Pastel colours are all about cool confidence and an easygoing attitude.

Our NATULIQUE Douce Colours are perfect for your brave and adventurous clients, but why not be braver yourself and dive a little more into these amazing pastel colours?

The variety in our NATULIQUE Douce Colours makes them even more attractive. The pastel colours are both noticeable and bold, but also soft at the same time. This is exactly what makes the colours appealing to a wide range of both hair types and textures – from cotton candy pink to smoky blue-green 🎨

There are an infinite amount of options and results when you’re working with our NATULIQUE Douce Colours.

In this blogpost you will learn more about:

⭐️ What the NATULIQUE Douce Colours are

⭐️ Where the pigments live

⭐️ How to mix the Douce Colours

⭐️ Douce mixed with traditional colours

⭐️ Colour Refreshers & aftercare

⭐️ Pastel hair colour guide – how to choose the right colour for your client (or yourself)

⭐️ Where our inspiration for our Douce Colours comes from

What is the NATULIQUE Douce Colours?

Before we go further with this blog, it is important, that you know more about our lovely Douce Colours:

Our NATULIQUE Douce Colours are a semi-permanent pastel fashion colour. They have only one colour character, which means, that the colour doesn’t have any base pigment.

Because of that, the lasting power of the colour is not so strong. Fortunately, there are several ways you can extend the life of your Douce Colour with Colour Refreshers and aftercare – but more on that later in the blog post.

☝️ One of the rules of working with the Douce Colours is to mix it 1:2 with 3% activator or 1,5% depending on the quality of your client’s hair.

If your client has very porous hair, it is better to only use 1,5% instead of 3% – depending on the quality of the hair and if you are working on pre-lightened hair or natural blondes.

You can use the Douce Colours on pre-lightened hair for a more vibrant result. But of course you can also use it on natural blondes.

Almost all the Douce Colours can be mixed together. You can for example use lavender with lychee or with the peach to create just the look your client wants.

But, it is important that you know how to mix the different Douce Colours. We will tell you more about that now 👇

☝️ If a blond girl wants to go a bit bolder and try out a pastel colour, it is a great opportunity to try the Douce Colours, because it will wash out after some washes. The colour will be washed out after 5-10 washes – of course depending on the quality of your client’s hair – and the quality of the shampoo and conditioner your client is using. It totally depends on how ready your client is to spice up her life! 👩‍🎨

Know where your pastel colour pigments live

First, you need to know about the position of the Douce Colours on the colour wheel, so you know where your pigments live.

If we look at our star-shaped colour wheel, we see the blueberry in the blue area on the top. On the right, the lemon-yellow is placed.

About six o’clock we have the peach – the orange pigment.

On the left – nine o’clock – we have the lychee. Lychee is pink, and pink is made of a little bit of violet and red.

Then we have the lavender – which is purple (a mix of blue, violet and red).

Lastly, we have silver, which is a mix of blue and violet, and white to make it lighter which gives it, its position on the wheel

If your client has some lemon-yellow pigments in her hair and you add lavender, it neutralizes.

However, not as much as you probably want it to.

If you have lavender and yellow on top of each other, you won’t get a cool lavender, you will instead get a bit of brown-ish fade.

It is very important to know this, if you want a lavender result – be aware that the yellow is out of the hair because it is a complementary tone.

Both peach and blueberry are complementary tones – so bear that in mind if you mix those colours together, you will get a brown-ish strange colour – that might look like mud (for sure not what your client wants. Understandably… 🙄)

It is very important to know the positions of the colours on the colour wheel, so you don’t mix the wrong colours together. You need to know how to mix the colours together in the right way, so you achieve the result your client wants.

Think before you mix your pastel colours

Here you have a schedule on which colours you can mix and which colours you definitely cannot mix.
Always remember to think before you mix your pastel colours to achieve the right result.

As you can see in this schedule if you mix lavender with lemon you get the brown-mud colour (which we DON’T want).

And if you mix lavender with lavender, you get lavender 😅

Think about if you mix the lychee with the silver or peach. What colour do you think those mixes will be?

☝️ TIP: you can play around with all the Douce Colours and see what colours you might create. Then you can put the results into the schedule or just write them down as you gain more experience with the different colours along the way.

BONUS: If you are really happy with it, send it our way and we’ll happily share it on our Instagram. Head on over to @NATULIQUE and send us your results 🤍

BUT remember: don’t mix the peach and the blueberry or the lavender and peach together. We have already tried this, and we can guarantee you that it will turn into colours that your client definitely doesn’t want.

If you want to achieve a green colour, it is possible, but be aware that the lemon douce colour is seriously dominant in this colour range – so add a small amount of yellow into the blue to achieve the green colour (also, it is very important that you remember to tag us on Instagram, so we can see your result 🤩) – we suggest 9:1 blueberry to yellow.

If you want a more vibrant colour, use only one Douce Colour instead of mixing them. The depositing time is 20 minutes, and maybe a bit longer depending on how intense you want the colour to be.

Douce in traditional colour

If you for example have a base colour of 8 which is already lightened with highlights, and you add peach into the recipe on top of the base colour, you will get a beautiful cinnamon colour (30g 8.0 + 10g Peach – or tone it down a bit colder you replace 8.0 with 8.2)

You have probably already tried to add Douce Colours in our traditional Natural Colours – you rulebreaker!

But before you start experimenting with it, it is important that you know both the Natural Colours’ position in the colour wheel and the pigment of the Douce you add into your colour mix.

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist” – Pablo Picasso 👩‍🎨

☝️ TIP: if you want to boost the Douce Colours to get a more vibrant result, you can mix the Douce Colours with our Natural MIX Colours:

💜 To make a deeper violet, you can mix the lavender with a 0.81

🧡 Or mix the peach with 0.66 to make a more intense coppe result – or finish off with an Intense Copper Refreshers

Colour Refreshers

Of course, you can mix the Douce Colours into our traditional natural colours, but you can also add your Colour Refreshers into your mix.

⭐️ You can advise your client to bring a Colour Refresher home to keep the colour lasting longer – not just for Douce Colours result, but all of our colours 🤩 (Pst. anything with .6, in the end, should have an Intense Copper Refreshsers to keep the copper look vibrant forever)

☝️ TIP: She uses the Colours Refreshers on top of the total mix. She mixes the activator and hair colour together and lastly the Refresher and adds a maximum of 10-20% of Colour Refresher into the mix. E.g. if I mix 20g activator with 20g hair colour, I add a maximum of 4-8g of Colour Refresher into the mix

You can use the Colour Refreshers on any base: from level 4 to level 10.

The lighter the hair colour is from the beginning, the more intense colour you will get.

You can mix the Colour Refreshers both in your colour mix and in the conditioner. So if your client buys both a conditioner and a Colour Refresher, she can mix them herself at home to keep her colour perfect. Be careful when doing this, and guide your clients on how to use at home.

Remember: the Colour Refreshers are pre-mixed in a tube, so they are ready to use. They come in four colours: Silver, Anthracite, Mahogany and Copper.

⭐️ The Anthracite is very green in its pigmentation with some blue

⭐️ The silver is the most blue of the Anthracite and the Silver, even slightly towards the violet side

⭐️ The copper is an extreme copper shade with orange pigment

⭐️ The Mahogany is a deep beautiful red-violet

👉 If you mix the copper and mahogany together, you get a red colour.

Your client can also use the Colour Refresher by itself. If she adds the Colour Refresher into her hair and leaves it for 20 minutes, rinse it out and maybe wash her hair afterwards. The colour will be updated ✨

Aftercare for pastel colours

Coloured hair deserves special care and attention – and it’s really about aftercare.

Maintaining a beautiful pastel colour requires work from both you and your client. It is important that you pay attention to giving the coloured hair the right moisturizing care 💧

It is so important to close the cuticle and apply silk protein, which forms a crystalline protective barrier on strands. To do this, you can use the Colour Shield Hairwash and Colour Shield Treatment and advise your clients to take a couple of bottles with them home to continue the aftercare. These products can help keep colour treatments looking fresh in between salon visits ✨

Other products for great aftercare are the Heat and Sun Protector and the Nourishing Hair Cream.

Both these products protect the coloured hair from fading away – especially when using heated styling tools because the colour reacts to the heat.

Maybe you have already experienced the colour disappearing the moment you use heated tools, and that’s exactly what we want to avoid 😣

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Pastel hair colour (mini) guide

Of course, when choosing a pastel colour, it depends on what your client wants. But some of your adventurous clients have probably asked you: what pastel colour suits me? 🤔

It’s unfortunately not always easy to answer that question. And how do you actually advise a client on something as personal and defining as their hair colour? (Especially about something that can be as vibrant as a pastel hair colour 😬).

There are plenty of pitfalls you wanna avoid, and we are here to help you. Here’s our guide on how to find the best pastel hair colour for your brave clients:

The first two (and important!) steps are finding your client’s skin colour and undertones. It’s important that there’s a great match between the hair colour and unique skin tone, to take advantage of your client’s natural beauty (and isn’t that what we all want to do?)

And here we have for you: A special guide to our Douce Colours – you’re welcome 😉

💚 Clients with fair skin:

To highlight fair skin with a warm undertone, it will be most beneficial to give the hair a warmer pastel shade. It can for example be light pink or peach as those colours will bring out a beautiful colour in your client’s skin tone. If your client is more into a subtle contrast to her look, a cool pink will look amazing.

Pastel purple and soft blue shades will definitely look great on your client with fair skin with cool undertones. With these clients, you should preferably avoid pink shades or very warm colours as they can produce redness in your client’s skin.

 💚 Clients with medium skin:

Warmer shades such as pastel colours like rose gold or a warm purple are just what your client with medium skin with warm undertones needs.

Blue and vibrant shades with lots of brightness or saturation will be a great choice for your client with medium skin with cool undertones. If your client wishes to stand out from the crowd with a more contrast-filled look, an ultralight or light shade or colour with more intense pigment will be the right choice.

Both warm and cool shades will suit your client if she has a neutral skin undertone. But if your brave client wants contrast, it’s a great idea to go with a shade with tons of brightness to it, to accentuate her complexion.

💚 Clients with dark skin:

For your clients with dark complexions with a warm undertone, pastel colours in highly saturated warm tones will be a great choice. Especially if your client has yellow and olive undertones.

If a client with dark skin with cool undertones comes by your salon, especially cool pastel shades will be a good idea. Especially mint or baby blue shades will go so well against your client’s complexion. If, on the other hand, your client is more in the mood for pink-ish colour, then go for a cool purple shade.

If you want to learn more about which hair colours suit which clients, go and read this in-depth hair colour guide we have made for that very purpose 🎨

Inspiration for our douce colours

The inspiration for our Douce Colours comes from the northernmost place in Denmark: Skagen.

Skagen is an old fishing village, but the special pastel-coloured light attracts both tourists and artists who travel to the city to paint. For hundreds of years, artists have come to Skagen due to the amazing light 🌅

This special place has both unique nature, world-famous history and not least iconic sights and attractions. One of these unique sights is the place where Denmark ends: Grenen 👉

In these beautiful surroundings two seas, the North Sea and the Kattegat sea, meet. The colours are stunning, when the seas meet in contrasting colours and the opportunity to stand with your bare feet were two massive and powerful bodies of water are crashing together, meeting at one point and almost refusing to come together, is just outstanding.

Through the years, many artists (painters and probably hair stylists – cause aren’t they artists too? We think so 🤩) have visited Skagen to see and be inspired by the wonderful nature and the exceptional light.

One of the many artists is the local painter, Anna Ancher.

Anna Ancher

One of the artists captivated by the light in Skagen was Anna Ancher. Anna grew up in the bright light between the two seas in Skagen in the 19th century and was inspired from an early age by the most modern ideas in art at the time; the light.

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Although women at that time usually did not work and paint after they were married and had children, she continued her artistic career despite starting a family.

She painted and exhibited paintings at various exhibits at museums each year for the rest of her life, raising her daughter at the same time.

Anna was fascinated by the pastels and the light in Skagen, which is clearly seen in her paintings, which today are exhibited both in and outside of Denmark.

Today, she is also considered one of the greatest pastel artists in the Nordic countries 🎨

We have been inspired by Anna Ancher, her drive, and the pastel colours in Skagen in our work with our NATULIQUE Douce Colours.

Like the breathtaking phenomenon in Skagen, our NATULIQUE Douce Colours meets and compliments our NATULIQUE Natural Colours to add soft colour highlights and colour effects on any solid base colour to easily create stylish and creative hairstyles with stunning results and amazing depth.

It’s just about being creative and courageous 🦸‍♀️

What we learned…

This blog post has given you a lot of important, and perhaps new, information on our pastel colours.

From what NATULIQUE Douce Colours is and how to mix them, to the right after care and how to find the right pastel colour for your client or for yourself. (Maybe…) Everything you need to know.

We hope we have inspired you to experiment more with our Douce Colours and to unleash your imagination 🌈

by Miluska Braat

Miluska is the international educator at NATULIQUE. She spends her days testing out products and helping us find new and innovative ways of using NATULIQUE products.