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Trend on trial: rainbow hair


Step aside subtle highlights, au revoir ombré dip-dyed ends. There’s a more colourful hair trend in town for spring: rainbow stripes. At Ohne Titel, chunky lines of pastel pink and royal blue were painted from the hairline to the nape of the neck, tribal patterns were created at Ashish, and zebra inspired horizontal stripes were weaved into the back of models’ heads at Rodarte. In the spirit of Trend On Trial, we decided to fuse all three looks together with a candy-striped creation of our own using hair chalks. The question was: could we pull it off? And more importantly, would we want to wash it out immediately?

Evie Leatham Stylist’s Beauty Director says:

This is a grungier version of My Little Pony hair. I quickly got to work spraying multiple colours like a graffiti artist moonlighting as a hair stylist – the chalks can be sprayed or rubbed on. The results certainly garnered a few comments in the Stylist office: surprise, curiosity and, it has to be said, a few sniggers in the preamble before an important meeting. The best bit was how no-one could quite fathom how I did it with all the colours – if nothing else, it definitely worked as a conversation starter on the bus home. But in truth, it really wasn’t worth the rainbow dandruff I was dealing with by the end of the day.

Samantha Flowers, Stylist’s Beauty Editor Says:

When I was 16, I had pink hair. I also wore Vans sneakers, baggy jeans and hung out at the skate park with my BMX-mad boyfriend. But things change. Although it seems they don’t change that much, because here I am with rainbow streaks in my hair once more. This time around, however, I was channelling California’s cool girls rather than Sheffield skate park as I spritzed rainbow waves of aerosol hair chalks in horizontal lines. What started out as precise became a bit haphazard but therein lies its charm. As the shades blended together they gave a slightly worn, feathered look. If you’re going to Coachella, I thoroughly recommend it. As for me, I think this is one look that I’m going to leave to the posterity of these photographs.

The Verdict

From an emotional standpoint, this fusion of skater-girl and high fashion made us feel instantly happy – who wouldn’t feel great with Rainbow Briteesque hair? But that was in the safety of the photo studio. In reality, it looked like we’d been hair-bombed with powder paints; essentially we had. Candy-striped hair, we love the idea of you, but we think we’ll leave you to music festivals and fancy dress parties.

Thanks to boothnation.com



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