A Rosy Outlook

The new candyfloss hairspo is sweet as… 

What was the mantra of Big Little Lies actress, Shay Mitchell, when she did a dramatic hair colour change from dark brown to candy floss? “Pink hair – don’t care!”

Once thought of as a ‘girly’ colour, (I translate this as weak), it appears that ‘thinking pink’ certainly shows strength in numbers and has become the social media success story of 2018. Singer Thalía and model Hayley Baldwin both accrued over 400k likes on their new millennial pink ‘do. Ditto, with Kim Kardashian West’s new look, straight from her trip to Japan, where her inspo was the iconic Manga-esq cartoon – which practically broke the Internet with 2.5 million likes. 

Catherine Hawkes, award-winning colourist, says, “Anyone can do it! But you need to find the right hue for you. Lighter pastel pinks look great on fair girls, while rose gold hues work better on darker and olive skin tones.” She adds, “Those who aren’t a bright white blonde already – be prepared to bleach, bleach, bleach before attempting a candy floss gloss!”

Surprisingly, Kim K’s grungy version, where the roots are left to show through, is both pretty and practical. Suzanne Alphonse Wella Professionals Colour Expert, says, “Notice how Kim Kardashian has a slight root? This means less up-keep and stretches out the time between appointments. Plus, pink is such a great tone to transition from, unlike some previous colour trends, you will have no problem updating your look to the next on-trend shade.”

Whether you’re bubblegum, candy floss or millennial pink – all stylists seem to agree on one thing; the key to keeping the colour fresh is by opting for a sulphate-free shampoo, try Angel Wash by Kevin Murphy. And using Olaplex, that mends the broken bonds of the strand shaft. It’s the colourist’s go-to for keeping any colour treated locks in tip-top condition.

Now that’s a rosy outlook for our hair we can all embrace.



Kevin Murphy Angel Wash £20


Colorsmash Color Kissed Hairspray £4.50

Jerome Russell Punky Colour £6.22





  1. May 18, 2018 / 1:28 pm

    You write so beautifully!! I can’t wait to read more of your posts.


    • sarahjoanross
      May 20, 2018 / 6:44 am

      Thank you Heledd – same back at you !