Unnatural hair colors originated from the punk scene in the 70’s, and have been popular in various counterculture communities ever since, including goths and emos. However, over the past few years they have made it into mainstream fashion, with a lot of celebrities and fashionistas sporting bold, bright locks.
There is a lot of great hair color inspiration on the web, on sites like My New Hair Styles, to help you find a look to go for. However, there are some things you should know before taking the plunge.
Home or Salon?
If you are interested in getting an unnatural colored look for yourself, whether it is multi-colored unicorn hair, a pretty pastel ombre, or a vivid block of color, it can be fairly easy for most people to achieve, either at the salon or at home.
There are several brands sold in mainstream hair and beauty shops as well as online that can help you get the look you want at home, including Crazy Color, Manic Panic and Directions, plus most salons are able to offer the more complicated color styles now that they have become such a big trend.
The decision on whether to dye at home or in the salon really comes down to how complicated the color look you want is, and whether your hair is already light enough to achieve it. You need light or bleached hair for the colors to show up as intended. If you already have this and are going for a uniform color or a simple streak, dying at home can be a good option. It is inexpensive, and these dyes are essentially pigments suspended in conditioner, so won’t damage your hair. If you need to be lightened first or want rainbow hair, then the salon is the place to go.
Unnatural colors are temporary dyes. They fade out after a few weeks, and you may not really like the faded version of your bold color as it transitions back. To avoid this washed out look you can of course dye it again, but it is something to be mindful of.
Unnatural colored dyes will stain your hands if you don’t wear gloves, and also just about anything else they come into contact with. This is easy to prevent, but what most people don’t know is that they can also stain your hair. While the bold color is temporary, the final fade may not leave your hair back at the blonde or bleached shade it was before you dyed it, and some lingering color may remain. You can address this in various ways, such as bleach baths and color correctors, but sometimes you will need to dye over it to get rid of that faint tinge. Red and blue tend to be the worst offenders for this.
If you are happy with all of this and ready to go, why not check out some of the beautiful styles online and choose your new, colorful hairstyle?