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How to Get Elena's Pink Highlights

We have all grown accustomed to Elena's sleek, pin straight, brown hair throughout the four seasons of The Vampire Diaries. However, the great team over at TVD decided it is time for Elena to change her look.  At least for a little while.

In the March 21st episode of TVD, Elena sports a hot pink streak in her new, wavy hair.  Her hair is the complete opposite of her typical straight hair.  Now, Elena has a side part accentuated with a pink streak and soft, pretty curls.

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If you want to achieve this look, it's really easy.  Maybe you don't have the brown hair that Nina Dobrev has, but don't worry.  Nina's hair was completely transformed for this episode with the help of simple brown highlights and the pink streak.

For the pink streak, we recommend starting off by dying a hair extension magenta rather than jumping straight into a hair dye.  This way if the streak looks terrible in your hair or you feel like trying a different look from time to time, you can simply remove the extension instead another dye job that could damage your hair.

If you're feeling bold and want to completely imitate Elena's look, start by creating lighter brown highlights in desired spots of your hair.  Once finished, pick a strip of hair and dye it the your favorite perfect hue of pink.  Elena may only have one streak of pink in her hair, but that doesn't mean you can't go beyond that.  Go crazy adding streaks of pink all over.  Your hair is your cheapest accessory and experimenting with it can be fun and can totally change your look.  Just remember to always give your hair the proper care.  For the color treatment, be sure to use color specific shampoo and conditioner.

Another trend in hair color is hair chalking. The technique is fairly simple. Using your favorite color of chalk or pastel, simply color small sections of your hair and brush the dust out. The Beauty Department shows you the best tips for adding highlights with chalk or pastels.

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Give these hair color techniques a try, and check out Elena's new look on The Vampire Diaries Thursdays at 8pm on CW44.

Kristel Lugo/CW44 Tampa Bay

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