What’s the craziest color you’ve ever died your hair?
At one point in your life, you might have considered something like purple or gray as pretty insane. For one, purple isn’t considered a “natural” hair color, and no one wants to really go gray in their prime.
But times have changed. Gray hair ombre styles proved popular last year, and mythical creatures like mermaids and unicorns are now a thing of inspiration for dye jobs. Pastel hair has been trending for quite some time now, with more and more people ditching the safe route with browns and stepping out of their comfort zone with soft, millennial pinks and aquamarine balayage. Thus, if you were ever curious about incorporating pastels into your hair, now’s a great time to experiment.
But to get that Insta-worthy look, you can’t just get a gorgeous rose gold dye job without rethinking your everyday style choices.
When it comes to any significant change in your hairstyle, regardless if it’s a haircut or new color, you have to consider adjusting your wardrobe to suit it. Not saying you need to change your style completely, but it’s more about making some variations that will give your new hairdo justice.
So, what exactly would you need to do to make sure your hair doesn’t clash with your outfit? Check out these tips:
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You can never go wrong with neutrals
Whether you’ve got multi-colored mermaid streaks or going through some other crazy hair color phase, basic hues such as black, white, gray and beige will always be there to support your your style. They serve as the perfect foundation for something as colorful as pastel hair, so if you’re ever at a loss for an outfit that won’t clash with your new ‘do, you can rely on those neutrals. Navy and most blue denim washes are also included in the mix.
An example of a dress that would work well as a backdrop for your pastel hair is this simple, office appropriate Bow Sleeve Dress.
Be stingy with the pastel
Although pastel color blocking is totally cute, it’s not entirely recommended for anyone with pastel hair. Unless you want to dress like cotton candy from top to bottom, limit pastels to just one clothing item in your ensemble. Thus, if you’re going to wear something along the lines of this Poplyn Shirt with Tie Front, make sure everything else are in neutrals, unless you feel like matching your shoes or a handbag to the top.
But even having just that one article of clothing might be too much pastel for some. What you can do instead is leave the soft muted hues on your accessories so they would work together with your hair to streamline your entire look.
Be careful with matching your top with your hair color
While neutrals are best for your new unicorn hair, it’s still totally possible to incorporate other colors into your outfits. You do have to be slightly more wary where you place your colors, as the wrong colored top could drag down your final look.
If you’ve got purple hair, not all purple tops will work for your look. You can do the monochromatic looks with your clothes, but your hair should never be a factor in it. Your locks just end up looking like a wig, and your entire outfit just ends up appearing like a costume. So if you’re going to wear purple, save it for your bottoms, shoes or purses.
What you can do, as mentioned previously, is wear a top in the same pastel shade as your hair, and of course, making sure that the rest of your clothes aren’t pastel or within the same color family.
Leave prints on your bottoms
If your hair looks more or less like it’s just one pastel hue, this tip is not really relevant. This definitely focuses on those that have a couple or more pastel shades in their hair.
Subtle prints like tiny polka dots or pinstripes aren’t too much of a bother, but loud patterns like plaid and florals will look better when they’re left on your bottoms and not on your top half. The print with your multi-colored hair can make it seem like way too much is happening on top, which can be really distracting. With something like this Woven Elora Rouched Maxi Skirt, a basic white tank will keep the balance between your hair and the floral print.
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Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.