NewsLocal News


Local stylists use water guns to dye hair

Posted at 7:40 PM, May 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-10 14:25:26-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two Kansas City hairdressers are dying hair watercolors with a unique apparatus – a water gun.

The Splash Kaleidoscope technique, otherwise known as water gun hair color, was coined by Kat and Andrew Collett. The Colletts see each time someone sits down in their chair as an opportunity to impact a life.

"Our God-given talent is to do hair, but our passion is helping people," said Kat Collett.

They are currently operating on Broadway Street in KC and plan to open their own shop in the Crossroads dubbed “With Love Salon” by the end of June.

Kat Collett said they will be closed at least one day a month to give back to the community.

"Haircuts for the homeless, food drives, different things," said Collett. 

She describes her husband as the mixologist of the dyes.

"He's gotten really good at it," Kat Collett said. 

On Wednesday, the pair worked on Andrea Sarol's hair, mixing semi-permanent dye that is 90 ml water and 30 ml color.

"Being that young mother, I want to be a modern mom," said Sarol as she looked at her 4-month-old son, Mateo.  

The Colletts support individuality as showcased by this rainbow hair dying method.  

In Sarol's batch, they hand mixed Cupid Pink, Fireball Red and Aquatic.

Kat Collett said they are trying to change the world “one head at a time.”

When they were preparing for their first couple hair collaboration, they knew it should be fun and different. 

"We were walking through Wal-Mart and saw the water guns out because it was summertime," said Andrew Collett.

They tested dyes until they found the perfect consistency.

"Damaged hair is not cute hair. It's really important to understand the chemistry to keep hair healthy. That's our number one goal," said Kat Collett.

The Colletts designed the technique to deliver a colorful effect with texture. Even Kat's grandma has tried it.

"It was the color we decided to do that day and she has not gone back to a natural color," said Kat Collett.

The stylists part the hair and work from bottom to top. They start with a paint in base, then employ the water guns.

The color sets 15 minutes then gets washed out.

Sarol said it was her favorite style to date.

The With Love Salon will open at 704 E 19th Street.

Follow more rainbow hairstyles on Instagram @katkolors @buzzedandfaded @withlovesalon