Trend alert! Dip-dyed hair is the new Ombré… or take inspiration from Katy Perry with all-over lavender, peach or pink

Kate Bosworth blue hair

Whoa… what’s up with all the weird hair, Hollywood? In the past week or so, a whole bunch of celebs collectively decided to get a little crazy with the dye—and I’m talking the BLUE and PINK kind of crazy. The only explanation I can think of, even though I don’t really believe in astrology, is that there’s a Mercury Retrograde going on right now and it’s working its voodoo. (The old MR certainly manages to frig up all of my electronic devices, without fail, so it’s one planetary movement that I now reluctantly believe in. Does it impact beauty decisions? I have to think so.)

Not that blue or pink hair is necessarily terrible, when it’s done right. Oh yes, I actually do approve of this look in a couple of instances. (Although you won’t catch me sporting any of it, obviously.) That said, every new beauty triumph comes with its fair share of tragedies… so let’s analyze who gets a gold star and who gets a big fat FAIL.

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We’ll talk about the dip-dye trend first, which isn’t really Ombré but is certainly an extension of that trend. A quick recap: Ombré 1.0 (at least according to me) was the high-contrast, two-tone, brunette-to-blonde look that we saw on the likes of Alexa Chung way back when. Then it morphed into a much more subtle, gradual, wearable version like the effect you can get with these extremely popular DIY instructions from Luis Pacheco.

I was SURE that the trend was going to go away—even declared that its 15 minutes were up—but you know what? People still want to have two different hair colours on their head.

Arguably, Drew Barrymore was the frontrunner with this look (in fact, she had it before she did Ombré):

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But now, two years later, COLOUR is where it’s at. And I’m not just talking about people like Nicki Minaj, whose job description basically reads: “take hair risks”…

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This is Mary Charteris, niece of Daphne Guiness, with pink ends:

Mary Charteris pink hair Trend alert! Dip dyed hair is the new Ombré... or take inspiration from Katy Perry with all over lavender, peach or pink

Kinda pretty, right? And who would have predicted that Kate Bosworth of all people would debut a greenish-blue last week?

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I like Mary’s look, but not Kate’s—AT ALL. (In fact, she’s scaring me.) I feel like the pink is just easier to wear and closer to one’s natural colour, so it’s more flattering. Plus, well, if your hair texture is like Kate’s, you should probably beef it up a bit with some volumizing prodz so as not to look like a stringy-haired zombie.

The only way I’d wear blue in my hair (theoretically, of course) is if it was done the way Lauren Conrad has here:

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She, too, introduced us to this look recently—and I think it works because it’s sooooo subtle, and not actually dipped but painted in individual sections. There are instructions on her blog here, but you can also get the look with temporary hair pieces… Elizabeth is going to post soon about some from Crayola. (I know, Crayola! They’re apparently branching out from crayons.)

Anyway! Apparently this whole tips thing wasn’t enough for some peeps in Hollywood. Blame Katy Perry. By the way, her colourist, Rita Hazan, recently revealed that it’s a LAVENDER shade, and took three trips to the salon to achieve… along with tons of oil treatments to prevent breakage. I guess we’ll have to wait for a better pic than this one because I’m actually willing to give lavender a chance (and am impressed that Rita was the person behind it).

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Not sure who did hers, but Sienna Miller jumped on board last week, which kind of pains me because as you know, her colour (and cuts) make up well over 50 percent of my hair inspiration folder.

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However, this is so subtle and peachy that I can’t hate.

And let’s be frank: it’s so much better than Dianna Agron’s new hue:

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I mean, I can get on board with Katy’s waaaay more than I can with this. Dianna, you are not a pop star.

Let’s discuss:

Are you a fan of dip-dyed hair or colouring all-over with pink, peach or lavender?
Who do you think pulls off these trends best?
How brave are you—is this something you’d try yourself?

33 Comments

Lindsay
Monday, August 15/2011 at 2:02 pm

Once upon a time, I really wanted blue streaks. But I think the time for that has passed. I could’ve gotten away with it when I was maybe 22, but 10 years later I feel like it’s a bit trashy.

A girl I work with, however, has hot pink streaks and it looks awesome. Really well done.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, August 18/2011 at 11:29 am

Yeah, I think that time has passed for me too! The blue is so much harder to pull off than the pink as well.

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Kharina
Monday, August 15/2011 at 2:13 pm

Back in the 90s when it was cool to have coloured hair, my hairdresser talked me into cutting my long wavy dark brown hair into a bob, and dye the outer layers in pillar box red, very much like Saffron in Republica. Oh God I looked so cool, until I washed my hair. 2 washes later and I was left with the ghastly yellow that is bleached hair and my natural darkness sort of like a distressed bumble bee!. Needless to say, I now know red was incredibly difficult to keep in, and being half oriental my hair is quite porous so the suckers seeped out. I will never put my poor mane through the same crap as I did. My hairdresser was damn cute tho, and straight.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, August 18/2011 at 11:32 am

Dear Lord! The red washed out that quickly? That’s crazy – but then again colour technology has probably improved a lot since then. Poor you. Although I definitely know the feeling of succumbing to the cute/straight hairdresser phenom. (It’s so rare that you find them – they’re like unicorns. So of course you’re going to do what they say.)

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Thomas
Monday, August 15/2011 at 2:17 pm

Oh my God. I did a post with like, almost all the celebs about the exact same thing! :-) Except I didn’t do Nicki Minaj. I can’t keep up with her. But yeah, its so crazy in Britain at the moment. Since its the summer holidays here at the moment, all the kids have suddenly decided to drastically change their hair – and I mean DRASTICALLY.

Like, suddenly they have all discovered bleach (yes, with three weeks to go till work experience, then two weeks till school, they have PERMANENTLY bleached and dyed their hair. Genius) and they are using colours such as yellow (not just brassy blonde, like actual yellow), pink, blue, turquoise (like Kate’s) and so, so much more.

Its mainly dip dye that is the most popular, but I have seen the under layer done too which is basically the same thing. I seriously cannot wait for this trend to be over. It would avoid so many teacher-temper-tantrums.

Huge fan, hyper-hair-colour-aware Thomas xx

http://changingcoloursofahairdyeaddict.tumblr.com/

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, August 18/2011 at 11:35 am

Great minds think alike! :-)
It sounds like the British are much more adventurous with colour. I take it that your own personal hair colour experimentation is only going to be with shades found in nature?

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Thomas
Thursday, August 18/2011 at 11:38 am

Haha well. If you see the first photo in this post…

http://changingcoloursofahairdyeaddict.tumblr.com/post/8232152689/loreal-casting-creme-gloss-535-chocolate-in-depth

…you’ll see that that is not entirely true!

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QuiteLight
Monday, August 15/2011 at 2:31 pm

Yeah… I’ve mentioned my past dark purple-lavender-pink-peach-peuce hair, right? I don’t get to judge. But Kate needs a brush; her hair is too much like mine to go unbrushed.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, August 18/2011 at 11:37 am

Haha! Yes – Kate’s not helping herself here with the stringy look. If it was styled properly I’d probably be less judgemental.

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Jenna
Monday, August 15/2011 at 5:48 pm

I think the pinks and reds look the nicest, maybe because they are closest to an actual hair colour? Like in that ep of the gilmore girls from season 7, I liked rory’s pink streaks! Kate bosworth’s blue isn’t doing it for me.

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Thomas
Monday, August 15/2011 at 5:53 pm

OMG Gilmore Girls is the best show ever and I totally agree that looked really good when the three girls put streaks in their hair (even though they were clip in’s really)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, August 18/2011 at 11:38 am
Nomadic D
Monday, August 15/2011 at 8:26 pm

This is so funny because just this afternoon I was thinking it’s time to re-dye my hair, and I thought, I’ll go insanely bright red, but a natural-if-i-were-irish color, and then, wouldn’t it be fun to dip dye the ends a bright fire engine red? Seriously, this is the thought I had. And I was not in an altered state of consciousness. I actually think this is a good idea. So, yeah, maybe it’s a planetary thing.

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, August 18/2011 at 11:40 am

That actually doesn’t sound bad at all to me! I’ve always wanted “natural-if-I-were-Irish” red hair.

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Christina
Monday, August 15/2011 at 9:35 pm

One of my favorite funky colored (and pretty much the only one I do love) is long, dark hair with under layers of purple to deep red. Usually it still looks pretty subtle, but a spark of color (and those with naturally dark hair usually seem to be able to pull it off well too!) … although there is probably an age limit. I imagine my raven-haired grandmother would look very odd with purple in her hair.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, August 18/2011 at 11:41 am

Agree, if you’re young enough to pull that off, I like the idea of subtle underneath layers peeking through!

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Kat
Monday, August 15/2011 at 10:22 pm

I think if you’re gonna go for a bold, unnatural color, you better have the personality to pull it off. I mean Drew, Katy, even Nicky, they have big personalities, and their sense of style is more on the quirky/artistic realm, so it works for them (did I just give unwanted props to Nicki Minaj? Because she looks like she went Crayola on her blonde wig..)

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that Katy’s going for lavender! I had that color once upon a time (black and purple, to be exact, in my teenage years, no worries…) and I loved it. Hot pink is SO hard to dress up, all bright colors make you look like a candy bar.. not that the “candy bar” look is something my fellow Katy is a stranger to… :P But I’m glad she went purr-ple. (Get it? xD)

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Kat
Monday, August 15/2011 at 10:29 pm

*their sense of style is more on the quirky/artistic side

Oh, and I actually don’t mind Kate’s dippy ends! I find that color to be actually veerrry cute, it’s not done too high up on the ends, and it accentuates her eyes (and I mean sure, she could achieve the effect with a shirt or a necklace, but that would be a lot less fun and edgy)!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, August 18/2011 at 11:43 am

Totally agree – if you don’t have the personality/confidence… as well as wardrobe… this is a weird choice. Maybe that’s part of it that’s bothering me with Kate and Dianna?

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Kaite
Monday, August 15/2011 at 10:59 pm

I loveeeed laurens dyed hair that she had a few weeks ago, almost made me wish I was blonde so I could easily dye the ends of my hair pretty colours instead of having to bleach them first.
I’d really wanted a pink streak in my hair a la Lizzie McGuire when I was like 11 but yet again since I’m a brunette the pink temporary hair colour gely goop I bought at the drugstore just didn’t quite show up bright enough…broke my little heart aha.

Dianna tweeted the other day that her pink hair is for work so I mean that makes it like 100% more acceptable to me. Though I think it’s kinda cute on her anyways lol.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, August 18/2011 at 11:44 am

Oh good to know! I agree, she’s adorable… but definitely more so as a blonde.

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Makeup Morsels
Tuesday, August 16/2011 at 12:24 am

I love Lauren Conrad’s hair. It’s almost mermaid-ish in a way, is anyone else getting that vibe? xD I think Katy Perry’s hair looks fine on her, although I’d like to see a better picture of it.

Nicki Minaj’s hair reminds me of those tricolor popsicles that stain your tongue. Except with a lot more colors.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, August 18/2011 at 11:46 am

Totally! I know it’s extensions, but I covet LC’s hair…
Katy Perry needs to come out of hiding and give us a proper reveal.

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Mia
Tuesday, August 16/2011 at 12:36 am

As Kaitte says above, Dianna Agron tweeted a couple of days ago that her hair colour is for work, not by choice.
Katie Perry – ick.
I like Kate Bosworth’s blue! And I LOVE the hair on the model in the second pic from the top, with the reddish-pink bottoms. But that’s just gorgeous hair all round – cut, volume, everything.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, August 18/2011 at 11:49 am

That’s the model Abbey Lee Kershaw – so yeah, she can pretty much colour her hair any shade of the rainbow and still look amazing.

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Sophia
Tuesday, August 16/2011 at 1:08 am

I just tried to wipe my screen thinking I had smeared something overtop of Mary Charteris’ face… what is going on there? I’m going to feel really bad if its a birthmark.

Really not feeling LC’s look…it looks washed out and dull to me, it’s not bold enough to look purposeful.

I really like the pic of Abbey Lee Kershaw with her amazingly thick hair. She is definitely in my hair pics folder!

As for dip-dying… I’ve noticed some girls my age (early 20s) trying it out and I see why it’s fun. I think it’s way more fun if few people are doing it and it’s not a super trendy thing, otherwise it’ll get common and boring. I think it also kind of says “I don’t have a real job.” That looks nastier in print than it does in my head, but I think that many of us work in environments much too conservative for something like this and its a rare situation where someone out of high school could reasonably try out this look. I’ve heard of many employers (mostly retail although I’m sure there are some office jobs like this) not accepting unnatural hues. Perhaps its not very fair, but it’s a reality. For now, I’ll keep the bright hues on my lips!

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Mary
Wednesday, August 17/2011 at 6:49 pm

I did the same thing to my screen! I can’t tell what it is on her face…
I think that picture of Lauren was taken as the color was fading out because she posted a picture on her website when it was freshly done and it was reallllyyy nice…she actually had both pink and blue.
I think its a nice trend if done well – I don’t like seeing a harsh line of separation like Drew Barrymore’s.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, August 18/2011 at 11:53 am

I know, I noticed that too re: MC! Didn’t mention as was focusing on the hair, but can’t figure out if it’s makeup or what.

And yes, most of these wouldn’t be the greatest for a corporate environment – although I don’t get how employers are allowed to dictate stuff like that??

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Rita
Thursday, August 18/2011 at 8:40 pm

Remember when Rachel McAdams had pink streaks in her hair a few years ago? That is my fave look of all the pink/blue/peach/rainbow streaks!

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Diana Martinez
Thursday, February 9/2012 at 2:32 pm

i dyed my tips to but it wasn’t the color i wanted it came out like a red color and i wanted it to be pink….

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jessica steward
Tuesday, March 13/2012 at 10:28 am

well i have to say these people are alright…… ermmm could be better! need different hair colour you see! other than that they are good!!!xxxx

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gabrielle miah
Wednesday, March 28/2012 at 9:33 am

i love katy hair sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo gorgeous!!

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cj
Tuesday, December 25/2012 at 8:04 am

it looks stupid all together. girls in their teens who want to be tragically hip mainly do this.. hollywood royality have nothing better to do than try to get chased by tmz for their stupid ass hair.

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