Trend alert! Holographic hair
Pah! Who wants safe hair anyway? I popped to the colour experts at Jack & The Wolfe in Lymington for the ULTIMATE transformation.
My hair was definitely feeling very sorry for itself – mega roots, super grown out balayage and breakage from far too many ‘mum buns’ thrown up in haste – my mop had certainly seen better days. I last had it coloured and chopped well in excess of six months beforehand (naughty, I know) so I needed something to REALLY zhush myself up and get me out of my hair-related funk.
Having spent FAR too much time on Instagram, I was swinging between the super sexy looking ‘mushroom’ hair (kind of a grey/purple/brown mix) and something really out of the box – holographic hair. This neon bright, My Little Pony-esque trend has been sweeping over social media for a couple of years now with no sign of stopping. With Summer fast approaching and the impending festival season, plus a good dose of ‘Why the hell not?’ I decided to go as extra as possible…
Located on Lymington’s Quay Hill (honestly, could you find a cuter street?) is Jack & The Wolfe. This brand new salon first opened its doors in March, but the couple that run it – Lydia Wolfe and Jack Mead – have a wealth of experience in the industry and know EXACTLY what they are doing.
As soon as I walked in I wanted to pinch half their furniture and decor. A yellow retro telephone, Talking Heads lyric in neon signage and a gorgeous salon cat called Boo – this bijou salon feels partly Shoreditch chic and a little bit like your cool mate’s living room. With two sinks and three chairs, it’s a small affair in this character laden building but they have big plans for the salon moving forward.
Jack and Lydia themselves both have numerous awards for their work and do a lot of editorial and high-fashion work up in London. I’ve actually been a fan of Lydia’s colouring for a while so I was very excited and extremely reassured to be in her chair.
They’re very fussy about the kit they use here too – Goldwell colours (in fact Lydia’s won numerous titles in their Colourzoom awards), KMS products and Dyson hairdryers are de rigeur and they will use the more expensive products as standard.
The clientele that came in during my visit were a real mix. From guys coming in for a tidy up, a restyle of curls, to a full neon Chelsea Cut (that’s a shaved head with fringe à la the skinhead era) and speaking to Jack and Lydia they explained how the local area has been slowly becoming more and more adventurous with their barnets since they arrived on the scene.
HOW THEY DID IT
Lydia set to work covering up any grey roots before applying bleach to my hair to lift it. Despite having super dark brunette hair, I had already had bayalage before and my hair colour lifts super easily so it wasn’t as complicated as it could have been.
Lydia painted the bleach onto my hair freehand to get a really natural graduation between my natural hair colour and the lightened areas. She then mixed up a series of curious looking bowls of Goldwell colour mixed with Goldwell BondPro+ (Goldwell’s version of Olaplex) that restores broken hair molecules and makes sure you don’t end up with dry strawlike hair. This treatment is included as standard at no extra cost as well. Bonus.
After the bleach was washed out Lydia took sections of my hair and painted some a natural peachy colour to soften the eventual look, before getting to work on layers of vivid tones on certain areas. After it was washed off I was left with an almost natural finish with the odd vivid pop of colour poking out.
With a busy schedule and a complete lack of styling knowledge, I tend to opt for ‘safe’ looks when getting a cut. Lydia chatted to me about how I wear my hair, how I style it and we decided on a pseudo-fringe that could be centre parted or side-parted, and layers to add volume to my mass of fine hair.
She then applied some KMS Therma Shape which helps to blow dry hair quicker (nice time-saving hack), before grabbing her straighteners and giving me the gorgeous curly hair of my dreams.
There were certainly a few moments during the process where I thought ‘What on earth am I doing?’ and thinking I would end up looking like a giant neon rainbow. I’ve had bright colours in my hair in the past, but that was back in my teen years and, as I’ve got older, a drastic colour change seems a lot more daunting.
Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong. The four hours I spent in the salon my hair was absolutely transformed into a glossy, Instagram-worthy do. The colour while extremely vivid is softened by the peachy tone and despite the amount of bleaching, it feels soft and smooth and not in the least bit damaged. Lydia also positioned the colour so I could tie my hair up and hide the colour if I need to as well.
And, another little bonus, I was IDed for a bottle of wine later on that day, so it obviously makes me look a good ten years younger!
As I wash my hair the vivid tones will slowly fade to pastel, before returning to blonde leaving me with a natural looking (and easy to manage) bayalage. I wouldn’t say this would be my ‘forever’ hair colour but it’s definitely a great way to give yourself a youthful edge for the summer months.
To achieve holographic hair you’re looking at shelling out about £200, so it’s quite a bit of outlay. A full head bayalage is £95, the creative colour toners cost £35 and a cut and finish is £60.
BUT, having been to a number of high-end salons, who don’t have the awards, skills and reputation that these two have, I think this was very reasonable. Also where it’s only Jack and Lydia (at present) there’s one level of pricing so your not sat in the chair trying to guess how much it’s going to cost.
Jack & The Wolfe, 7 Quay Hill, Lymington, SO41 3AR. Tel:01590 670548