Sure, the market is flooded with all types of hair colorings in literally every shade of the rainbow. But now, there's a hair dye that changes color as your body temperature and surroundings change throughout the day. Can you say "chameleon"?
So what's your reaction to chemical-reaction hair coloring that goes from fiery shades of red to cool dark brown-black tones depending on your own temperature and whether you're in sun or shade? Are you ready for this?
This unique color-changing hair dye product is still under development, especially in terms of business partnership and marketing. When it does appear for sale on store shelves, it should be a fun product to try as it's a semi-permanent hair coloring that can be washed out in just a few shampoos.
Created by London based designer, Lauren Bowker, who has a post graduate degree from the UK's Royal College Of Art, this new, developing brand of color-changing hair dye is named Fire. It's a further development in other color-changing products and art pieces Bowker has created using her groundbreaking technology.
Lauren Bowker named her art house company The Unseen because her innovative technology "...reveals a number of colors formerly unknown." Her creations such as clothing, tote bags, and now the hair dye, all have color-changing properties that combine both design and science.
According to Bowker, The Unseen is an "...exploration house that blends science into materials that focus on seeing the unseen." She's creating clothing, accessories and now her Fire brand of color-changing hair dye to bring new colors, and a new way of wearing color, to the world.
Bowker's color-changing products, including Fire, were showcased at London Fashion Week. Hopefully, that will give her new Fire color-changing hair dye enough attention to gain more business partners, which Bowker is currently looking for.
In addition to fiery reds and more subtle hair color that change with temperature, Bowker and The Unseen are also developing more pastel hues for hair dye. Can you imagine having a rainbow of hues on your head throughout your day? While this likely won't be appreciated at a bank or law firm, it might be at an ad agency or design company.
Bowker's use of the color-changing technology in materials for hair dye, clothing and accessories is new, but how the color change aspect works is similar to mood rings. These rings were first introduced in the 1970s and while they don't exactly gauge mood (and either do Bowker's color-changing creations), it can be said that in a way they reflect mood since these products all sense body temperature, which can coincide with our moods, such as when we may feel stressed.
Magic or not, the science behind The Unseen's color-changing hair dyes is clear. When either coolness or heat reaches the pigments in the hair coloring, it "changes the bonds of the chemistry to give you a different color." So yes, put simply, it's a chemical reaction.
Interestingly, Lauren Bowker says even as a child "I used to mix bath potions, and was really hands-on with the stuff I had around me, making new products out of them." Well, it looks like that "early training" paid off well for her.
Bowker takes knowledge from both The Royal Academy of Arts and The Royal Academy of Engineering when creating her products. Both the science and art aspects of her Fire color dye seem like they would be a lot of fun to discover during a weekend where you don't have much to do. You could color your hair with Fire, then try the heat of a hair dryer before opening the fridge door and sticking your head in there for a few minutes to experience some color-changing effects. For going outdoors, it would be fun to try different temperature areas too, like bright sun vs windy shade.
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