Peach Hair Is All Over Pinterest, and We're Mesmerised
We are in the midst of a pastel hair moment. All it takes is a scroll through Instagram, and it seems like every top salon, colourist, and influencer is bouncing between orangey-pink hues with buzzy names like blorange, Millennial Pink, and pink Champagne. It’s probably because these hues complement virtually all skin tones (and, might we add, are perfectly fitting for happy #vibes). When it comes down to it, though, they're all just slightly different variations of a pastel classic: Peach.
No matter how much we love peach, it can be a tricky colour to get right. After all, achieving a perfect blend of colour is never guaranteed, especially when it comes to pastels. We don’t want fiery orange or bubblegum pink; we’re looking for a soft, subtle blend of both. So, to better your chances of peachy success and ease some of that pre-hair transformation anxiety, we consulted some hair colour experts. Keep scrolling to read their genius tips and tricks for getting and maintaining the perfect peach hair colour.
What To Do At The Salon
Peach can mean different things to different people. To insure you're getting the tone and vivacity you're looking for, Bianca Bruno, Lead Educator at GLAMSQUAD NYC, advocates for the age-old, no-fail technique of bringing a picture in. Just be mindful about your current colour. "The shade you're going for should be achievable based on your base colour. If you have jet black hair, you're going to get a darker orange, while a light blonde can achieve that pastel rose gold," she says. Keep in mind that if you do have dark hair and your goal is a platinum-esque peach, it will take time to achieve (otherwise, count on inflicting some serious damage to your hair).
But how do you make the colour dimensional, not solid? Easy. There are two ways. First, the colourist will mix a myriad of shades together (combining solid shades of pink and orange isn't enough). As Frank Friscioni of Oon Arvelo Salon in NYC, says, "I co-mix a base colour with a touch of warmth of pink, rose, apricot and peach to get this effect. I promise—this is the best way to achieve that soft, glowy colour."
Depending on your end goal, ask for your colourist to focus on a specific dye technique. "Foils will process brighter and longer because they are enclosed, while hair painting will create a more subtle hue. Therefore, when the two processes are mixed together, you get a dimensional shade that skews more rose gold and pastel," says Bruno. "If you're angling for a colour with more blood orange depth, then focus on hair painting as opposed to foils. If you're angling for the pastel shade, focus on foils." Friscioni agrees. "The placement of the right warmed-up highlights by balayage or foils (or both!) will make you look [your best]."
He continues, "The trick is finding the right amount of highlights and choosing a shade that flatters your skin tone versus one that contrasts your skin tone thereby accentuating imperfections. Olive skinned and dark skinned girls will have peach highlights or full heads of peach that pop. I’ve done a darker peach colour by the roots with a fade to paler peach as we move down the hair strands. Ideal for fair-skinned girls, a lighter peach will look fabulous."
How to Maintain Your Colour
Despite what you may have thought, upkeep for peach hair isn't all that bad… as long as you take the time to properly care for it. "Commit. Just like a relationship, if you want to maintain your great-looking peach hair, then you must align yourself with your calendar and your colourist and set up appointments every four weeks (perhaps three, depending on your hair growth and genetics)," says Friscioni. To prevent premature fading, he also recommends investing in a good hair gloss whether that's in-salon or at-home, taking a steam "to hydrate your scalp and hair," wearing a hat in the sun, and using "a colour protective styling balm or colour-protecting styling mist." He loves Olaplex's range of products (and we do, too). Try Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector ($50) for an at-home masque.
Bruno recommends using a gold-based shampoo, which is similar to purple shampoo for blondes, but "helps maintain this peachy shade by keeping the warmth in the hair so it doesn't strip back to an ashy blonde," Bruno says. "I also recommend making a follow-up appointment with your colourist for a toner one-two weeks post-dye to both tone and refresh the shade." As for the shampoo she recommends, it's Joico Color Infuse Copper Shampoo, which is "perfect for redheads, as well as those going peach."
If you're still a little hesitant to go all-in on the peach trend, our hair colour experts have some advice for you. First, Friscioni suggests taking the colour for a test run sans dye. "Whenever someone is hesitant about trying a new colour, I encourage them to go out and buy a wig or extensions in that tone—just so that they can get the 'idea' of how that colour will look with their skin tone before taking the plunge.”
Bruno advocates for starting small, too. "Start by dying a couple pieces underneath to keep your hair healthy—make sure it takes the colour and that you're happy with the tone. This way it won't affect the existing colour before you decide to move forward with fully embracing the trend," she says.
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