Michelle sent me this query:
I love dyeing my hair unnatural colors and won’t have natural colored hair for a LONG time if I can help it. I was curious if you had any creative thoughts on treating hair color as an accessory with outfits.
I loved this question. You all know that I am the self-proclaimed Czarina of Accessorization, but I had never even THOUGHT about this one before. Here’s the advice I gave Michelle.
Wear it up, braid it, stick a million barrettes in it, learn to beehive it, curl it, straighten it … DO it. I think the most important thing you can do to best utilize pink, blue, or purple hair is draw lots of attention to it. If you’re a gal who is interested enough in her ‘do to dye it Skittle colors, you may be varying your style already, but most women wear their hair the same way every day. You change your entire look when you change your hairstyle, so have some fun with that.
Angie over at You Look Fab posted recently about framing your look with your hair color. She was suggesting that brunettes wear brown suede and blondes wear cream patent … but you of the lavender locks, why not try this? Invest in some red leather boots or heels, blue satin flats, or bright orange sandals for summer and build your outfits around the shoe/hair color.
Learn about color pairings
Do a little research into what looks best with your particular shade of red/green/pink, and wear those colors – especially on top in sweaters, blouses, and tees. Color matching guidelines go for clothes, they should go for hair, too! My favorite resource on color combos is Design Seeds. But a graphic design manual or any other resource that provides information about complimentary colors might provide an equal dose of inspiration.
I assume that if you have fire engine red hair, you’re not sauntering around town in head-to-toe normcore. SO. Sequins are huge this season, and metallics are pretty much always a good bet. Get a shiny silver shell and wear a black blazer over it. Find a sweater shot through with copper lurex thread and pile a metal belt on top. Shine, baby, shine.
Bright hair is all the rage right now, so I hope these tips are useful to those of you with vibrant locks!
Image courtesy Daniela Martinez
Originally posted 2008-12-15 07:12:00.