DIY Dip-Dyed Hair
Actress Jamie King transforms into an ice maiden with pale blue and mauve highlights. Photo: getty
Back in high school, adding a few ‘non-natural’ highlights to your hair was up there with skipping class and smoking in your uniform as grounds for suspension. But fast-forward to 2012 and it seems that colouring your hair all kinds of crazy is, well, de rigueur. You only have to look at pop icons Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, as well as models Coco Rocha and Charlotte Free, to know the quirkier, more theatrical you are with your hair colour choices, the hotter your reputation.
Although going down the blue-rinse road may not be for everyone, you owe it to yourself to try a macaroon-shade, like lavender, peach, mint-green or pink, on the ends for summer. Enter this little ball of fun. It’s a mess-free, rub-on, wipe-off hair powder that offers instant, pop-bright colour, without the in-salon commitment. Kind of like eye shadow for your locks, word on the street is that hair stylist Kevin Murphy, was inspired to create the powder after using blush backstage to create highlights in model’s hair.
Get The Look
To get the look, start by blow-drying a styling product, such as a volumising mousse or sea salt spray into the hair. The prepping stage is not only essential for creating texture in the hair, it also works as a setting agent to give the powder something extra to bind to. Then, once you’re happy with the amount of grittiness in the hair, all you need to do is rub the powder into the ends before setting the product with a light mist of hairspray.
You can take your pick from pink, purple and orange: Kevin Murphy Color.Bug, $24.95.
The other advantage of the powder is that you can fine-tune the intensity of the colour. Simply tweak the combination of styling products used in the prepping stage. If you’re keen to keep things subtle, spraying a generous amount of dry shampoo through the ends will instantly knock back the powder for a chalky, barely-there-looking tint. Or for a statement finish, you can follow Coco Rocha’s lead by working a cream or gel-based styling product, such as a texturising paste or shine serum through the hair for a more concentrated pop of colour.