The internet certainly has a thing for showcasing the most unconventional hair colors – from creamsicle to denim to mermaid hues, we thought we had seen it all. That was until Mane Master Guy Tang introduced the super lit look that is glow in the dark hair. When the lights are on, Tang’s masterpieces, which he refers to as “phoenix hair”, could be passed off as simply neon colored hair. But when the lights are off, phoenix hair comes to life and makes us super nostalgic for the glow sticks from our childhood.
We talked to Tang about the his neon creation and he explained that he created the look after being inspired by the retro design elements of the art deco scene in Miami Beach. “I love the art deco of Miami Beach, the ’80’s lights inspired the black light responsive neon hair. It’s so eclectic, colorful and fun!” says the stylist.
To create the glow in the dark look, Tang layers multiple shades from Kenra’s Color Creative Neons Collection for a bold, bright look that is full of depth. Kenra’s Color Creative Neons collection features seven neon semi-permanent shades including yellow, orange, green, violet, fuchsia and charcoal. Each color lasts up to 20 shampoos and when applying – no developer is needed and the process takes about 20 minutes. If you want the most intense color saturation, the color should be processed under heat.
But how does Kenra’s Creative Neon Collection differ from other neon colors available on the market? Each shade is formulated with reflective pigments that respond to backlight to glow in the dark. Like most color jobs, hair should be taken lighter first to create a bleach base so that the strands are extra porous in order to absorb the color and reach it’s brightest version.
If you have commitment issues with having your mane permanently glow in the dark, have no fear as there are more temporary color options that are just as lit but can wash right out like Manic Panic’s Dye Hard Temporary Hair Color Styling Gel. Regardless of your preference, this fluorescent look is perfect for catching everyone’s attentions – lights on or off.