We’ve had enough of ecaille, we are so over ombre, and to hell with tortoiseshell. There is a new hair trend hitting the salons this fall, and it is all about rainbow ‘oil slick’ hair colour.
But this is no pastel party, this latest colour technique focuses on deep and intense purples, blues and sea greens to create a beautiful ‘oil slick’ effect on hair.
What is the Rainbow ‘Oil Slick’ Technique?
The rainbow oil slick is a colour dye sensation developed by New York-based colourist Aura Friedman. She designed the colour application in order to give brunettes a sheen of colour without having to resort to using bleach.
The oil slick colours of jade greens, turquoise blues and midnight purples are applied onto an inky base, which then results in the iridescent effect. This is also known as ‘duck feather’.
The oil slick colour technique is the absolute opposite to Aura’s ‘Opal Effect’, in which blonde’s had more fun with pretty candy colours in summer.
This fall however, it’s all about dark and inky hues, and Aura spoke to Popsugar and explained the inspiration for the technique:
“I’ve been trying to re-create gasoline or oil when it’s on the ground and it rains,” she said. “I find that when you take a dark purple and a dark green and layer them one on top of the other, you end up with this iridescent feeling.”
Who best suits the Rainbow Oil Slick Technique?
Aura recommends this particular colouring for darker haired women and adds that is a great colour to go for this fall as it uses the darker colours of the rainbow:
“It will also be great for people who naturally have dark hair and don’t want to go through a major bleaching process,” she explained. “You don’t have to lighten it so much to get it there, so your hair will be in better condition.”
One other bonus is that whilst pastel shades tend to fade quickly, darker hues are hardier, so they are likely to stay in for longer.
Aura is no stranger to creating trend setting colour techniques. She is widely credited with starting the hugely popular ombre sensation after she bleached the ends of singer MIA’s tresses. She later called the trend ‘surfer hair’ before the term ombre took over.
She then went onto create the ‘splashlights’ effect, in which a band of bright colour was placed horizontally across the hair.
Aura can be found working at the renowned Sally Hershberger Salon, and has over 28,000 followers on Instagram, who avidly watch her every colour move. She has a fan base of celebrities that includes such stars as Lady Gaga, Sophie Dahl, Jennifer Lawrence, and Santigold, as well as many models.
What Aura loves to do is create new bold colour looks, but ones that do not look too unnatural.
In another interview with HelloGiggles.com she said that she “[keeps] the look organic by emulating nature, keeping the roots darker, ends lighter. . . no matter what colour or shade.”
“I also like to accent areas, eyes or bone structure that are an asset and stand out,” she added. “My goal is to always bring out the beauty and character of the person I’m working with.”