Just for the pastel of it! / by Jenny Strebe

Photo credit: Ale Vidal of Imaginale

Photo credit: Ale Vidal of Imaginale

It's been on our radar for a while but we're calling pastel one of the biggest hair color trends of 2015, and just in time for summer. Unlike brighter jewel hues which are also set to be big hair news this year, these fairy-tale worthy tones are a little less daring with their subtler and slightly more sophisticated shades. 

Even Tinseltown has been painted pastel with many celebrity fans ditching traditional looks for candy-coated locks. Think Nicole Richie, Kelly Osbourne, Amber le Bon, even Kate Hudson and January Jones have tried a soft coral hue.

From lovely lavender to pretty in pink, there's a whole new color spectrum to explore. Take inspiration from Jem and the Holograms and opt for a fairyfloss flavour or perhaps Shy Violet from Rainbow Brite is more your taste. 

But before you join the pastel party, be sure to share some colour references with your hairdresser, they'll let you know what's achievable and what will suit your hair type and skin tone. And remember, these lush tones inevitably fade after a few washes so you may want to leave the salon just a few shades brighter so you can enjoy the fade process into your perfect pastel

Photo credit: Ale Vidal of Imaginale

Photo credit: Ale Vidal of Imaginale

I jumped on board and took the purple plunge recently thanks to my Braids & Balayage partner, Jay Olsen of Bespoke Salon who helped me channel my inner 90s grunge goddess with a little root shading too. I personally love the fade out process, it's like a brand new colour change every week. 

A lot of you have been asking me how he did it, so please check out Jay's Instagram for all the details. 

Below is a short video collaboration inspired by the pastel hair color trend directed by the incredibly talented Ale Vidal of Imaginale. How gorgeous does Allie look with this beautiful lilac color I did? Check it out.

So will you take the pastel plunge? Let me know in the comments below.