INSANE MANES: HIGHLIGHTER HAIR
By now, even those least observant among us should be well-aware of the ever-increasing passion for pastel that has become common among those seeking a means of breaking the mould in a way that extends beyond the bounds of sartorial adventurousness. Having had quite an extended time to develop, the past couple of years have allowed the embrace of mint, peach, lilac and fairy floss locks to become more and more widely embraced, and at times one would be forgiven for mistaking their surrounds for a My Little Pony paddock. While the array of colour-kissed locks have provided a refreshing point of interest atop the heads of the more daring, all things must reach their eventual grave, and anyone who has been aware of the accelerating trend from its point of conception would naturally be pondering its imminent expiry date. It is only to be expected then, to experience an insatiable curiosity about what the natural progression onward and upward may be. Certainly as I have continued to spot the baby-strength colours bobbing around the streets of London, I have wondered what will eventually become of them… should the trend die a sudden death, will the streets be rapidly flooded with rivers of watercolour pastels as a dark stormy cloud of over-dyes rolls in, washing away what was a peaceful pastel period?
About a month ago, my questions were answered, and one could say that it came as rather a shock… shocking pink, that is. Yes, I was met with a full, vibrant head of pink, orange and yellow territories that could only be described as HIGHLIGHTER tones: neon, almost to the point of glowing. It became quickly apparent that this look, so much bolder and brighter, was set to be the replacement. How silly of me to have thought even for a fleeting moment that the adv-hair-nturous would even be satisfied returning to platitudinous natural tones so quickly!
Following the first sighting, I have felt rather like the David Attenborough (if we’re talking hair, shall we settle on David Plait-enborough?) of the hair world, spotting a growing number of highlighter root-to-tip tones on hipster heads… admittedly I’ve been carrying out the role with perhaps more enthusiasm than is publicly acceptable, with stealthy attempts to snap photographs to shoot through to friends whom I’ve been trying to convince of the trend’s legitimacy. Living in East London, I am in the natural grazing grounds of the creatures, so I could not be more perfectly placed to carry out my field study.
Thinking about the practicality of the craze, I feel like its initiators have been quite timely in terms of the ability to use electric locks to enhance the present day’s fashion trends. When creating a top-to-toe look, the highlighter hair has the capacity to make for some incredible pairings with the currently popular double-pattern ensembles that seem to be popping up left, right and centre. And where pastel hair combined with the myriad pastel garments that are filling the racks of every High Street store could become a little monotonously same-same, a vibrant highlighter tone in its forceful contrast may have the power to create an image that is instead admirably daring in its atypical abstractness.
In a world where fashions are notoriously recycled, it is undeniably refreshing to witness fashionistas wading into previously unchartered waters, at least where daywear legitimacy is concerned. Certainly one could not say that fluorescent hair has never before been worn, however it is encouraging to observe such a degree of boldness being explored as an external-to-editorial look.
Just as traditionally designed, these highlighters are set to draw some serious attention this season.