If This Splashlights Thing Takes Off I’m Shaving My Head


Forget that ombré color, 2010. The new weird thing everyone is going to be doing to their hair for the next few months, if two trend pieces are to believed, is “splashlights.”

Don’t bother to look it up, splashlights are so new the word isn’t even on Urban Dictionary yet. Splashlights are a new type of haircolor that seems to have been invented by colorist Aura Friedman, who bleached a horizontal band of light blonde hair around her guinea pig’s head. Now she looks less like a guinea pig and more like a sideways skunk.

“I wanted to create the effect that a laser beam is hitting your hair at a certain spot,” she told Allure.

It’s an effect that involves painting bleach onto a small horizontal section of hair, starting with the undermost layers, then covering all the hair above and below the stripe with a color close to your natural shade.

It should be noted that Friedman’s process is not quick. Be prepared to spend hours sitting in a chair to get hair like this.

The photos are honestly giving us a bit of a headache, because in pictures the splashlights create the optical illusion that a person’s hair is reflecting light like it’s in a shampoo commercial.


Looking at the photos, one imagines the lighting rig off-camera generating that look. But there are no lights, and in real life it would just be a strange patch of colorless hair. It also seems like a very high-maintenance style. What would it look like if your hair wasn’t perfectly flat-ironed?

The look isn’t a single experimental whim, though. Friedman has already splashlighted two clients so far, and posted a photo to her Instagram of a series of hair extensions dyed in this style, which are apparently intended for New York Fashion Week.

According to Allure, Friedman is the colorist behind the ombré trend and the pastel highlights trend, which means she might just be really ahead of the game. It’s possible this could be “the hottest hair-color trend of 2014.”

What do you think – is this look great or terrible?

Via Allure/Images: Instagram/AuraColorist

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    • Fabel

      Oh god, no. I was going to say it looks like some weird light bar, but I see you already got that covered (plus the creator who literally admitted that’s the look she was going for: “I wanted to create the effect that a laser beam is hitting your hair at a certain spot,” whaaat)

      But okay, it looks kind of cool, I will admit? All I can think of, though, is how much weaker/more damaged the hair would be in that middle segment (I know bleach doesn’t have that effect on everyone’s hair. It’s still alll I can think about.)

    • Tina

      Kiki Kannibal coontail re-dux! For the grown up ‘scenester’.

    • Landry

      It looks like she forgot to dye her hair for 6 months, then dyed it

    • Nate

      It looks really cool. Like it is almost 70s inspired. Very nice when done properly

    • Kathryn

      Fun fact: this is what your hair does if you’re starving. It’s called a flag sign. Oh, fashion.

    • Rockncowgirl#1

      Fun with hair nothing wrong with that. I like splash lights look much better than the ombre. I think the ombre looks like you gave up dying your roots and just let the dye job grow out, that trend has been done for years. lol As for the lady who wants to shave her head, GO FOR IT! Oh yeah thats been done too. Don’t forget sunscreen….

    • Alexis H

      It looks cool in pictures and would look idiotic in person. It’s for the person who lives exclusively on instagram.

    • MissyChances

      It hurts my eyes!