Drew_largeLove it or loathe it, you can’t deny that dip-dye makes a style statement of its own! As rocked by Drew Barrymore promoting her directional debut Whip It in Boston – a skater movie inspired by the true story of a Texan roller derby league – what’s certain is that the dip-dying trend isn’t for the faint hearted.

Francesca Davies, Headmasters Art Director gives her style guide to attempting the look:


  • Texturize your hair style – it makes the dip-dye effect more tongue-in-cheek and less try-hard
  • Try before you buy – for a taster try introducing slices of colour as opposed to covering all of the ends in solid colour
  • Think of your look – before committing to this style, check your wardrobe and ask – will a rock-chic vibe suit me?


  • Even consider it if you’re over 30 and don’t fit the ‘cool’ moniker – this trend is extremely kooky and ‘difficult to carry off’ is an understatement
  • Go there if you are a commitment-phobe – blondes beware! Be prepared for a harsh cut or long chemical service to remove if you change your mind…
  • Plunge in head first! Discuss options to suit you with your colourist– especially if you don’t want to go for a strong colour contrast but like the dipping trend
  • Try on layered hair. This style works best on one-length styles – do not attempt if your hair is heavily graduated