The newest hair color trend brings out your inner anime self. Pixelated hair coloring involves blocks of color placed strategically on the hair to resemble computer pixels. Think Tetris blocks or Minecraft characters! Look online and you will see lots of inspirations for #pixelcolor in various color blocks, including a rainbow of pixel blocks that make your hair look like it came straight from a computer program.
Although this trend may raise eyebrows from your bosses when you report to work the next day with blue and green blocks of color on your tresses, there is a tamer way of wearing this trend to give your hair oomph and dimension. I was able to try it at BDJ Box’s first makeup party at Salon Beauvoir. So how to get this pixelated hair color that has the office dress code approve? Let’s find out!
Senior hairstylist Monette Rivera first examined my hair texture and base color. My hair is naturally thick and wavy and at that moment sported an ash color. I told her my hair really holds color well. With my skin tone, natural hair pigments, and current base color in mind, she was able to come up with an office-friendly pixelated style to suit me.
Monette chose red, copper, orange, and ash highlights blended together. She used TIGI hair color, and the color combo is perfect for my wash-and-go lifestyle. TIGI does not fade easily or turn into a rusty color right away, even with red, which is notorious for that kind of fade.
Pixelated color is tricky to apply, because you have to get the shape of the color right. The colors were applied in sections of my hair, with plastic wrap sandwiched in between so that each layer stays true to its color. For the left side of my head, I had red highlights all the way up to my roots. The color was left to “develop” on my hair for approximately 20 minutes before shampooing, but the time varies per customer depending on your hair length and texture. After rinsing, my hair was blow-dried and styled into its signature waves.
As you can see, the colors were just strategically placed on my hair, creating subtle dimension with the colors that blended with the base color and the individual layers of color. This look is subtle enough to be worn in corporate world while having that dimension that highlights give.
Tips for getting pixelated hair color:
1. Anyone can wear this trend, whether you have super mega curls, a pixie cut, or super straight hair.
2. Maintenance is quite easy. Just go for monthly treatments for colored hair. If you do not have time to go to a salon, you can use hair treatment masques at home.
3. Use color care hair products to prevent fading.
4. Avoid swimming during the first month. But if you can’t help but hit the beach or pool. use protective and moisturizing products that will prevent the fading effects of chlorine or saltwater.
5. When you get tired of your pixel hair color, just let it grow out naturally to have a sort of ombre effect.
Would you try this look, Bellas? Would you go for a subtle look like mine or are bold enough to go for wild rainbow colors or more obvious pixels? If you just got pixelated hair, show us your look! Tag us on Instagram @bdjbox and @bambikitty.
Salon Beauvoir Upper Ground Floor, Somerset Olympia 7912 Makati Avenue corner Santo Tomas St. Makati; (02) 904-5154 and (02) 478-7670; facebook.com/SalonBeauvoir
Photos by Roanne Aujero