Psychedelic Magic Eye Hair Colour

Published: 9:54 PM, Monday 20th August 2018 | Updated: 5:08 PM, Wednesday 8th April 2020

Magic Eye Hair. Optical Illusion inspired colour that will have you trippin’

The internet has been going crazy over this new Magic Eye hair colour. The name for this psychedelic looking colour placement was coined by hair artist Kristina Cheeseman. Kristina said the finished result remained her of he the Magic Eye books featuring autostereograms, colourful looking images, which allow some people to see 3D images by focusing on 2D patterns. While these hair colours don’t have any hidden 3D image, they certainly feel like they play tricks on the eyes.

The Hair artist behind the trend: Kristina Cheeseman

St. Louis-based hairstylist Kristina Cheeseman posted a photo of her colourful creation in May on Instagram, but 5k likes later it had gone viral, getting featured by Allure, Daily Mail and Insider. Cheeseman tells Allure; “I used Rebecca Taylor’s new colour line, Trillion Tones, to create this look. Trillion Tones is unique, as in it’s the first hybrid colour to exist. I custom mixed the purple, blue, yellow and pink shades to create my rainbow.” Once she mixed her colours, she hand-painted every single tiny rainbow into place. “I started on the right side above the ear and I took a paper-thin section and applied the colours in very small sections,” she says. “This is my guide. After that, I lay each paper-fine section on top of the other section and layer the hair colour. At the end, all of her hair was pushed to the right side, laying on top of each other.” The process took Cheeseman a total of 3 hours!

Kristina Cheeseman Magic Eye Hair Colour
Above: Hair by Kristina Cheeseman. Kristina comments: “This hair colour kind of messes with my eyes. I’ve never been able to do a Magic Eye but I bet you can see a dolphin in this”.

Kristina Cheeseman then recreated the Magic Eye hair, because she only got two photos of original. This time using a softer rainbow palette.

Kristina Cheeseman Magic Eye Hair Colour
Above and below: Hair by Kristina Cheeseman. Kristina comments: “I recreated Magic Eye Hair, because I only got two photos of it last time. I thought it would be easier, but honestly, it’s really hard to capture. In some of the shots, where all the colours meet, it almost looks silvery white, and my mind is kinda blown.”

Kristina Cheeseman Magic Eye Hair Colour

Kristina Cheeseman was not however the first hairdresser to do this colour placement technique. The idea of placing small horizontal stripes of colour in the hair goes back nearly 10 years ago to the days of Scene Queens and Coontails (like raccoon tails). Hair artist Angelo Seminara gave the horizontal striped design a serious upgrade around the same time (2009) with his collection “Game”.

Then in May 2017 we saw a return of horizontal striped hair. In a much softer look, Australian salon, Blondes of Melbourne, posted photos on Instagram of their creation: “Confetti Hair”. Salon owner Karen Lewis said she called the look “confetti hair” because “it’s soft, pretty, happy, and it imparts little spots of pure joy on the hair like confetti!”. This pastel stripy look became a huge trend online, getting features on publications like Cosmopolitan and Allure. Then in July, hair artist John Spanton launched a collection of horizontal striped hair colour designs in monochromatic hues titled; “A Study in Black and White”. “Seeing so much bright colourful hair, the 15 year old in me felt the need to rebel against that and keep the work monochromatic” said John Spanton.

Then earlier this year we saw something very similar to the current “Magic Eye” trend, from a Russian hairdresser…

Did Kristina Cheeseman get inspired by Russian hairdresser Aliya Askarova?

Russian hairdresser Aliya Askarova posted a very similar, tho slightly more vivid, design back in March, 2 months before Kristina Cheeseman’s design was published. It could be a coincidence, but either way, we love the psychedelic creativity in both Kristina and Aliya’s Magic Eye work.

Magic Eye Hair Colour

Above: Hair by Russian hairdresser Aliya Askarova

The Magic Eye hair colour trend inspired hair artists, like Kseniya Sukhova to recreate the look…

Moscow based hair artist Kseniya Sukhova created her own version the of Magic Eye hair colour trend and it is stunning! Check it out…

UK hair artist Jaymz Masters has also taken inspiration from the Magic Eye hair colour trend…

Based in Norfolk, England Jaymz Masters shares some great videos on his social media showing how he created his version for the Magic Eye Hair colour…

Jaymz Masters commented on his Instagram about his designs: “Totally took all inspiration from the amazing @kristinacheeseman Completely out of my comfort zone for this but I was so inspired I thought let’s just go for it. Created this using all @crazycolorltd Tested my formulas using my @color_map Blow-dried using @designmehair Dry.me & Fab.me with my @parluxhair & @ghdhair size 3 barrel brush. Smoothed out using @isa.professional and @suavecitapomade serum.”

「cbfc06」Totally took all inspiration from the amazing @kristinacheeseman Completely out of my comfort zone for this but I was so inspired I thought let's just go for it. Created this using all @crazycolorltd 💪💚 Tested my formulas using my @color_mapBlowdired using @designmehair Dry.me & Fab.me with my @parluxhair & @ghdhair size 3 barrel brush. Smoothed out using @isa.professional and @suavecitapomade serum.Join my patreon to gain access to my educational Instagram @Jaymzmarstershttps://www.patreon.com/jaymzmarsters

Posted by Hair by Jaymz Marsters on Tuesday, 19 June 2018