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We have seen so many bizarre hair trends this year, from rainbow hair to unicorn hair, and we loved all of them. 

 

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HOWEVER, while these mad trends have been very pretty, we admit that we wouldn't be brave enough to try them.

The latest hair trend that we are obsessed with is way more achievable, and not as scary as multi-coloured hair.

Tiger hair has been doing the rounds on Instagram, and it's like a new version of balayage.

 

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Named after the semi-precious tiger eye stone, the hair colour mimics the rich reds, golds and browns in the stone’s signature design.

The results are to dye for (see what we did there?) 

 

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The best part is that no bleach is used to achieve this look, making it wicked good for your hair. 

This is definitely a look we want to try! 

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Remember a few months back, when Instagram was going mad for marbled nail art? Well, we have reached the next level. 

A U.S based hair stylist has taken inspiration from the marble nail trend, and has turned it into her signature technique.

Over the past few years, Ash Fortis has perfected the art of hair marbling, and it is proving to be popular with Instagram users.

 

When you step outside of your comfort zone your stepping into your greatness. Tag someone who inspires you!!! #hairmarbling

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Ash spoke to the gorgeous ladies at Allure, explaining that "nail art is a huge influence of mine, so I thought, How can I bring it to hair?" 

A swirly technique is used to achieve a multicoloured marble-like finish that looks completely different from the other rainbow-hair looks all over social media.

According to Allure, Ash "applies a layer of shaving cream onto foam mesh strips called Embee Meche. Then she drops different complementary colours of vibrant hair dye on top.

"Next, she wields the back of her colour brush to trace figure-eight shapes into the the shaving cream with the dyes. This creates the swirled design. After that, she presses the design onto a small section of platinum-blonde hair and places a clear Embee Meche on top."

Not something we could attempt at home, so. 

Anyway, we've done a round up of some of the coolest marble-hair looks online, so get ready to feel inspired. 

 

 

 

 

Another style on my #hairmarbling model . What do you guys think?

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In case you've been living under a wifi-free rock lately, the new Starbucks Unicorn Frappe drink (which is sadly not available in Ireland) has completely taken over our social media feeds.

People are obsessed with the florescent pink, purple and blue drink, and while it's definitely Instagram-worthy, there have been mixed reviews over the taste of the beverage. 

That hasn't stopped caffeine and mythical creature zealots from paying homage to the beverage in a semi-permanent way. 

One colourful hair stylist by the name of Caitlin Ford underwent a dramatic hair change inspired by the sour drink. 

Unicorn Frappuccino hair has officially arrived on Instagram, and it is definitely an inspiring look. 

Striking swathes of pink and purple merging into blue define the look, which match the drink perfectly. 

While we love the look, we're wondering how relevant it will be once the limited-edition drink fades from the Starbucks menu. 

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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If you're one of those women that gets bored easily of their hair, we're here for you.

Whether it's the cut or colour, after a few weeks it feels like your hair is old news and all you want to do is change it up again.

So, you dye it, and cut it and then you're not happy with it and the entire rigmarole starts all over again.

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But now, there's a colour-changing hair dye coming to the market to delight all of our hair woes.

Data visualisation scientist, Lauren Bowker, has discovered a new formula which can change the colour of your hair depending on the temperature.

Explaining the process behind this wonderment, Lauren told Dazed: "When heat hits the pigment, or if the cool hits the pigment, it changes the bonds of the chemistry to give you a different colour, so it’s like a chemical reaction.

"If you have red hair and you’re in the wind it might go blue. So what we did was look at data patterns of weathers and the environment in different countries and tailor the colour changes to correlate with those."

It's not available on the market just yet, but will be making its debut along with FIRE hairdressing at London Fashion Week, so hopefully it won't be long until we can all become hair chameleons.

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Listen, we've all been there… you're running late, so you end up doing your hair or makeup on the bus or train. 

However, one BRAVE woman in New York took it to a whole other level, when she dyed her hair while on the subway. 

Watching the video, we don't know if we are appalled, or seriously impressed (probably a combination of the two!)

The woman can be seen literally smothering her hair with dye, and there is not a mirror in sight. 

Despite the woman's bravery/ stupidity, we can't help but think that the real MVP in this video is the man sitting next to this woman. 

He doesn't bat an eyelid at the fact that there is a person next to him, using permanent hair dye, never mind that pungent smell that must be coming from the dye. 

The mysterious man is the true hero in this tale. 

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OK, so last year we all lost our minds when we discovered rainbow hair, and it has now been taken up a notch. 

Lite brite hair is the latest beauty trend, and it's basically amazing rainbow hair that legit GLOWS in the dark.

Welcome to the future, friends.

 

A lovely neon video of @no_bonez_

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Balayage specialist Neil Malek recently won Pravana's 2016 Show Us Your Vidids competition, by achieving this glorious, glowing look. 

Neal used a combination of neons, vivids, and pastel hair colours, which don't bleed into each other, to get the winning hairstyle.

In total, he used 11 colours, including pinks, blues, greens, yellows and oranges. 

 Would you be brave enough to try this look?

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Nothing puts a spring in your step quite like the feeling of a glorious new hairstyle, and this one is amazing. 

 

#Blorange es una de las últimas tendencias en color. Una mezcla de anaranjado con rubio muy hermoso  ¿o no?

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Honestly, when we first heard that "blorange" hair was a thing, we were very unsure how to feel. 

That was until we saw the results, and oh MY GOD, we are totally in love. 

Imagine the most beautiful shade of blonde hair, with the faintest hue of orange throughout… and you have yourself some blorange! 

We have the flawless Georgia May Jagger to thank for popularising this fabulous shade, after she rocked it on social media back in November. 

 

Blorange

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We are also of the opinion that this hair colour suits EVERYONE, so don't be afraid to try it!

 

Peachy keen on this color by @msnataliejean  #joicointensity #colorintensity #joico #peachhair #pastelbalayage

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We will be asking our hairdresser about this ASAP!  

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It's safe to say we've all had some hair disasters in the past, but it totally doesn't compare to Keira Knightley's hair blunders.

The actress has admitted that she now wears wigs because her gruaige got so bad from colouring it for movie roles.

Speaking to InStyle, Keira said: "I have dyed my hair virtually every colour imaginable for different films.

"It got so bad that my hair literally began to fall out of my head. So for the past five years I've used wigs, which is the greatest thing that's ever happened to my hair."

She also revealed how her hair drastically changed since having a baby.

“I have naturally crazy, curly hair – and since I’ve had the baby, it’s become 10 times thicker.

"So now I’ve been finding quite a lot of dreadlocks," she added.

Ah ladies, the things we go through to look good!

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Whether you're a home dye aficionado or a total novice when it comes to the ol' plastic gloves, Vaseline eyebrows and stained towels, there are some stages we ALL go through before, during and after vigorously shaking that bottle.

And no matter how many times you go through the process, you'll come up against the same damn challenges and forget the very things you promised yourself you'd remember the next time around.

And if you think you're alone in this, trust us – you're not.

1. The shade conundrum

No matter how many times you've used it or how certain you are about the shade you want, the moment you're faced with a shelf full of dye in the local pharmacy, your brain will go to mush.

"I want a kind of dark red…but not red red…the other red…that looks brown. Do you have it?"

2. The science part

The minute you tweak the lid on that solution and carefully add it to the bottle of cream, you may as well be in a lab with the world's top brains.

"Look at me! I'm making one thing out of another thing, and now I am shaking it like a pro."

3. The vigorous shaking

If you don't begin your dye application with aching arms, then you didn't shake hard enough.

"I've been shaking for seven minutes, but maybe one minute more will guarantee the absolute perfect shade. Can't risk it."

4. The frantic scrub

Even though you applied Vaseline to the tops of your ears, nape of your neck and across your forehead, you'll still find dye edging its way onto your skin and settling in like a semi-permanent tattoo.

"The corner of the towel will get that…Wait, why is it not going away? Oh my God, maaaaaaaam!"

5. The towel panic

You were careful, you were so very, very careful, but still you've destroyed half a towel, one face cloth and the edge of the bathroom curtains.

"For the love of…I'll be killed."

6. The crucial countdown

Giving yourself 15 minutes more than recommended to be certain the dye will do its job is part and parcel of the dyeing process.

"Pfft, 30 minutes? What do they know? I'm going for an hour if I want. I'm not listening to them. I know my own hair."

7. The head over the bath rinse

In mild agony, you'll watch more dye than you thought possible wash itself down the plughole and you'll worry there'll be none left in your hair.

"I knew it, I should have gone for the two hours."

8. The conditioner worship

There's something about the smell of the conditioner which comes in home packs that makes you wonder why they can't all smell like that.

"I'm going to find out if they sell this in industrial sized packs."

9. The styling

From the the use of various heat-protectant products to the drying and styling, this process is by far the most exciting.

"This is the shade that's going to change my life", you'll tell yourself while worrying you may have left it on too long in the end.

10. The big reveal

No matter what shade you wanted or tone you were going for, you are almost NEVER greeted with your initial expectation.

Sometimes you love it even more, and other times you question why you're allowed do anything unsupervised.

 

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For anyone that dyes their hair often or regularly uses a dark colour, they know the battle of trying to remove it from the sides of their faces, their ears, their neck and sometimes even the little splashes that appear on their arms and hands. 

The skin where dye tends to fall is often quite delicate, so you will want to use the most gentle method possible.

And while a professional product designed to remove dye stains is the easiest and most effective option, we all don't have that lying around the house.

Instead, putting laundry detergent, dish soap, baby oil OR olive oil on a damp cloth and gently rubbing the skin will do the trick.

Detergent will work the fastest, but those with sensitive skin may want to avoid this and use an oil, which softens the skin and helps break up the colour. 

It will take a few minutes of rubbing to remove the dye completely, but thank god for these simple tricks, or else half of us would be going around with mud-coloured necks. 

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Do you take a patch test every time you dye your hair? Nah, us neither.

But after seeing the completely crazy allergic reaction this woman had to a standard colour, we'll definitely be more careful next time.

One Imgur user posted these snaps (with permission) of her friend's "pretty ridiculous allergic reaction to hair dye." Behold:

And if you're thinking that this poor beauty victim must have grabbed the cheapest bottle of dye she could find in the Two Euro Store and rubbed it maniacally into her scalp, you'd be very mistaken.

In fact, her friend insists that she went to a professional stylist for the colour, and "they have used that dye on her in the past, so it wasn't expected."

After getting the colour applied, the woman experienced no pain for a full day, but within 24 hours her scalp had started to itch.

Within 48 hours her head and face began to swell, and she quickly headed to the ER. 

Luckily, the swelling began to drain and subside by Day 4 or 5, as you can see:

But – unsurprisingly – the woman says she's "never dyeing her hair again."

Shudder.

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No matter what colour you choose to dye your hair, you are going to spend a good chunk of money getting it right.

Whether you dye your hair a different colour every month or you've had the same hue for years, the challenge is always to make that 'just-done' look last.

However, you actually CAN make that vibrancy hold firm for longer with just a few easy tips and tricks of the trade.

Yes, changing your hair routine in a few simple ways can be seriously effective…

 

Prep your hair before colouring

This can be done one or two days before you go to get your colour in. Use a chelating or clarifying shampoo to remove styling product build-up. This will stop the colour from fading after you've dyed it and also put some moisture into your locks. 

 

Avoid hot showers

Hot water dries out your hair and also decreases the life of your hair colour. The temperature will open up your cuticle which then releases the hair colour. Try to wash your hair with room-temperature water and then when you have rinsed, blast your hair with cold water to lock in all the moisture.  

 

Swimming caution

Swimming in chlorine can dramatically reduce the time you get out of your hair colour. All you have to do is put in a hair protector with SPF, especially if you're on holidays in the sun. This will act as a barrier so the chlorine won't damage your tresses. 

 

Don't overuse hot tools

Hot tools such as blow dryers and straighteners actually speed up the process of colour fading. Try not to use them every day and use a heat protector spray when you do. 

 

Try a shower filter

These can be bought at plenty of hardware stores. Water coming from your shower head has lots of chemicals, chlorine and minerals in it that can strip your hair quicker. Using these handy filters will stop your colour from going down the drain. 

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