Beauty Test Drive: Candy-Coloured Hair Streaks

Add a little pizzazz to your hair with carefree texture and temporary pink streaks

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Peter Som Spring 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms

Peter Som Spring 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms

Since the first model walked down the catwalk with peach-hued streaks at Peter Som Spring 2012, we (and the rest of the world) have been in love with a hit of candy colour to add playfulness to any look—especially as tulips begin to push through the earth and spring brights fill our closets. For Spring 2013, several big names (even king of the lady-like look, Oscar de la Renta) chose colourful hair and makeup to complete their runway looks, and Peter Som was at it again—this time with multi-coloured streaks. We love the look with its beachy texture and just a touch of brightness as a fun addition. Here, we show you how to get the hairstyle without the commitment of permanent hair colour.

The Product Tool Kit:

Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier

Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier, $16, at salons.

In the same way that foundation goes on smoother on top of a makeup primer, hair styles more easily once it’s been prepped. Apply one pump of Wella’s Velvet Amplifier to hair when it’s wet, then watch the rest of your tools and products work their magic. You only need to apply a tiny amount of product to get the desired result and it won’t weigh down strands.

Living Proof Amp Instant Texture Volumizer

Living Proof Amp² Instant Texture Volumizer, $24,

Since Jennifer Aniston’s the new co-owner of Living Proof, we had to give their Texture Volumizer—which launched in the November—a shot. It’s perfect for achieving the beachy look that we love, and because you apply the product to dry strands, hair doesn’t need to be freshly washed in order to get a voluminous, textured style. It’s especially good for getting an extra day or two out of your hair, since it disguises oiliness. Avoid applying the product directly to your scalp—no one needs build-up in that area!

Sultra Pink Hair Mascara

Sultra Color Hair Mascara in Ultra Pink, $24,

This easy-to-use hair mascara is perfect for adding streaks of colour to strands. It rinses out after one wash (even out of blond hair!), which means there is zero commitment. The only downside: Even a smattering of rain will cause the colour to fade, so be sure to use an umbrella or hat if it starts to sprinkle. We’re partial to pink (hello, Charlotte Free), but Sultra’s mascara also comes in Capri Coral, Lapis Blue and Royal Velvet.

The How-To:

Towel-dry hair and prime it with Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier, as done by Wella Professionals global creative director Eugene Souleiman at Peter Som.

To create that beachy texture, allow hair to air dry or blow-dry lightly with fingers only (no brushes!). Rub a dime-sized amount of Living Proof Amp² Instant Texture Volumizer between hands until transparent, then work it into dry hair—particularly the under sides, lifting the hair to create volume. After applying the cream to a section, twist and pin the section to your head. Once the entire head is done, blow-dry on low heat to set the waves. Unpin. Watch Living Proof’s video here to see how it’s done.

Part hair in the middle. Rub excess hair mascara off of Sultra’s wand before running it along a couple sections of hair, or adding it to the ends. If the colour looks too stiff or thick, comb gently to disperse and apply more as necessary.

As a finishing touch, paint your nails to match your streaks.

Last week’s test drive: Galaxy Glam Nail Art