So, we’ve all heard of mural graffiti. But lately, there’s been a lot of talk about Hair Art or Hair Graffiti with stencils. Stylist Lucie Doughty started this new concept in 2013, which is now picked up by many other artists/stylists including Janine Ker.
This new technique of coloring hair is very simple, but the key is to have the artistic eye and skill to create your chef d’oeuvres.
How to perform a Hair Art creation
These are the things that you will need: temporary hair dyes (sprayable ones) and stencils. Janine uses the Joico Instatint sprays but any other well rated brands should do well. Just set the stencil over the areas that you want to create your designs and let your imagination go wild. Ideally, having someone to help would be best especially if your hair is short. Here is a video on how Janine created her art on hair.
Things to bear in mind
- This is a temporary hair dye, that will wash off after one shampoo.
- Style the hair first before you do any coloring.
- Hair sprays can hold the color longer after you are done.
- Beware if you have porous hair. Like any temporary hair dyes, it can create issues with removal. [Read more here about the limitations of temporary hair dyes]
- The hair will feel chalky from the layers of sprays. Do not try to comb through. The friction can cause damage to hair.
- Protect eyes if you need to do your bangs and do your hair art in a well ventilated area
- Use old clothing since the process will surely get messy.
- Bleeding of colors on top of each other can happen. Practicing on small areas might be a good idea to start with.
- For long hair, Janine advises to do it in areas where the hair doesn’t move much: the crown or bangs. That way the design doesn’t get messed up from hair movement.
- It can take about 30 minutes or more to create, depending on the complexity of the design.
This creative art on hair is great for those who want to make a ‘flashy’ fashion statement for one day. It is a little extreme in my opinion, and is not for everyone. But, as far as the art goes, I can’t deny that the creations are amazingly well done! That’s some real skill!