Orange hair is the latest lockdown trend – here's how to get the look at home

Sound the alarm – a new lockdown hair trend has reared its brightly-coloured head.

Celebrities like Dua Lipa, Kristen Stewart and Elle Fanning have all debuted orange locks in recent weeks and the hair envy is very real.

That’s why we spoke to hairdressers to see how one might go about achieving this look from home.

Patrick Marrow of Hive Manchester says: ‘Standing out these days is difficult, so do it with orange hair.

‘Fortunately for you, it’s one of the kindest colours you can go for because you don’t need to lift it up to a clean blonde as you would with many other colours.

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‘If you have a little bit of colour on your hair already, you’ve got an even better chance of getting the colour you want.’

Sophia Hilton, founder of Not Another Salon, says: ‘If you’re currently blonde and thinking of doing something wild to launch yourself out of this summer lockdown, orange is an awesome colour which you could be completely capable of DIY’ing at home.’

When it comes to lightening your locks in preparation for the orange dye, Patrick says: ‘The most important thing is lightening the hair as evenly as possible. In the salon, we always focus on lightening the ends first, but if you have any buildup of colour present on the hair, especially dark colour, this is a must.

‘Keep your lightener similar to the consistency of custard and don’t let it dry out whilst it’s on the hair, ensuring that you take fine sections throughout the application process.

‘You’ll start to see your colour turn fairly quickly if the hair is virgin, but don’t rinse it off too soon – the lighter, the better. Hair with any colour build-up will take a little while longer.’

He adds: ‘If your hair is light already, the above processes aren’t necessary.’

Becky Sutherland, founder of Lush Hair, outlined how to get use orange dye in six easy-sounding steps. She recommends using Crazy Color, but you can use whatever dye takes your fancy.

Becky says: ‘Step 1: Pick out your Crazy Color shade. There’s so many and they can be easily mixed to create your perfect shade. If you have blonde hair, you’ll end up bright, but if you’re wanting a toned-down version mix your shade with some Crazy Color conditioner.

‘Step 2: Shampoo your hair and dry to 90% leaving it a little damp.

‘Step 3: Grab those gloves and towels; it’s about to get messy.

‘Step 4: Section your hair down the middle and start applying the colour. Section each bit of the hair and apply it to the roots, then rub it through to the ends, making sure you have covered every where.

‘Step 5: Develop, leave it on for 25 mins let it do it’s magic.

‘Step 6: Rinse really well with cold water. Once the water is running clear then use Crazy Color’s Conditioner (no shampoo) dry and style, then enjoy your new orange hair!’

As for why the water should be cold, Paul says: ‘The warmer the water, the quicker the fade.’

When it comes to what can go wrong, Sophia says: ‘Worst case scenario, if it’s a bit patchy you just go over it again.’

She says: ‘The only downside is orange can be a bit challenging to get out, but not impossible.

‘I would just make sure you are prepared to be a warm blonde if you want to switch back after.’

If you want to test out how the colour will look on you before you fully commit, Stephane Ferreira of Live True London recommends using hair chalks. She says: ‘You can use them partially to create different tones to your hair.

‘Hair chalks come in a variety of colours – from vivid to natural tones. Why not play with these to see what your next look could be for when salons reopen?’

When it comes to why people are wanting to try new looks so much during lockdown, she tells us: ‘Playing with your hair has never been easier as you can trial a lot of different looks without the critical eye of others.

‘Experimentation is therefore key so that you are ready to showcase your best looks when the lockdown is over.

‘Changing your looks can be therapeutic and can help people cope during this usual time.’

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