Fear No: Rainbow Hair Tuesday 13 March, 2012
A rainbow of candy colored, temporary hair hues paraded down the Spring 2012 runways, but can you pull off the rainbow-tress trend? In three words: Yes, you can.
I’ve always been experimental with my haircolor. This has lead to both amazingly gorgeous creations and frightfully disastrous snafus. I’ve lost hair. I’ve endured stares. (Though I don’t really care.) I’ve stained pillowcases and towels, bathroom grout and beloved shirt necklines. But as you shake your head at me in dismay, let me be honest with you: I have no regrets. The highs, I think, outweigh the lows. When I hit that perfect percentage of pigment—that power prismatic hair high—there’s nothing like it.
So I’m always chasing that perfect color (for that moment)—that one that suits me (right then), and saites my desire to sport something a little bit beyond the norm (at that point). (As you can tell, my tastes change constantly. My haircolor is always a moment-to-moment decision.)
So the Spring 2012 runways? Met with pure glee from me. Haircolor being used as a catwalk instrument—it’s not typical, due to the sheer amount of time it takes to dye strands. (We all know this; when was the last time you were “in and out” for a haircolor service? You weren’t, I’m betting.) But this spring season, everything from glue-in extensions to clay powder transforms tresses with refreshing hues, such as terracotta, turquoise and cornflower. Here’s a look at some of the finest.
At Peter Som, Wella Professionals color ambassador Aura Friedman paints extensions in varying shades of rose gold—a color she’s betting will be the “it” hue of the season for those who want to dip into something a little “different” without going full-on cotton-candy pink. (By the way, Aura’s behind rapper M.I.A.’s crazy-hued hair, as well as Sky Ferreira’s artfully ombréd mane. And she’s also the colorist for that flossy pink color I theorized over in this post.)
How best to dress a cone-head? With a bit of spray-on hair paint, as Wella Professionals global creative director Eugene Souleiman does at Issey Miyake. Taking his inspiration from the floral prints and shapes found in the collection, he blasts multiple hues onto the hair, fading each one into the next to stunning effect.
Not all temporary haircolor comes in a spray can or tube; as Odile Gilbert (working with Kérastase) proves at Thakoon, you can use clay powder to craft your color. First, she dusts the hair with one of the many colors of dry clay powder—which, wouldn’t you know, is actually used to help aid digestion. (Funny fact, that is!) Then, she paints over that dry dusting with a different color clay, but this time, she uses a mixture of clay powder and water so that the texture is more paste-like.
Once again, Eugene goes technicolor—but this time, he’s shellacking strands at Narciso Rodriguez, a designer who he says, “Doesn’t usually let me go this crazy!” Though Narciso asked for pink haircolor originally, Eugene felt that shade had been “done,” so he trades in that up-and-coming hair hue for less-obvious choices, such as lavender, tangerine, turquoise and white, all created using Kryolan Color Spray.
Why you too should have no fear: Okay—maybe you don’t see yourself rocking a full head of blue hair. Moreover: Maybe you don’t see yourself rocking a full head of clay-filled blue hair. I dig ya. But that’s not the big picture here. The thread that runs through all of these looks are that the color methods used are temporary. There’s absolutely no commitment. (Except, a word to the lightest towheads out there: Darker pigments can grab hold of your hair a little longer—especially if you chemically lighten your hair—proceed with caution.) So, when you’re feeling a little artsy, try some clip-in extensions in one of the dustier, more fashion-forward hues (read: not neon, but rather, a powdery yellow or pink), or try a spray-in haircolor for some spur-of-the-moment color sensation. Take your cue from the placement of the rose-gold streaks seen at Peter Som: Allow your extensions or spray-painted sections to peek through your natural color, near where your part is (side or center). Or, go the ombré route: Dip-dye the last two to three inches of your hair with a pastel spray or powder. (Kevin Murphy Color.Bug is a handy buy!) And then, when it comes time to start a new day—wash it out or remove those clips! And no one will be the wiser. (Except maybe all of your “friends” on Facebook. You know you posted those pics of your fly new hair on Facebook.)
Which temporary haircolor creations do you love from the Spring 2012 runways?
(Thakoon images: courtesy of NARS; all others: Beautylaunchpad.com)