Meet the Barbiecore Hair Trend

Pink is the new black. It’s time to channel your inner Barbie and embrace every shade of pink. ‘Barbiecore’ is one of the biggest trends of 2022 with no signs of slowing down. The so-called ‘Barbiecore’ trend has been on the rise since designers like Valentino declared fuchsia pink their ‘it’ color.

Barbiecore is everywhere you look – from hair trends to nails and clothes. It’s impossible to scroll through social media without seeing the feminine pink hues staring back at you. Celebrities like Lizzo, Meghan Fox, and Machine Gun Kelly have been leading the way with head-to-toe pink looks.

Did you always dream of having pink hair as a kid? Now’s your chance! At 212 Salon and Day Spa, our hair colorists and stylists are on hand to bring your Barbie dreams to life. We’re exploring the Barbiecore trend and how you can maintain your Barbie locks if you take the plunge with pink hair.

What is Barbiecore?

Barbiecore is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a style aesthetic inspired by the Barbie franchise with pink front and center. Barbiecore is one of the biggest fashion trends of the moment, brought to life by the growing hype around the upcoming ‘Barbie’ movie with Margot Robbie.

It’s a perfect storm with Valentino’s Autumn/Winter 2022 collecting putting hot pink center stage with feminine silhouettes. Pierpaolo Piccioli, Valentino’s Creative Director, describes pink as the color of “love, community, energy and freedom”. It encapsulates everything the whimsical Barbiecore trend stands for.

Barbie made its debut in the world of beauty in 1959 and has been influencing trends and styles ever since. It’s impossible to escape the Barbie aesthetic, whether it’s the glossy blonde hair or the infinity with all things pink.

Pinterest shows that searches for Barbiecore are on the rise with beauty trends. There’s been a 30% rise in searches for pink eyeshadow with pink lipstick seeing a 60% rise and pink nails getting 75%. We’ve seen Barbiecore trends pop up everywhere from Coachella to the Grammy’s and even the Met Gala.

How can you incorporate Barbiecore into your everyday look? Start from the top!

The Barbiecore Hair Trends

Pink is a color we’ve all considered dying our hair to. It might have been a mad suggestion or a childhood dream – but the Barbiecore trend means pink hair is back in style. Pink is Barbie’s signature shade and is synonymous with femininity, fun, and female empowerment.

It’s gone from a Halloween wig color to a celebrity-approved trend that everyone’s talking about. You can choose from blonde hair with pink balayage or go all in with fuchsia pink locks. Everyone from Lizzo to Joey King has put their twist on the Barbiecore hair trend.

You can jump into the deep end with bubblegum pink hair and follow the lead of J.Lo with a fresh pink cut. If you’re not sure about committing to pink hair long-term, experiment with a wig instead. You can take the Barbiecore trend to the next level by following Lizzo’s lead and coordinating your makeup with pink hair.

While pink hair is at the heart of Barbiecore, you can recreate the legendary character’s blonde locks for a more natural look. Embrace Barbie’s ‘60s-inspired look with bouncy blonde locks and a full fringe. It’s lower maintenance than pink hair and gives you a more wearable Barbie look.

What to Know About Having Pink Hair

Choosing to switch to pink hair shouldn’t be a split-second decision. Coloring your hair means you’ll need to give it a little extra TLC between treatments. There are side effects of hair coloring that you want to consider. Our expert colorists will guide you on how to care for your hair and maintain your new pink hair.

Not caring for your freshly colored hair means that your hair can become more brittle and prone to heat damage, as well as developing a rougher texture and thinning. You can avoid these side effects by following the advice of our expert colorists.

It’s important to remember that pink is a high-maintenance color as it isn’t a natural hue. Ammonia in the color dye can break the hair cuticle and damage your natural hair structure. These side effects shouldn’t put you off trying the Barbiecore trend as you can care for your hair to keep it healthy – even when it’s Barbie pink.

The reality of dying your hair pink is that the color will fade, particularly with the amount of maintenance it requires. You’ll want to upgrade your at-home routine to protect your hair during your hair-washing routine and maintain the vibrance of your color.

Swap your shampoo and conditioner for a sulfate-free formula to prevent color stripping. Don’t skip on conditioner! It’s your pink hair’s best friend.

Your 212 Salon and Day Spa hairstylist can recommend a shampoo that suits your hair type and condition. We suggest using products formulated for colored hair as they can improve the strength of your hair. These products typically avoid fragrances that create more lather in your hair, diluting the color overtime.

A nourishing shampoo and conditioner aren’t enough to maintain your Barbiecore hair. You can protect your hair by incorporating a weekly hair mask into your routine to keep your hair hydrated.

There is a spectrum of pink hues for you to choose from. It’s typically easier to choose a pink hue that is within three shades of your natural color. Darkening your hair will always be easier to achieve than lightening it. Our colorist can recommend a range of pink shades for you to choose from.

How to Rock the Barbiecore Aesthetic Day-to-Day

You don’t have to dye your hair pink to jump on the Barbiecore aesthetic. You can explore Pinterest for hundreds of ideas on how to experiment with pink and channel your inner Barbie.

Monochromatic pink is a way to experiment with different hues and trends. Take a leaf from the styling book of Kim Kardashian by wearing head-to-toe pink, whether it’s a little pink dress or a 2000s-inspired Juicy Couture tracksuit.

Are you not ready to commit to a full pink outfit? Start with the accessories. If there’s one fashion rule that Barbie taught us, it’s that more is more. Get creative with pink accessories, and don’t be afraid to throw it back with vintage trends. Go down nostalgia lane and rediscover your favorite trends from the early 2000s.

Book an appointment at 212 Salon and Day Spa today to live your Barbie fantasy. Pink hair doesn’t have to be just a daydream.