When it comes to trying trends, I'm hard pressed to say no, especially when said trend - evidenced by the wave of celebrities and Instagram stars - involves pastel hues. However, channelling Barbie takes both thought and consideration, so I investigated the process of seeing the world through a candy-coloured filter and assessed its practicality in becoming part of my day-to-day life.
I booked an appointment at Dubai-based ladies salon Tito & Tuthill, but prior to my slot, Manager Ruth Bocock ensured I had a patch test to detect any potential allergic reactions to the toner. She also wanted to know more about my hair, as it had to be bleached and stripped before the pink toner could be applied. This ensures the best colour results.
Your hair doesn't need to be washed before the appointment, but it does need to be in good condition. Ruth recommends using hair masks in the weeks (the longer the better) leading up to changing colour, as dry hair doesn't take the toner as well. My toner - named Strawberry by Schwarzkopf - was applied in sections and left to take for 40 minutes. It was then lightly washed with shampoo and conditioner.
When it comes to after-care, it's imperative to use a sulfate-free shampoo, so the colour isn't stripped away, and a moisturising conditioner to prevent dryness. A useful tip is to also spray leave-in conditioner after the wash to lock in extra moisture. The colour lasts up to 20 washes but, as expected, will fade more and more with each wash, so try spacing out your shampoo schedule as much as possible to keep that colour vibrant (hello, dry shampoo).
While you may have an idea of the colour you want to be, it will always look slightly different on your own locks to the bottle and/or photo as no person starts off with completely white hair. Being individual applies to the cost, too, as prices for coloured toner at Tito & Tuthill start from Dhs200.
So, what happened after I left the salon? Pink hair inevitably receives a lot of attention - some love it, others aren't as keen (hi, mum!) but what's important is how you feel about the change - don't let society dictate your hair colour. Basically, it doesn't last forever, so if your personality is thinking pink, we say go for it - it really is fun to look like a fruit pastille (for a few weeks, anyway)...