Make a statement with the slither

First there was the money piece, then came the chunky face frame… Now statement colour placement has been given a 2021 twist with ‘the slither’ from Becky Sutherland

When salons reopen, there’s no doubt that clients will want to experiment with their look after months spent at home.  For those looking for a little more drama without committing to a full head of vivid colour, Becky Sutherland, of Pink Lemon Hair, has the perfect technique to entice anyone requesting something new once lockdown ends.

“The slither colour technique incorporates a narrow section of hair colour in a juxtaposed hue to the rest of the hair. It works best on a full head colour with the slither effect almost peeking out of the main style,” says Becky.  Much like the popular ‘money piece‘ and face-framing techniques seen last year, ‘the slither’ really makes a statement when coloured using a contrasting shade, such as vivd brights or pastels.

The Slither by Becky Sutherland@beckypinklemonhair

The slither hair technique@beckypinklemonhair

To create the look, take a horizontal section of hair and then get to work applying the chosen colours. “You can apply multiple colours to create a rainbow effect, or you can opt for a colour melt effect using two colours. Once you’ve mastered the technique, you can then experiment with different colours depending on your clients mood and lifestyle,” Becky adds.

Depending on the desired look, Becky suggests that you may have to lighten the ‘slither section’ to create a lighter base to apply colour on top of. “I always use INNOluxe V2 whenever I lighten the hair. As well as protecting the hair from any damage, it keeps strands super healthy so I don’t have to worry about changes in texture,” Becky says.

As for vivid colour, Becky recommends using OSMO Ikon permanent colour or Crazy Color’s range of Semi – Permanent shades. “My favourite ‘slither’ to create is a full rainbow, and they have every perfect shade for that,” she adds.

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