It’s official: Rainbow hair is having a moment in 2015.
And all of the new colors are seemingly inspired by chemicals. Let me explain: There’s the oil slick, which gives brunettes the shiny sheen of oil on the ground — and now there’s the smokestack, a color technique that combines gorgeous lavender tones that create “richer jewel-tones and when added to pastels, the colors morph into smokey, antique shades.”
Created by colorist Vadre Grigsby, the look involves layering dark shades of one color at the nape of the neck to lighter hues up to the hairline. The result is a blended color that looks like the billowing smoke from a factory.
The color is surprisingly simple to recreate at home (if you’re brave enough) thanks to a step-by-step tutorial released by Grigsby. But if you’re like me, you need someone to do it for you; otherwise, it’ll end up like a lavender swirly mess.
One important thing to note is that this look works best on very blond hair, so you might have to invest some time in lightening your strands before you smokestack.
Watch the tutorial and see if the look is one you’ll be rocking at the dinner table this holiday season. It’ll be worth the time spent in the stylist’s chair.