Pretty in Pastel
By AHP Staff
“A lot of my clients have been experimenting with color since the pandemic,” stylist Richy Kandasamy says. As an R+Co Collective member and color expert, Kandasamy has his finger on the pulse of color trends. “I have been doing a lot of pastel colors and even bolder placement of color. Since clients are not going to the office, they have less fear,” he adds. “I’ve also seen a lot of new color virgins. They have been exposed to so much color on social media, they feel like they need to join the fun.” And whose heart doesn’t go pitter-patter when a color virgin sits in front of us?
WHY WE LOVE IT
Clients can play with delicate, pastel hues and still be blonde. Different colors offer a wide range of vibes or energies, giving clients the ability to be a chameleon while still having a timeless base color that’s only a few washes away. It’s the best of both worlds!
WHO IT’S BEST FOR
Everyone can rock this look! Some prefer a softer, pastel look, while others may want to experiment with a bold, vibrant hue. With a wide array of colors and your amazing talent, the look can be adapted to every client’s unique needs and personality. Of course, it is easier for clients who are naturally blonde or already rocking blonde locks. For clients with darker hair, you’ll want to set realistic expectations on how long it will take to reach the appropriate level of lightness. Quicker and healthier options for brunettes might be colored balayage or block color.
Inspiration is everywhere! When it comes to digital sources, Kandasamy says to check out the Instagram accounts of fashion brands, paying attention to the colors, patterns, and fabrics highlighted on the runaway. Color authority @pantone is always a great go-to for inspiration; for creative pastel color combos, take a look at @rebeccataylorhair; and @alfiehair is dishing out some gorgeous pastel coifs.
AHP Indie Stylist magazine is a bimonthly publication, created to speak directly to you, the independent hair stylist and barber. In this issue:
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