- (L to R) Audrey Kitching, Raquel Reed, Jeffree Star, Lady GaGa
Colored hair has made its rise from the streets to the runways of the hottest fashion designers. Ten years ago a person with green hair was heavily frowned upon and probably the one getting tattooed and sharing heroine needles, or so would be presumed.
Three years ago, Juicy Couture featured old ladies donning pink, purple, blue, and yellow hair for their spring ad for their signature fragrance, alongside a heavily tattooed (and SUPER hot, might I add) male model. Last spring, TeenVogue showcased girls with hot pink and teal streaks in their hair. Teenage “role models” and “scene superstars” Raquel Reed and Audrey Kitching are well known for their Teal and Pink hair, respectively and even have helped these girls land modeling jobs with more alternative couture companies. Even Lady Gaga was seen with bright yellow hair in her Telephone video.
This season, bold locks are on more high fashion runways and models than ever before, and I can tell this trend isn’t slowing downsoon!
Now, why should you try out this trend? #1, you’re young. you’re allowed to experiment and have fun. Also, its just about summer. If you’re not working in an office or high end place where you need to be 100% presentable then try it out! You don’t have to go and bleach and dye, but there are semi permanent and wash out alternatives as well!
Credit to Greg Easton Photography
I personally dyed my hair about 4 different crazy colors within the past year, as well as receiving tons of advice from how to get that perfect color permanently or to wash out.
If you want to go for a permanent, my trusting hair Guru friend Celsa suggests a specialist. They will know where to get that perfect dye and how long to leave it on for, as well as how to guide you into the proper care for your newly colored tresses. Celsa also says that Pravana Chroma Silk is the best and most trusted among professionals and comes in a large array of favorable shades and colors. Sadly, this lust worthy dye is only purchase able by pros. For more about this and other permanent dyes, check out Celsa’s blog at www.projectjayneriot.tumblr.com
Now, semi permanent is more my forte. If you have dark hair, be sure to bleach it first. Trust me on this one, bleach is your friend. You’ll need developer, the bleach powder, and a non metal bowl and mixing spoon. Supposedly you’re not supposed to apply it to your scalp, but I’ve never suffered from it. After you’ve bleached your hair to a pale blonde or white if you’re lucky with healthy hair, you’re ready to add color! I prefer to use Manic Panic or Raw, found at Hot Topic or Sally’s Beauty supply. Teal is really pretty, as is purple. Be careful with red, as it fades quickly to a pink so you should stock up if you want to keep it radiantly red.
if you’re not into bleaching and ruining your hair, there are still alternatives.
image from PhotoBucket.com
Sally’s Beauty supply, as well as Wal Mart I hear, has hair mascara. They are wands of color to apply to your hair for a streak affect. Much better looking than gross spray in hair color we all used to use for Halloween and spirit day!
For those of you who fear ruining and adding products to your hair, Sally’s and Hot Topic both carry colored clip in extensions. I’ve used them, but you have to make sure they are hidden and are clipped in securely.