By Tracy Proffitt
This article was written by professional hairstylist and makeup artist Tracy Proffitt. Find her on Instagram at @tracyazgal. If you would like to share an article with The Zillennial, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s 2015 and you’re begging your parents to let you get your hair split dyed, or “color blocked.” Your favorite album is Cry Baby by Melanie Martinez and you’ve seen the style all over Pinterest. Fast forward to 2022 and it’s back again. Just like any trend, color blocking is not only back in the fashion world but also within the beauty world
The Return of Color Blocking
Color blocking is on-trend for clothes right now, but it is also one of the latest hair color trends as well. When I say color blocking, I mean half of your hair is one color, the other half another when split down the middle. You can also split your hair into 4 equal quarter sections and match diagonal sections for a very bold effect. I know, Cruella DeVille may come to mind, but done right it can be striking. You can try leaving one half of your hair your natural color and do the other half a light blonde or a pastel shade if your natural color is light/medium. If your natural color is dark, go for a deeper fantasy shade in a jewel tone like dark purple, green or red. You can stick to natural shades if fantasy colors are not your thing, anything goes. The actual color doesn’t really matter, this look is about the technique and visual effect of blocking.
The Money Piece
If you like the color block look but don’t want to go for it all the way – the money piece is a trend that is sticking around. The color blocking hair technique can be just half your bangs in front connected to a bold front money piece that goes the length of your hair on one side or just a bold, chunky money piece on both sides in the front. As long as there is some connection, it is “blocked.” This is a great option for someone who wants to add in a few fun colors or some color-blocked hair but doesn’t want to commit to the entirety of a color-blocked head of hair.
Just trying a bold money piece a few shades lighter or darker than your hair is an easy way to try this trend, you can easily build from there if you like it or you can more easily color it back if you do not because it is a smaller section of hair to correct!
Keep in mind, this is a trend that may be on its way out a lot faster than other more natural hair color techniques because it is very bold. Just keep in mind the length of your hair and the amount of contrast you want when planning on getting this done. Look for some great inspiration pics to show your stylist and trust their advice during your consultation, they know what it takes to achieve your newly desired look. They also know what it takes to reverse or keep up that look if need be! If you’re thinking of trying this technique out – don’t wait, now is the time! Otherwise, you might miss it until it comes back again. If you choose to try this trend, have fun with it!
What do you think of the color blocking hair trend? Would you give it a shot or will you wait for it to come back in style again? Let us know in the comment section below!