See why everyone’s trying pastelage hair before the summer is out

It's never too late to try out a colourful summer hairdo!  

Summer may be nearly over (boo!) but if you’re feeling like you’ve missed out on all of the cool and creative hair trends from this season, know that there’s still one last colour craze to come through before time is up: pastelage hair.

Pastelage might sound like a made up word but it is actually a combination of two trends in one (pastel hair and balayage) and it’s pretty much exactly what it says on the tin.

Combining the freehand colouring technique that is balayage, pastelage uses pastel rainbow shades to create a style that’s colourful yet surprisingly subtle. So if you’ve got summer hair FOMO, here’s your cure!

Meet the pastelage hair trend: Your last chance at colourful summer locks!


selfie of a blonde woman with peach balayage highlights
Peachy keen! Credit:


The world’s gone peach crazy at the moment, so what better way to show your love for the fuzzy little fruit than to dye your locks a juicy peach shade?

Perfect for blondes, this is the ultimate way to live out your Lizzie McGuire pink highlight dreams in a more current, stylish way. Credit: @costellorachel

back shot of a woman with brown hair with lilac balayage highlights
Who could resist this lovely lavender hue?


Purple hues like this lovely lavender style look absolutely stunning on those with deeper brunette strands, adding an extra dimension to dark hair.

Those with dark brown may need to pre-lighten their locks for the most impactful result, but it’s still a much easier alternative than an allover colour change! Credit: @kinkidenbosch

Editor’s tip: Summer may be fading but that doesn’t mean your hair should, too! Keep your pastelage hue looking fresh by switching up your regular hair care for a colour protect range, like the Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner.

Specifically designed for those with coloured hair, the Vibrant Colour Lock formula helps to keep your mane looking bright and fresh for as long as possible.

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Feeling blue? Not with this icy style! Credit:

Icy blue

Over summer? Embrace the chill this A/W with an icy blue hue and you’ll be a real life ice queen!

By keeping the blue colour just at the ends you won’t have to worry about root touch-ups or regrowth, so you can let it gradually fade out without having to worry about maintenance. Credit: @balayagebybree

side shot of a woman with a blonde bob haircut with pink balayage
Pretty in pink! Credit:


Short hair? Don’t let that hold you back! Ask your stylist to add a hint of pink to your bob or pixie cut and you’ll look just like the Pink Ladies’ latest recruit!  Credit: @sergiopascal_brighton


So, will you be giving pastelage hair a go? Don’t forget to tag us in your Insta pics if you do decide to try it out @allthingshairofficial — we love seeing how you make the trends your own!

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