brown. :( My questions btw are: 1. when you tried bleaching your hair, how many minutes/hours/days did your scalp hurt? and 2. how did you deal when your hair started to grow and the top was black/brown. I saw one time a lady with that situation and it didn't look good on her. I'm scared that if my hair will grow and black hair on top starts to show, it will look horrible on me
    3. I'm guessing that you color your hair even if its still dyed.(like for example, from dyed blonde, you went red) did it damage your hair? AND LASTLY, when you bleached your hair, and then few months later, your natural hair color starts to show (of course because your hair's growing) was your new born hair looked damaged(frizzy, etc) , or did it grew to your original hair quality again (before bleaching)? O.o sorry for this long comment, but I REALLY want to try blonde, but just like what you wrote, research first! And I dont want to end up bald :((( is it possible to get bald in bleaching for the first time?
    Some people said that when you color your hair (not only bleach) your hair will be damage forever even the newly grown hair, but my newly grown hair didn't look and feel damage-y at all. :O

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    March 17, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Thanks for posting this btw! and thanks in advance for replying to my comment :> <3

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    March 23, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    You are definitely my spirit animal!!!!! Huhu I wish I’m as brave as you but I’m thinking of dyeing my hair on our vacation. You’re doing things I would love to do too but too scared to try. Glad I came across your account on instagram!! <3

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    Pam / Hey, Miss Adventures!
    June 16, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    Hey. I love your turquoise hair the most. Perhaps I could do that, too, when the right time comes. (Whenever that may be.) Hahaha.

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    Mary Grace
    July 27, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Hi po. Question lang po. Balak ko po sanang magparebond kasabay ng pagpapakulay ko. Sabi po ng salon, okay lang daw po yun pero gusto ko rin po malaman yung opinion nyo about dun. And ano po ba ang magadnang brand ng hair color na di na kailangang magpableach para kumapit yung kulay? I’m planning po sana na magpa-ash blonde e. Thank you. God bless

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      Kisty Mea
      July 27, 2015 at 9:31 AM

      Hindi ko po alam which brand is the best, but you can only achieve ash blonde through bleach. But you can ask SEVERAL salons if yung color nila can achieve ash blond without the bleach. Several para po malaman nyo if same sasabihin nila sayo.

      If you do go bleach, wag na po kayo magparebond kasi chances are mastrastraighten din ng bleach yung hair nyo.

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    October 12, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    I really like this post. You have a very nice set of hair colors. How about trying this:

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      Kisty Mea
      October 12, 2015 at 7:09 PM

      I’ve tried these, didn’t work for me.

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    October 18, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    hi i really wanna dye my hair pink or blonde but im scared on how i would look. any encouragements? love this post

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    November 27, 2015 at 12:59 AM

    Hi! Saang salon ka po nagpakulay nung golden blonde? Thanks :)

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    January 10, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    I’ve been blond (thought I’m lazy when it comes to rebleaching my roots! haha) for a good part of 2015 to present. And I think from my first bleachings from September 2014, I’ve only spent less than PHP 5,000. Prolly PHP 7,000 until March 2016. I have my hair colored at a reasonably priced salon in the building where I live. It’s called Designer Salon. A Japanese couple owns it. Coloring and bleaching there costs me 800 per session. And so far, they’ve done a great job. Plus, my hair isn’t dead. :]

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    Richelle Contrevida
    May 20, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    Hi! my hair is like a mix of golden and platinum blonde. and I want a pastelpink. I believe there’s no special effects in rainbowheadph. where else can i buy the cupcake pink

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