After months of sweating it out during the longest winter ever and our well and truly neglected lock haircut and color, summer seems like the perfect time to do something a little different with our wicks. That’s exactly what Josh Wood, colourist and founder of Josh Wood Colour, had in mind when he created his vibrant new Pastel Glazes (£19), launching in the UK this week. Wood’s goal with this collection was “to offer everyone the opportunity to get creative with contemporary color tones without any commitment,” he told POPSUGAR — and that’s exactly what He realised.



a woman smiling for the camera: Josh Wood Color's new pastel glaze is the subtle, colorful overhaul my hair needed this summer


© POPSUGAR Photography / Amelia Bell
Josh Wood Color’s new pastel glaze is the subtle, colorful overhaul my hair needed this summer

Adding three pretty pastel shades to her already insanely popular line of hair glosses, Wood decided summer 2021 was the best time to give people the chance to have a little fun and experiment with a hair color. temporary – and we can’t help but agree. Luckily for us, there’s no room for at-home hair disasters with Pastel Glazes, because the dreamy new shades may be vibrant, but they’re totally foolproof. I decided that since I hadn’t walked away from my fail-safe vanilla blonde locks for almost 12 years (and my locked hair was in desperate need of recovery), I was long overdue for an upgrade. With the promise of brilliant pastel hair color and the benefits of a do-it-yourself hair mask, I was in for it.

Much like the original gloss treatment (I swear by the Icy Blonde Gloss (£19) to refresh my usual blonde color between salon visits), the new semi-permanent glazes (lasting three to five washes) act as a conditioner and color boost (in this case, giving a luminous pastel-colored hit), providing the same deep conditioning and shine results as a hair treatment mask. The new shade range includes Pink Quartz (a vibrant rose), Blue Reef (an electric aqua) and Peach Blush (a chalky-toned coral) and offers the same nourishing properties while imparting a luminous pop of pastel color. They last up to six washes and can be intensified depending on the break time.

Josh Wood’s goal is to “give everyone the opportunity to get creative with contemporary color tones without any commitment”.

Tearing up the rule book is something the color expert has become synonymous with, and pastel glazes are no exception. Wood told POPSUGAR that the inspiration comes from the vintage pastel shades he created on the Marc Jacobs and Matty Bovan Spring/Summer 2020 show, only this summer it’s about creating sophisticated, wearable shades that make us encourage everyone to have a little fun with our color at home. Wood also pointed out that the new glosses work best on bleached hair. While there are no rules with who can rock pastel hair, if you’re not sure where to start when it comes to experimenting with a new color, Josh Wood Color offers a free virtual consultation service. to help point you in the right direction.

As for my post-lockdown hair transformation, I was nervous looking for the brighter pink shade – the Pink Quartz Glaze – for two reasons: that my hair could stay pink forever, kiss the highlights goodbye blond, or that the health of my hair might suffer as a result. Fortunately, none of these events happened.

I turned to Instagram for inspiration, and judging by the sea of ​​bright hair dyes adding a welcome dose of color and positivity to my feed, it looks like a lot of us are in the mood to mix and match. things as we come out of lockdown and into summer. Think: cotton candy tones, pops of parma violet, and a cool, trend-center mint green forehead.

Still nervous, I decided to test the waters with a softer dip-dye effect, taking advantage of the long hair I had acquired from the lockdown. Parting my hair into two low ponytails to create symmetry on either side and avoid any harsh lines, I quickly applied the Pink Quartz Glaze gloss directly to my just-washed, damp hair using the pigtail. bass on each side as a marker. I waited nervously for 20 minutes before rinsing off the dye.

I have to admit that the perfectly pink dip dye is not at all what I expected, given the way I applied the color randomly, but the result was amazing. It was lighter and less overpowering than I had anticipated, hiding some of my overgrown highlights and where they belonged, giving my ends a nice pop of color.



Josh Wood Color's new pastel glaze is the subtle, colorful overhaul my hair needed this summer


© POPSUGAR Photography / Amelia Bell
Josh Wood Color’s new pastel glaze is the subtle, colorful overhaul my hair needed this summer

Now let’s talk about the formula. Homemade temporary (and permanent) hair dyes often get a bad rap, which can turn people off completely. That’s why these enamels are a completely different ballgame. “I always think about the condition of the hair I’m coloring first,” Wood explained. “Like pastel [shades] can only work on pre-lightened or bleached hair, it was a good time to offer pastel tones that work as a great hair treatment at the same time.” Working perfectly on my already bleached base, my over-processed ends not only looked l Looks pretty shades of pink but also softer, shinier and more revived thanks to the hair-strengthening ingredients in the formula, including pequi oil, which is rich in fatty acids and helps improve damaged and discolored hair while reducing frizz and smoothing while hydrolyzed quinoa (a powerful amino acid) in the color provides stimulating and detangling benefits.

There’s a lot to be said for great hair color and its ability to boost your mood, but this treatment really exceeded my expectations. Besides hydrating my ends with its hard working formula, for me the best thing about these pastel tones is the feel-good factor. The pop of color to match my newfound freedom was the exact overhaul my hair needed post-lockdown. Best of all, it was minimal effort and super fast from start to finish.

Josh Wood Color Pastel Glaze launches in three new shades: Pink Quartz Glaze, Blue Reef Glaze and Peach Blush Glaze, available from joshwoodcolour.com for £19.



a close up of a woman: Josh Wood Color's new pastel glaze is the subtle, colorful overhaul my hair needed this summer


© POPSUGAR Photography / Amelia Bell
Josh Wood Color’s new pastel glaze is the subtle, colorful overhaul my hair needed this summer

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