- A social media user has shared her own take on the ‘oil slick’ hair trend
- Jaye Harkness looks as though she has a simple black bob
- But when she runs her fingers through it, pops of colour are underneath
- Leading hairdresser Anthony Nader says it’s great for office workers
- The subtle take on the ‘oil slick’ colour trend has received praise online
It’s been a year of playful new hair trends – from mermaid locks to stunning pastel looks and glitter-inspired tresses.
Now, one of the most recent trends – dubbed the ‘oil slick’ look – has now evolved from layered iridescent blue, green and purple dye, into a more subtle yet impressive alternative.
Jaye Harkness, a Singaporean blogger, wowed social media with her take on the trend – the young singer and theatre student showing off her fun new look on her Tumblr page.
Ms Harkness’ hair appeared to look like a simple black bob style, however, when she runs her finger through it, flashes of colour appear beneath the surface.
‘I didn’t think of this myself. The general colour scheme is called “oil slick hair” and was first created by auracolourist on Instagram,’ Ms Harkness wrote on Tumblr.
‘If you notice, it’s actually under a section/layer of hair, so that’s more or less self-explanatory…just ask your hair person to do it under a layer (if your hair is layered and you want it subtle, make sure the layer is slightly longer than the top layers).’
In terms of how it was done, Ms Harkness said the hairdresser bleached her hair twice to remove existing dye and then sectioned it into ‘overlapping streaks of carefully chosen colours’.
Ms Harkness received a flood of praise for her subtle approach to the trend, which many saw as a great option for those wanting to experiment but be able to pick and choose when their colours showed.
‘Hair game strong. I need to start making bold choices now,’ one fan wrote.
‘I just got my hair done today. My stylist had no idea what to call it. All we could think of was peek-a-boo galaxy,’ another said.
‘You’re my new hair hero!’
‘Is this the mullet of the millenium? Business on top party down below….,’ another suggested.
Leading hairdresser Anthony Nader has labelled the style a ‘peek-a-boo’ hair colour and says it’s great for those who work in office.
‘It’s one of those colours where at work and attending those office meetings no one will ever know what treasure you have hidden underneath your top layer of hair,’ Mr Nader told Daily Mail Australia.
‘But when you walk out of the building at the end of your hard day, you can tie your hair up and let the party begin.’
Mr Nader described the perfect way to nail the style, stressing the importance of ‘placement’.
‘The hairdresser that’s colouring your once drab locks to now an exciting colour palate of hues needs to place those foils of colour correctly to achieve the right effect…if this doesn’t happen well…the hairdresser has failed dramatically,’ he said.
‘It’s a wonderful way to create texture and thickness to even the longest of hair and when the client throws there hair up into top knot or a half up,half down you can notice the variety of textured shades.’
Ms Harkness said while she loves her new look, it’s not cheap.
‘I will say it will probably cost you upwards of $250SGD ($245 Australian dollars),’ she revealed.
The ‘oil slick hair’ look was developed by New York-based colourist Aura Friedman earlier this year to jazz up darker hair without bleach.
Using intense purple, blue and green tones on an inky base colour, the process results in an iridescent effect also known as ‘duck feather’.
Unlike whole-head trends and lighter pastel shades, the deeper colours used to create the oil slick effect don’t fade so quickly and look more natural than other coloured styles.
By Laura House for Daily Mail Australia