Yay or nay: pixelated hair.

Image: Revlon

The latest emerging trend in dye jobs has nothing to do with balayage or baby lights, and it’s about as far from subtle as you can get.

It’s pixelated colour. Which is exactly what it sounds like: dyeing your hair in a way that looks like pixels on a screen. If you’ve ever been obsessed with video games (does Mario Cart count?), or you’re just addicted to screens in general, you’re going to love this.

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As Buzzfeed reports, this colourful process – called “xpresionpixel” – originated in Madrid-based salon X-presion Creativos and has quickly garnered interest around the world.

According to Estetica Magazine, months of research went into developing the world-first technique, which “achieves a new chromatic dimension and colour pixelated effect” on the hair.

Pixelated hair colour
Image: Revlon

You don't have to be into gaming or anything remotely computer-based to appreciate this style - at the very least, it's something totally different and a welcome break from the all-out rainbow hair trend that's stuck around for the last few years. Some of the pixelated styles appearing on Instagram have some truly striking colour combinations, which look awesome on both long and short hair.

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We're not sure whether the look would translate easily to real life, however - it seems to work best on poker-straight, silky hair, which isn't really achievable if you plan on going outside ever (oh hey there, humidity/wind/rain).

It'd be easy to dismiss pixelated colour as another passing niche trend, but there's a good chance you'll start seeing it around - it's already starred in Revlon Professional's most recent trends campaign, although they called the technique "Splashlights".

We're willing to bet money that perennial colour chamelon Nicole Ritchie will be the first celebrity to embrace this style - surely she's just about exhausted all her pastel colour options...

Would you try pixelated hair colour?