When California girl Katy Perry hit the streets for Paris Fashion Week sporting her signature blue locks and nobody so much as batted an eyelash, our minds started reeling with the possibilities. If Katy Perry can kibbitz with Karl Lagerfeld and Lady Amanda Harlech (not to mention be one of the vital successful women in America) in full blue glory, then what’s stopping the remainder of us from adding a little bit of fun to our own strands? In response to Wella Professionals Color Ambassador Aura Friedman, attaining blue locks is all about proper procedure and maintenance.
“I do not recommend coloring your own hair blue at home,” Friedman says.
Blue hair has come a long way since its punk rock heyday within the 1980s. Gwen Stefani, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga and Kelis have all donned the once-subversive style. Those outside the music scene have also tried out the look (see: Marc Jacobs, Juliette Lewis and Zahara Jolie-Pitt). The fashion world even gave its own nod to blue hair on the Narcisso Rodriguez and Thakoon spring 2012 runway shows.
Dying your hair blue will take some planning together with your colorist though. “There isn’t a set method for coloring hair blue except that for those who desire a vibrant tone, bleaching can be part of the method,” Friedman says. Before choosing a shade, think about your base color, since this may dictate the quantity of bleaching necessary and help avoid a botched dye job.
“In case your hair is dark, you’ll have to bleach it to a really pale blonde color before adding blue to it. If there is an excessive amount of yellow before you add blue, you end up with green or teal tones. For those who only lift to an orange or red color, you’ll find yourself with a purple tone,” she adds.
Friedman also warns against neglecting your hair within the weeks following your appointment. “Using products that seal in color is essential,” she says. Wella’s Brilliance Shampoo, Conditioner and Treatment For Colored-Treated Hair are some of her recommendations. She also suggests washing your hair only once or twice per week if you may.
Here’s a couple of more tips from the color expert:
For a less avant-garde and noncommittal look, you possibly can instead add blue hair extensions or a weft, a hair piece that can be added by clipping or gluing, like Selena Gomez did.
Since most blue dyes are inclined to bleed, a cold water rinse within the shower will help prevent fading.
To keep the color vibrant, mix the direct dye colors with conditioner and run through your hair once per week.
Most importantly, don’t take the look too seriously, Friedman says. “It is fun.”
What do you think of the blue hair trend? Would you give it a try?
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