Holographic Hair Is The Latest Beauty Trend And It’s A Technicolor Dream

Holographic Hair Is The Latest Beauty Trend And It’s A Technicolor Dream

There are plenty of so-called beauty trends that aren’t worth your while—in fact, that’s probably the case with most of them. However, sometimes one comes along that’s so unique and so beautiful that you can’t help but admire it even if you’re not quite brave enough to try it yourself. Case in point? Holographic hair. It’s exactly what it sounds like and it’s incredibly beautiful.

  1. It takes a lot of time and hard work on the part of your stylist. Speaking to Tyla, Tina Farey, editorial director at Rush Hair, explained how the look works and just reading about it sounds exhausting! “Vibrant, semi-permanent color means people can express themselves and experiment with creative hair trends, including holographic hair,” Farey said. “To form the ‘prism’ effect, stylists paint shades of tonal color onto the hair freehand. Using foils like when creating traditional highlights or streaks won’t work here, as a three-dimensional look is needed.
  2. Wait, so how does it work? If you’re still confused about/in awe of how the holographic hair trend comes together and works, Farey explains further, “Iridescent textiles pick up light in small sections, highlighting the creases and folds, so in order to work we need to create the same effect in the hair. Rather than a block of colour, tonal rainbow shades are applied as one horizontal section, mimicking the look of a holographic texture.” Mind = blown.
  3. The look can fade quickly so you’ll have to be up on your hair maintenance. While committing to holographic hair will definitely require regular trips to the salon for touch-ups and to keep the look fresh, you can help yourself in between appointments by investing in color-saving shampoo and using color-safe dry shampoos between washes since the less you wash your hair, the longer the color should last.
  4. Even if you don’t want to try this yourself, you have to marvel at the beauty. Seriously, I could look at pictures of holographic hair all day long and never get tired. It’s beautiful! If you too want to drool over the incredible look, @fabhairbyjosh on Instagram is the place to go (though the #holographichair hashtag has some good results too).

Jennifer Still is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience. The managing editor of Bolde, she has bylines in Vanity Fair, Business Insider, The New York Times, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and many more.