Aug 03 2015

Pastel Hair, Don’t Care!

Purchased by me.

Pravana pastel hair BeautyJudy
That up there is me, cheesing because I was about to cross something off my bucket list.

Colorful hair.

I work in Corporate America. My job allows me flexibility when it comes to experimenting with a new lip color or nail look. In fact, I’m very open about my beauty blog and my team, including my top boss, are very supportive!

Perhaps my boss, and the executives I deal with, would embrace colorful hair – we have a culture of “bring your whole self to work” and I love it! – but the truth is, as a member of middle management, I feel my best while wearing a more professional outfit, with my hair blonde and makeup fresh.

That’s why when I went on maternity leave, I saw my opportunity to finally dye my hair in colors that I never would feel comfortable wearing to the office. WHY I didn’t do this in college, or when I was a newspaper reporter, is beyond me. Perhaps I didn’t have the nerve. I almost didn’t this time!

I initially made my appointment for the day after my last day at the office in mid-June. But I chickened out. I decided that I didn’t want my hair colorful in my initial photos of my newborn daughter and I – it’s not truly me, it’s something I’m trying out, so I canceled the appointment.

Last week, I decided that this wasn’t a desire that was going to go away. It is something I wanted to experience. For some, dying their hair a different color might be an easy decision, but for me, this was a huge outside-the-box moment.

My stylist, who co-owns her salon Studio 240 (Woodbury, NJ), has never given me a bad cut or color. Arielle fit me in for last Tuesday night. My husband watched the baby and I spent three hours first going blonde, then getting partial Pravana ChromaSilk Pastel highlights.

Pravana pastel hair BeautyJudy

 Colors, from top to bottom: Blissful Blue, Luscious Lavender, Mystical Mint, Too Cute Coral and Pretty in Pink.

First, I went back to blonde.

Pravana pastel hair BeautyJudy

While my blonde was setting under the dryer, Arielle searched hashtags on Instagram for ideas. She found a couple, showed me, and set to work. She randomly brushed the colorful dyes all over, and set me under the dryer again.

She also blew out my hair, which is amazing because I’ve just been letting it air dry or blow drying it with a diffuser curly/wavy, with some spray gel, and pinning pieces out of my face. As a new mom, I have to pick and choose what I spend my time on – there are some days my decision is between a shower or a sandwich!

Anyway, check it out!

Pravana pastel hair BeautyJudy
Pravana pastel hair BeautyJudy

I am in LOVE!!! She did an awesome job! She gave me some tips for keeping my pastel hair as long as I can – unfortunately, these pastel highlights won’t stay as vibrant as they are here.

  • Wash your hair with cool/cold water
  • Products are OK
  • Heat will open up the hair cuticles and that’s what aids the dye in fading – so my mom-do of air drying with spray gel will help me extend the life of my highlights
  • Don’t wash hair everyday if you can help it

I washed it for the first time Saturday, and the colors didn’t fade badly at all. I did it up embracing my curl.

Pravana pastel hair BeautyJudy
Pravana pastel hair BeautyJudy

I definitely prefer it straight, but still have received lots of compliments on it – and love it myself!

Have you ever dyed your hair in a colorful way? Done pastel highlights? I love it. If these fade super quick, I might go back for some neon highlights, then schedule myself to go back to all blonde the Saturday before I go back to work! I want ALL THE COLORFUL HAIR now!!

  • Jenna Roby

    WOOHOO! Awesome fun & it looks fantabulous on you. I’ve been doing bright pinks, purples & blues for a few years now & love it. It’s my way of going gray (silvery white really) gracefully. Maybe you could put matching bows or a lil head band in BeautyBaby’s hair for some pics?

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Jenna!!! I should do the pics with matching headband, love it!!!!

      • Jenna Roby

        I think it will be a total cuteness overload! <3

  • polarbelle

    oooh, I especially like it curly!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Shelly!

  • Lisa Marie Heath

    I’d love to do something like this, but my full time job doesn’t allow for it

    • BeautyJudy

      Lisa Marie I am making the most of my maternity leave for that reason!

  • Chelsea

    So fun! Love it!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Chelsea!

  • Destany

    Cute!! I think the colors look great on you.

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Destany!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    You’re rocking pastel hair mama! I love it

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Kath!

  • marciaf

    How pretty. My hair is dark and I’d never be able to do the pastels plus my husband would hate it. But I love it on others.

    • BeautyJudy

      My husband loved it! But it faded very quickly, a week later. Fun while it lasted!

  • Kimberly

    I love the pastels on you. Does your hubby like it too?

    • BeautyJudy

      My husband really loved it! He thought it looked good. The only thing he would prefer I DON’T do is cut my hair very, very short, like to my scalp almost short.

  • Erika

    I LOVE your new colours! I’m bouncing in my chair. lol Your hair looks so pretty. 😀

    I would NEVER have done creative colour when I was younger. I turned fifty and lost my mind. lol I’ve had teal, now orchid, blue and lavender. And I LOVE it. Creative colour for everyone! 😀

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Erika! They have already faded so of course I want to go get neon highlights, lol!!!! I LOVE that you are 50 and still rocking colorful hair. I LOVE IT!

  • Aleya Bamdad

    This is such a new look for you. I like that you used a few colors and not just one.

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Aleya, definitely outside the box for me!

  • Phyrra

    Your hair looks gorgeous!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Phyrra!


    The pastel highlights look fabulous! I like it both curly and straight.

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Renu!

  • Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    I love the colors! You rock it, woman!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Brooke!

  • Nidia Doherty

    I’m not sure I could rock pastel, but someday I hope to put some fantasy colors in my hair, too! Good on ya for doing it!

    • BeautyJudy

      It was fun to do, so excited I got to experience it!

  • Laura

    FUN! I love seeing rainbow hair.

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Laura!

  • Anastasia

    Oh wow, this is so cool! You are rocking those pastels!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Anastasia!

  • robin

    I absolutely love this!!! My job won’t let me indulge in rainbow hair so I satisfy myself with chalk on the occasional weekend. But I only have blue and pink. Your rainbow is so fun!!!!

    • BeautyJudy

      I love the chalk – it’s a great way to have fun with your hair!! I think I might love the coral and lavender the best on mine!

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    Your hair looks gorgeous with those pastel highlights! Definitely go for the neons while you can!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Allison! I just might in a couple weeks!!!