From left to right: Phoebe Gao, Phoebe Cramp, and Scarlet Salmons
Ombre is a trend that won’t quit, and a great choice for teens who would like to try a pop of color that can easily be hidden with a bun cover, dyed over, or cut out when school starts in the fall. Phoebe Cramp attends Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS), and is about to begin Year 11, the final year of her International General Certificate of International Education (IGCSE) Programme. When it comes to intense color changes, Phoebe Gao and Scarlet Salmons (formerly of Z Hairdressing, now at their own salon London Loft) immediately come to mind. beijingkids puts the two Phoebes together for a magical makeover with more than a hint of Disney princess about it.
Phoebe’s hair before and after
1. Gao begins by roughly cutting away the last four inches of Phoebe’s hair. "Her hair is so thick!" says Gao. "It’s like three heads of hair."
2. Bleach is quickly applied to the ends of Phoebe’s hair, section by section. Gao stops to mix more bleach as the normal amount doesn’t stretch to Phoebe’s impressive locks.
3. Phoebe’s hair is dried.
4. Gao mixes up and applies a deep magenta and plum dye. The color is applied twice to get the deep shade Gao and Phoebe have agreed on.
5. Phoebe’s hair is washed, cut, and styled into soft waves. Gao recommends that Phoebe buy pink and purple hair dye on her upcoming family holiday to the UK, so that she can maintain the color at home. "I’m so jealous," says Gao. "I wish my hair looked like this." It’s a sentiment echoed around the beijingkids office. What does Phoebe think of her hair? "I really love it!" she says.