Dye Hard: How to Do Candy-Colored Hair Right
Pictured: Oliver Stummvol photographed by Mert & Marcus for Versace Fall-Winter 2015/16
We’re talking vibrant, very mom-unfriendly shades of lichen green, ice blue, and cotton-candy pink. Here, Joseph Mullen, colorist for lon Studio salon in SoHo, New York, shares his expertise. Because we never thought we’d say this, but it might be time to give your head the Technicolor treatment.
“First, you’ve got to strip your natural hair color (yes, even if you’re blond). But bleaching isn’t as risky as you’d think—you can hardly get it wrong. Also, if you’re prone to dandruff, it can actually help dry out your scalp and remove the residue caused by excess oil in your hair.”
“Consult with your colorist to see if the shade you want suits your skin tone and if you’ll be able to pull it off. Rather than going for a color-block dye, ask your hairdresser for a more multidimensional look. They could give the roots a darker shade of the same color to create a shadow and work with different intensities of color throughout your hair by painting highlights and lowlights. This balayage technique will make your hair look ‘natural’ even if you’re changing it to blue.”
“The secret to keeping your color looking fresh is to keep it hydrated. Choose a moisturizing shampoo specific to colored hair and a moisturizing conditioner rich in proteins like Christophe Robin Wheat Germ Mask (8 oz., $39; Christophe-Robin.com). Styling products don’t have much effect on the color itself, so just keep using your favorite.”
Brave enough to let your inner punk out? Here’s your DIY kit.
Manic Panic Flashlightning Bleach Kit 30 Volume
Apply evenly, wash out, and say “bye bye” to your natural pigments. Follow with the hair dye of your choice. 4 oz., $12.60; ManicPanic.com
Manic Panic High Voltage Classic Cream
The possibilities are endless with 38 different colors — some even glow in the dark! 4 oz., $13.95; ManicPanic.com
Sans Nourishing Hair Wash
A sulfate-free shampoo with natural antioxidants to prevent color fade. 8 oz., $36; Sansceuticals.com
O&M Frizzy Logic
Rich in argan oil, this serum can be used sparingly to rejuvenate your scalp and nourish your hair after the job is done. .33 oz., $10.95; OriginalMineral.com