Living: Turning Brown, Red and Green

Erasable post-punk colors are the latest hairstyling trend

Does she or doesn't she? The fashionable answer nowadays is always a louder and louder yes. From Manhattan to Los Angeles, a sunburst of bold, exotic and decidedly unnatural colors is streaking, squiggling and dotting across the hairstyles of the nation's trendy younger set, and even making inroads among more mature professionals. The startling palette of reds and blues, golds and silvers, greens and purples comes from inexpensive temporary hair-coloring products that are easily applied at home and almost as easily showered away. Confrontational coloration, once a shocking British and American punk emblem, is now celebrated as the sleek plumage of...

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