First there was ombre, next there were mermaid waves, and now there's succulent hair. It's an exciting time to be a hair colorist with multiple creative trends coming into fashion! But, if you fancy giving yourself a makeover, you may be wondering how to get succulent hair at home.
If you're wondering what on earth succulent hair is, let me explain. Succulent hair is, as the name suggests, a trend that takes inspiration from succulent plants. Before your imagination runs away, it's not a spiky style modelled after cacti, nor is it a 'do that's reminiscent of aloe vera leaves. Succulent hair is a color trend that takes inspiration from the beautiful spectrum of shades found in the succulent world. Think jade greens, neon pinks, lavender blues, and even banana yellows. Your color palette will depend entirely on the succulent plant you admire most, or it could be a mix of all of the hues found within this beautiful plant family.
Succulent hair is proving a hit on social media sites, such as Instagram, and it's easy to see why; it looks like how you'd imagine a fairy, unicorn, mermaid princess would wear her hair. So I caught up with goodDYEyoung creative director and celebrity colorist, Brian O'Connor, to discover how to get succulent hair at home.
1. Start With Pre-Lightened Hair
O'Conner explains to me over email that you need to start this look with pre-lightened hair, he says, "Pale yellow is preferred."
2. Go For Green In The Middle
"Find the perfect teal or mint green for [the] roots and middle section of your hair." Says O'Connor, "I'd recommend a mix of goodDYEyoung fader, with a few one inch strips of Blue Ruin, and a pea size amount of Steal My Sunshine."
3. Find The Perfect Pink
Ex-Girl, $13.99, gooddyeyoung.com
4. Leave A Gap For Blending
"I'd leave a half inch to an inch gap between the teal and the pink to mash the two colors together," O'Connor says, "almost creating a purple tone between the two colors."
5. The Added Extra
When it comes to the finishing touches, O'Connor tells me, "You could also go with a darker teal or mint color at your roots if you really wanted to see a lot of depth and dimension to the look, giving you a four color variation to this look." This sounds like an interesting way to make your succulent inspired style stand out from the crowd.
In addition to these steps, O'Connor says, “I'd recommend researching succulent types and colors for more inspiration." He adds, "The true trick and key to this look though is blending all these colors together for a seamless transition.”
If you're a hair coloring virgin, it may be wise to seek out a pro to help you achieve your new look. But, if you're a home hair dyeing veteran, follow O'Connor's expert advice to achieve succulent hair at home!