Sophisticate's HairStyle Guide, October 2012

Dip-Dye, do you dare?


The Pros,

Maxine Salon Chicago

A top colorist for 20 years, he studied at Vidal Sassoon Academy in Los Angeles and L'Oréal Professionnel Academy in New York City.

Accessorize your coif with a gorgeous burst of color, courtesy of the hot it trend in hair: dip-dye! Rock the look by "dipping"the ends of your tresses in a pop of contrasting color ranging brilliant pinks to daring oranges to honey-kissed blondes and bold brunettes. Bringing you the dip-dye scoop: three haircolor experts who have the 411 on showing off your favorite hue...on your hair!


KEEP IT VIBRANT: "Depending on what you are doing, you could visit the salon for re-touching anywhere from four weeks to four months. Especially if you're blonde and you like a transitional copper or caramel tone because that is still a look."

YOU DIP, WE DIP:  Visually, the dip-dye looks like you're dipping ends of hair in hair color," explains a master colorist at Maxine Salon in Chicago. "It's and evolution from ombré for people who are wanting a look that's a little bit different - more fashion-forward and aggressive."

HOW FAR TO DIP? The length of the "dip" in your dip-dyed hair can be longer or shorter - it's up to you, our color pros agree. "I really love mid-length and lower,"notes the colorist. "I don't think the dip should be too high because it could liok circus-y. I don't like the thought of visually cutting your hair in half."

GO LONG OR SHORT: Our experts agree abbreviated manes can be dip-dyed, but if you're not careful, the color can get cartoonish. If you do choose a bright hue for your short snip, avoid the "half-head"effect. If you dip too far up, you may have a line around your ears," he says.