pearl hair, four ways

Photos by Noah Boskey

summer’s hottest hair trend

Summer's hottest hair-color trend—or at least the one we're most obsessed with—isn't a color at all: It's an effect. Inspired by the way pearls catch light and reflect multiple iridescent hues, pearlescent hair is the newest, coolest way to experiment with color.

We asked four of the raddest colorists we know to interpret the trend for different hair types, using our bravest editors as lab rats. What they created is nothing short of art—and isn't art you can wear every day the best kind?

Click through to see what they came up with. 

Photographed by Noah Boskey

Melissa Giannini, deputy editor

In my teens and 20s, I experimented with hair color a lot—first, with bright reds à la Angela Chase in My So-Called Life, and later, inky blacks inspired by Shelley Duvall’s character in The Shining. For most of my 30s, though, I’ve opted for more of an au naturale look, embracing my mousy brown and only occasionally highlighting the lighter bits near my temples. But in my work for NYLON over the past three years, I’ve become increasingly obsessed with all of the root-y platinum blondes and silvery pastels on the musicians I cover, like Sky Ferreira, Alison Mosshart, St. Vincent, and Shura. So, when I was asked to give pearl hair a try, I figured, “Why not?” When I learned hair magician Aura Friedman (responsible for Ferreira’s blonde, not to mention Carolina Polachek’s genius sunbeam splashlights) would be my colorist, I decided to go all in, giving her free reign to do what she may to my head.

“Pearls come in a few different colors, and all of them have a kind of dustiness,” she says. “I think of this as a mother of pearl, iridescent, and multicolored.” First, she lightened the hair and toned it cool, to achieve a dusty, pearly tone. Then she mixed a bunch of Pravana pastels, including some silvery tones to evoke a dusty shimmer. She also included a few dry brush strokes of darker colors to break up the more subdued pastels. Once Friedman was done, stylist Travis Speck trimmed my new pearl hair and accentuated the multi-tonal hues with soft waves using a 1.5-inch curling iron. “I guess the whole idea is that there should be a lot of different colors,” says Friedman, “Almost like when light reflects off of a mother of pearl.”

Photographed by Noah Boskey

Hayden Manders, staff writer

My hair story is a colorful one to say the least. Ever since I started bleaching my thick, brown curls way back in 2010 (the whole straightening thing is another story in and of itself), I've had every color imaginable. I once explained to a college professor that I don't feel like my true and honest self unless my hair is far and away from its natural hue. So, when I was approached to try out this pearlescent treatment, I jumped at the opportunity. 

In researching the treatment, I learned that I wouldn't necessarily have to bleach my hair to get the mother-of-pearl effect. But when I sat down with Rick Wellman at Sahag Workshop and basically said, "I'm your canvas," he and I both agreed to make bleach our BFF.
TL;DR, it worked. The cooler Schwarzkopf Professional IGORA Pearlescence tones he painted in after the bleaching achieved the look of the photos I Google'd. With the help of Franny Berkowitz, who flat-ironed the crap out of my curls, I left the salon feeling like my old self: confident, fearless, and colorful. It wasn't until I was back home in my apartment bathroom that I realized what the pearl treatment actually did. Sure, the multiple colors may look just like a bunch of colors mixed together, but when movement is introduced and light comes into play, the hair starts to shift tones. It's a subtle effect, but one that feels shiny, unique, and totally refreshing.

Photographed by Eric T. White

Kelly Shami, assistant art director + men's online contributor

I've never really experimented with colored hair. Bleaching yes, which totally fried my hair and led me to months of reconstruction. Chelsea at Pickthorn is a master at her craft of hair coloring. Not only did she bleach it and add color, but she made my hair feel better than it did upon walking in. She gradually bleached then added a gradient of pinks and blue to make the color you see now. If you have dark hair like me, you know that a process like this could completely ruin your hair, however I was very pleased with the result. I have a pink/violet/blue pearl hue that peeks out and adds a little more color to my look—and no split ends. My pearl look is subtle and definitely recommended for those looking to add some fun to their hair without a drastic change.

Photographed by Blake Vulgamott

Julie Humeas, eastern advertising manager

My tresses have always been colored. I've generally always been blonde, but thanks to Kool-Aid packets and a little bit of water, I was able to get sugary-green and sour-blue hair streaks in elementary school. Once I hit junior high, I went all Manic Panic red one evening with a few girlfriends. Not only was my blonde hair bright red, my neck was dyed that vibrant shade, as well. And both lasted for at least a month.

In college, I went back and forth idolizing Debbie Harry's bleach blonde and lusting after Winona Ryder's dark mane. I stuck with the blonde until recently.  
I met with Rachel Bodt at Cutler Salon to talk about pearl hair. Rachel has the most fun job in the world: Color Education Director, otherwise known as experimenting with different shades of the rainbow to make you look your most beautiful. She could immediately sense my excitement as I showed her all my Google images of shades of pink, blonde, rose gold—everything I thought was pearlized. We spoke about what a "pearlized" hair color really was: A color that was original, could be my own, and would continue to fade into perfection. The process included bleaching my semi-blonde locks (I started with an accidental ombre) and adding leave-in color washes to the blonde. It went from blonde to dusty purple to lucious pink-purple roots that faded into the most beautiful shade of pink that looked different in every single corner of the salon. Once I stepped outside, the natural light made my dark pink strands shine (debunking the myth that colored hair has no shine)! And after a few washes, I still have this amazing, pearlized effect that is the perfect combo of antique sophistication and NYLON cool. So, this is pearlized.  

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The band shared details about their new St. Vincent-produced album that will drop "you into the world of catastrophe"

Sleater-Kinney just shared more information about their St. Vincent-produced album and dropped a new single.

Per Billboard, Sleater-Kinney revealed that their new album, which they've been teasing since early this year and will be their first since No Cities To Love from 2015, will be called The Center Won't Hold. It's due out on August 16 via Mom + Pop Records. "We're always mixing the personal and the political but on this record, despite obviously thinking so much about politics, we were really thinking about the person—ourselves or versions of ourselves or iterations of depression or loneliness—in the middle of the chaos," Carrie Brownstein said in a statement. Corin Tucker further noted that the new album will "[drop] you into the world of catastrophe that touches on the election."

Janet Weiss noted that the band will "explore a different sound palette" with this album, and pointed to St. Vincent as the reason behind it. She said that St. Vincent "has a lot of experience building her own music with keyboards and synthesizers so she could be our guide to help us make sense of this new landscape and still sound like us."

To satiate us until then, the band released a lyric video for new single, "The Future Is Here," which is very grungy. Bump it, below.

Sleater-Kinney - The Future Is Here (Official Lyric Video)


This is so satisfying!

Even Jon Snow knows just how unsatisfying the final season of Game of Thrones was, and he's ready to apologize. Well, a deepfake of him is at least. A heavily-edited version of Snow's speech from the fourth episode—just before the bodies of those lost in the Battle of Winterfell get burned—now features Snow apologizing for the conclusion of the show and lighting the script on fire.

"It's time for some apologies. I'm sorry we wasted your time," Snow begins. "And I know nothing made sense at the end. When the Starbucks cup is the smallest mistake, you know you fucked up! We take the blame. I'm sorry we wrote this in like six days or something," he adds, before signaling to his peers to light the script with torches and "just forget it forever." "Fuck Season 8," he says before the pages begin to crackle and burn.

If there were more lines left to alter, we would have loved to see Snow also tackle how messy Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister's story line ended up, as well as Bran's kingship, Cersei's boring demise, and the water bottle appearance.

Watch the entire deepfake and try to heal the wounds left by HBO below.


Photo by Darren Craig

It premieres today, exclusively via NYLON

In LP's song "Shaken," the most recent single from her 2018 record Heart To Mouth, she tells the story of seeing her lover out with someone else—ouch. Today, exclusively on NYLON, she releases a cheeky animated music video that pokes fun at the song's heightened drama and perfectly demonstrates all the angst that comes with falling hard for someone.

"She looks at you like I used to/ And I'm just sitting in the corner sh-sh-shaken," LP sings, as the visual—with art by Maayan Priva—depicts the singer hanging out in a bar, watching the girl she likes meet up with another girl. Despite the situation's inherent drama, "Shaken" is less of a ballad and more of an upbeat bop. LP told us she loves the way "this little video captures some of the fun of the song, and its inherent comical anxiety." Sure, heartbreak isn't that funny, but our (sometimes) overly dramatic reaction to it kind of is.

"'Shaken' feels like a bit of a wild card on this record," LP says. "It's the closest I've come to writing a musical, which I hope to do one day." We heartily endorse this idea: Please, LP, give us the queer jukebox musical we crave.

Until that day comes, though, you can watch the music video for "Shaken," below.

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Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures.

This cameo has the Beyhive buzzing

I went to see Men In Black: International alone. Which would have been fine if it wasn't for the shock I received when I saw two specific characters on the screen. Unable to keep it to myself, I shared a curious look with the stranger next to me, who was obviously thinking the same thing as me. "Is that them...?" I whispered first. "I think… so," she replied. Then the two men in question started to dance, and we were both sure: "Yep, that's them."

It was Laurent and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois, better known as Les Twins. Fans of Beyoncé will recognize the duo as the talented brothers who often accompany her on tour and in music videos. In Men In Black: International, the two of them play shapeshifting entities—they're more like energy forces than aliens—who pursue Tessa Thompson's and Chris Hemsworth's characters throughout the duration of the film. The twins' ability to manipulate their bodies in ways that are graceful and otherworldly really helps sell them as extraterrestrials and is fun to watch.

So if Thompson in a suit or Hemsworth shirtless weren't enough motivation, here's another reason to go see it. If you look close, you can see them in the trailer below.


Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

"I am honored to share this bonding experience with my own daughter"

In a heart-warming Instagram photo, Serena Williams shares the history of hair braiding and the importance of the tradition. The tennis player shared a photo of herself braiding her daughter Olympia Ohanian's hair and spoke about how "honored" she was to be able to "add another generation" to the tradition of the practice.

The photo shows Williams attentively braiding her daughter's hair while Olympia smiles, obviously loving the experience. Williams noted that hair braiding was created by the Himba people in Namibia, Africa, and that "we have been braiding our hair for centuries." "In many African tribes braided hairstyles were a unique way to identify each tribe," she continued.

Williams pointed out that braiding is a bonding experience. "People would often take the time to socialize," she wrote. "It began with the elders braiding their children, then the children would watch and learn from them. The tradition of bonding was carried on for generations, and quickly made its way across the world."

Williams closed her post with a sweet message about her daughter, saying that she's "honored to share this bonding experience" with her.

See the post, below.