Do you remember that 90s fad of glow-in-the-dark stickers, plastic stars, toys and glow sticks? How about those wizened ugly wild-haired troll dolls we used to collect? Ah, the joys and frivolities of our youth.
What if I told you that today in 2016, you could combine these two lost loves from your past?
This is entirely possible thanks to the Californian hair artist and master colourist Guy Tang. Hair wizard Tang is able to boast about such hair creations as Metallic Hair-Dye, which focuses on adding dimensional highlights to produce an overall cool steel finish added with other shades like silver and violet for a smoky look.
There’s also his Unicorn Hair style – also known as Rainbow Hair – which offers an interplay and tonal variety between different shades of brilliant colours in a really eye-catching and alluring collage.
Guy’s newest creation takes us back to our childhood, when luminous big haired figures were all the rage. In 2016, these trends have definitely made a come back in a totally new and surprising way in the form of Glow-in-the-Dark Hair. Also known as Phoenix Hair, this insane and absolutely amazing fresh style is all about standing out in the crowd… even when the lights are off!
Pushing the boundaries of hair colour as far as they can go, Tang’s Glow-in-the-Dark YouTube videos have almost 1.5 million subscribers. Taking a look at one of them, we realise that Tang uses heavy bleaching in order to make the hair as light blonde as possible, in order for the colours to be prevalent and take hold.
A word of caution, though: Bleached hair is not for everyone. Bleach dries hair intensely, leaving it brittle, fried, and susceptible to breakages. If you’re a brunette, you’ll need to apply more coats of bleach than people with lighter hair, meaning that you’ll be doing even more damage. There are however smarter ways of bleaching your locks. For example, you can do this in stages over a number of months, as opposed to bleaching it two or three times in a day. Be sure to consult a hair specialist before attempting this. Having it professionally done at a salon is your best and safest option.
Tang uses a concoction of neon colours. The colour palette, of course, depends on the effect wanted. While in normal natural light the model’s hair looks like a brighter version of Tang’s Rainbow Coloured Hairstyle, the spectacular effect of the glow-in-the-dark look is achieved under black lights, when the almost blindingly fluorescent glow is revealed. Perfect for attracting attention at the club!
Would you be tempted to try this out? If someone remarks that you’re glowing, they won’t be joking!