Pop of Colour
Diving headfirst into the world of vivid hair colour can be somewhat daunting for some whether it be due to the vibrant statement or the upkeep that comes with these colours. If you have been toying with the idea of adding a creative colour or two to your hairstyle, then this trend is one for you! Also known as ‘poptarting’, this simple yet effective technique is used to seamlessly create a contrast within the hair with the help of a colour that stands out against the natural tone. Over the years, we have seen a variety of techniques used to execute this method from money pieces to the peekaboo effect.
Professional hair stylist and vivid colour specialist, Rhiannon Groovey is a keen user of the ‘pop of colour’ effect, all you have to do is check out her Instagram page to discover the unique and eye-catching results that she creates on a daily basis for her clients. Rhiannon believes the trend of adding a contrasting colour to a natural base is something to look out for this autumn and winter, especially as the requests for this trend grow within her own salon, Wundercut Hair.
Here’s how Rhiannon explained her thought process when taking her client from the bright Electric Banana side of summer to a darker, moody Shocking Blue custom tone ready for the cooler months.
“Darker for winter is one of the most common requests for colour at this time of year, people want to ditch the summer vibes in exchange for something a little more in line with the season. But that doesn’t mean we need to say goodbye to vivids! Adding a small amount of ‘Raven’ to any shade in the Manic Panic range will keep the intensity of the tone whilst adding a smoky edge. In this case, we are giving ‘winter blues’ a whole new meaning with Shocking Blue, Blue Moon + Raven to match the moody months to come!”
Rhiannon Groovey @wundercuthair
A trend born several years ago, mostly prominent within pop culture thanks to Billie Eilish, this innovative look features a vibrant shade applied 2-3 inches down from the root. Its most famous exposure and probably around the time that this trend really took off was during the neon green root phase from Billie Eilish. This style reached consumers right across the globe and soon enough was a highly requested placement for vibrant hair dye. However, the vibrant root look did begin to die off as other hair colouring techniques began to take its place but as we have said before, some trends don’t die easily.
The Hot Root trend is back for autumn and winter 2023 and we couldn’t be happier. Similar to the ‘pop of colour’ trend, this look is often used to add some contrast to a more natural tone, however, the hot roots might just draw the eye to the hair a little more than some simple coloured streaks. Professional hair stylist, Lauren Roma Hanlon-Moore has captured this trend with the Manic Panic Mystic Heather Classic Colour hair dye mixed with the Pastelizer. This cool-toned hot root effect makes a perfect option for any blondes looking to spice up their icy lengths, or if working with a darker base maybe skip the Pastelizer and apply straight from the pot to pre-lightened hair!
Lauren briefly talked us through her thought process of getting to this beautiful pastel result as well as the inspiration that pointed her in this direction in the first place!
“This look is PERFECT for someone who wants a modern take on a vivid while being able to enjoy the fade over time. This colour was inspired by the character Enid from the series Wednesday who ‘wolfed out” with her pastel hair. This colour is really good for adding a splash of colour to your hair without having to go full-on vivid. Coming away from our tropical summer palette and embracing the cooler weather with some pastel Berry tones. “
Lauren Roma Hanlon-Moore @lauren_roma_hanlon
Block Colour Hime
Fairly new to the public eye, this trending haircut is breaking the boundaries. It is allowing others, whether it is those who wear the haircut or the stylist who executes it, to explore different avenues with hair. The Hime cut opens a bold and fresh new window to the world of layering with its blunt edges and ‘staircase’ appearance. This cut is an awesome way of expressing and owning individual style as it can be adapted and designed in many ways; adding colour is a great way of putting your own stamp on this look.
Poppy Lockett, a professional stylist, vivid colour enthusiast and Manic Panic UK affiliate created her own version of the Block Colour Hime look. Within this creation, Poppy used the Manic Panic Rockabilly Blue Classic Colour which adds both contrast and depth against that platinum blonde base whilst the cut itself successfully achieves a unique and eye-catching appearance with its step-like layering.
Here’s what Poppy has to say about this AW23 trend:
“Like the Mullet and all of its different variations, people are becoming a lot more open to interesting styles when it comes to cutting/colouring their hair. The Hime haircut offers bold layering and dramatic contrasting lengths, paired with a block colour along the edges and it’s definitely my top pick for the AW23 trend!
A lot of my creative inspiration comes from different creators such as @shinnosuke_920 and @weiwesleywei on Instagram, whose styles are modern, bold and look effortlessly cool.”
Poppy Lockett @popsofcolour_hair
Autumn and winter wouldn’t be the same without some sort of warmth. We’re seeing an influx of orange and red tones whether as an all-over application or often used within warm brunette tones to make the colours pop! Those copper, burnt auburn and fox red trends are still very highly requested within the salon around this time of year; this is especially true since we have seen these trends grow in popularity within the celebrity community too!
Manic Panic UK ambassador, Emma Pullen has been telling us about her own experience within the salon as we approach autumn.
“Autumn is no different! Using red and orange tones to make darker shades really stand out will be the thing to watch out for! I have an array of clients who do not fully step into the world of vivid hair but do want to dip their toes in. This is a great way of introducing your clients to colour in a cool and trendy way! You can change the colours, technique and placement to suit your client’s needs and expectations.”
Emma Pullen @emdoeshair232
A new season is a great reason for a new hair colour or hairstyle. There are plenty of options worth exploring for this autumn and winter whether you opt for chopping the length or changing the colour completely! We would love to see what results you come up with whilst using the Manic Panic colours so don’t forget to tag us in your pictures!