Rose gold hair – everyone from Kylie Jenner to Bella Hadid has tried it and, great for them, it looked amazing the entire time. But without a team of celebrity hairdressers performing a colour top-up and blow-dry every other day, how on earth can normal gals like us keep up a perfectly muted pastel??
Unless you’re willing to walk around with greasy hair, (which tbf I don’t need an excuse for) those pastel box-dyes are going to wash out straight away and you’re going to get a bit sweary over the time spent applying it vs the time your hair actually looked the way you wanted it.
I’m going to show you an incredibly easy and incredibly quick way to not only get the perfect rose gold for you, but also keep it this way without having to be labelled as the office greaseball. And with October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, what better time to encourage all you on-the-fencers to go pink.
To try it out, you’ll need to get a bottle of Infuse My. Colour in Copper and a bottle in Ruby (they’re both vegan). You can pick them both up at Boots for £13.95, (although they’re currently on offer for £9.30!!!). I know this seems a little expensive, but you’ll only use around the same amount as you would shampoo, so they’ll each last you approx. 6-8 washes, probably even more, depending on your hair length.
There are a few different ways to achieve various rose gold shades. I’ll show you the way I did mine, then talk through other methods.
How to apply
You’ll need to have light blonde-platinum hair to begin with. I’m bleach blonde all over, but it’d work on say, a brown to blonde ombre too if you want rose gold tips.
For the initial colour, you’ll need to apply the colour twice. The first time purely with copper, and the second time with a ¾ copper to ¼ ruby mix, or 1/2 copper to 1/2 ruby mix if you want it slightly more pink (like me).
Shower and wet your hair as you would normally and apply copper all over your hair. Wash it straight off – no need to hang about, trust me!
At this point, I checked the colour in the mirror to decide how much more of a rose tint I wanted. For me, it came out quite a bright copper so I decided to do a ½ copper to ½ ruby mix for my next application. Just put equal amounts of both colours into your palm, and rub using both hands to mix.
Alternatively, you could be a lot more precise and mix it in a bowl beforehand. I’m just lazy. You could also try not to drop and break the mirror like I did. £9 of Sainsbury’s finest homeware down the drain. Then rinse off again immediately. And that’s it. Simple as!
For a more subtle look, try just applying the colour once with a ¾ copper ¼ ruby mix. The more pink you want it, the more ruby you should add, but it is VERY pigmented so you don’t need too much or it’ll overpower the copper completely.
The shade of your base also affects the final colour – the more white or toned your hair is, the more icy the colour will be. The more yellow-blonde the base, the more warm the colour will be. Mine was freshly bleached, but toned with the platinum shade (also amazing) first.
How to maintain
If you want to keep building up a more vivid shade, apply your copper and ruby mix each time you wash your hair (I use 1/2 copper to 1/2 ruby again as I like it on the slightly more pink side), then lather and rinse off straight away. If you want to keep a more subtle pastel shade, wash your hair normally with shampoo first, then apply the copper/ruby mix (this is what I do), or just apply the colour mix every other hair wash.
When it comes to washing out, the colour will fade completely after 2 or more washes, so you can quickly get back to blonde if you need to.
I mentioned earlier that it’s also Breast Cancer Awareness month. Whilst changing my hair colour won’t make a difference, hopefully spreading the word will. This year you can support the campaign by doing small things like buying a £2 pin, or even just pledging your support online to people with secondary breast cancer. 31 people die every day from this, and all you need to do is enter your name and email in a bid to improve their level of care.
Apart from that, if you’ve got any questions about the post, hit me up!
|No idea why I’m clenching my fist like that. Probably still thinking about that mirror.|
By Holly Earp.