The New ‘Fluid’ Hair Dyeing Technique That Gives Women Mermaid Hair

BY Zachary Stieber TIMENovember 11, 2015 PRINT

A new hair dyeing technique called “fluid hair painting” is getting popular across the world.

The method features splaying hair out on a large flat surface and painting the hair in sections, usually with different colors.

Creator KL Christoffersen said that the technique’s name reflects the final result.

“Because the hair is over directed during the application process, it collapses into a fluid color gradient when styled,” she told Buzzfeed.

“Visually speaking, this is an exciting process to create and watch. What I love about using this technique is that the final results are endless – from mimicking sun-kissed baby highlights to creating a multi-colored rainbow explosion. It’s really quite versatile!”

The method is starting to spread around the globe as people see it on Instagram and YouTube. Pictures and videos indicate it’s been utilized in Sweden, Germany, and Canada, among other places.

Christofferson told Modern Salon that more and more clients have been asking her stylists at Cheeky Strut salon in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the technique–she’s trained about half of her staff to do it.

She recommends people do not try it at home, although comments suggest it can be done.


A photo posted by KL Christoffersen (@mermicornhair) on

Christofferson next plans to take a team on the road to teach other salons how to do it.

“Starting in early 2016 we will be doing a whole tour to certify other salons and stylists in Fluid Hair Painting,” she said. “If anyone is interested in hosting or participating in a class, they can get in touch with us at!”


Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
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