Drip, Drip, Drip!
This new hair color technique is literally, a hot mess! But, it’s not in a bad way. It’s hot as in the outcome is beyond gorgeous, and it’s a mess because you’re dripping hair color on to the hair! But I’ll tell you one thing; it’s a hot mess that I would love to have!
This new technique is currently trending and catching everyone’s eyes and making us all do a double-take.
I remember back in the day, the most common ways to apply hair color was using foil! When the hairstylist finished applying the color, people looked like a whole tin can! But my, oh, my, has hair color evolved over the years.
Continue reading below to learn more about the dripping hair color technique.
Disclaimer** If you’re someone who enjoys a clean area or has OCD, this technique is not for you! This method of coloring is strictly for the fun and creative souls of the world!
Behind the Drip Hair Color Technique
The genius behind the drip hair color technique is none other than Denver Colorist, Taylor Rae. If you have checked out her IG page (@Taylorrae_hair), you will find that she clearly isn’t scared of any hair color.
She recently spoke with Allure, where she mentioned she had been thinking about what could happen if she dripped hair color onto the hair instead of brushing it on like its normally done. Then one day, she decided to try it out on a mannequin.
She also has a video clip of the mannequin test run on her IG page. She then talked about how she liked the outcome but then wanted to try it on an actual person who wasn’t nervous. Well, she found a client who was feeling risky and tried this technique on them, and the results were great!
The colors were super bright, but most importantly they were different. It was a color shade that you don't always see either. Looking at Taylor Rae’s IG account, you will quickly see that she wants her work to stand out.
She wants her clients to be able to have a custom hair color that no one else has. And there’s no denying that the drip technique will give you that.
Applying Drip Hair Color
As you can imagine, the application seems pretty easy, right? Well, it is, but there are just a few simple steps.
To make sure you don’t get hair color everywhere, you want to make sure your client is fully covered with a cape and across their face. Also, to ensure your colors come out evenly, Taylor Rae mentioned using cling wrap or plastic wrap in between the sections of hair that are colored.
Once you put hair color in the bowl, you’re going to want to dilute it with some water. The purpose of this step is to make the hair color drip smoothly onto the hair because most times hair color can be a little thick.
When you have the hair sectioned off, begin pouring the color onto the hair. Make sure you’re pouring it from a high distance to get that dripping effect just right.
Once you’re finished pouring the color on, take a wide tooth comb to go through the colored sections to make sure the color gets distributed evenly. You don’t want to have any patches or sections that are missing hair color. Unless, of course, that’s the desired look for the client!
But that’s pretty much it for the application! Simple right? Then, of course, you rinse like really and style.
Now, let's get into some of the obvious benefits of this technique.
If you’re a hairstylist, then the drip hair color technique is going to save you so much time for the client.
We all know getting hair color applied can easily take up to an hour to do and then you still must go through the entire styling process. This method will cut your time in half without question.
I can only imagine, it should take just about two minutes to pour the color onto the hair and then comb through. Your clients will thank you for it later, and you will also be able to bring in more clients for the day, so everyone wins.
The results of the drip hair color technique are very different from how traditional hair color results look.
Because the color is dripped on to the hair and then comb through with a wide-tooth comb, not every hair strand is going to be colored of course.
So when the color is rinsed out, you will have nice drip hair color with a hint of the client’s natural hair color flowing throughout the strands. I would say it would look like a hint of a shadow from their real hair, which you can’t get from another technique.
Now, even the regular application of highlights can’t give you that. Highlight hair color is more of an intent look. Specific hair strands are colored whereas the dripping color isn’t intentional on the strands.
As mentioned before, it’s definitely for those who are all about fun and wildness!
Creativity Comes Out
There is absolutely no way that you can be a boring hairstylist while applying the drip method to your client’s hair. Therefore if you’re looking for ways to be creative, this is one way of achieving that goal.
Not all hairstylists are colorists. To some, applying hair color is a special skill. For starters, you have to know what colors mix well together along with knowing what colors must mix to make a certain color.
It’s a lot that goes into it and sometimes people don’t always have the time to learn. But learning the drip technique would work in favor of someone who has always wanted to learn.
The drip technique would help them to create their custom colors. They could purchase a mannequin head and practice pouring different colors together until they have created their special blend. You wouldn’t have to follow by some color chart since you’re customizing it yourself.
Since you’re dripping hair color onto the hair, keep in mind that there are no rules in the hair industry. It’s all about how creative you are. Although, it was mentioned to have plastic wrap between the sections of hair getting colored, what if you eliminated that step?
You could create all kinds of different looks and styles. So get creative and explore all the limitless possibilities there are with this technique!
The Future of the Drip Color Technique
I wonder if Taylor Rae ever thought her simple idea would become viral? I doubt it, but I’m sure she’s proud of it!
For the future of hair color, I predict that it is now forever changed. Move over ombre’, drip color is here!
I can see hair salons all over the world adding this technique to their services. Bringing in new clients who are looking to add some spice to their appearance.
Hair models are going to be rocking this technique at the next event a hairstylist has.
Like I mentioned earlier, many things can happen if you decide not to use the plastic wrap. A hairstylist may even decide to apply the drip hair color, and then leave it in that dripping state.
Then once the hair color gets rinsed, they will have a cool special effect of hair color. Or even just leaving the hair in the drip effect before rinsing, and having a photoshoot would produce some great shots!
Brings a Change in the Beauty World
As I was reading through 600 comments under Taylor Rae’s drip color post, I noticed how one stylist wrote that he was happy her 60-second video brought up a one-hour discussion at his salon about the color. He stated that his hair salon spent a long time talking all about drip hair color and how popular it will be.
So that got me thinking. I wonder how many other hair salons had the same conversation or how many will in the future. Change is something that so many people fear, but it’s also the very thing that will open doors of opportunity.
The beauty industry is full of change, and I’m sure people are thinking of different ways to change the hair game every day. So many people are tired of the same ole’ hairstyles and drawn-out techniques.
Some want to see their hair done beautifully but not wait all day either. So this new hair color is one that will be around for times to come!
Plus, hairstylists should always be looking for new innovative ways to better their craft. The more knowledgeable and skilled they are, the further they will go.
If no one knew who Taylor Rae was before this, then they know her now, and that’s something everyone should be taken note from. I read on her page that she is now getting new clients who want this hair color technique tried on them, and some are even traveling to her shop's town.
She had an idea, planned it, executed it and now look at her! She’s a viral sensation in the beauty world.
All right, so of course, this is a great technique but with every great invention, comes some folks who think otherwise.
Critics have mostly said that this technique is a waste of product since the hair color is dripping all over the place and of course on to the floor. You can’t reuse that hair color of course.
But remember the creator mentioned that water is added to the color mixture to dilute it so it can drip smoothly. Because water is in the color mixture that means it only appears to be more hair color than it is. Therefore it's not as bad as it may seem.
Also, some critics have mentioned how bad the cleanup process has to be. People? I’m sure it’s nothing just to clean up some hair color. Plus, depending on what type of flooring you have, I’m sure you can just use some plastic to cover up the floor.
It’s a tiny price to pay for greatness because that drip hair color outcome is greatness!
Lastly, people have mentioned that if you go through with this type of technique, you have to purchase new smocks constantly. But my opinion on that one is, who is to say those colored stained smocks won’t be for clients who are only getting hair colored?
Therefore there would be a different set of smocks for those who aren’t getting hair color.
Some folks tried to reach on this one. But there’s always a better way to do something! We see you Taylor Rae girl! Keep doing what you do best because this technique is fun, fast, and fierce!
In Living Color
Now more than ever, people are becoming more creative and bold.
They are stepping outside of their comfort zones and being more fearless. People are also experimenting with bright colors and leaving the browns and blacks at the door. The stylist is getting more creative and giving their clients a little bit more spunk.
Change is a great thing, and this drip hair color technique is the latest trend. I think the greatest thing about this technique is the fact it’s simple.
People love things that are simple these days. Who would think just pouring color on someone’s head would have such an impact? Well, it’s super fun and super easy, and I don’t think it can get any better than that!
Tell me in the comment section below if you’re feeling this new technique!