Hair Trend: Go Rainbow Bright With Colorful DIY Streaks

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Scanning over the prairie of Fashion Week-goers last week, we were enchanted by the frequent pops of technicolored heads among all the browns and blondes. Less permanent than piercings and tattoos, a colored hair streak (or five) is the way to make a statement without freaking out your boss. Old standby punk products like Manic Panic are irreplaceable for getting the "F Everything" 'do, but for those a bit more faint of heart, go old-school with an at-home Kool-Aid dye (easy, even-my-10-year-old-niece-could-do-this instructions, below!). Or first, clip on a hair extension to take a bold fruit stripe for a commitment-free test drive. However you do it, think bright when it comes to a new hair style.
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Above, from left: Street Style photo from New York Fashion Week by Mr. Newton; backstage at Vena Cava's fall 2010 show, photo by Lianna Tarantin; Manic Panic Dyehard Temporary Color Styling Gel, $8.40, available at Manic Panic; Manic Panic Cream Hair Color, $12, available at Manic Panic and Ricky's.
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Above, from left: Tavi at the Hervé Leger show, photo by Nick Wolf; two brightly hued attendees at the Jeremy Scott show, photo by Mr. Newton.
What you'll need to Kool-Aid dye:
-Kool-Aid assorted colors (2 packets per color)
 -Warm water
-Hair dryer
-Hair conditioner
-Aluminum foil
-Paint brush
-Small bowl
What you'll do:
1. Wash and dry hair. In a small bowl, add two packets of Kool-Aid to 1/8 cup of warm water; stir until dissolved.
2. Section off the strands you want to dye and place them into a folded piece of foil. Paint on Kool-Aid dye thoroughly. Fold foil tightly to prevent dye from dripping.
3. With a blow dryer, heat the foil, but be careful not to burn yourself (foil heats up fast!). Let hair cool for 20 minutes.
4. Rinse hair in cold water, apply conditioner and let it set for another 20 minutes. Rinse and style, and voila!
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Above, from left: Models backstage at Vena Cava's fall 2010 show, photos by Lianna Tarantin; Manic Panic Glam Strips, from $4.99, available at Ricky's.
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