The rise of the tinted tresses

Dame Helen Mirren shook up the red carpet at the BAFTAs by revealing her newly dyed pink locks. A trend usually reserved for hip teens and twenty somethings, Helen showed that bright hair can work for all ages.

Coloured hair is not a new fashion, women have been getting highlights and tints for decades. Rainbow hair however, is a fairly new phenomenon. No stranger to unusual coloured hair myself, this new trend is a favourite of mine.

Bright hair has been showcased recently not only by crazy pop stars Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj but also Hollywood’s young elite such as Kelly Osbourne, Dakota Fanning, Lauren Conrad and Annalyne McCord.

Helen admitted that she made the change after watching America’s Next Top Model: British Invasion, in which the English winner Sophie Sumner had her hair dyed candy-floss pink. She said “I was watching America’s Next Top Model and the season where the British girl won – she had pink hair and I thought, ‘That looks really pretty.'”

Other women over the age of 30 have been celebrating the trend. Designer Zandra Rhodes been neon pink for years and Dame Vivienne Westwood’s bright orange hair has become her trademark. Cyndi Lauper and Lynn Yaeger both opt for fire engine red hues, whilst artist Julie Verhoeven has gone from canary yellow to bright blue.

If you’re looking for a fashion change this spring but are daunted by the idea of crayon coloured hair, try dip dyes in pastel colours, red lowlights through brunette hair or blue or purple rinses if you’re a blonde.

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