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How to Dye Dark/black Hair Pastel Pink

By Amber Johnson @AmberCJohnson

Every girl who has dark hair always has trouble figuring out how to get light pink pastel hair, because let’s face it- it’s almost impossible to achieve exactly what you want. There are so many problems I, or other people, have encountered while trying to do this, but let me assure you, this process is possible, and there is a way for you to do it yoruself. I’ll tell you all about how I did mine, and show you how it came out.

This is what it came out looking like:

Amber Camille Johnson Pink Hair

I want this post to be as helpful as possible, since when I was researching how to do this, and trust me, I spent countless countless hours scouring every corner of the internet, I never found a complete guide on how to do this. I messed up a few times, but learned from my mistakes, so first I’m going to tell you what I did, all of my mistakes, and then what the ideal way to do it would be.

Pastel Pink Hair

Possible Problems

-Salons refuse to bleach your hair: Many dark-haired girls (especially girls with black or close to black hair) have gone to hair dressers and asked to go blonde(which is the color you must have before getting pastel or light colored hair), and got an immediate “NO WAY!” response. This is because in order to go blonde you have to bleach your hair. The transition from black or dark browns to blonde is such a crazy one that requires a lot of bleach to get rid of all of the dark pigment in your hair. This is why many salons refuse to do this for people. Bleach damages hair, and if a dark haired girl wanted to go blonde, it would require more than one bleaching, which could, worst-case-scenario, cause your hair to fall out or become fried/brittle. Stylists don’t want to be held responsible for this if it happens, so if you really want to go blonde, you’re going to have to do it yourself. Don’t worry though, because I’ve got your back on this one!

-Afraid your hair will turn yellow: This is a real problem that you should actually worry about. It does happen to the best of us, and that’s because hair has naturally warm undertones in it, so once you start lightening it, the yellow will show itself. When I bleached my hair, I did get a bit of the dreaded yellow, but that was expected (I had done meticulous research beforehand so I knew what to expect :D ). The ways to get rid of the yellow is to first, bleach your hair until you have the desired lightness (ignoring the yellow– If you want to go for a really super light blonde or pastel color and you need your hair to be basically white, bleach until its a very super light yellow) and then use a hair toner. These are designed to take the yellow out of bleached hair, and work like a charm! Don’t get the wrong one, or else it could turn your hair gray/silver instead of white! We will discuss that later on in the post.

-Hair falling out: This is a major concern for those who have never bleached their hair before. As long as your hair is fairly healthy before you bleach it, and you don’t leave the bleach in for too long, your hair won’t fall out. Trust me, I’ve bleached my hair multiple times and nothing happened. Remember it’s not a good idea to put the bleach directly on your scalp, and if you do, don’t leave it on for too long!

-Dry hair: This is inevitable. After processing hair in harsh ways like bleaching, hair becomes dryer, which is why it’s a good idea to pre-deep-condition your hair a week before you dye your hair, which I mention later. You also need to make sure you keep you hair well moisturized after it’s colored. Use lots of conditioner, deep conditioner, Moroccan oil, hot oil treatments, everything that will keep your hair soft and luscious!

-Roots and upkeep: Keeping up with re-doing your roots once they grow in is an issue, and you’ll just have to commit to touching them up every now and then. There’s no way to stop them from growing in, but I would recommend to keep lots of bleach, developer, and extra hair dye on hand to make your job easier.

-Fading color: This is not preventable, so the only thing you can do is keep extra dye on hand and use it for touch ups. It’s not much of a hassle.

-People judging you: People will judge you no matter what, but you’re not dying your hair for other people – you’re dying it for yourself, so as long as you like it, what others think doesn’t matter.


L'Oreal Quick Blue Hair Bleach

(L’Oreal Quick Blue Hair Bleach)

Sally Beauty Supply Cream Developer

(Sally Beauty Supply Cream Developer)

Hair dye mixing bowl and brush

(Mixing bowl and brush from Sally’s)

Color Jamz Hair Dye Bubble Head Pink

(THIS DYE SUCKS!! Color Jamz Hair Dye Bubble Head Pink)

My experience

Here’s what I did to mine. It’s not the perfect way to do it, but through trial and error, I was able to accomplish my goal. After I tell you everything I did, read the Ideal process to see how it should really be done.

Here’s the brown I started out with:

long hair roots
before with big roots

1. Deep conditioned a week before.

2. On the day of, applied petroleum jelly around my hairline so the dye and bleach didn’t get on my skin.

Petroleum Jelly

3. Mixed about 1 oz of bleach with 1 oz of 30 volume cream developer and applied to my hair, starting at the roots, then working my way down. Left it on for 45 to 60 minutes.

Bleach in hair
4. Washed and rinsed my hair, then blow-dryed it.

bleached hair mixed girl

5. Repeated steps 3 and 4.

Bleaching dark hair

second bleaching

6. Used my toner with the 10 volume developer and toned my hair for about 45 minutes.

7. Washed out the toner and blow dried.

8. Wore my blonde hair to school for two days

Blonde Mixed Girl

9. Applied a mixture of the Color Jamz hair dye and my Garnier Tripple Nutrition conditioner to my hair, waited 45 minutes, washed it out, then blowdried it.

10. Noticed that it didn’t do anything, so I re-bleached my whole head thinking it wasn’t light enough (it wasn’t but it was the dye’s fault it didn’t take).

11. Applied the dye with less bleach, waited 45 minutes washed it out, blowdried it, got disappointed again.

12. Applied the dye straight to my hair without any conditioner, getting a neon pink color when wet, washed it out and watched all the color wash out again.

Bright Pink Hair

13. Realized that Color Jamz hair dye sucks.

14. Bought Manic Panic hair dye at Hot topic.

15. Appied new hair dye with a bit of conditioner to lighten it.

16. Washed it out, blow dried it.

Pink Roots

(This is what my roots came out looking like, and so did the rest of the hair)

17. Enjoyed my hair :)

Ideal process

1. Deep conditioned a week before.

2. On the day of, apply vaseline around your hairline so the dye and bleach don’t get on your skin.

3. Strip the color from you hair using a hair dye stripper if you have pre-colored hair.

4. Mix about 1 oz of bleach with 1 oz of 30 (or 40, depending on how dark your hair was, I wish I used 40) volume cream developer and apply to hair, starting at the ends, then doing the roots. Leave it on for 45 to 60 minutes.

5. Washed your hair, then blowdry it.

6. Repeated steps 3 and 4 if it’s not almost white.

7. Used toner with 20 volume developer, or whatever it tells you to do in the instructions, and tone yoru hair for about 45 minutes.

8. Washed out the toner and blowdry.

9. Wear your blonde hair to school for two days. If you want to. You should have fun being a blonde before you aren’t one anymore!

10. Apply a mixture of the good hair dye (Manic Panic or Ion Color Brilliance are my favorites) and mix it with some of your favorite conditioner to get a shade slightly darker than you want your hair to turn out (I love Garnier Tripple Nutrition conditioner). Leave it in for however long you want to, it won’t damage your hair leaving it in longer than 45 minutes, but it won’t make too much of a difference past that time. Wash it out, then blowdry it.

11. Enjoy your hair :)

Tips from my experiences

-look up hair dye reviews before getting one

-don’t add the color until you’re satisfied with the bleaching job you did

-follow the instructions on your toner as to what volume developer to get

-buy the big tub of bleach because it’s wayyyyy more worth it than buying a bunch of the little packets (see the math in the video) in the long run and will be useful for touching up your roots

-watch my video to see all the rest of my tips

-subscribe to my blog and Youtube channel for more about hair and other cool things I’m doing because I will be posting more about hair

More Photos

Hair Bleach
The bleach comes with two bags and a scooper in it.

How to bleach your hair

Pink Hair Hipster

Hipster Pink Hair

Pink Hair on Christmas
My pink hair around Christmas time

Mixed girl with Pastel Pink Hair
Lookin like a nerd! I made the skirt btw :)

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By ishiharaseth
posted on 24 June at 05:03
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Which shade of Manic Panic did you use?

By Josie Bell
posted on 03 August at 06:20

I'm guessing you're all natural because of your curly texture. Would you have an advice for people with relaxers that want to pleach and go pastel??