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Pink hair for natural red heads

A quick scroll through Instagram will confirm that pink hair has been and still is hot right now, with celebrities such as Madonna, Fern Cotton and Dua Lipa embracing the trend. We see many shades and versions of pink gaining ground; yet it is not considered the easiest choice. We wonder: can pink hair work for all? Tim Scott-Wright, owner of The Hair Surgery salon says pink can be ideal for natural red heads and demonstrates how they can achieve it.

Tim Scott-Wright

How to do it

In his latest collection, Globally Blonde, Tim created a stunning rose gold, pink hue on a natural red head. The shot is called Irish Blonde and is a playful nod to the Irish red head with the curly flowing locks. Here’s how he did it.

“Using a combination of bleach and highlight in the right places won’t alter the beauty of the natural hair. If you just use the bleach to lighten on its own, it would lighten too much. The pink wash sits over the copper gold base, achieving a beautiful rose gold. I started by sectioning in a traditional four section cross section, working from the back to the crown area using a combination of backcombing balayage, but also fine weaves. This gave a completely natural feel to the hair and I worked where I felt the hair needed to be lighter. For example, I used bleach around the hairline nape area, then used more bleach internally where I felt the natural density of the hair needed lifting. 

Coming round to the sides and front of the hair, I used a combination of baby lights and balayage. I took really fine lights close to the roots to create a halo of light around the face. Afterwards I then rinsed and used Schwarzkopf Professional BLONDME Keratin Restore Intense Care Bonding Potion to seal the hair and make it feel amazing.

Following this, I mixed a combination of pink Schwarzkopf Professional Chroma ID and 0-00 to dilute. You add the pink to the 0-00 until you visually see the desired shade. I didn’t want anything brighter than a pastel/dusty pink. This was applied all over the hair and left for 20 minutes. The lighter parts from the balayage process developed to a lighter baby pink whilst the warmer part gave a stunning rose gold finish.”

We’re loving the result, Tim!

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