Like Randall in that episode of This Is Us when The Big Three (him and his siblings) landed in their family’s cabin and he accidentally drank a whole ‘shroom smoothie, as soon as we scrolled upon this mesmerizing “Magic Eye” hair color, we couldn’t help but stare. In fact, the more we stared at this dye job by St. Louis-based hairstylist Kristina Cheeseman, the more we could swear we were watching colors move. But then, we began to wonder if the colors were actually there or if they had been photoshopped on. Yeah, it’s that trippy. But, as we found, what seems like a serious optical illusion is actually just good ‘ol talent. Naturally, we had to know how such a mind-bending hair color was brought to life. And, lucky for us, Cheeseman was more than happy to shed a little magic into our lives.
“I used Rebecca Taylor’s new color line, Trillion Tones, to create this look,” Cheeseman tells Allure. “It’s unique, as in it’s the first hybrid color to exist. I custom mixed the purple, blue, yellow and pink shades to create my rainbow.” Once she mixed her colors, she hand-painted every single tiny rainbow into place. Y’all, just take a longer look and think about that for a second, because that is a lot of work — and, of course, talent. “I started on the right side above the ear and I took a paper-thin section and applied the colors in very small sections,” she says. “This is my guide. After that, I lay each paper-fine section on top of the other section and layer the hair color. At the end, all of her hair was pushed to the right side, laying on top of each other.”
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Now, as you might have guessed, in order for this pastel neon hair color to come to life, she prefaced all of this with a quality bleaching session — though she prefers to call it “lightening” as it sounds less harsh. And it’s that very “less harsh” view that she likes to bring to all of her hair coloring adventures. In order to really protect and strengthen the hair, she uses Total Results Rebond by Matrix after every lightening sesh, as it’s an extreme repair shampoo and conditioner system that lets her maintain the integrity of her client’s hair. “It leaves the hair feeling soft and healthy, making it a great prep for the next step,” she says.
After all the lightening and coloring was complete, the upkeep is the last step in making sure her client got the most out of this color. “Nicole [her client in this picture] has worn rainbow hair color for several years and knows the process,” Cheeseman says. “Minimal washing is key. She washes her hair one to two times per week in cool water, usually using a co-wash (a cleansing conditioner). Her hair will slowly fade, on tone, lighter and lighter, and [she] will come back in six to eight weeks.” She goes on to explain that she regularly colors Nicole’s hair, and since she doesn’t like to overlap lightener, depending on what this Magic Hair masterpiece fades to, she will create a color that will complement that faded tone using color theory.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.
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