Trend Watch: Are Splashlights The New Ombre?

Today’s trend alert might be premature, but given the recent spate of NY Fashion Week hashtag teases and Vogue’s September issue coverage, we’re going to go ahead and call “splashlights” the next big thing.  Taking up where the “ombre” left off, “splashlights” are a horizontal band of bleached hair that wraps around the head from ear to ear.  Making its first appearance on colorist Aura Friedman’s Tumblr account, “splashlights” — inspired by the stylists desire to “create the effect that a laser beam is hitting your hair at a certain spot”— involves painting bleach onto a small horizontal section of hair, starting with the undermost layers and covering the hair above and below the stripe with a color close to the natural hair shade.

Friedman added to the trend-speculation by posting a picture of another of her clients receiving the “splashlight” treatment, and another snap of herself dying stripey extensions with hashtags reading: #nyfw and #prep.  It looks like “splashlights” are lining up to be yet another milestone in Friedman’s already impressive track record of hair trends, which include the ombré and the pastel streak that stormed 2012′s red carpets, but time will tell.  In the meantime, let us know:  Will you line up to try the “splashlight” hair trend?

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