28 Women Who Chose An Unusual Color For Their Hair And Ended Up Looking Badass
There's this competition called #ONESHOT Hair Awards. It's global, free to participate in, and 100% transparent. There are two overall categories: Big Shot (for studio-style work) and Hot Shot (for "real hair behind the chair").
The rules are simple. All you have to do to enter is post a photo or video on Instagram with the appropriate hashtags in the caption during the entry period, add a few tags, and that's it.
What really caught our attention was the Color Transformation award in the Hot Shot category. After all, he who doesn't take risks never gets to drink champagne. Or in this case, she who doesn't dye her hair in bold colors never gets to see if it suits her.
Held by Behind The Chair―the largest community in the world for salon professionals to explore educational possibilities and draw inspiration―the 2019 #ONESHOT Hair Awards was the fifth year of the world's largest hairdressing competition. It saw nearly 304,000 entries from 26 countries and continued the #ONESHOT tradition of celebrating artistry and commitment to the craft and the pro beauty industry.
"All 617 finalists—and every photo submitted—were celebrated 'one shot at a time' ... at BTC's #ONESHOT Hair Awards, broadcast live from the Gaylord National Resort in Washington, D.C.," the organizers then wrote. "Hosted by BTC's Mary Rector and Kevin Gable, we awarded 19 #BIGSHOT Awards to session artists, platform artists, and educators for stunning studio work, and 25 #HOTSHOT Awards to hairdressers doing real hair behind the chair."
Emma Mendez, who has been doing hair for over 12 and has been a licensed hairstylist for the last 5, also entered the competition. "I heard about the #ONESHOT Hair Awards by following Behind The Chair," she told Bored Panda. "I have been tagging them since 2014 and always asked myself why I wasn't featured or why wasn't I ever entered into the awards. Then when I saw my feature on #behindthechair and #oneshothairawards I could not believe it."
Mendez absolutely loves changing people's lives and making them feel great about themselves. "I love giving them the 'yes' that many other stylists said no to," she said. "I love creating and making others feel powerful about themselves. The most satisfying feeling is when a client gets up and says [something like] "Oh my God, I can't believe this is me!' It's the most gratifying feeling in the world. I enjoy every bit of my career because it has become a lifestyle for me, not a job."
During the pandemic, Mendez decided to get the most out of her time. She said to herself this year she is going to push herself and take risks she has never taken before. And she did. "I broke nights and took on models for free so I could create content. And it's paying off, thank God!"
"I have learned that there are no excuses. If you want something, you must go for it! No matter what it takes, your time shall come."
Like Janna Mandell pointed out, the urge to dye your hair a candy-colored hue can give you a sense of freedom and expression when you're confined in almost every aspect of your life.
But if you decide to undertake such a challenge, you need to use common color sense. For example, if your hair is a yellowish shade of blond and you want to go blue, you could end up with green hair. Keep your expectations realistic and remember that many of the photos on Instagram, in general, are heavily filtered.
There is, however, a silver lining if things go wrong. Vivid hair color dye is semi-permanent, which means it could sit on your hair anywhere from a few shampoos to a few months, depending on the condition of your hair, how often you wash it, and which brand of dye you use.
Before you begin, throw down some towels and cover all surfaces. Then, get yourself a small mixing bowl, applicator brush, gloves, Vaseline for your hairline and ears, and a good two or three hours.
"For brunettes, dark colors like purple, blue, and magenta show up better than pastels," Connie McGrath, founder of Veer & Wander Salon and Apothecary in San Francisco, said. "The demarcation line isn't as visible, so the color looks better when it grows out."
McGrath prefers pretty pastels on blond hair, especially if you have overgrown highlights and balayage.
"Pastels blend beautifully with overgrown highlights. Apply the color all over and the lighter pieces will grab the color more intensely, giving you dimension."