Candy Cane Christmas Hair
Hair colour, styling, model, makeup and photography all by Anya Goy.
How did you create this Christmas hair candy cane effect?
First the hair was bleached blonde. Then I applied Crazy Colour “Fire” in sliced foils to create the red streaks. I also used a toner: “Fudge Paintbox Whiter Shade of Pale”, on the left out bleached blonde hair. (Please refer to my book to learn how to bleach hair correctly and how to use foils in this type of application.) That was the easy bit. Washing the foils out was another story…
How did you wash the hair without the red mixing into the white?
Each red streak was shampooed 3x individually then conditioned to reduce the chance of the white hair being affected. Very fiddly, time consuming and difficult even for a professional. The result was awesome, but despite my best efforts, when I next needed to wash my hair, the red still ran into the white and gave the white a slight pale pink tone. For those thinking of trying this for Christmas I would suggest spacing the red streaks out a lot, leave a lot of white hair. As the red will take over with each wash. Alternatively for a much easier festive look, try red and green. (I’ll be covering this in my next blog post).
How did you style the hair?
The styling is what makes this look come together, without twisting the hair it’s just not a candy cane! So I used two twisting techniques:
- Rope Braids: I did two of these on the side. I took one strand of red and and another of white, then twisting them in opposite directions while coiling the strands around each other to create the ‘rope’ braid.
- Cornrow twist: I first took 6 vertical sections on the top of my head. Then using hairspray to control the fly-aways I twisted each section back, like a cornrow, twisting the hair to turn inward. I then secured the section with a bobby pin. If any looked to flat or tight, I would gently pull to loosen and add height. Finishing with hairspray to set the style.
What to create candy cane hair at home?
Discover Anya’s eBook guide: ‘Any Colour Of The Rainbow – The Ultimate Guide to Alternative Hair Colour‘. This guide covers everything from safe bleaching with ammonia free bleach to creating stunning multi colours with foil. Find out all the best products, how to do pastel colours, how to maintain vibrant colour, create ombre colour like to professionals and so much more…