Bright hair dye, even the temporary kind, is usually messy, hard to get out, and takes a long time if you want to create more than a few streaks. So we were really excited when new Kevin Murphy Color Bugs came across our desks. Instead of typical messy liquid dye, they're little pressed powders that you just rub into your hair. That way, you can put on as much or as little color as you like, from a couple of soft streaks to going super bright all over. We tried the orange and purple shades, so to see what we thought (and if it actually came out), just keep reading.
Want to do something fun to show your lighthearted side during these warmer weathered months, but don't want to go the shocking pink route? Take a tip from reader PrettyShinySparkly, then, who recently wrote me about her new pastel pink and purple strands featured on her blog of the same name. Find out how she got them below:
- A natural blonde, PrettyShinySparkly typically has her stylist put both highlights and lowlights in her hair, but due to time constraints, she pulled a DIY, using L'Oréal's Superior Preference in Glistening Magnolia ($15) in hopes of attaining a beachy-white blond. When the color turned out a little bit too buttery-yellow, she applied Wella's Color Charm Toner in #T18 ($5), a subtle lavender, to counteract any unwanted golden-toned pigments. "After rinsing out the toner, shampooing, and deep conditioning, I was shocked and flabbergasted to find that I had accidentally created the most perfect, subtle, barely-there version of the lavender highlights I was so coveting," she said.
- Then, a few weeks later, as the streaks faded into a silver-toned lavender hue, she decided to keep the pastel theme going, applying Manic Panic's Cotton Candy ($7.50) and Mystic Heather ($9). The outcome? Fun and funky pink and purple semipermanent highlights that are perfect for Summer.
Gray hair on young people has been a trend of late, but Kelly Osbourne's just taken it to the next level by going lavender-gray. Maybe she was just trying to stand out from the other silvery-haired beauties in New York high society or, maybe, as one Sugar staffer suggested, her color just went too purple while her stylist was graying it, and she liked the results so much that she kept it. Either way, it's a subtle and surprisingly pretty way to wear an unconventional hair color. But what do you think? Was this a good decision, or do you think she should go back to being a blonde ASAP?
Leave it to Lady Gaga to do the unexpected. While in London, the normally blond singer stepped out with a whole head of purple hair, accessorized with a purple-toned lipstick and a matching teacup and saucer. Does it make you grin or... grimace? (Heh.) Since you liked my pretty in pink slideshow so much, I thought I'd pay tribute to Gaga's new hue. Check out all of these purple people now.