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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.

Here’s why:

  • 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: