So Jo and I found each other via the internet (as you do!). Jo had contacted me inquiring about getting her hair coloured in rainbows, but when I saw her stunning colourful Katwise inspired jumperlings in her Etsy shop, I suggested a trade instead.
A rainbow dress for rainbow hair.
How Jo’s rainbow mohawk cut and colour was done:
Previously Jo’s hair had been dyed permanent black with a red streak in the front. However once we had agreed to the trade she stopped dying her hair and had grown out a lot of the colour. This was part of the reason for choosing a much shorter hair cut. The other was simply that Jo loves “clipper short hair” and had shown me a few clipper hair art tattoos designs that she was keen to try.
In both the cut and colour I worked visually, improvising elements based on how the style evolved. I started with the basic concept of a rainbow mohawk and then adapted the idea as I worked. Jo was very free and easy, which gave me a lot of creative freedom to develop ideas.
Hair styled right to reveal the warm colours and then left to show the cool colours.
The Rainbow Colours:
Hair was pre-lightened/bleached to a yellow blonde, with the past permanent black hair dye on the mid-length and ends lifting to an orange, and the past red lightened to a pink. If your a hairdresser you will understand how difficult permanent black hair dye is to remove. Although I could have taken her to a less yellow/orange blonde, it was not necessary for the colours we wanted to do. And I don’t believe in damaging the hair unnecessarily.
Though the top I did double rainbows. The right side of the mohawk went from red, orange, yellow (warm colours) at the front, finishing with green, blue, purple (cool colours) on the crown. Then the pattern was reversed on the left side of the mohawk. This meant you could style the hair right from a warm tone fringe, and left for a cool tone fringe.
Through the back of the mohawk I used ‘V’ shaped sections for the rainbow, so it flowed in from the shapes of the clipper design on the sides. The finally the clipped side panels were dyed freehand, fading the tones to match into the back.
This was done in two stages; before and after colour. The main shape was cut in, removing a lot of the old colour from the ends. Then I did the clipper art patters in each side. This gave me a basic shape to apply the colour design to. Once the colour was finished, the final stage of cutting was done. This second stage was about cutting to the colours, removing areas to reveal more tones, blending sharp edges to make the colours melt from one to the next. I keeped the length in front, and cut the layers so the hair could be style both left and right to reveal different colour patterns, or style up/quiffed (like the singer P!ink).
How Jo got started making rainbow jumperlings…
While doing Jo’s hair she told me how she first started out. It started on my facebook page which Jo has followed for a long time. Back in 2011 I posted the story and photos of my Katwise rainbow coat that was gifted to me as a random act of kindness. (You can read that story and see photos of the coat here: facebook/AnyaGoy). Jo had never seen anything like it before, and was an instant fan.
Being a crafty, creative type she thought “I bet I could make that!” and so explored Katwise’s website for more ideas. There she discovered the “Upcycled Sweater TUTORIAL” by Katwise, bought it, and made her first jumperling from recycled jumpers she bought from second hand stores such as Salvation army and Vinnies. Jo received so many compliments and requests she started making them for friends and family. This snowballed into Unique Promises the small business she now has today, running her own Etsy store and selling her colourful jumperling’s at markets.
Handmade mini rainbow cake necklace from Inedible Jewellry
The Video: How to do Rainbow Hair by Anya Goy
Jo was good enough to let me film while we did her hair, so you get to see a taster for how I do this kind of work. I’d like to thank Jo for being such a great sport and of course for the amazing dress! Thank you to Christiaan Mariess for filming and editing the video, couldn’t have done it without you. Plus a big thank you to Twelve Ton Trouble for providing the music.
Enjoy the colours!
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