Your Favorite Celebs Are Bringing Back Y2K Hair Stamps
When hairstylist Dionne Alexander created Lil' Kim's Versace wig back in 2001, she didn't realize she was creating a hairstyle so iconic, it would be recreated over two decades later.
The next evolution of Alexander's signature designer logo wigs is the hair stamp trend, which so many celebrities (read: Meg the Stallion, Rihanna, and Dua Lipa) are bringing back into the beauty scene, like so many other Y2K looks.
"Hair stamps have been around for a while, and I'm so happy they are making a comeback," says David Richards, a hair colorist at Olin Salon in Beverly Hills, California. "In today's world, old is new again, and creativity is encouraged more than ever in the beauty industry, so it's no surprise that we are seeing stamps and stencils again on the runways, in magazines, and on social media."
The creativity Richards speaks of is exactly how this hairstyle came to life. "It was so organic. It was so freaking organic," Alexander previously told InStyle about her work with Lil' Kim. "We were just creating and having fun."
"I think it's a super creative way to do hair painting and to complete a final look — almost like putting on your last accessory before heading out the door," says Ricardo Rojas, a celebrity hairstylist.
How Do I Do Hair Stamps At Home?
The coolest thing about this trend is it's super simple to create at home on yourself. Originally, Alexander created the designer logos on Lil Kim's wigs using nothing more than trace paper and a magic marker. However, if you aren't using a wig and don't want to apply ink to your actual hair (because same), you can swap out the marker for a temporary color spray, like the L'Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Washable Temporary Hair Color ($9, amazon.com), says Rojas.
"Simply put the stencil where you want the design to fall on your hair and spray inside the lines," says Richards. "Also, be sure to hold the color spray at least eight inches away from the hair to coat the area evenly without over-saturating it, and boom!"
You can apply your hair stamps all over your hair while your hair is loose á la Rihanna in her recent Savage x Fenty photoshoot, add a small detail like Meg the Stallion on your bangs, or dive deep into the trend and color the entire top layer of hair like Dua Lipa. Whatever you choose, rest assured the results typically only last until your next wash when using a temporary color spray, so you can get as experimental as you please.