Using Color: Synthetic Hair in Fashion
A long while back, Kaimi of Modern Princess shared some photos of models with multi-color hair. I saved the photos because I loved the visuals, but it did get me thinking about the use of hair in fashion.
Of course, the right hairstyle is a fantastic compliment to any outfit and can sometimes make or break an overall look. However, just like applying false eyelashes or a makeup look, hair can be a fashion statement all on it’s own. Certainly, many folks dye, perm or add extensions to their hair – in essence accessorizing what they already have. And of course, there’s practice of using wigs to completely cover natural hair. So why not accessorize more freely and use a bit of color to complete a look that calls for it?
Save for dedicating yourself to stocking up on multi-colored wigs or dying and re-dying your hair to compliment your outfit – there are other, more temporary ways to use bold, unnatural colors to accessorize your hair. Most hair salons will have synthetic hair in stock for extensions and many of them will have some fun colors in stock like burgundy, purple, etc. Salon extensions will be braided into your hair at the root and will last anywhere from 3 weeks to 2 months depending on how fast your hair grows and sheds. These are braided in very tightly at first so your scalp will likely be uncomfortable at first and then again towards the very end when some of your natural hair has shed, but you’ll be able to style as you would your normal hair and there are no pesky roots to worry about touching up.
A less permanent solution is to purchase clip-in extensions. You can take them out when you’re done wearing them but the fiber these are made from may not be as resistant to heat which should be taken into consideration if a blowdryer, curler or straightener is needed to achieve your final look. If a few strands here and there is too bland for you, you can always do hairfalls, ponytails, buns, bangs or any combination thereof to add color to your do. Make sure to check instructions for styling, washing and caring to ensure your investment lasts a while.
Lastly, there is the option of buying loose synthetic wig hair in a fun color and simply incorporating it into your hair style as an accent. Keeping the wig fibers from tangling may be a challenge, but try to shake loose the wig hair you want to work with rather than grab or force the fibers apart. False hair can be secured with any number of hair fasteners but suggest using hair clips or crossing bobby pins to keep in space securely as hair (let alone synthetic hair) tends to tangle easily in elastic ties.