A cute new trend is popping up all over the place, showing that done right, a hint of bright color can be a great way to shake up your hair without going off the emo deep end. Barely there pinks, purples, and blues are making their way onto the runway and into magazines.
Here are some tips for doing it right—
1. This trend works best on lighter colored hair. Think of it like trying to use a highlighter on black paper—you won’t see it.
If your hair is darker and you don’t want to bleach all of it to hell, try streaks or umbre.
If you’re blonde and you want streaks or umbre, be careful! When you wash your hair the color may bleed onto the untreated parts
2. Bright hair colors have big molecules, so they don’t tend to penetrate the hair shaft as deeply as a color like black—that’s why it fades so quickly. You can try my old route of using an undiluted color and letting it wash out, but that can be tricky if it doesn’t fade evenly.
This has to do with the hair’s porosity. Think of your hair like a sponge: if it has a lot of holes (i.e. if it’s been damaged by heat or chemical processes), it will soak up more liquid but not hold it very well.
3. Your best bets? Go to a stylist and have her dilute the color. This ensures that you get whole head, longer lasting coverage that is relatively low risk and the results are immediate.
Alternatively, you can have her do a color wash, which is done at the shampoo bowl. Mix up the hair color with shampoo and massage it into your hair, leaving it on for a few minutes depending on the type of dye and the desired intensity. Rinse out and tah-dah! The color won’t last as long, which is great for experimentation.