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Back in 2015, Americans consumed 6.6 gallons of juices per capita. But even if you don’t crave a tall glass of OJ in the morning, you can still get your fruity fix — on your head, that is.
As adventurous hairstyles and colors become more widely accepted, stylists are getting the green light to get creative with their clients’ hair hues. Now, two separate stylists have come up with some new, citrus-y dye jobs and have taken to Instagram to share their creations.
When Alisha McAlister, a stylist who specializes in creative and custom colors, shared her “fruit juice” hair on social media, Marie Claire immediately took notice. One of McAlister’s clients gave the stylist complete freedom to try something new. So McAlister painted her client’s dark locks with a mix of grape purple, strawberry red, and pale peach.
Of the new style, McAlister said on Instagram: “I’m not sure what to call this! It’s a mix of blended fruit colors… It’s a great way to introduce vibrant and pastel colors and [have] the client not get fired for it!”
Many workplaces have become more accepting of colored tresses, especially ones like these — which keep the client’s natural hair color intact while playing with pops of different hues. Considering that beauty and personal care is a $400 billion industry worldwide, the ability to switch things up while still keeping their hairdos professional is good news to both clients and stylists alike. Plus, the chance to have a totally unique mix of colors is something that appeals to many young people who’d rather not be boring.
But McAlister’s fruity look isn’t the only one to come out of salons as of late. Chicago-based stylist John George recently posted a series of videos on Instagram, which later went viral, captioned with simply “Tropical Punch.” The videos show George using a silk press on a client’s natural hair, as well as a final hair dye result featuring scrumptious oranges and pinks.
George explained to Allure that his inspiration for the creation came from his “vision of Miami.” He added that it required more work to attain this look on textured, dark hair, which involved the use of pre-lighteners before adding customized semi-permanent colors on the client’s dry hair. George cautioned that the same process he used should not be performed on clients with relaxed hair, as this can result in excessive damage.
If you decide to go in a citrus-inspired direction for your own hair, you’ll have to commit to a bit more upkeep. George recommends using sulfate-free cleansing products (like Joico’s Color Endure line) to lock moisture in and prevent fading. And as any stylist will tell you, any dye job should be professionally done, rather than DIY’d with color from a box.
Fruit-hued hair might not be for everyone, but these posts have proven that both clients and stylists are willing to take risks with color and opt for customization over run-of-the-mill ‘dos.
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