The "Crazy Eyes" Technique

Dec 13, 2013 5:29:00 PM

I am totally obsessed with “Orange is the New Black,” but never thought it would become the inspiration for new styling techniques. But alas, I was visiting with one of my favorite people, Karen Smith at Unilever, and was commenting on her amazing color – beautiful shades of caramel and cinammon. She told me she did it herself, using a technique inspired by Crazy Eyes on “Orange is the New Black.”

For those who have watched the show, Crazy Eyes is the mentally unstable but oddly loveable inmate who falls for Piper, the main character, when she first arrives.

She wears her her in bantu knots.


Karen said she put her hair in bantu knots before applying the highlights.

Colorists take notice. The color popped in the front and had amazing dimension.


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Michelle Breyer

Written by Michelle Breyer

Michelle Breyer (michelle@texturem­ is the co-founder of content and ecommerce platform Naturall­ and TextureMedia. By engaging beauty enthusiasts through original content, branded entertai­nment, social media, product reviews and commerce, TextureMedia influences up to $5 billion in hair care sales each year. Its monthly social, consumer reach is 26 million across a portfolio of digital brands, including its Market Research & Insights division, CurlyNikki and Naturall­yCurly.