Pixelise your locks
Dyeing your hair is nothing new. Colourful, dark or ombré, it's all been done. But are you familiar with the latest pixelated trend?
Yep, you read that right; making your hair look as though it's made up of pixels! Whether you're tech savvy or just fancy a change, we've managed to get the lowdown on how this look is created and the best way to maintain it.
It's a good option for those of you who want a pop of colour rather than all-over coverage.
Clare Melling, UK Technical Manager of Revlon Professional, whose Neon range is the first specifically for pixelated hair, thinks it's the ideal choice for those looking for something daring.
"It’s new and exciting, and a great alternative to the ombré trend we’ve seen so much of recently," she explained to Cover Media. "To make the look more deliberate, clean and wearable, keep your pixels very particularly placed and make sure they are vibrant and bold, not faded. We’re all becoming much more adventurous when it comes to colour, which is really exciting."
Chris Williams, Rush International Colour Director, backs this up, stating that it's "not a look for the faint hearted".
But how is the distinct finish created? In simple terms, Chris explains that by taking fine pieces of hair, a shape is freehanded into the locks; usually a square. This is then repeated above the first section of hair, "moving the placement of the colour slightly to achieve a blurred, pixelated effect."
You want to make sure you have hair which will hold the style well, though. Chris says straight hair allows it to stand out, with Clare agreeing by noting straight and structured styles that boast "minimal movement and texture" are the best choices.
This is obviously a high-maintenance treatment, so if you want to keep it up, you need to make sure you have regular appointments.
Want to ease yourself in before going all out? Chris points out that you need to be clear on what you want the end result to be before proceeding.
"With this look, if a client is nervous, you could try leaving a veil of hair over the top, so that the colour can be concealed," he added of his approach.
Subtle shades similar to your natural colour are also a good place to start.
"I would also highly recommend trying this out in the fringe area, that way it’s more of a temporary technique that can be grown out easily," Clare noted.