In case you missed the news, Irene Kim was just named the Global Beauty Contributor for EstГ©e Lauder, and we couldn't be more thrilled for our monthly contributor-though honestly, we're not surprised in the slightest. The Korean model and It girl has made a name for herself not just for her buzzy street style outfits but for her bold beauty choices, too-namely, her rainbow-colored, My Little Pony-inspired, constantly changing hair. We asked Kim to give us a little peek behind the curtain to see how the magic happens, and she was more than happy to oblige. Ahead, you'll find out the secret to her magical strandsвЂ¦
Hi Byrdie readers!
My hair color has now become very much a regular routine.В The first time I dyed it was about three years ago, and since then rainbow has become my trademark. I'm so used to it now that I can't really imagine myself without it.В I work really closely with my hair guru, Sunwoo Kim at Soonsoo Salon in Seoul, to get the perfect color combo of ombrГ© and gradation.В Here is a quick photo diary of how I get my rainbow locks-keep scrolling to see!
My hair has faded into pastel pink tones, which I don't mind, but tomorrow I have an editorial shoot, so I want my locks to be a bit more vivid. (Sunwoo behind me!)Courtesy of Irene Kim
In the summer, I like doing a combo of pink and violet tones, because it tends to warm up my skin tone. These are the colors that are going to be added today: pink-pink, bubblegum, cherry pink, deep violet, blue violet, and ash purple.Courtesy of Irene Kim
Sunwoo starts off by parting my hair down the middle and then sectioning off the parts to retouch.Courtesy of Irene Kim
Since pink is the dominant color, Sunwoo starts by separating the top layers and applying the color.ВCourtesy of Irene Kim
He then takes smaller sections and adds violet in between to complement the pinks.Courtesy of Irene Kim
Some ashy blue is added in the bottom layers to complement the violet tones.Courtesy of Irene Kim
Ten minutes of heatвЂ¦Courtesy of Irene Kim
And a 10-minute rooftop coffee breakвЂ¦Courtesy of Irene Kim
My color recharge is complete! An important tip to remember: Make sure you rinse out the sections separately by color so they don't bleed into each other!Courtesy of Irene Kim
To keep your hair color vibrant, use a toning, color-saving shampoo, like Davines Minu Shampoo ($25).
Click here to see Kim's previous column on her favorite Korean beauty products under $10!