Meet the hair artist who dyes his clients' hair with colourful EMOJIS (RAW)
This hair artist specialises in flamboyant hairstyles which include eye-catching rainbow colours and dyeing EMOJIS into his clients' hair. Mykey O'Halloran, 29, was inspired by a friend and colleague who also created hairstyles with emojis and decided to offer a service that was "outside the norm of hairdressing". He set up the Unicorn Manes salon in 2017 and creates stencils of the emojis before painting them onto his clients' hair and straightens them with a flat iron. Mykey uploads his work on his social media page @unicorn_manes_bymykey and has amassed hundreds of thousands of followers and millions of views. Mykey, from Melbourne, Australia, said: "Depending on whether I'm doing it in long hair or shaved, I'll always print a stencil on paper first and cut out the eyes and the mouth. I use a small paintbrush to paint permanent black hair dye as the eyes and mouth and then I add in the shading and the other expressions like blue for crying, rainbow vomit, a tongue. If their mouth is open I'll add white blonde toner to create that expression." "It takes time and patience and a steady hand that's for sure! I have to fully straighten the hair with a flat iron and then tape it to a table from both ends. Sometimes I'll have the stencil underneath the hair on the table and paint on top of the paper. I do the black, let it process for one hour then rinse it off, blow dry and straighten it again and tape it to the table. Then I add manic panic hair colour for the shading. I do a slight orange around the perimeter of the emoji's face to give it dimension." In one of his favourite pieces, Mykey shaves a 'puke' emoji into the back of a client's head and dyes his ponytail in crazy rainbow colours to give the image of the client's hair throwing up a rainbow.