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