Sometimes, the most simple household items can make the magnificent beauty tools. Case in point: Michigan-based hairstylist and colourist Kelsey Martin used a kitchen sponge to create this bright, bold, and beautiful multicoloured hue. Because why paint hair dye on when you can sponge it on and be left with this? We wanted to know all of the details from the hairstylist herself.
"I just wanted to try something new," Martin told POPSUGAR. "I have a handful of clients who are willing to try anything and enjoy letting me be creative on them." And that's exactly what she did.
As for the process, Martin first prelightened the client's hair to an allover pale blonde hue. Then, using a kitchen sponge (which Martin noted was brand new, don't worry!), she dabbed Pravana Vivids semipermanent dye in different colours all over the lightened base. By swapping the tint brush for a round sponge, and by dabbing on the dye instead of painting or dragging it, Martin was able to create this vivid technicolour design that would be incredibly difficult to achieve using a traditional dyeing method.
As for who can try this design, like most things in the beauty and hair colour world, if it floats your boat, you can do and try as you wish. However, this sponge technique is definitely one that works better on shorter hairstyles. "You could try it on longer hair, but it would have a totally different effect," said Martin.
When we asked her about trying the colouring technique at-home, "I don't think this is something to try at home . . . it could go downhill real fast," Martin warned, a point that is true with nearly any kind of hair colour. So, if you're wanting to get creative with your hair colour during lockdown, we recommend sticking to coloured glosses and temporary dyes. Remember: your colourist will be there waiting for you to jump back into the hair to get all of the creative colours once the lockdown has been lifted — you don't have to try everything at home.
Get a closer look at Martin's mesmerising sponge hair-dye technique, ahead.