Friday, 18 April 2014

The Hair Edit - Pastels for Spring

If you've ever fancied trying out a new hair trend but feel apprehensive to go straight to the bottle, you can always edit your hair into a different colour! What do you think of my pastel purple, pink dip dye or mermaid green? I'm always playing around with images on Photoshop and this ways much less permanent. 
It's also a great way to see how a colour suits you and what other people think. 

Today I'm going to show you how I achieved this almost-real looking colour edit. There are various free photo editors online, a favourite one of mine being PicMonkey which I think you need to make an account for to get it for free. If you use PicMonkey try out the 'Highlights' action and follow the same steps as below. For this tutorial I am using Photoshop CS4. With these tips and tricks you'll easily be able to fool anyone into thinking you've done something bold with your hair! It's really easy too...

001. Open your photo and duplicate the layer. Just in case we make any mistakes!

002. Select the paint brush tool. Right-click to bring up brush options, you want a very soft round brush.
You can also see I have my brush set at 10% opacity. This is very faint which will mean we get a much more realistic 'hair-texture' result.

003. Then choose the colour you'd like to go! Pink, blue, bright orange? 
Bring up the colour picker tool box by clicking on the colour squares on the bottom left of the screen.

004. Now we're going to 'brush on' the colour. Follow the direction of your hair, make smooth short movements and don't go over one spot too many times. You'll also need to alter the size of your brush often. For doing large sections of hair and then very tiny wispy hairs.

005. I had my brush opacity set to 10% and then after gently painting brush strokes on to my hair, I lowered the layer opacity to 82%. Blending is key! Play around with all these tools to create the best look...
Once you're happy, flatten the layers and save the photo. Done!

You can create dip-dye ombre effects or an all over colour wash! I'm going to try mixing two colours next. I'd love to see what you guys do if you try this trick out so please tweet me your hair photos!



  1. This looks so realistic, you should definitely go for some pastel in your hair!

  2. Haha Amazing! I thought you'd use those hair chalks at first! All the colours suit you x

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  3. That's soo cool

  4. Such a cool idea! I am definitely going to try this out! x

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  5. The lilac looks so good! <3

    Ellen xx

  6. wow the pink dip dye looks amazing on you!

  7. This is such a cool trick, and it looks so so real too Gwen! x

  8. Wow this looks so real. You should deffo put some colour in your hair though, they all look so nice! xx

  9. You'd look so awesome with any of these colours!
    Especially lilac! <3

  10. I think the lilac looks great on you !
    Eb x

  11. I've always wanted teal or turquoise!

  12. this tutorial is amazing! i'd love to go pastel but it would never suit me :( i think you should definitely go for it though!

    xo Sarah

  13. That lilac on your hair looks amazing!

  14. It's so cool if you want to get a new haircolour but you're not sure :)
    Or to fool people haha :)


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