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Pink Hair: these are the shades to know about

Feb 252019
By Lisa Haynes
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Think pink with the 10 best hair colours to add to your inspo board

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Pink hair colour is undoubtedly having a moment. It’s not only trending on Instagram with mentions of #pinkhair at 6million (and counting), but becoming more popular in salons, too as more people turn to the vivid side with pink coloured hair. It’s official: we’re pink hair obsessed...

“Pink hair is a trend that never goes away, from the noughties, to the uber-cool influencers of today,” says Ashleigh Hodges, Matrix UKI Artistic Director.

“It’s the gateway into creative colour for most clients.”

Why? It’s not only surprisingly flattering to wear, but there are a multitude of pink hair tones.

Here are some of the pink shades causing a stir on the vivid colour scene right now…


Soft candy floss pinks are this summer’s must-have, according to Ashleigh: “With cool undertones to give high-shine, add a drop of SoColor Cult Disco Silver to Sparkling Rose for the perfect candy pink hair.”


Think worn-in pastel pink hair. Taking over the SS19 catwalks, pink got a vintage makeover with a clever metallic base coat, like SoColor Cult’s Disco Silver, to give the colour a lived-in look.


Not a baby pink person? Experiment with bold cerise pink instead. Ashleigh says: “A rich pink with red undertones for added depth is amazing as an all-over global application. It will definitely turn heads.”


Can’t quite decide between lilac or pink pastel, go for a fusion of the two on-trend colours. We’re calling it ‘Pin-lac’. Try out a two-tone approach with a pink base tone mixed with flashes of lilac.


Pink doesn’t have to be one solid colour. Keep your roots natural and tease the mid-lengths and ends with pink for a soft and pretty pastel take on highlights.


Beach-ready? You will be with this pink that features undertones of coral. Like flamingo feathers, keep this pink colour bold, bright and saturated for ultimate peacocking.


If you’re looking for a pink colour that’s somewhere between pastel and metallic, this is it. Ideal for platinum blondes, this super-pale pink has just a hint of iridescent pearly sheen that catches the light.


More bold vivid than soft pastel, go for fuchsia if you want to make a pink statement. With a purple-red undertone, this pink is ideal for those that want high contrast rather than a muted tone.


It’s pastel pink but with warm tones woven through it - think subtle slices of gold and amber. Weaved through with a soft pink this is a pastel that has luxe written all over it.


Because who doesn’t love a fairytale pink? Blend together fantasy pastel tones like baby blue, lavender and peach, but keep the pink highlights as the most predominant colour.

How To Keep Hold Of Pink Hair (for longer)

So you’ve found your dream pink hair colour, now you need to maintain it. Pink hair colour has a tendency to fade faster than some other vivid colours, so follow these pro tips to keep your pink coloured hair for longer:

  • Switch to colour-safe haircare

You’ve invested in your colour, so invest in some pink shampoo protection. Opt for a shampoo and conditioner colour protecting duo to help prolong your pink.

  • Try a clever colour sealant

Get the salon treatment at home with a product that helps seal your hair colour and enhance shine, like Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid Color Lamination Spray.

  • Do more masking

Normal hair types benefit from an intensive hair mask around once a week but processed pink hair will benefit from a mask around two or three times a week for deeper conditioning of hair strands.

  • Reach for the dry shampoo

Using a dry shampoo will cut down on hair washing and so help extend your pink colour. Try a dry shampoo that’s specifically formulated for coloured hair.

  • Commit to regular trims

Snipping off any dead ends caused by processing damage can make all the difference to your pink pay-off. Aim for a trim every six to eight weeks. Healthier hair equals glossier looking pink.

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