Yes, you can rock unicorn hair without looking like a teenager

An awesome example of rocking the full unicorn. Photo: Anya Krotova

An awesome example of rocking the full unicorn. Photo: Anya Krotova

You’ve probably noticed unicorn everything these days, whether you’re drinking your unicorn latte or sporting a unicorn manicure. For a deep dive into the history of this unicorn beauty trend, I recommend reading this article in Racked about how it came to be. If you’re scrolling through your Instagram feed wondering how you could possibly rock a rainbow mane, we talked to Anya Krotova, a stylist at Exhibit Salon, a self-described unicorn factory. She gave us the scoop on how to avoid looking like unicorn poop.

Brooklyn Based:What is the rainbow, or unicorn hair trend?

Anya KrotovaThe unicorn/rainbow trend is also known as fashion color, that is when hair is dyed to look like a color of a rainbow or something you couldn’t naturally have had, like pink or purple.

BB: When did you notice this becoming popular?

AK: I think it started to hit the mainstream about five years ago , but it really has been around since the 80’s punk scene.

Master colorist, Anya Krotova, will provide the hair magic at Exhibit Salon. Photo: Anya Krotova

Master colorist, Anya Krotova, will provide the hair magic at Exhibit Salon. Photo: Anya Krotova

BB: Can you give me the vibe of the salon that you work out of? Who are the types of clients that you see?

AK: Exhibit Salon is a super chill place with some of the most talented ladies in Brooklyn. It’s a place where clients can come to hang out, talk, see some art and get their hair done all the the same time. We feature a rotating gallery of different artists. The salon also supports the community through events that directly benefit local businesses, charities, and artists. There is no specific clientele here. All are welcome and all come together.

This might be more mermaid than unicorn, but it's still magic. Photo: Anya Krotova

This might be more mermaid than unicorn, but it’s still magic. Photo: Anya Krotova

BB: Tell me a little bit about your background.

AK: I was born in Russian and came to NYC around eight years of age. I have been in the industry since I was 17 years old. I absolutely love what I do! It’s gotten to a point where I don’t feel like I’m going to work, it’s more like I’m going to go hang out and meet new and old friends who are incredible people, inside and out. My clients are just so wonderful and I couldn’t ask for a better staff of co-workers and bosses.

 

A unicorn hair style reminiscent of its punk roots. Photo: Anya Krotova

A unicorn hairstyle reminiscent of its punk roots. Photo: Anya Krotova

BB: Why do you think colorful hair seems to be having a moment?

AK: Personally I don’t think it is just having a moment anymore. It’s going to be around for a very long time. There are so many variations of fashion color that can be done these days. It has also become more accepted in the workplace.

BB: What type of person should try to rock this look?

AK: Almost anyone can rock some unicorn hair as long as they are up for it! It’s all about the placement and how extreme the client wants it. We get requests for fashion colors on a daily basis. It’s like a unicorn factory in here at times!

Need a more subtle unicorn for work? No problem. Photo: Anya Krotova

Need a more subtle unicorn for work? No problem. Photo: Anya Krotova

BB: What tips can you give our readers as to how to make this look sophisticated rather than just teen gutter punk?

AK: If you do want it to look polished and not like like a teen gutter punk, then I definitely recommend seeing a professional. It’s a very high maintenance look, so you should see your colorist on a regular basis for touch ups and have the appropriate products for your unicorn mane.

BB: How much would it cost to get the full unicorn?

AK: Prices vary depending on how long the process would take, I always advise to book a consultation first.  

Book your appointment with Anya Krotova at Exhibit Salon. 182 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222. 347-725-4779. 

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