August 27 2014

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Kevin Murphy’s Rainbow Connection


Pastel-tinged hair color just may be the beauty trend that won’t die. After Proenza Schouler showed lavender and mint green streaks at its Spring 2010 show, the hues have seen an endless stream of adaptations both on the runway and off. In addition to London’s famed Bleach salon and its ombré dip-dyeing technique’s arrival at Milk Studios during the Spring collections in New York, newfangled coloring techniques were spotted at Narciso Rodriguez via spray-on brights, and at Thakoon, where Odile Gilbert opted for colored clay that she watered down to create a paste. It’s trendy and fun—we get it. But the biggest draw to experimenting with off-kilter color as far as we’re concerned is that it’s temporary; unless you’re Charlotte Free, permanently neon pink hair is pretty tough to pull off. Australian haircare brand Kevin Murphy’s new Color Bugs offer up yet another way to have a noncommittal fling with eye-catching color. The super-opaque powder-filled pods are applied directly to hair, so you can do a streak or two if you’re color-shy or paint your entire head if you’re feeling particularly rebellious. The orange, purple, and pink pigments are meant to be applied to damp hair, and the kind of styling product you use determines the intensity level: Get a sheer cotton candy wash by prepping strands with styling spray, or go big with a dark mandarin by applying a cream or pomade. It’s sort of like that old Kool-Aid packet tinting trick, but, you know, way more sophisticated.

Kevin Murphy Color Bug, $20 each; visit for salon locations.

Photo: Courtesy of Kevin Murphy

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