Deep down, many of us are itching to switch things up. A new lip colour, a shorter haircut or a dye job are small things we can do to look fresh and new. So, it’s no surprise really that pixel dye jobs are a thing that people are talking about. The idea is, through some spot-dying, your hair can look like a digitally rendered image, complete with blurred gradients. It’s definitely cool, but it is also virtually impossible to maintain.
- Your hair growth is cyclical, not uniform: follicles grow and shrink in three stages, called the anagen, canagen and telogen cycles. The anagen cycle initiates growth, and the duration of this process takes between three and five years. Each year, a hair can grow to 10 centimeters, but not each follicle will grow at the same rate (nor will every follicle reach its full potential). What this means is, as hair grows, the spot-dying will shift, blurring the image on your head to a point where it can no longer be recognized as its intended art. Think of it in terms of how tattoos transform as your skin tightens or expands and changes shape.
- Every day, you shed a lot. For the average person, this means losing around 100 to 125 pieces of hair. When you dye your whole head, this is less of an issue. But when you very specifically highlight tiny sections of your hair, when those fall out, you’re looking at a patchy mess in the making.
- Hair is already complicated. Imagine having a bad hair day, awkward hair migration and having key follicles shed. One of these is hard enough, but all three? You’d be wise to purchase a jaunty chapeau. Or, you can save yourself at least one of these hassles by choosing a dye job that is infinitely easier (and no less cool) to maintain, like going ombré or dip-dying your ends.
But if you’re into the idea (and you probably are curious, because it’s very cool to look at), check out these nine ladies who are hot on this hairy trend:
Pixel hair is super impractical, but damn it if it doesn’t look cool
Pixel Hair DyeThis isn't your average dye job. There are no foils, and you're not leisurely sitting reading the latest Redbook.Instagram: expresioncreativos
Pixel Hair DyeThis is admittedly a cool way to embrace your grown-out roots. But, seriously, it won't last long.IInstagram: expresioncreativos
Pixel Hair DyeThis is the most practical application, because it's subtle. When your ends grow, this will migrate in the most seamless fashion.Instagram: expresioncreativos
Pixel Hair DyeShe can't even see what she's done, so I guess it doesn't matter how it grows out. Instagram: expresioncreativos
Pixel Hair DyeChevrons like these kind of make sense, because they're quite staggered in their presentation. But why on Earth would you put this square on the top of your noggin?Instagram: expresioncreativos
Pixel Hair DyeSubtle isn't for everyone. Instagram: expresioncreativos
Pixel Hair DyeThis is probably our favourite of the balls-out options. It looks like shaking your camera when you take a picture of light. Instagram: expresioncreativos
Pixel Hair DyeIt appears neon green is a favourite, which we can thank Kylie Jenner for. (Probably.)Instagram: expresioncreativos
Pixel Hair DyeSome hair technicians are wise enough to test this fad on a mannequin head before any real world applications.Instagram: expresioncreativos