5 Ways to Score Candy Colored Locks This Spring


While nudes are set to dominate faces and nails this season, editors, designers, and celebs shifted their vibrant shades to our strands. The latest example of the Technicolor trend taking over comes courtesy of W’s “Babes in Toyland” editorial in the magazine’s April issue. The pops of purple, bolts of blue, and a range of reds to play with have us feeling nostalgic for our high school days when our colors defied the drugstore shelf. If you’re looking for a vibrant way to spend the season, here are a few ways you can snag a hue for yourself:

Clip-ins – While extensions have become a beauty standard for most, a few false strands are an easy way to see what shades look the best. Many brands of extensions, including HairUWear, are made with human hair (not synthetic like when we were in school) so strands can withstand heat styling without the worry of melting.

Chalks – If you’re just testing driving the color concept, hair chalk offers the pigment without the commitment. Most come in the form of compacts, like Hot Huez, that allow you to slide on the dye without getting your fingers messy. L’Oreal Professionnel also carries a liquid form for salons to add a pop of pigments to a fresh cut or color.

Spray – Is a Jared Leto-worthy ombre or an all over color your objective? You don’t need to wait until Halloween to use a colored hairspray. Rita Hazan’s range of temporary colors can coat your strands without any worry of damage. Just be sure to keep the blast away from the roots or else you run the risk of staining your scalp. Yikes!

Demi-Permanent Dyes – We have plenty of memories of touching up our tresses in our dorm bathrooms with a demi-permanent or two. The color popped best against bleached blonde hair and could hang on for quite a few washes. Those familiar with boxed dyes can easily get into the glamorous groove with shades from Beyond the Zone and, of course, the classic Manic Panic.

Permanent Dyes – Yes, this is a big commitment, but it could have amazing results. With celebs like Nicole Richie as inspiration, brands like Vidal Sassoon have embraced bold colors with a new line of boxed dyes so you can snag the look without a stylist, and in some cases, without any bleach as well. Just remember to check the side of the box for realistic colors results.