Australian Icons Series: Adam Hadley Darrie's Bay of Fires Inspired Hair Look

Artist: Adam Hadley Darrie | Model: Cristina Elvira Gray

The natural world has always been a great inspiration to artists and at Pulp Riot Australia, that's what hairdressers are. The artist. We challenged eight Pulp Riot Artists to create hair art inspired by Australian landscapes. The art they have produced has been drawn from unique landscapes across Australia and brought to life by the full range of Pulp Riot Colour. From our Direct Dyes, to our permanent hair colour #Faction8, and the new Liquid Demi range.

Today we're taking you to Bay of Fires located in Tasmania with a coastline stretching for 50 kms. It is known all over the world for its extraordinary clear blue seas, brilliant white beaches and striking orange lichen-cloaked boulders. Continue reading to see how Adam brought this landscape to life through hair colour.

Tell us about yourself, career and professional interests.

I grew up in America. I was always doing all my friends’ hair crazy colours. At 17 I moved to London to attend the Vidal Sassoon Academy. After graduating I moved around America living in New York and San Diego. Later on, I moved to Australia and worked for Toni & Guy as a Head Technician. In 2008 I opened my first salon, DAS. In 2015 I opened my current salon Archie & Co with my partner Paul.

How did you feel about the creative approach to hair colour based on a landmark? More specifically Bay of Fires in Tasmania?

I was super excited when I was asked to be part of this project. I love working outside the box. The colour palette of Bay of Fires, specifically working with the contrasting blue and orange was perfect for me.

Tell us about your hair colouring approach to the look and your vision for it. Please provide as much detail on formulation and technique.

  1. Starting at the hairline I took a 1 1/2 inch section parallel to the hair line (all sections will be symmetrical on the head). This orange mix (60g Nuclear + 1g Fireball) was applied roots to ends
  2. A darker blue made from 60g Tragic + 10g Nightfall was applied to 1 inch of roots on the rest of the head
  3. I then took a 1/2 inch section parallel to the first and applied Satire using the index and middle finger to blend with the blue root
  4. I took take another 1/2 inch section parallel to the last and applied this teal colour (20g Satire + 20g Aquatic) using the same technique to blend with the root colour.
  5. Working freehand, the back of the head was applied alternating the last 2 blues in 1/4 inch horizontal sections (60g Tragic + 2g Nightfall and 60g Decoy + 5g Aquatic), alternating panels on the rest of the head.

Tell us about your client that you picked for this hair look? Why did you choose her? How did she feel about the hair look?

Cristina is a long-term friend and client. She was an easy choice as she is happy to have anything fun. I loved the result and she was also supper happy with it. She was a bit worried about having orange around the face but loved the way it looked in the end.

What do you love most about Pulp Riot products?

The vivid colours are obviously a winner. But I also love how well thought out every detail of the range is, from application through to home care and fade.

What Pulp Riot shade and colour family would you love to colour with next?

I do a lot of creative colours so always excited to work with any colours in the range, but I would love to work more with the neon.

What hair trends are you loving right now?

I try not to follow trends, but I’m super into yellow hair at the moment.

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