One of Fall’s boldest hair trends was rainbow dye. We saw vibrant, technicolor stripes in yellow, red and blue on the models at Versace, lengths spray-painted in a seafoam hue backstage at Issey Miyake, and countless other variations of primary colors on the runway and the street style circuit. If you’re looking for a subtle way to inject some color into your wardrobe this season, a couple of here-and-there highlights in the season’s trending hues (such as Pantone’s color of the year, Greenery) is a chic way to do it, and it’s less damaging than a total hair color overhaul. Plus, if you’re indecisive and can’t decide on one shade, streaks give you the freedom to choose from all colors of the spectrum.
What can you expect when you root yourself in the salon chair for your hair transformation? After determining how many streaks you want, lengths are sectioned neatly with a finetooth comb, and coated in peroxide to lift the natural hair color, which creates a base for your desired pigment. The formula is washed off after 30 minutes, and fine strokes of colorful, semi-permanent hair dye are applied on the ends, using what looks like a paintbrush, and is worked upwards. The color lasts up to a month before it requires a touch-up.
However, if you’re not ready to take the plunge, there are several ways to test-drive streaks. Tape-in hair extensions come in a plethora of different shades, and last up to two months; hair shadow – such as Kevin.Murphy’s Color.bug offers creamy, high-intensity color that washes away in the shower.
US $25; AED/SAR 92
This commitment-free formula comes in pink, orange, purple and white to add a pop of color to your all-black wardrobe.
Amplified Squeeze Bottle
US $18; AED/SAR 66
Featuring 24 long-lasting shades that range from hot pink to deep blue, this damage-free formula promises high-voltage color without the need for peroxide.
US $6; AED/SAR 22
An easy way to add color into your lengths for hair today, gone tomorrow.