Bold hair trends are the spice of life, and the newest one is going to make you go wild — literally. Leopard print hair is the newest dye job on the scene, and while it might not be a classic like balayage or ombre, it will definitely leave a lasting impression. Bold hair trends seem to be taking over the last couple of years, with everything from "colombre" bringing a literal rainbow to your hair to "undercut hair tattoos" adding a touch of art to people's messy buns. But the leopard print hair trend might just take it a step further in terms of boldness and edge.
According to Marie Claire, it all started in London. And seeing how the city is often times credited with innovative, head-turning fashion, that origin story comes as no surprise. "Erik Pascarelli, a hairstylist at London-based Bleach London, is the one who put the trend on our radar when he gave a client with a buzz cut the spotted treatment." Bleaching the short crop white and then adding cat-like spots using black and brown dye, a new trend was born. From there on, many different irritations have been tried, proving just how creative and versatile the look can be.
A quick scroll through Instagram shows over 1,000 images already tagged, and the interpretations are nothing short of amazing. There are spotted undercuts complimenting fiery red and orange hair, as well as Lisa Frank hued mohawks with colorful leopard spots. For those that don't like to go to avant garde, there are also brown haired people with their hair swept into messy buns, and a leopard undercut adding something unexpected to the every-day look. Even little girls are getting into it, matching the feline dots with turquoise mermaid hair!
If the look feels slightly familiar, you might recall Nicki Minaj sporting a cheetah print wig some time back. But this is a slightly different take since it's only cropping up on buzz cuts and under cuts — for a particular reason.
According to PopSugar, "Erik Pascarelli...also told Marie Claire that longer strands can move more easily than short ones, which would ruin the pattern." This way the print stays neat and in place, creating more of a statement. If you're feeling feline, try this look out this spring! An undercut grows out in a week, so its little risk. Take a walk on the wild side.