Woman’s Checkerboard Dye Job Makes Her Straight Hair Look Wavy

If you were to scroll quickly past one of Rhode Island-based hairstylist Phil Ring’s latest bright-red dye jobs on Instagram, you probably would have thought he simply styled stylist Sarah Ramon’s hair into sleek, old Hollywood-inspired waves. Upon closer inspection of the photo, you’ll notice that Ring played a trick on your eyes. He expertly created a candy-apple red checkboard pattern to make the hair look like it’s wavy, even when it’s actually straight. Trippy, right? It’s “almost like a 3-D effect,” Ring tells Allure.

To create the grand wavy-hair illusion, Ring started with a blonde base. Next, he alternated between painting on two-and-a-half-inch squares of scarlet red and neon yellow. (The latter may sound unexpected, but just wait.) After letting the color process, Ring rinsed out the dyes but used his fingers to push the red into the yellow as he did so. This helped make that orangish-red shade you’re seeing. Surprisingly, Ring says the entire coloring process didn’t take “super long” — he estimates it took him about three hours, which isn’t terribly time-consuming as far as amazing hair-color transformations go. Of course, starting off with blonde hair cut down Ramon’s time in his chair.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at the checkerboard dye job with makeup courtesy of @raesbeautifulfaces.

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Phil Ring

Those with stick-straight hair but forever feel too lazy to break out a curling iron to add some texture, take note: This creative checkerboard dye job could help you fool everyone at your next big event. Only your hair colorist and you will really know how long you take on your hair every day. Just prepare yourself for a whole lot of people to stop and stare at your psychedelic new style when they realize it’s secretly straight.

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