Lilian Min
September 16, 2015 12:54 pm

Anybody who’s ever had their hair dyed, in a salon or otherwise, knows that the process of applying color is a lot like painting. You have brushes and paints/dyes and lots and lots of mess, but the end result of usually hours of work is a piece of unique art.

Well, someone has taken that idea to its natural conclusion: Meet hand-pressed color, the brainchild of Redken colorist Chiala Marvici. Using a sheet of Plexiglass and a putty knife (basically, a blunt knife used in home repairs and painting), Marvici literally paints color onto a client’s head in a process that’s both way faster than traditional color application techniques and also probably a lot more fun for the colorist.

Speaking to Marie Claire, Marvici got the idea for hand-pressed color (named so because of its similarity to hand-pressed screen printing) in a dream: “I have a painting in my apartment that a friend did for me a while ago that has a lot of colors on it, and I fell asleep one night and dreamt of all these layers of paint living together on one surface. When I woke up, I thought about how beautiful that would be on the hair and how I would translate that vision onto the hair.”

But, enough talk — how does hand-pressed color actually look in effect and action? Let’s turn to her Instagram for that:

Whoa, that’s pretty much as cool as a hair trend named “hand-pressed color” as you’d expect. Marvici’s technique is being picked up by other colorists as fast as they can get their hands on Plexiglass  and, for this particular trend, it’s probably best to leave it to the pros. Whatever the case, hand-pressed color looks fantastic to wear, and fun to apply — a real win-win for both colorist and client.

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Images via Instagram.

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