(Photo: Beauty Blender)
According to the team behind Jamie Stevens’ salon in London (where the trend originated), the service is available starting at £35. (That’s about $50.) “The idea came about because Jamie wanted a soft surface to apply the [color] in spots,” a salon representative tells us. “Beautyblender[s] are very soft and absorb the color well…[and] the soft and round edges of the blender [prevent] random splodges.”
Stevens used the blender to apply contrasting and highlighting tones over the existing hair color, which, like strobing, “enhance[s] the natural tones of the hair,” the representative says. “It’s ideal for [anyone] that wants to have some light and life lifted back into [their hair].”
This story was originally published on March 8, 2016.
The last time we saw a Beautyblender cut up, the internet freaked out about it — and not in a good way. But this time, a trusty Beautyblender was destroyed in the name of hair art.
U.K. hairstylist Jamie Stevens proved this theory in three simple Instagram posts. Step 1: Cut the $20 Beautyblender in half (the horror!).
Step 2: Use the round side of the Beautyblender to gently press on brightly colored dye — in this case, ink black, deep purple, and yellow.
While the in-process shot may not look like much, the end result is pretty striking.
Of course, this isn’t the first time the Beautyblender has been used in an off-label way. As we’ve noted, it’s not only the best tool for faking airbrushed skin, but also excellent for dabbing on watercolor-like eyeshadow, creating a deep flush on cheeks, and even executing ombré nail art.We’ve reached out to Stevens for more information about this new hair-color technique, and will update this post when we hear back.
By Jessica Chou