With the trendy rainbow hair still a major player in the hair color industry, there’s just no end to the advancement of even more options joining in this revolution of color application methods and colors, with this one actually being the LAST one you would ever believe to make it to such places as the catwalks and top salons of the world. Just try calling your grandmother and tell her that you are getting ready to spend big bucks to have your hair dyed gray, and then wait, without saying another word. While there may be a significant period of silence that follows, it’ll probably be broken by either you saying, “Grandma, Grandma?” (or whatever you endearingly call her) or her responding with something similar to “You’re kidding,” or “Yeah, right.” Don’t waste a lot of time explaining something that she just won’t ‘get,’ but instead, pay her an in-the-flesh visit, Skype with her, send her a picture or video of you, once the process is done, and then see how she responds. Hard for Grandmas everywhere to believe, but it’s the newest, hottest trend to hit in a long time.
Gray Goes Big and Vibrant
The brilliant rainbow hair effect was followed by an even more far-fetched coloring fete, brought into being by superior hair design colorist Vadre Grigsby. Grigsby is with Pravana, the company that is the motivating force behind this incredibly trend-charged “Go gray, or go home” look. This color effect, referred to as the Smokestack, gets its name from the colors of skyward bound smoke as it moves away from a smokestack and disperses into the daytime sky…it’s an artful blend of ombre-imagery that incorporates the most lovely grays and violets, in a masterful process that replicates a smoke effect for a marvelously unique ambiance for fashion-forward hair, everywhere. And actually, simply qualifying this process as “gray” inadequately describes it. What is occurring here begins with the graying effect that’s achieved by the complementary layering of purples and violet blue pastel colors with gray in incremental degrees of value throughout the hair.
A well-known secret among all leading color professionals–and not only just within the hair industry, either–the added presence of black to all hues of all colors in all shades serves to sculpt each color into a vividly different creation–even more so than how we look at adding white in different volumes. This smokey, thoughtfully applied look comes from richer jewel tones that can be effectively blended with pastels to take on a dreamlike, ethereal quality that while subtle, is impressively gorgeous. What conveys is a distinctively romantic presence of a simpler time, long ago, while doing nothing to add years to anyone’s look. This effect is anything but colorless, or monochromatic.
This technique begins with hair that is recently bleached, and evenly so. Great care must be exercised to prevent excess dye from coming in contact with hair in another section. The bleached hair must be sectioned off into six separate sections that are relatively equal in proportion, with perhaps a tad more volume in the first section, which involves the section of hair at the nape of the neck. Beginning with a triangle of hair from the nape of the neck section. The darkest value of deep purple is applied here. Place foil atop this dyed section. Moving up and forward, the next section of hair is approximately two inches closer toward the face. This would be painted with a vibrant purple, upon which foil is placed. The third shade receives more of a periwinkle blue-purple color, and with foil between each two painted sections, the next section would receive a lighter hue of the vibrant purple used in the second section. The next section is to receive a shade of deep lavender that is grayed-out by the addition of a bit of black, and finish off, with a pale purple painted upon the section of hair next to the face.
What to Expect
This process, being on bleached hair, is almost instant. Do not leave on too long. Finish by Shampooing, conditioning and drying/styling. To best preserve the effects, refrain from using really warm wash and rinse water–keep it as cool as possible. And limit the styling products you use and the volume of heat you apply in styling. One thing’s for sure: This style is a multidimensional, full on head-turner you’re gonna love!