The best pink hair dye to live your best bubblegum life

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by Jade Moscrop |

Pink hair is timeless. There, we said it. Pretty much anyone can pull it off, it works for every season and there is a whole range of pink shades to choose from, so you're bound to find one that works for you.

Loved by celebs like Olivia Bowen, Francesca Allen and even a groundbreaking debut of hot pink hair from Dua Lipa (see below), pink hair can totally revamp your look and will have everyone giving you compliments on the daily about your gorgeous, glossy hair.

We can't deny it - we love a good hair transformation, especially when the end result is a gorgeous pink hue but sometimes it can be a little overwhelming. Luckily, we've pulled in some help from the experts.

How to get a real good pink hair 'do, as said by the experts

We spoke to expert stylist Tyler Moore from Live True London to give us the complete low down on how we can keep up and maintain that fresh pink hair.

When it comes to getting a faded, lighter pink, Tyler says that your base is everything. "You’ll usually need to bleach your hair first, even if you’re already a blonde," he says.

"Your hairdresser will then tone your lightened hair to get a good base to apply a pastel pink dye. An all-over colour like this can be quite high maintenance, especially with a colour like pink, so a pastel pink balayage can be a good option for a more easy-going look.”

So, with that in mind - what pink hair is really trending atm? Tyler spills: "We love this peach to bubblegum pink trend that’s taken over spring and summer, and as we transition into winter, we’re expecting to see a lot more frosted tones alongside muted mauves and berries."

One thing we HATE is when our dyed hair starts to fade or adjust tone and a top-tip that Tyler suggests is to use hair masks to keep up freshness.

"Pink will fade fast! Invest in some good colour-safe hair care at home and make sure to pop back into the salon to keep your colour looking fresh. There are also lots of options out there for keeping your hair looking bright in between salon sessions, such as colour conditioner drops or colour hair masks"

If you're looking to choose a hair mask that's made with pink in mind, Tyler recommends the new PROVOKE GO:PINK Temporary Colour Hair Mask (ÂŁ6.99). How often should we use it? "Depending on how much you wash your hair, you will be looking at topping up your colour every one to two weeks," he says.

Right, with that in mind, we're ready to get going. Who wants pink locks because we defo do. Here are our top picks below.

Always do a patch test at least 48 hours before using a new product.

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If you aren't ready to take the plunge straight away and want to test out your new colour first, we've rounded up some of the best semi-permanent pink hair dyes, too:

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Have pre-lightened hair? A pink toner or pink shampoo is all you need to get a lush pink rinse.

Safety tips for pink hair dye

• Always do a 48 hour patch test before using any products.

• Check the box to ensure the dye is suitable for your hair colour.

• Use an old towel to protect your clothing from colour.

• Apply Vaseline around your hairline to avoid staining your skin.

• Always read the manufacturer's instructions and wear gloves at all times.

Hair dyeing FAQs: all you need to know, right here

How long does pink hair last and does permanent pink hair dye fade?

If you wash your hair infrequently, using cool water, you should get a good couple of weeks from your new pink hair. The results differ from person to person, though. If you have blonde hair, it's more likely to last longer. Warm water opens up the hair cuticles, which can cause colour to escape. Cool water doesn't do this, so your newly pink locks will stay fresher for longer.

Similarly, styling your hair with heat can have the same effect, so avoid the blowdryer and straighteners, or use a heat protectant spray before styling.

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How to dye the underneath of hair pink

If you aren't ready to go full pink yet, you might want to dye the underneath of your hair first. YouTube and TikTok hair superstar Brad Mondo has a great video on his channel explaining how it's done.

How to dip dye hair pink at home

One of the most popular styles for pink hair has to be the classic dip dye. You aren't committing to dying your roots, so it takes less upkeep and can be a great way to get into the pink hair vibe.

This video from Sally Beauty is really useful to see how it's done:

How to remove pink hair dye without bleach

If you've had enough of being 'the friend with pink hair' or just fancy a change, there are ways to remove hair dye without using bleach.

According to Superdrug, you can use vitamin C tablets and anti-dandruff shampoo to remove your unwanted colour. Yep, really.

All you need to do is crush between 5-10 tablets until you have a fine powder. A pestle and mortar are best for this, or you can use a spoon. Add a little bit of anti-dandruff shampoo to create a paste, and apply to the areas of your hair you wish to remove. Obviously, you'll need more if it's your whole head.

Next, you need to wait for 30-60 minutes, then wash out the paste and towel dry your hair. If you're all good, you can go on with your life as normal, but if you need have any lingering colour, you can repeat the process again, leaving 48 hours in between to avoid damaging your hair. Voila.

Tips from the experts on how to dye hair pink:

We spoke to Jodie Searle, Senior Colourist, at Michael Van Clarke, for her best advice on pink hair dye.

Tip 1: "The most important thing is prepping your hair prior to colouring, as hair dye actually changes the structure of the hair. Use a hair mask to protect and repair. I recommend 3 More Inches Lifesaver, which is a professional silicone-free treatment, rich in cashmere proteins that repair and recondition hair to feel its natural, beautiful best."

Tip 2: "Do a test piece on your hair, take a section from underneath where it won’t be as noticeable if your results come out not as you desired."

Tip 3: "Some colours allow you to mix them with conditioner to dilute the strength and longevity of the colour pink. Applying colour to damp hair will also have the same effect. This is great if you are unsure, or want a very subtle effect. Less is more. You can always add to it."

Tip 4: "Protect your skin and surrounding areas when you do go ahead and colour your hair pink. These colours may stain and may not be removable on some surfaces."

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