Oil Slick Hair: Finished Product

My update is out of date, but here you go. I’ve had oil slick hair in the exact rainbowy-dark look I wanted for a whole week now. It’s not the purple-blue-teal only kind of oil slick. It’s truly oil slick colored. Bright and dark and vibrant and subdued in all the right places with every color of spilled oil on a parking lot.

The stylist laid out all the beautiful colors  before we even started the lightening process. Red, orange, gold, green, teal, blue, purple and even various hues of each. She had me pick and approve each color she prepped. I loved how involved I was, and the time she took carefully selecting and mixing each color. She used Joico color and, a week later, I am still delighted with how bold the color is. After all, family pics are getting closer and closer. 😀vero-k-pak-color-intensity-shades

From start to finish, the whole coloring process took about 3 hours. I have short hair, obviously, but also really fine hair, so don’t consider that an average by any means. Going into this, I truly expected to have Shannon, the stylist, just lighten the hair and then color each little section different colors. And perhaps, some stylists might approach it that way, but not this gal! Each section was a work of art. She labored over each tiny section. Each bit was colored in a way that would flow nicely with whatever color it was falling beside or falling over. Better still, each colored section was not just one color. The pieces were artfully painted as one color melting into another. The royal blue fades into mermaid blue, red into copper, purple into fuchsia. It was mesmerizing to watch her work. Initially, I was planning to have her cut it much shorter than I ended up going, but after my hair was so beautiful colored, I wanted more of it there. I actually told her it was making me sad to see such pretty colors just falling to the ground to be swept up. 😀


I can honestly say that today was the very first day I washed my hair since i got it done (Tuesday). I want to take super good care of my hair and with it being a bit shorter, I haven’t really even styled it either. It’s just a bit of protective spray, blow dry and some texturizing powder. I bought new Joico color care conditioner and “wash” my hair with that and cold water only on the days I do anything and the color hasn’t seemed to change. Lighting make it look more vivid, so differences in photos is almost exclusively due to how good my lighting is. Fun fact: I got it at TJ Maxx for about half price. Score!joico conditioner color endure.jpg

I seriously love my hair color. The cut is pretty symetical so I can part it on either side, or really style it however. Up, curly, straight, wavy, messy, whatevs. Each way brings out different colors. If I part on the left, the tones are more muted. Right part amps up the color and really brings out the bold, royal and mermaid blues. I’ve always been nervous to use punk or vivid colors, because I wasn’t sure I could pull off being profesh enough with so many older, conservative clients. But look at me, over here with all the colors of the rainbow in my hair and everyone, bosses and clients included are loving it.

Day of, mostly natural lighting. PC: Stylist Shannon
Day of, indoor lighting, but plus snap chat filter. 😀
5 days after color, indoor florescent lighting (work bathroom!)
1 week, indoor lighting


To check out more of Shannon and her work at Bombshell Salon, check out her fb page or instagram page. Spoiler alert: You’ll see some pics of my hair! 😀


Trend Watch: Oil Slick Hair

If you guys aren’t super in love with oil slick hair, I have to assume it’s because you just haven’t seen it. I mean, to be fair, neither have I. At least not in real life. But I’ve gone on Pinterest and drooled a lot and I’m pretty sure that counts.  It’s dark hair that is beautiful and edgy and glam and funky all at the same time. It seems to work on many shades of brunette and any length. It can be super vibrant or quite subtle and each way I’ve seen it, it look fantastic. I give you proof:

See? I told ya. ALL gorgeous. I tend to love the more golden ones like the color in the top left image. Soooo pretty. And guess what? Almost never have I really splurged on my own hair. There was this one time when I was going to, but she couldn’t get it as light as I wanted for the look I wanted, so I splurged on the halfway point (I was a pretty cool bronde) and then DIYed the rest of the way to blonde. And even the few times I do go to lovely salons and get nice cuts and colors, rarely is it really me. At best I go home and make it bigger and crazier in some way. Never is it as bold of a move as I intended to make. Each, time I really wanna say, “Now you listen up, betch, I’ve been obsessing and pinning this shit for 7 1/2 months. If I say I want bold, teal peekaboo highlights or for the back to fade all the way to a one, I swear to god I absolutely mean it.” But still, they go darker or lighter or longer or whatever, but always more timid than my dreams.


Not this time. I have found my girl. Again, I don’t actually know her in anyway. But I know the owner of her salon and that’s something. And I stalk her hair facebook page. And look. Just look. She does a pretty damn awesome oil slick pixie. Again, I would want some warmer tones blended in, but this is just glorious.  So I’m gonna do the thing. I’m really gonna book an appointment and get the hair I want. I think a girl deserves to splurge on her hair at least every few years, right?

Click to check out Curly Sue’s facebook page.

And better still, Terra and I are getting photos done with the littles next month, so even if the vivid colors only last me a couple weeks, I’ll always have proof of that one time I was a total cool girl.