Pixelated hair, the hip new hair trend
Fancy some pixel style colorful graphics on your strands?
Ombré move over! Bolder highlights, stronger streaks, babylights (highlighting smaller sections of hair to mimic a child playing in the sun) are all big right now. But if you’re bold and daring, there’s a new, quirky hair color trend that’s become all the rage. Pixelated hair! As the name suggests it involves having pixel style graphics colored onto your locks. Pioneered by Spanish hair colorists Jose Luis Almendral, Marco Antonio Restrepo, and Jorge Cancer of Madrid’s X-presion Creativos, the look is making waves on social media.
Dubbed the ‘xpresionpixel’ look, the colorist trio posted some pics on their Instagram page to loud cheers by fashion trend watchers. So what is this new coloring trend all about? To begin with square blocks of color are soaked into strands before being blended and cascaded into one another to create a graphic, pixelated effect. You could go subtle or daring depending on your preference; opt for varying tones of your natural hair color or striking neon shades. Fast becoming a rage in salons in Spain, London and New York, beauty brand Revlon is also recreating the look for its campaign.
Hair color inspired by kaleidoscopic prints
Color is one of the safest ways to experiment with your looks and let’s face it, global colors, highlights, lowlights and more of their ilk are getting a bit boring. As Mumbai-based hair dresser Ahlan Chang says, “Many of my clients are getting adventurous and willing to try new color trends. I think this is a great trend for women who like to experiment with hair color and it will look amazing on straight hair.” The creators of the look say it was inspired by digital prints and kaleidoscopic patterns on the catwalk for SS15 just as 1970s video games were the inspiration for Vivienne Westwood’s MAN SS15 collection.
Restrepo says “the look works best on short, straight and structured styles where movement and texture are minimal. That way you can really show off the color and detail.” He also recommends experimenting with pixelated color on the fringe because it can be grown out easily if you don’t like the effect. “But for color suitability and placement I would recommend speaking to a professional color technician. Please don’t try and create this look at home!”
A mistake that became a rage
Like most inventions, this one too happened by accident! Jorge Cancer says the style “was created by mistake. We were in Minneapolis preparing a big show for 4,500 people and then, with one of the models, I got an effect in her hair that I didn’t expect. After that, we started to study and think until we got the trend as it is now.” He avers the style is easy to maintain and as hair grows out the pixels will just fall lower but still look stunning. Touch-ups are easy too! All you need to do is make a few more pixels closer to the roots.
It’s still too early to tell whether this marriage between digital art and real world hair styling will hold up. But it’s clearly taken the Western world by storm with scores of adventurous pretties sporting pixelated strands. Now the real question: are you willing to give it a go?