“Remember, Remember, The Fifth of November, The Gunpowder Treason and Plot! I see no reason, Why Gunpowder and Treason, Should ever be forgot!”
Welcome to a Guy Fawkes/bonfire night special! Lets bring out the sparklers, and light up the night with some explosive hair styles and fiery colours…
When people think of fire, most would jump for a bottle of red dye. But if we think outside the box and look at flames and fireworks, the ‘Wow’ factor comes from this explosion of light in the dark. To play with the the of use of light, UV/black light reactive hair dye is an amazing way to create hair that literally glows in the dark! Dyes like Special Effects “Napalm Orange” and Manic Panic’s “Electric Banana” glow under UV light, giving your fiery colours by day, but then at night under a black light you will get an stunning effect like glowing embers.
Stylist Veronika Kozachenok, Makeup/hair artist Natalia Oginskaya and photographer Shelukhin Gregory teamed up to create these stunning images all lit with UV light. Black light reactive makeup and hair make these glowing shots look like the streams of light caught on camera from sparklers and catherine wheels. While the lose curls looks like lava glowing as it flows.
For a day time look for fiery hair colours, don’t just stop at one red colour. Flames have many tones and using a combination such as burning orange and a glowing yellow will give the hair multi dimensional colour. If you have long, layered hair and want to style your hair straight and down I suggest your do these colours in foils to create flaming steaks of colour. This look is best shown off with movement, so flick your hair or headbang like Hayley Williams while listening to Semi Precious Weapons’ “Her Hair is on Fire.”.
However for truly flaming hair that mimics the movement, twist and flicker of fire apply red/orange/yellow with the ombre technique, rather than foiled streaks. Start with the darkest colour (red or darkest orange) on the roots and blend out to bright orange, then yellow on the tips. Don’t forget to blend so you don’t end up with band marks. The more random the better.
Then go curl crazy with your curling tongs… or for bigger/loser curls do twists with your GHD. Back comb the roots to give as much hight and body as you like. Flip your head upside down and hairspray it all to give hold and volume. You can leave it down and wild, with movement and bounce, so it’s like flames licking around your face and falling around your shoulders. Alternatively you can pin it all up on your head to look like fire flickering up into the night sky. Check out model Irene Yuen (aka Looooo)‘s up-style for inspiration.
For short hair, such as a fohawk style, tease the hair up and go mad with the hairspray, this style work’s great as you can see the ombre colour blend in action.
Of course, as with any colourful look, you have to go all the way and do the makeup to match! Check out this fire makeup tutorial by Eva Di Martino (aka. PureBlackLove). Hope you have an awesome bonfire night! Note: Thanks to JellyFish Queen for suggesting a blog post on fiery hair for bonfire night!