City Beats January 31, 2017 15:35

It’s safe to say that 2017 was one magical, dreamy and funky time in haircolor trends. Wearing not just one, but a whole rainbow of colors, isn’t so shocking anymore.

Looking for some outside-of-the-box hair colour ideas for your next hair service? Check out these top fantasy hair trends of 2017 for some fun options.

Taking inspiration form the post punk, early gothic era of the eighties dark hair is muted to almost black and then infused with strategically place panels of grey, silver and deep blue beautiful


Just like the gemstone, opal hair subtly plays on many colours of the rainbow all at once. For this dreamy look, your colourist will first lighten your hair to a pearl shade (almost grey, but not quite), add toner and then follow it up with an application of pastel shades throughout the lengths of the hair. The result is iridescent hair with a soft metallic finish that’ll have you noticing a different colour at every angle.

To get gorgeous opal hair or many of the fantasy hair colour trends to be discussed, a technique called fluid hair painting is used. It requires you to lean back on the edge of a table so your hair is fanned out. With your hair flat against the surface, your colourist will be able to control and clearly see how the colour he/she applies will melt from top to bottom. The effect is more natural-looking hair colour.


This trend proves you don’t have to go super light or be blonde to pull off a rainbow of colours. With oil slick hair, dark hair is the backdrop for iridescence. Here, cool shades of green, purple, yellow and blue hair dye are applied so they resemble the pretty swirl of rainbow colours seen atop an oil slick. If you have super dark hair, your colourist may apply lightener and toner on your hair before applying the hair dye.


Consider this the sneaky way to pull off a wild hairstyle. Instead of showcasing your fantasy colour in plain view, with underlights, the base color is hidden is hidden below the top layers of hair—and people who have been wearing this trend have opted for a full rainbow of colours, no less.

To get underlights, your stylist pins up the top layers of your hair (from around the tops of your ears and above) and only bleaches and colours the remaining layers of hair underneath. To flaunt underlights, you can put your hair in an updo or half-up style, but as soon as you undo your hair and wear it down, your underlights won’t be as noticeable anymore.


No, we’re not talking about Princess Ariel. The mermaid hair trend that’s going strong is a blend of vibrant, cool-toned, sea-inspired colours like sea foam green, cerulean, turquoise and even magenta and orchid. Getting mermaid hair usually requires lifting hair until it’s light enough to display the brighter colours. Then hair dye gets added (hair painting is a great technique for this). The effect is something right out of a fairytale.


Another more specific variant of rainbow hair, sunset hair looks exactly like it sounds—a hair colour that blends the colours of the sunset, including bright red, orange and deep purple. It’s a vibrant, warm and definitely bold hair colour that may require bleaching and can also be achieved through hair painting.


Soft, candy-coloured shades of pale pink, baby blue, mint green or lilac define this ultra feminine-looking hair colour. To get pastel hair, hair may need to be bleached until it’s light enough to show the various shades. Then a colouist paints the hair with pastel-coloured hair dye.


“Blorange”: a mix of tones that resembles a blood orange, bleeding together blonde, red, orange & pink hues, creating a peachy subtle ’sunset’ effect. The mix of warm and cool tones means that just about anyone can wear it. It brightens up most skin tones and looks just as flattering on curly hair as it does on straight hair.


Thanks to the silver hair trend, it’s now cool to go grey—no matter what age you are. While it’s certainly on the subtle end of the fantasy hair colour spectrum, it’s still quite attention-grabbing. To rock this trend, your colourist may bleach your hair very light first, then add toner, and then apply hair dye to give hair a silver hue.


In this hair-colouring technique, the ends of your hair look like they’ve been dipped in a contrasting colour. Currently, the trend is dip dyeing hair in bright colours like hot pink. Although both dip dye and ombre hair colouring feature a different shade at the roots and a different shade at the ends, the main difference is in the middle colour. In ombre, the middle colour is similar to the colour of the roots and ends, while in dip dye, there is no middle colour. As a result, dip dye hair makes the ultimate fantasy colour statement.


For those not ready to commit to colouring their entire head of hair, the rainbow trend may be the way to go. Here, a section of hair are dyed a bright range of colours, bringing much attention to the centre of the face .This can be in the fringe area, as a hidden side panel or place underneath at the nape

Whichever fantasy hair colour you choose, don’t forget to employ a haircare routine to keep your hair colour looking fab as long as possible. The Redken Color Extend Magnetics line is all about protecting hair colour and promoting shine. Use the Color Extend Magnetics Sulfate Free Shampoo to keep your hair colour looking vibrant, since a sulfate free shampoo is gentler on colour-treated hair.

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