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Ask a Hairstylist: How to Rock a Pastel Hair Colour

Crisp ends make all the difference.
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Q: Hello, I am 23 years old and about to start my career in the 3D animation industry. My hair is naturally medium brown, wavy and dry, and it gets frizzy with humidity. For as long as I can remember, I've had the same boring, medium-length haircut. 

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Laurence's hair is naturally medium brown, wavy and dry.

Over the last ten years I've tried every colour possible, from blonde to ginger, bright red, dark brown and black. After that, I decided to let them grow out and stop ironing, dyeing and bleaching, to see if I could possibly have long, shiny and healthy natural hair in the long run. 

But it never came. So I told myself, if my hair condition is going to be like that for the rest of my days, I might as well experiment with it before I get older. 

Laurence is currently rocking this lilac hair colour.

I discovered semi-permanent hair dye and started to dye it lilac. I know it's very damaging, but I try to keep it as healthy as possible and bleach only my roots every two months. I apply keratin oil, a mask every week, try not to iron it and let it dry naturally, but my hair never seems to recover. 

Laurence's style is "retro/thrift store/grunge".

I like my hair colour right now, but I can't seem to make it look healthy, so I thought I might as well go back to something more natural and get away from bleach as much as possible. I would like to try a new cut and colour that would best fit my style (which is a bit... retro/thrift store/grunge) and facial features. I really appreciate any help you can provide! — Laurence

A: Gosh golly gee Willikers, Laurence. You are so pretty, you can wear any colour and style you choose.

I have a muse whose hair I bleach, then colour it dark, then back to blonde, and then lilac, and then not… When I first started doing hair in the '70s, my sister Leslie was my muse and I did the same to her hair. The products I used were cruder than today, but I had so much fun with her colour. She would comb in food colouring onto her bleached hair to have a different tone each day. Very progressive for the time, I might add. She was super-cool.

So, I'm not shy about damaging hair when it adds a new texture to create an edgier look.

Considering your new profession, go for it. Show off your chameleon qualities. There is plenty of time to go natural.

I think this would be a super-cool look for you:

Nicole Richie at the 2014 AOL NewFront event.

At this shorter length, you can keep the ends fresh. 

Let it dry naturally, then use a wand to smooth it out and enhance your waves.

You can also wear it straight:

Katy Perry at Roc Nation's Pre-Grammy brunch in 2012.

Katy Perry at the 2012 Change Begins Within celebration.

I also like this dark shade for you:

Lily Collins at the 2012 premiere of 'Mirror Mirror'.

It would add shine, health and drama to your long locks.

Your natural colour is very enviable as well; it is pretty much the perfect soft brown.

Party down with your hair—it will be an endless supply of fun.


Bill Angst is one of Canada’s top celebrity hairstylists and the owner of Angst Hair at 240 Queen Street East in Toronto. Call 416-360-5942 to book an appointment.