Christmas Tree Hair
Origin and symbolism: The Christmas tree is one of the most popular Christmas traditions. Fir trees remain ever green all through the year, and during the middle ages became symbols of life, hope, and stamina needed to endure the winter months. Later Christians used the fir tree as a symbol of the Tree of Life. The ever green trees represented everlasting life, eternity of God and God’s eternal love for mankind. This is why we have the Christmas tree.
What was the inspiration for the Christmas Tree Hair?
I had seen a few christmas tree hair styles online, but they where all tall Marg Simpson style cones of green hair covered in tinsel. While great fun, they were impractical for daily styling and I wanted something a little more elegant. So this was mine and Cathy’s take on the Christmas tree hair concept.
How was the Christmas tree hair coloured?
Cathy Scanlon used a two tone colour technique, where multiple shades are layered in foils. The foils are stacked back to back separating the different shades. The bright shades were applied on the ends for neon results.
The colours used where: Special Effects Sonic Green, Crazy Colour Pine Green, Directions Apple Green, Turquoise, Manic Panic Green Envy and Electric Banana (some of these where mixed together to create more neon shades). There was also a streak of Manic Panic Pillarbox Red added in a foil to one side.
As you can see from the foils above, the deeper greens and turquoise colours where applied to the roots and mid-length, then Manic Panic Electric Banana was applied to the tips. Then when the colour was rinsed the deeper tones where washed over the yellow tips creating a neon lime green colour.
How was the Christmas tree hair styled?
First the hair was towel dried and I applied NAK Sculpting Lotion which acts like a liquid mousse adding hold and body. I then blow-dried with a round brush for root lift, volume and a flick on the ends. Then to exaggerate flick on the ends I used the GHD, twisting out and up (think 70’s flick). This got the layers in the hair to sit out in the shape of a christmas tree. I then finished it off with NAK Fixation Finishing Spray for hold and definition.
♫♪ Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree ♪♫
How did you make the Christmas Tree Hair accessories?
The angel on top was taken from a hanging Christmas tree decoration. I used small wire to attach it to a hairband, then covered the band with red ribbon, and attached bells, sequins and ribbons.
The Christmas gift was a small foam square, wrapped with gold paper and tied with gold string. This was then glued to a cutting of fake tree. Then I attached it to a bobbie pin with the wire, so it could be secured into the fringe.
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