Whereas 2014 was all about the ombre, this year hair trend have gone ever so technical. Say hello to the pixelated style, the latest quirky trend that has already garnered a few celebrity fans.
What is pixelated hair?
The look features pixelated blocks of colour, expertly dyed onto the hair, which then resemble pixel graphics. This new pixelated trend is the brainchild of three hair colourists in Spain.
Jose Luis Almendral, Marco Antonio Restrepo, and Jorge Cancer of Madrid’s X-presion Creativos put the look together and called it ‘xpresionpixel’.
Soon after the three posted pictures of the style on Instagram, beauty experts sat up and took notice. And beauty giants Revlon loved it so much that they used it for one of their campaigns.
How do you achieve it?
The quirky colour trend is pretty difficult to achieve, so we wouldn’t recommend you try it at home. But it involves soaking several square blocks of colour into the hair before they are then blended. When the hair is dried, the blocks mesh into one another creating the fantastic modern graphic effect.
You can also get different looks by messing about with the pixels. Choose natural tones that match your own hair colour for a subtle style, or go bold with bright contrasting colours that clash and are more noticeable.
Now that the style is out on social media, word is that the trend is spreading from Spain to London and New York. Rebecca Counsel, who is the Art Director at HARE&BONE, said:
“The Pixelated Colour placement has been a growing trend in the hair industry for some months now. Colour is fast becoming one of the key style areas to really experiment with your look and create something individual.”
Some experts are saying that the new style was inspired by the many digital prints on this years’ runway:
“For me, the look is really inspired by digital prints and kaleidoscopic patterns on the catwalk for SS15 – from Elie Saab to Gareth Pugh. The structure of the pixelated placements also link back to 1970s video games which were an inspiration for Vivienne Westwood’s MAN SS15 collection,” said Counsel.
What hair suits pixelated hair best?
This trend works best on straight hair, as it really is all about the colour and details of the dyeing. Those with short and structured styles could really pull off this look.
“This look works best on short, straight and structured styles where movement and texture are minimal, that way you can really show off the colour and detail. I would also highly recommend playing with a trend like this that’s so transitional in the fringe area, that way it’s more of a temporary technique that can be grown out easily,” said Counsel, who advised:
“For colour, suitability and placement I would recommend speaking to a professional colour technician and do not try to create this look at home!.”
Amy Fish, Colourist at George Northwood, added:
“This is for those cool kids who are a little bit over pink and blue dip dye and want to try something a bit more effective. It’s not for everyone’s hair type, and will look best when the hair is straight.’