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Unicorn hues, mermaid blues: Turn your hair into a dazzling canvas

Bored of browns, copper and gold highlights? Ditch them for oh-so-trendy otherworldly shades and brighten up your summer.

mumbai Updated: May 20, 2017 08:33 IST
Lavina Mulchandani
Lavina Mulchandani
Hindustan Times
Hair Colour,Mumbai,Summer
Rainbow is a very in do, if you can carry it off. (Shutterstock)
Things to know before you get started
  • Bright colours tend to make your hair dry. So let some extra moisture in by keeping your conditioner on for at least 3 minutes when you wash.
  • Cut down on shampooing so the dye lasts longer. Always rinse your hair with cold water.
  • Re-dye and trim regularly or your do could end up looking moth-eaten.
  • Sunlight can fade the colours, so stock up on trendy hats and scarves.

Millennial pink — that trendy shade of soft warm rose — is not just for millennials. Smoky violets are just for punk rockers. And you don’t need the monsoon to find a rainbow. The season’s trendiest hair colours are bright and bold and cleverly dyed in so you can rock them after hours and disguise them at work.

Dr Chanchal Jain, 28, a physician from Juhu gave her black locks a shiny multicoloured turn a few months ago. “It is a mix and match of bright violet, blue, pink and yellow,” she explains. The effect is commonly referred to as unicorn. “I got the bottom layer of my hair coloured so I could cover it with the outer layers when I needed to.”

Avani Yashwin, founder of Happy in the head hair salon in Bandra says that more relaxed work environments are allowing men and women to experiment with bright dyes. “The colours are sophisticated and innovative, we get people from all age groups, skin tones and professions, willing to give blending and mixing of hues a try. And it works for everyone,” she says. Here are some looks we love...

Vibgyor your head

Aalim Hakim, hairstylist at Hakims Aalim Hair N Tattoo Lounge salons, says he sees at least one customer a day asking to colour their whole head in an explosion of rainbow hues. “If you have a formal office setup or rules at college, opt for colour only on edges that you can hide under a bun or the outer layer of hair,” he says.

Sheefa Gilani, creative director at fashion blog Style Stash, flashes her unicorn hair (a mix of pink and purple).
If you have a formal office setup or rules at college, opt for colour only on the edges, which you can hide under a bun, beanie or outer layer of hair.

At Happy in the Head, customers pour in from other cities and even otherwise staid professions, and they’re not afraid of going full-rainbow. Anish Masand, 30, human resources professional at Broadcast Audience Research Council, Parel, got his hair coloured in hues of blue last week. “I had purple and silver hair in November, but the shades were fading and I am growing my hair long so I hid the fading with electric blue hues,” he says.

Payal Arora, 22, a media graduate, dyes her curls in several colours to much praise from friends. “I have waist-long black curly hair and I was bored of it,” she says, explaining her makeover. “

Anil Masand, 30, a human resources professional, flaunting his new blue glow.

Vrinda Makhija, freelance hairstylist and makeup artist from Khar recommends choosing a dye job that lets the colours show only when you’ve worn it up or created a side parting. That way, it’s easily hidden at the workplace. Yashwin recommends placement panels (different parts of hair such as underneath or sides) for a formal work setup.


Colouring your hair a bright shade from roots to tip is not the shock it used to be,” says Pia Balwani, founder and hairstylist at Hair Ok Please, Churchgate. “Because rainbow colours are not permanent [they wash out after a few months], they are safest to experiment with.”

Unicorn hair by Hakims Aalim Hair N Tattoo Lounge salon.

If you want to opt for full hair of colour, try subtler ashy and mocha shades, says Vikas Marwah, founder and hair stylist at Vikas Marwah’s hair salons across the city. “We also get kids who are trying on electric blue, the sunshine yellow and pink.”

First Published: May 19, 2017 15:57 IST