The future may be upon us in the world of hair. Long gone are the days of ombréand pastel greys, the new trend that is popping up everywhere is pixelated hair. This trend takes retro aspects such as neon colors and simple graphics and combines it with the futuristic tone of the Jetson’s and digital art. It’s a combination like nothing Lionesse has ever seen and people are stating to pay attention.
This trend was created in Spain by Jose Luis Almendral, Marco Antonio Restrepo, and Jorge Cancer at a hair research company, and it takes takes square blocks of hair and dyes them to look like the pixels on a digital screen. Interestingly enough, this style was actually initiated by a mistake during a big show. This unexpected effect on the hair sparked further studying and trials until it became the trend it is today.
Reminiscent of mine craft for your hair, this look is not as complicated at it seems, though it is recommended that you seek a professional, rather than attempting to recreate the look at home. Square blocks of colour are dyed into the hair in a layered graphic pattern, creating the look of a pixelated photo. This trend works best on straight short hair, as there is less potential for movement, as thus a disruption of the pattern. The best part about the look is that maintenance is easy. As your hair grows out, the pixels will simply move down, while staying mostly intact. Though hair does grow at different rates, and some blurring is bound to occur on the straight edges of the squares, this may only add to the look. Extra pixels can also be added to the top of your head as hair grows if desired.
This trend first started to snowball in Revlon’s Neon Collection 2014 campaign. Adding bright neon pixels to the models hair really stood out as a bold move that quickly gained attention from the press. Being the first to launch this trend in America, Revlon took a risk that is definitely going to pay off. With a seminar being hosted at Xpresion in Madrid, teaching of the techniques required to successfully pull off this look, the popularity of pixelated hair has the potential to increase dramatically and rapidly.
Like most trends, people fall on two sides of the spectrum in the beginning. There are those that initially love it and jump on board and there are those who hate it and feel very strongly about it being unpopular. Either way, this trend is blowing up on the hashtag “#xpresionpixel” and will probably be around for a while. Lionesse hopes that much like the ombré trend, more people will get on board as they get used to the idea.