It’s messy but unquestionably fun and funky. Here’s a look at the unconventional colour trend that is drip-dying hair.
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This is one you definitely want to head to the salon for – and hope that your colourist has an open mind. Drip dye hair emerged in 2018 as a new colouring trend and quickly achieved viral popularity – probably for how messy the application is, and how funky the multi-coloured style appears. Ready to look like a rainbow-haired ‘80s cartoon character or My Little Pony? Read on.
Drip dye hair, or drip hair colour, is pretty much the opposite of a carefully hand-applied balayage. Basically, you pour or drip colour onto your bleached, ready-to-colour locks. Before the pouring though, your hair is divided into layers, and sheets of plastic (or clingwrap) are used to separate out and protect these different sections. This ensures that when the different dyes – which have been diluted down so they’re more liquid than usual – are poured onto your strands, the different hues don’t blend together in one muddy brown. Instead, a multi-layered colouring is achieved, with a wide-toothed comb used to spread the colour and determine the end results.
To try this technique, you’ll need a considerable amount of courage and an openness to mess. Neat freaks need not apply as the experience has been described as feeling like an egg has been cracked over your head.
You also need to trust your stylist’s ability to mix and balance out the colour so there’s an even distribution. Choosing complementary colours is advised with this look, although a lot boils down to your adventurous spirit. With drip dyeing you could cover your entire head with vivid shades, or you could adopt a more muted effect just on your tips.
The brighter your choice of hues, the faster they’re likely to fade. To delay this process, use a salon-quality product range designed specifically for colour-treated hair. One example is L’Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Vitamino Colour A-OX. The name is a mouthful but the products in this series will help to protect your colour and nourish your bleached locks so they feel as vibrant as they look.
The objective with this look is to have fun, but, as always, you should talk to your stylist for a professional opinion and hair assessment unique to you.
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