Ever been to Bleach, London's super cool hair salon famous for pastel hair and a 90’s vibe? Our designer Kelly has been a huge fan for ages so we decided to hook her up with Scarlett from Bleach for some summery fruit salad hair. Oh and we brought our 90’s analogue camera along to match the grungy feel, snapping away while we chatted about Kate Winslet's blue locks in Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, hair disasters and the hair/trouser combo that got Scarlett expelled from school.
How did you two decide what hair you were going to go for?
Scarlett: We decided to go for a pinky peach color with a few bits of lilac, the idea was just to see how light we could lift the hair and then work from there, as it can sometimes take a couple of bleaches to get to a pastel color. Warmer tones are way more achievable on the first bleach. We then finished off with a trim and a wavy blowdry, to give a natural beachy look.
Did either of you ever get into trouble because of your hair or fashion sense at school?
Scarlett: Oh god, all the time. I discovered crazy colors at a pretty young age, and then couldn't leave myself alone. One week I would have red and pink hair then the next it would be turquoise. In the end I got expelled from school as I turned up with pink hair and wearing a pair of yellow drainpipes, I think that was the final straw for them. Looking back now, I agree with them on the yellow drainpipes.
Kelly: I wish I could say yes but even though I was always customizing my clothes and dyeing my hair I never pushed it far enough to get into trouble!
What have been your biggest personal hair or fashion disasters?
Kelly: Growing up my style icons always had the best big hair and I was desperate for a perm or dreadlocks, luckily I wasn't allowed either! When I went on my first girls holiday I had money burning a hole in my pocket so I got a full head of cornrows with acrylic hair extensions that scratched my sunburn. I had a Saturday job at a hairdresser and when I walked in with what I thought was the coolest hair ever, they sent me home, ooops.
Scarlett: When I was 17 I decided I wanted to go blonde, I had been dyeing my hair black for a while and even though everyone advised me not to, I thought I knew best (obviously). I got a packet of bleach and peroxide and smothered my hair in it, at the time I knew nothing about coloring hair and just figured that’s how you did it. My hair then went bright orange at the ends and yellow at the roots, I tried bleaching it again and it stayed the same color and turned into the consistency of cotton wool, it was a total disaster and I definitely learnt my lesson that time as I ended up with a pixie cut. My biggest fashion disaster though was probably the yellow drainpipes.
What movies/retro styles/music icons do you look at to get inspired?
Scarlett: I'm totally obsessed with Kate Winslet's hair in Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind at the moment, it's the image of her with the blue hair and orange hoodie which I think looks amazing, the contrasting colors just work so well. I find the 90’s grunge era is one of my favorite decades for hair, but then I also find the 70’s inspiring with people like Blondie and Siouxsie Sioux.
Kelly: Oh there's so many! I love girls that have an extra spark, when their appearance is an extension of their personality not just style over substance; it's so attractive. My influences are pretty much the same as what I loved as a teenager. I was obsessed with Gwen Stefani (who wasn't?), Debbie Harry and Shirley Manson in the 90’s, Garbage was the first band I went to see and she blew my mind! Teen movies from the 80’s and 90’s never get old! One of my faves is Heather’s, it's just so dark compared to the John Hughes flicks and Veronica looks the bomb when Jason Dean buys her a cherry slushy. Another love of mine is Jamie Hewlett's Tank Girl comics, her attitude, hair and dress sense is just so rebellious and still relevant...I just adore everything about her. The 90’s always resonate with me, I love hair that looks lived in, messy and effortless. I think that's why I love the spirit of the Bleach salon and what it represents.
What's the hair color of the moment?
Kelly: Grey is definitely having its day right now but I'm seeing some acid yellow around on those ballsy girls, which looks awesome if you can pull it off.
Scarlett: I've been doing loads of peaches, oranges and pinks recently. I find that leading up to summer everyone wants to have warmer tones in their hair. Those colors seem to suit most people too and look really pretty.
What's the perfect outfit to go with it?
Scarlett: I always think white looks great with colored hair it just makes it look really fresh and makes the color stand out even more. I also find wearing the opposite color works well too, like if you have blue hair and wear an orange or coral colored dress and vice versa.