It’s Time for Clients to Unleash Their Inner Doll

July 20, 2023

Step aside, traditional hair colour…there’s a new hue in town that’s captivating hearts and turning heads. Enter: Barbie pink hair.

Inspired by the iconic doll that has charmed generations, this whimsical trend is taking the world of fashion by storm. With the Barbie movie being released this week, and numerous celebrities sporting the look, clients are now starting to embrace the colour and experiment with barbie pink hair tones themselves.  We sat down with Milkshake Global Ambassador, Andrew Smith, to find out everything you need to know about this alluring new colour trend.

Barbie pink hair is all about embracing a sense of fun, youthfulness and unapologetic femininity. This captivating shade evokes memories of childhood play and whimsical fantasies, allowing clients to express their vibrant personality and add a touch of magic to their everyday lives.

Barbie pink hair is not limited to a singular style or aesthetic. This captivating shade lends itself to a wide range of creative possibilities. From soft pastel hues to vibrant and electrifying neon tones, Barbie pink can be customised to suit any skin tone, hair length, or personal preference. Whether paired with edgy pixie cuts, flowing mermaid waves, or intricate braids, Barbie pink hair effortlessly adds a touch of whimsy and charm to any hairstyle. If a client does not want to opt for an all over Barbie hue, and instead is looking for a subtler take on the trend, they can experiment with pastel hues or by adding slices or highlights of pink through their hair for a more low-key finish.

Aftercare should be discussed with the client after any hair colour, but particularly for tones that may fade quickly, such as fuchsia and neon pink. Here are some of my top tips to offer clients after a colour service:

  1. Use a colour-safe shampoo and conditioner: Look for products specifically formulated for colour-treated hair. Avoid using harsh shampoos that can strip the colour and opt for gentle, sulphate-free options. The Milkshake Colour Maintainer Shampoo and Conditioner are two of my favourites.
  2. Wash your hair less frequently: Frequent washing can cause colour to fade more quickly. Try to extend the time between washes to preserve the vibrancy of your pink hair. When you do wash, use lukewarm water as hot water can strip the colour.
  3. Use cold water for rinsing: After shampooing and conditioning, rinse your hair with cold water. Cold water helps to seal the hair cuticle, locking in the colour and adding shine.
  4. Avoid heat styling tools where possible: Excessive heat can fade hair colour, so minimise the use of tools like straighteners, curling irons and blow dryers. If you must use heat, apply a heat protectant spray beforehand.
  5. Protect your hair from the sun: Prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause hair colour to fade. If you’ll be spending time in the sun, consider wearing a hat or using a UV-protecting hair product.
  6. Use colour-depositing products: Maintain the vibrancy of your pink hair by using colour-depositing products like shampoos, conditioners or hair masks designed specifically for maintaining pink or coloured hair. These products help to refresh the colour between visits to the salon. One of my favourite pink hair colour products is the Milkshake Colour Whipped Cream in Light Pink.
  7. Limit chlorine exposure: Chlorine in swimming pools can cause colour to fade or even change. To protect your pink hair, wet your hair with clean water before swimming and wear a swim cap. After swimming, rinse your hair thoroughly and use a clarifying shampoo to remove any chlorine residue.
  8. Schedule regular touch-ups: Pink hair requires maintenance to keep it looking fresh. Book in frequent touch-ups at the salon to keep the colour vibrant and avoid visible roots.
  9. Ensure that clients are aware of the potential brevity of their pink hair colour: This will depend on various factors, including the condition of the hair and how well they choose to care for it.

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