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By Dayna Sason

Brightly colored hair isn’t just for Care Bears and My Little Pony anymore. This Fashion Week, models strutted their stuff in some of fall’s hottest new clothing while flaunting hair that looked like it had been through a Crayola box and come out the other side.

At Vena Cava, Ted Gibson from used Streekers to add vibrant pops of color to blonde extensions, which were then pulled into a messy textured ponytail and were bright and multicolored throughout the show. Ted referred to this look as “Downtown Equestrian,” it’s sexy but not overdone.”

At the Cynthia Rowley show, hair master Antonio Prieto created a whimsical yet sophisticated look by giving his models ponytails with lots of texture and then with the help of colorist Eva Scrivo for Wella, he incorporated colored extensions based on the color of the model’s hair.

Scrivo created jewel toned, crimped hair extensions to give her models a fun and funky punk-rock look. She used teal, yellow, ruby, and turquoise extensions and told us that the extensions were “a great way to experiment with color without the commitment.”

At the Douglas Hannant show, Edward Tricomi of the Warren Tricomi Salon went old school in his attempt to spice up his models’ look. Tricomi passed up colored extensions in favor of every school girl’s favorite accessory: chalk. His goal was to create a Greek/Roman look for the downtown set – antiquity meets “street urchin.” After piling the models’ hair up into highly textured, curly updos, Tricomi selected several bright colors of chalk, got them wet, and then colored directly on a few loose pieces he intentionally left down for each model. The result was subtle licks of extremely temporary color that would wash right out. “I’m an old guy and this is an old trick,” Tricomi joked.

This emphasis on temporary color proves that for fall hair can be as much of an accessory as anything else you might see – both on and off the runway. Watch out Rainbow Brite, looks like someone might be out to give you a run for your money.

Originally published March 2010



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