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January 13, 2017

How to Get Pastel Pink Hair Using Ion Color Brilliance Dyes

Are you looking to finally get pastel pink hair using Ion Color Brilliance dye? In this tutorial I'll explain how. Check it out!

My Pinterest board was filled with pink hair inspiration, and I couldn’t shake the burning desire within to finally achieve that cotton candy hair. I had been platinum blonde for 1 year and was way overdue for a change.

Another $200 salon visit was out of the question and it was time to take matters into my own (very unprofessional) hands. With suggestions from stylists, I felt confident I could achieve my pastel pink hair with Ion Color Brilliance Brights and Neon Brights.

So, undeterred by horror stories of botched hair dye sessions with patchy results due to lack of experience, I decided on a whim to finally take the plunge. I put my hair through the wringer, made mistakes and braved the unknown so you don’t have to. Here are the steps I took, what I learned and how to get the dusty rose locks of your dreams.

My First Attempt

Let me start by saying that no matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to achieve pastel pink with any dye unless you have bleached your hair to the point of death. It should be, at the very least, a pale yellow–like the inside of a banana–before attempting what I am about to show you. Also, I’m not a professional stylist, but I’ve been researching techniques and dying my hair for 10 years–so I know a thing or two. Now, with all the boring stuff out of the way, let’s begin!

First stop: Sally Beauty. I heard good things about Ion Color Brilliance from some stylist friends of mine, so I ordered Ion Color Brilliance in Magenta, the most “pink” looking color I could find. The best part? Aside from being super affordable and accessible, this line of dye comes as a pre mixed cream and is ready to use straight from the tube (No need for developer!).

If you want bright pink hair, this will do the trick. But if you want to use Ion Color Brilliance for pastel pink hair, it is absolutely essential to mix this dye with some white conditioner in order to dilute it. Think of the dye as paint. To turn hot pink into a pastel color, you’ll need to add white until your desired level of lightness.

Knowing this, I picked up a bottle of the cheapest white conditioner I could find at the store, which ended up being some 99-cent coconut-scented Suave.

How I Got Pastel Pink Hair using Ion Color Brilliance

Ion Color Brilliance in Magenta




Mixing Pastel Pink Color

As soon as my package arrived, I ran over to my sister’s house for the moral support I needed to actually begin the process. I grabbed my mixing bowl and brush and whipped up a batch of dye using about 5 parts of conditioner to every 1 part of dye.

The conditioner not only dilutes the color, but it also makes the dye go a lot further (I only used about ¼ tube this time around). You want the color in the bowl to be pretty close to the color you want your hair to be.

Make more than you think you’ll need because you don’t want to have a half-covered pink head when you realize you’re out of dye.

Applying Hair Dye

I know you are supposed to paint the dye on your hair in sections, but like I said, I’m super unprofessional and so I just globbed it on by the handful (without gloves…don’t recommend) and worked it in like I was shampooing my hair. *Cue gasping stylists*. Sorry not sorry!

Pastels take longer to process because they are so diluted, so I planned to leave the color on my hair for two hours.

How I Got Pastel Pink Hair using Ion Color Brilliance

My hair after application…and a pink forehead

My Hair Color Fail and How to Avoid It

Planned is the key word there. Immediately after putting the dye in my hair I washed my hands. The color had stained my skin and it looked hot pink.

Pastel dye should rinse right off your hands since it is a majority conditioner, but I ignored the warning signs that something was wrong. Some bleach, dish soap, olive oil and SOS pads later and my hands were no better off. I marched on.

45 minutes in, I looked in the mirror. My hair also looked hot pink. Panicked, I hopped in the shower and immediately tried scrubbing my head in shampoo under water as hot as I could stand. To my dismay, the hot pink didn’t wash out. In fact it didn’t budge at all.

So where did I go wrong? Long story short, I realized I accidentally bought white shampoo instead of conditioner. Please learn from my mistake and don’t use shampoo to dilute your dye because you will end up with hot pink hair.

I thought a little makeup and hair styling might salvage my disaster, but to no avail. Here is a picture with my sister documenting the moment I realized I seriously effed up:

How I Got Pastel Pink Hair using Ion Color Brilliance

NOT the color I was going for…

Please learn from my mistake and don’t use shampoo to dilute your dye because you will end up with hot pink hair.

How I Finally Got Pastel Pink Hair Using Ion Color Brilliance in Rose and Magenta

You’d think that would’ve dissuaded me from my quest for pink. But after a week of DIY hair color removal techniques, I was back to platinum blonde and ready to try again.

Rather than risk another conditioner/shampoo mishap, I ordered Aussie Moist Conditioner, one of my all time favorite conditioners (complete with pump!). I also ordered Ion Color Brilliance in Rose, which is a premade pastel pink dye.

When creating my dye concoction I once again mixed 1 part pink to 5 parts conditioner. But this time I reached the 1 part of pink by using ½ a part of Rose and ½ a part of Magenta.

I followed all of the same techniques as my previous attempt, successfully washed the color from my hands, and left the dye in my hair for 2 full hours. After a quick rinse and blowdry, I was ecstatic with the results.

How I Got Pastel Pink Hair using Ion Color Brilliance

Aussie Moist Conditioner

How I Got Pastel Pink Hair using Ion Color Brilliance

Ion Color Brilliance in Rose

 

 

 

 

How I Got Pastel Pink Hair using Ion Color Brilliance

Pastel perfection

Alternate Color Option for Pastel Pink Hair Using Ion Color Brilliance in Flamingo

I couldn’t stop there. I’m lazy and don’t feel like mixing (or spending money on) 2 dyes every time I want to touch up my hair. So I set out on a mission to find a one stop shop dye that needed nothing more than diluting. I found just that in Ion Color Brilliance in Flamingo.

How I Got Pastel Pink Hair using Ion Color Brilliance

Ion Color Brilliance in Flamingo

How I Got Pastel Pink Hair using Ion Color Brilliance

Mixing bowl, Ion Color Brilliance in Flamingo, mixing brush, Suave coconut conditioner

Once again, I followed the same mixing proportions as my earlier attempts, but used Flamingo and my cheap Suave conditioner.

How I Got Pastel Pink Hair using Ion Color Brilliance

Begin squeezing dye from the tube

How I Got Pastel Pink Hair using Ion Color Brilliance

Squeeze out approximately 1/4 of the tube

How I Got Pastel Pink Hair using Ion Color Brilliance

Add white conditioner (the ratio should be about 1 part dye to 5 parts conditioner)

How I Got Pastel Pink Hair using Ion Color Brilliance

Mix thoroughly. The resulting color should be more or less the color you want your hair to be after application

How I Got Pastel Pink Hair using Ion Color Brilliance

The dye once it has been fully applied

The results were fantastic! I really love the metallic color this dye has straight from the tube. It gives your hair a lot of dimension. Here is the dye and a couple shots of the finished look.

How I Got Pastel Pink Hair using Ion Color Brilliance

Are you looking to finally get pastel pink hair using Ion Color Brilliance dye? In this tutorial I'll explain how. Check it out!

How Long Does Your Pink Hair Last?

After about 6 washes my hair starts to look like the image below, which I’m still okay with! I try to go as long as possible between washes so the color lasts longer. With pastel pink hair, dry shampoo will become your best friend.

How I Got Pastel Pink Hair using Ion Color Brilliance

Still a pale pink!

Hair Maintenance

I only wash my hair about every 3 days and I touch up color every 3-4 weeks or so. I love the way both (successful) pastel pink methods turned out and I might even go back and forth between methods depending on what I’m in the mood for at the time.

To get the full instructions and learn about my secret weapon product, head over to my post on how to keep pastel pink hair from fading for good.

I’m thrilled to have finally achieved the pink I’ve had my heart set on for so long. If I lived through it then so can you. So reach for those unicorn hair goals!




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13 Comments

  • Carole

    Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wished to mention that I’ve truly enjoyed surfing around your blog posts.
    In any case I will be subscribing in your feed and I’m hoping you write again very soon!

    January 17, 2017 at 4:19 am Reply
    • Maya

      Hi Carole,
      Thanks so much for the kind words! I’ll definitely be back at it and adding new content shortly. (:

      January 17, 2017 at 12:15 pm Reply
  • Jona

    I couldn’t resist commenting. Well written!

    January 26, 2017 at 1:48 am Reply
    • Maya

      Hi Jona,

      Thanks! Glad you liked it!

      January 26, 2017 at 12:09 pm Reply
  • Becki

    Hey do you have any advice for getting orange hair? I tried the same brand you did for pink, only for orange and it did absolutely nothing.

    January 26, 2017 at 7:11 pm Reply
    • Maya

      Hi Becki,

      Sorry you didn’t have luck with Ion Color Brilliance! What color was your hair before you dyed it? As I mentioned in the post, if you start with another color already in your hair or have anything darker than a very pale blonde (platinum is best), then unfortunately the more “funky” colors Ion Color Brilliance has to offer won’t take to your hair at all. Hopefully that helps a little bit! Let me know if you try again and if it works any better!

      January 27, 2017 at 12:18 pm Reply
      • Becki

        Yeah, I didn’t bleach my hair first. I wish I could have my cake and eat it too. I don’t want to bleach it. Today I saw a girl with bright orange hair at the art gallery where I work and I almost pounced on her I was so excited about it.

        January 28, 2017 at 4:52 am Reply
  • Nickey ann

    This article helped me a lot you actually were honest I was in the same boat with the hot pink and also not what I wanted thank you for showing me that we all mess up and it can be fixed.

    March 28, 2017 at 1:37 pm Reply
    • Maya

      Hi Nickey Ann,

      I’m glad this post helped you out! I know how tough it can be to get the perfect pastel color. I hope you’ve since been able to get the hair color of your dreams! (:

      March 28, 2017 at 3:25 pm Reply
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  • Michelle

    You literally just solved all my problems and answered all my burning questions about how to go pastel pink using Ion. There are so many directions you can go with going pastel pink and I knew something was a little fishy about the Rose color. Lots of folks say it’s too red. FLAMINGO IT IS!

    May 15, 2017 at 1:55 pm Reply
    • Maya

      Hey Michelle,

      I’m so happy to hear that! Flamingo is definitely my favorite pink in the Ion line. Good luck with your pastel hair! (:

      May 15, 2017 at 3:10 pm Reply
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