About the artist:
Lizzy Davis is a event photographer and graphic designer with a love for vibrant hair colour. Based in North Carolina her unique colourful hair creations are often featured on social networks and blogs. Lizzy is a non-professional home colourist, and has been colouring her own hair for over 10 years. She started with just dip dyes and streaks, but eventually the colour took over! Manic Panic is generally her brand of choice, and she loves to experiment with different colour combinations.
Today she talks to us about her Christmas hair colour’s past and present and shares some of her fantastic festive creations.
Here is our Q and A with Lizzy Davis:
What inspired you to start colouring your hair?
I don’t remember the first time I ever saw someone with unnaturally dyed hair, but I had wanted purple hair ever since I was a little girl. I had a friend in high school that cut her hair into a mohawk and dye it blue and purple. I absolutely loved it and nagged my mother for weeks until she finally gave in to letting me do purple streaks… though my dad was not at all pleased when he discovered this!
Lizzy’s Christmas hair colours for 2013 including gold tinsel!
What reactions have you had to this years Christmas look?
Everyone really seems to like the gold tinsel. I have had random people at gas stations approach me and ask if they can touch it. I guess shininess does that!
My favourite reaction came from my father. He loves the Holiday season, he goes all out with a huge Christmas tree and usually covers his house in lights. However, this year he’s been a bit down and hasn’t been able to do much in terms of decorating due to having hip replacement surgery last week. It might sound a bit silly, but I really wanted my hair to bring him a little bit of cheer.
I stopped by my parent’s house this past weekend to visit and when he saw the hair he reached out and touched it and then spent a couple minutes playing with/admiring the tinsel. My dad has grown to appreciate my hair as a canvas over the years, but he’s still pretty vocal about what he does and doesn’t like, so it always means more to me when I have his approval.
Which has been your favourite colour Christmas style to date?
I didn’t think I could top last year’s red/green/white streaks, but I believe I succeeded. I absolutely loved Anya Goy’s candy cane colours and actually debated doing that this year, but in the end decided to go for something I haven’t seen done before.
Who inspires you?
So many people! I would have to say stylist Ursula Goff has the hair that’s inspired me the most. In fact, I’m almost convinced she’s a hair goddess with magical dye abilities. My rainbow hair was inspired by the well known Melanie Dawn Harter (aka wisely-chosen). However Anya Goy’s 2010 Christmas hair is what originally inspired me to start colouring mine for the holidays!
Tell us about your latest Christmas colours, how did you come up with the idea?
The idea started as doing a solid red half and a solid green half. I felt like that would be too simple, but I was struggling to come up with a more exciting solution. I frequently visit HairCrazy.com‘s forum, it is dedicated to unnatural hair colour, and so decided to ask people there for some input. Someone suggested doing multiple tones like my streaked rainbow hair from earlier this year, which I thought was brilliant. The inspiration for the hair tinsel happened last week while my fiancee and I were decorating our tree with tinsel. I was suddenly reminded of Megan McKay with tinsel in her rainbow hair at one point. So I went off on an Amazon.com search and bought some gold hair tinsel for the final touch.
What Manic Panic dyes did you use to create this look?
Lizzy’s half red, half green hair before adding the gold tinsel.
The inspiration for the hair tinsel happened last week while my fiancee and I were decorating our tree with tinsel.
How long does it take you on average to apply all the colours?
There’s a pretty big range. For a regular half and half (like the pink/purple I did), it takes about 2 hours. For the nine colour rainbow, it took me around 5 hours. This year’s Christmas hair took 3 hours. I’m meticulous about colour placement and make sure the dye is covering every where.
The hair tinsel you used works perfectly to add to the festive look. Can you tell us what you thought about working with this product?
Thank you, and absolutely! The instructions that come with the tinsel tell you to fold the tinsel in half and make a slip knot, then slide it over a couple strands of hair. Pull the knot tight, then tie a regular knot and put one half of the tinsel on one side of your hair and the other on the other side. But as soon as I went to side part my hair and pull it back, I realised this was not going to work for me. I ended up just leaving both halves of the tinsel on the same side of my head, since I constantly part my hair differently.
The first night of tinsel installation was pretty fumbly… I think I got maybe 6 strands in there in 30 minutes before I called it quits (it was also 3 am, so my coordination wasn’t the greatest). I added some more the next day, and found it to be much easier when you’ve slept. It’s almost like braiding, where once you get into the pattern motion, it just flies by. I can put a strand in in about 2 minutes now.
The only con is that you have to be really careful doing anything with your hair. I’ve already pulled about half of the tinsel out… but on the plus side, it’s completely reusable, so I’ve just been reinstalling the strands as they slide out. The tinsel can be washed, styled and curled as regular hair. I have been recommending it to everyone, it’s only $10 for 100 strands (I haven’t even used half of them) and it’s completely worth it. It would be a fantastic flare in natural hair colour, too!
Where can you buy the hair tinsel?
Do you have any ideas for next years look yet?
Actually, I haven’t even thought about it much yet! I’ll probably do another something red/pink/purple for Valentine’s Day and then I might try to make my way into another rainbow. I’ve been getting hair envy every time I see other rainbow hair!
What have you asked Santa to bring you for Christmas?
A permanent vacation to the Caribbean! Hey, one can dream!
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