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If you’ve been following awards season, you’ve probably noticed that the red carpet has been sparse on rainbow tresses. Even at New York Fashion Week there wasn’t much in the way of vibrant color. It seems we’re entering a season of subtlety, but that doesn’t mean that vibrant hues have disappeared, just that they’re being used in more understated ways. The looks pictured above feature a splash of vibrancy painted on the top surface of the hair. Creating a bright splatter-paint splash. Learn more about this emerging technique in the notes. –– Laura Martin

Step: Vibrant hues are painted with a light hand across the surface of dry, styled hair to create splashes of color. Because the pattern sits on the surface of the hair it can easily be disguised by changing the part.

Step: Color selection can make this look softer or more extreme. Using a natural blonde will provided a sun-dappled effect instead of a bright, painterly splash.

Step: Multiple tones may be layered or blended to create all sorts of artistic effects that evoke abstract art or light and shadow. The technique may also be limited to a small area for a subtler variation.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter  @LarMarStyle

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