The 18 Prettiest Pastel Pink Hair Color Ideas Right Now

A pastel pink hair color is a soft and delicate version of pink that’s usually fused with other lighter fashion colors like blonde and even purples or worn on its own. It pairs with absolutely any type of hair and skin tone and is super wearable, believe it or not! All you need is the confidence to flaunt it!

Pastel Pink Hair Coloring Tips

You should no longer be afraid to experiment with your hair color like how millennial celebrities Emily Ratajkowski, Gigi Hadid, and Jemima Kirke did it and took the lead! Fantasy color specialist Emma Jean of Porte Noire Salon in Central Florida is inspiring lots of gals with her pastel pink hair masterpieces as well!

Note that blonde would be the perfect canvas for this color to show its highest potential, so pre-lightening must be considered. To rock this gorgeous pale pink hue to the fullest, you need to give your strands some love! Like any other unnatural colors, pastels wash out quickly, but using color-safe products regularly will guarantee the longevity of your beloved cotton candy mane. There are some hair dyes great for adding a touch of pink at the tips or in some highlights but for the best results visiting a colorist for some chemical treatment is the best option for pastel pink hair.

Maybe it’s time to ditch those old boring shades and experience the trendy pink magic! Make this shimmering look your own by getting inspired with these popular pastel pink hair color photos for the season!

Bubblegum Pink

Bubblegum pink hair color
Instagram @hairbylindal

Bubbly and sweet, this vivid pastel pink hair coloring is a millenial’s dream. The right curls hit the sweet spot of cuteness.

Pastel Pink Hair Color with Dark Roots

Pastel Pink Hair with Dark Roots
Instagram @colorbyliv

Get this wild color by using semi-permanent dye at home or, if you’re feeling pretty brave, go ahead and have a professional do a permanent pink on your hair.

Pink and Purple

Pastel pink and purple hair color
Instagram @taranicolestylez

Dare to try this exuberant shade? Colorist Tara slayed this unicorn hair from root to tip.

Pink Highlights on Brown Hair

Pastel pink highlights on brown hair
Instagram @laurencolors

Ever thought strawberry brunette would be a thing? Stylist Lauren shows you how you can mix and match these highly different colors to create a harmonious hair color.

Faded Pink Tresses

Faded pastel pink tresses
Instagram @beeblondor

If you’ve got a vivid hair color and you want to switch it up, try fading it to get a different hue. Champagne strawberry hair looked gorgeous especially on kinky hair.

Silver and Pink Balayage

Silver and Pink Balayage
Instagram @lana.mai.hair

Ashy pink looks equally luscious as any bold hair color. Colorist Lana has the hands of a master with this paint job!

Soft Pink Shade

Soft pastel pink hair color
Instagram @laurencosta_hair

Turn up in a toned down pastel pink hair color. Colorist Lauren did the impossible and created a shimmering short pink cut.

Light Pink Hue

Light pastel pink hair color
Instagram @glamtique_taylor

Carnation pink straight out of the garden! you’ll look blooming no matter the weather.

Cute Pink Short Hair

Cute Pink Short Hair
Instagram @snippydesigns

Popstar Pink would definitely be proud of this pixie pink style!

Dusty Pink Hair Color

Dusty pink hair color
Instagram @salongstilboden

Pink-sprinkled hair on blonde and black-streaked hair. Full, blunt bangs on a mid-length cut makes the look more excitable.

Dark to Light Pink Ombre

Dark to Light Pink Ombre
Instagram @lestatty_

Steal that perfect balayage look by adding beautiful beach waves halfway towards the end of your long delectable locks.

Light Cotton Candy

Light cotton candy pink hair color
Instagram @hairbylindal

Partner the delicate color with a bold and chic jaw length, straight bob. The contrast makes the look even more enticing and interesting.

Petal Pink

Q&A with style creator, Eileen Rindal
Senior Stylist @ H2 in Trondheim, Norway

How would you describe this look?

Pastel pink hair is delicate and sweet. The color gives a summer vibe, which also is perfect because pastel pink hair is one of the upcoming trends for this summer. My favorite thing about this is definitely the pale pink color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Think about the big change. The hair needs bleaching to a white-ish color, which could damage the quality of the hair.

This kind of pastel pink hair will not be sustainable in the hair for a long period of time. The client needs a color shampoo/conditioner to use at home, so they also need to consider their budget.

When it comes to the skin tone the light pink will suit most of us. This because it contains both warm and cold pigments. And as long as the roots are a little bit darker, it will not give a flat impression.

Lob haircuts are suitable for all types of face shapes textures. For styling, it is one overall kind of haircut. I find it perfect for customers who want a good change with many opportunities for their daily life.

Pastel Rose Gold

Q&A with style creator, Hanna Paananen
Hairstylist @ Kampaamo Kotosa in Helsinki, Finland


How would you describe this look?

This client doesn’t want to have a color that needs to be maintained very often. She comes only once a year so we do balayage highlights for her hair. The best thing about this color is that when the rosegold hues fade (and the client doesn’t want to maintain it anymore) from the hair she can have it blonde for the rest of the time and does not have to worry about growing roots.

This time I did both balayage highlights with backcombing technique and classic highlights to frame the face. She had very thick hair so I did a bit of layering in the back, but mainly focused layering the hair around the face so it gives her very soft and light feel.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Pastel pink hair needs to be maintained frequently, these pastel tones fade very easily. So this color isn’t the best if you don’t want to waste your time in shower maintaining the color or the money that you can easily spend for the hair products.

Due to its short lasting, this is good for those who want to try something new but wants to go back for the more settle look!

Pastel Blue and Pink

Q&A with style creator, Morgan Folkes
Stylist @ Tuscan Affair Hair Salon and Day Spa in Jonesboro, AR


How would you describe this look?

This look is bold while still being very feminine and flirty. The best part about it is how it shines in the light and as she moved it gave off an iridescent effect.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Pastel vivids are becoming more popular and it’s common for people to assume that they are easy to achieve and maintain but in reality, it’s more difficult than it appears, and that goes double for pastel pink hair color. My best advice is to prepare for multiple sessions and to find a stylist that can get you to a healthy platinum blonde before trying out pastels. Also, color depositing treatments such as overtone and Joico color butter will become your best friend to help refresh the color in between appointments.

Pink Highlights on Light Blonde Hair

Q&A with style creator, Danon Christoffers
Licensed Cosmetologist / Master Colorist @ Redefined Beauty Bar Salon in Barrington, IL


How would you describe this look?

What I love about this light-hearted pinky pastel is it was a happy redo! I had done her hair the week before with a beautiful color correction fixing green banding with strong roots and funky ends and I transformed it into a perfectly bright blush (you can see that a few posts before on my Instagram)! But she came back a week later to soften the roots and wanted more of a lilac tone. So I Malibu-ed her pretty bright pulp riot blush and gave her an exaggerated shadow root using my lovely Keune semi 5.11+6.1 (dark ashy) then reglossed her ends with pulp riot clear + powder + blush to make more of a light lilac tone!

I also sealed it in with a soft pink gloss from Keune to shine it up. This is a fantastic spring color on blondes that want a little fun change but I also love that it’s a friendly fade out and will look pretty until it’s gone. Adding the loose curls with a 1″ curling iron adds to the softness and really just makes her look pretty and polished!

Any advice for someone considering it?

When considering this look I would want my client to know fashion pastel colors fade within 25 washes so tread lightly and gently. Cool water, put money into your color safe/sulfate free shampoo, don’t shampoo daily. Make dry shampoo your friend!

As far as the tone, it’s beautiful on most already light blondes! It’s just has a kick of fun to it without being too out there and fades really soft & pretty. The shadow root makes the outgrowth easier to manage too. It’s a perfect pastel tone for springtime.

Smokey Pink

Smokey Pink
Instagram @hairbygienny

Q&A with style creator, Gienny Nguyen
Independent Stylist @ Hair By Gienny in Vancouver, BC


How would you describe this look?

This look is the best of both worlds for desired pastel pinks if you can’t decide on which tones would looks better you can have the best of both! It has the blend of the cool tones, which gives it the smokiness, and the warmth to bring in and catch the light. Similar to makeup in the highlight and contouring aspect but for hair! Pastel pink hair really shines because of the shade really comes out more.

The loveliest thing about this look is the versatility of the color combos. By incorporating the client’s natural hair color, it makes the client look enhanced but not still herself so it doesn’t overpower her skin tone and it also keeps it low maintenance for when it grows out. Also with the balance of warm and cool, it makes it work with every skin tones no matter the undertones. Also when it fades, it doesn’t fade to a flat blonde, it would fade to a blonde with dimensions.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Do lots and lots of research. Save all the pastel pink hair color photos that catch your eyes and show it to your hairstylist. They should notice a pattern and see the tones you like. Don’t wash your hair, do use dry shampoo or go as long as you can, and wash in cool water.

When heat styling, keep it low! I always tell my clients the temperature when I’m curling their hair and say “this is the temperature, if you cant curl faster than me, then don’t go higher than me.” High heat can burn the color off or even your hair.

I would have you ask yourself a number of questions: What lengths are you willing to go for this hair? This look requires lighting, no matter where your natural level starts at. You would need up to 3 sessions. This is based on natural, virgin hair.

After knowing that, it now leads to these questions: Is healthy hair a big thing for you? Not saying that your hair would be damaged/dry after this, but are you open to the possibility? This is before you even reach the pastel pink. Note that anything iridescent or pastel do not last. It is unfortunate that something so pretty will only last up to 5-7 washes. This is based on hair conditions and you washing it in cooler water. Heat, hot water, salt water, sun, free radicals can cause hair color to fade.

Alright, so now, you are fine with everything above, the big question: Are you willing to invest? Invest what? Time and money. Each session of lighting could lead up to 5.5-6 hours. The client in the photo took a total of 18 hours, 3 sessions of 6 hours each. She did it over time. With 3-4 months in between each session, so her hair and wallet could rest.

Cutting, lighting, toning, styling, up to 6 hours at approx $500 per session before gratuity. Toners – this is for in between sessions if you need them. Everyone’s hair quality is different – some retain color better and some doesn’t. Not everybody is the same.

I recommend Color Enhancing Shampoo Purple, Blue, Pink, Etc. (Once a week, $50+). Why once a week? Because it’s meant to neutralize/enhance tones. When you overuse, it would over the deposit and affect the color. Less is more. Now you need a regular shampoo. To keep the hair healthy, I suggest something that has the perfect balance of moisture and protein – over protein (dry brittle), over moisture (elastic-ky, noodly).

At this point, your hair needs the big guns. You wash about 1-3 times a week. If your hair is weak or thirsty, deep conditioner/masks will bring it back to life. What’s the point of getting the color you want but in a bad state. Use it Minimum once a week for 5-10 min.

Products: Oils/Serums $30, Heat Protector $25+, Leave-in Conditioner $25+. Tips: if you’re lazy or have limited counter space, buy a 10 in 1 because oil is always a must. Things you must remember when purchasing oil for your hair, especially for my blonde ladies: It’s more than just nourishing! Think of it like a sponge/white piece of paper, the color of the oil matters – orange/yellow oil. Your hair will drink it, and always put oil in hair before blow-drying or air dry. Your hair needs something to drink as it starts to dry. If you are investing all this time and money on pastel pink hair, it is a good idea to keep it brimming and bright.

Light Metallic Rose

Light metallic rose hair color
Instagram @hairpaintedwithlove

Lavender with a tinge of silver for the lustrous effect. You’ll be shining in a different light with this one!