You know me, I love colorful hair. I love unnatural hair and I love being able to change my hair on a whim, that’s why I love hair pieces and wigs etc. That’s why when I was a kid in the 90’s/early 2000’s (is that even a word? I refuse to call them the naught-ies) I fell victim to hair mascara and 3 wash colours. In primary school I developed an obsession with blue/red/purple streaks and if it hadn’t been for the uniform rules at school I would have gotten them! The first time I dyed my hair I did it bright red and from there I never looked back. My favorite at the time was bright red with around 3 inches of blonde at the bottoms, I loved it so much!

So fast forward to around a month ago when we met the Illamasqua creator Jullian Kynaston and he told me something interesting… Part of Illamasqua’s idea is that Make up should be for everyone and why should it stop at the edge of your face. In fact he told me that the Illamasqua cream pigments could be used on hair too. I actually squeed… it was a bit embarrassing.

I’ve had visions of purple streaks to compliment my pink for a while and I had a pot of Daub in my draw that they sent waiting for review so I was pretty damn excited to try the idea out!!

This is my result…

How to use Illamasqua pigment for colourful hair streaks

It looks a bit patchy but I’m putting that down to being overambitious and trying to do too large a section first try. Pretty damn cool if I say so myself. But here’s the important question… Does it feel as crinkly and terrible as hair mascara did in the 90’s? No. Not even a little bit. This doesn’t dry hard at all because, well, it’s made to be used on the face. Big plus right there, mine lasted around 3 days gradually fading at which point I decided to remove it and try a different style, it had worn a bit but still looked pretty good.This is how I achieved the look:

How to use Illamasqua pigment for colourful hair streaks

Section the parts of hair I wanted purple, put a piece of toilet paper underneath…

How to use Illamasqua pigment for colourful hair streaks

Painted the hair with a make up brush…

How to use Illamasqua pigment for colourful hair streaks

Got frustrated with how long that was taking and used fingers instead…

How to use Illamasqua pigment for colourful hair streaks

Allowed to dry for a few minutes….

How to use Illamasqua pigment for colourful hair streaks

Brushed out to separate the hairs….

How to use Illamasqua pigment for colourful hair streaks

To give it even more of a natural look I added a little dry shampoo to the mix and brushed that out too.

How to use Illamasqua pigment for colourful hair streaks

Perfect. Feels the same texture as the rest of my hair, doesn’t leave purple everywhere and washes out with water or a little oil free make up remover.

This is perfect for those who want to experiment with colour but not commit or who change their likes often. There is not one thing that I don’t like about this colour in my hair, it’s the perfect shade to compliment the pink! Now I want to get a bunch of them and try different ideas! Like painting hearts on my fringe or something else fun like that!

How to use Illamasqua pigment for colourful hair streaks

So yes this first day it looked a bit patchy because I was impatient but the next day it had worked in better and looked completely even and natural. Kicking myself for not thinking to take photos of that >_<

Next time I will work with smaller sections to get a completely even coverage first go rather than waiting for it to settle in on the second day. Still very happy with the experiment especially because I can get rid of it so quickly when I’m bored! 😀