Christmas hair colour:
Hair colour, styling, model, makeup, photography and edit all by Anya Goy.
Discover how I created this unique festive look. How to dye your hair red and green for Christmas. I also look at the origin of the famous festive red and green colours. Discover the original symbolism and meanings…
Who colour-coded Christmas?
Jolly Father Christmas with his rosy cheeks and scarlet coat, shiny green holly with its bright red berries, glittering red decorations on a lush green Christmas tree – the colour coding of the Christmas season has been used for centuries. As with most traditions, the reason can be traced to religious beliefs.
“We associate Christmas with red and green because that’s the way we’ve always done it. But one can trace the roots of this colour coding back through the centuries, to a time when the colours themselves had symbolic meaning.”
- Green represents eternity. Everlasting life, eternity of God and God’s eternal love for mankind. Holly bushes and fir trees remain ever green all through the year, and during the middle ages became symbols of everlasting life. This is why we have the Christmas tree. Shaping the ever greens into a circle reinforces that meaning as the circle is also a symbol of eternity. Hence the Christmas wreath.
- Red represents sin payed the in blood of Jesus. Sacrifice, love, the price payed for the sins of the world. The first Christmas trees were decorated with red apples for the The Paradise Play (done by 14th century churches). The red apples represented the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The red of the first sin, temptation and fall of man, payed for by the red blood sacrifice of Jesus. Hence the design of Christmas tree baubles based on the red apples.
How do you dye the hair?
First the hair was bleached blonde (please refer to my book to learn how to bleach hair correctly). Then I section the hair in half, back and front. Then I sectioned the hair again in the front, 2/3 and 1/3. The lager section at the front was dyed red with Manic Panic Vampire Red, and the smaller section in front was dyed green with Manic Panic Green Envy. This frames the face with the iconic Christmas colours.
Then all the back section was dyed purple with Manic Panic Purple Haze. Purple has traditionally been the primary colour of Advent, symbolising repentance. Purple is also the colour of royalty, demonstrating the anticipation and reception of the coming King celebrated during Advent.
There was some remaining blue from the previous colour in a small streak between the green and purple. It had been dyed with Fudge Paintbox Blue Hawaii. I decided to keep this as a touch of winter, and as a blending point for the green and purple. You can see this hidden colour only when the hair is styled right across.
How did you style the hair?
I blow-dried the hair smooth with volume, using a round brush. Having the two panels of red and green at the front meant you could style the hair one way to appear all red, and then style the parting the other way reveal the green. I utilised this in the photos to demonstrate the variety of looks you can get this sectioning pattern.
What to create Christmas 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…