Forget rainbow hair; color-changing hair is exactly what you need this spring.
You might have seen color-changing hair before, but you’ve never seen it like this. Thanks to data visualization scientists practicing and Lauren Bowker, we now have a hair dye that changes color based on the temperature of its surroundings, just like a mood ring.
Bowker told Dazed in an interview that the discovery of the appropriately named “FIRE,” color-changing hair dye invention, came from “messing about in the lab” and explained (in simpler terms) how exactly it worked.
“When heat hits the pigment, or if the cool hits the pigment, it changes the bonds of the chemistry to give you a different color, so it’s like a chemical reaction,” Bowker described.
“However, we also work with ones that change their structure, which gives you a light refraction instead, so it’s more like a prism color change. …If you have red hair and you’re in the wind it might go blue. So what we did was look at data patterns of weathers and the environment in different countries and tailor the color changes to correlate with those.”
Ugh. How great is color-changing hair dye for those of us who want to adjust our hair color almost weekly, but we’re terrified to damage our poor locks? And let’s be real. This look would be a killer conversation starter for any awkward situation you might find yourself in.
Color-Changing Hair Is Perfect For People Who Can’t Decide
With this strategic hair dye technique, you can officially change your hair color within seconds!
Remember those double-sided swimsuits we all used to buy? Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about. They were the kind where one side had stripes, and if you flipped it inside out the other side sported an entirely different floral pattern. Let’s all agree that it was freaking awesome because you legitimately had two swimsuits in one that you could switch between depending on your mood. Well now, you can do the same with your hair, and it might just have those childhood swimsuits beat.
Through a strategic side-part, Redditor Moniquey has introduced us to color-changing hair that can switch between an office-ready color and a weekend-ready color in seconds — no magic wand required.
Get this look yourself by centering your part and dying each side of your hair a different color. When it’s done as flawlessly as Moniquey’s, you can easily alternate between styling it in a deep side-part on either side of your head, and in turn, switch between two, equally fabulous hair colors with a flip of your head!
Between pumpkin spice, Lisa Frank, and Phoenix tresses, this year has introduced us to a plethora of fun hair colors, and with this fabulous concept, we are forever grateful that now we don’t have to choose.
Stay tuned for London Fashion Week, where Bowker will launch the project as a collaboration between her brand THEUNSEEN and Storm Models. Until then, check out this video to watch the magic reveal!
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