A brilliant scientist just created color-changing hair dye

Lauren Bowker is, in fact, a "witch".

The London-based data visualisation scientist, who is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, is taking the beauty world by storm. Her talents in both alchemy and fashion are so impressive that Vogue, in 2015, could only attribute these accomplishments to magic.

"Even as a kid I used to mix bath potions, and was really hands-on with the stuff I had around me, making new products out of them, without even knowing I was doing it," Bowker said, according to Dazed.

In 2014, Bowker created a color-changing fabric that could 'electronically detect emotions'. With a brain-scanning headset, Bowker's invention was able to quite accurately interpret one's feelings: an elaborately sculpted piece of textile would quickly flip from blue to gray to red. And with Swarovski, Bowker created a gemstone headpiece that changed color along with brain activity.

As if that wasn't magical enough, her most recent invention will be debuted at London Fashion Week this week. In what is only an example of pure magic, Bowker's latest project is color-changing hair. The project, titled "Fire", is essentially a hair dye that changes color along with temperature.

"When heat hits the pigment, or if the cool hits the pigment, it changes the bonds of the chemistry to give you a different colour, so it's like a chemical reaction," she said. "So what we did was look at data patterns of weathers and the environment in different countries and tailor the colour changes to correlate with those..."

Bowker hopes her scientific approach to fashion will inspire others to look deeper into their own worlds.

Bowker hopes her scientific approach to fashion will inspire others to look deeper into their own worlds, saying: "Now the occult has bad connotations of being a dark art and being taboo. When really it's just a spiritual way of living. Technology like Apple, Google, yes they are technology, but for me technology should be magic and shouldn't be engineered all the time. To me, chemistry and science is witchcraft – and so it should be."

You can follow more of Bowker's work on her website or Instagram.

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10 Hairstyles to Obsess Over
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10 Hairstyles to Obsess Over

1. Embellished Braid

Whichever way you decide to wear your hair this summer, one thing is for certain: Adding accessories will give your strands an unexpected upgrade. A well-placed ribbon or a glittery hair bow can inject new life into second-day, unwashed strands or bring some pizzazz to a basic ponytail or bun.

2. Curled Lob

The lob, or long bob, is an awesome summer hairstyle because styling it is a cinch. Our favorite: a tousled, beachy wave. To get the look, just apply a spritz of texture mist to towel-dried strands and let your locks air-dry.

3. Beautiful Bangs   

Looking for a way to liven up pin-straight strands? Go out with some bangs! This little bit of fringe makes an extra-big impact. And here’s a pro styling tip for those who are new to bangs: Wetting and blowing-dry just the front section is an easy way to fake freshly washed hair.    

4. Long Pixie 

This short hairstyle is actually a longer version of the pixie haircut -- the lixie? It’s also a guaranteed way to beat the heat during the most sweltering summer months. 

5. Half-Up Crown Braid

Milkmaid, crown, halo -- call them what you will, but these head-wrapping braids have been a go-to for pro plaiters for quite some time. Our favorite spin on the style is this half-up version. If you’re a newbie, no worries; just watch this video for a quick how-to.

6. Blunt Bob

We still consider the lob one of our favorite, most flattering short hairstyles. But if you’re hoping to go a bit bolder and aren’t quite ready to commit to a pixie, you can’t go wrong with a true bob. The chin-length style still allows you to create unique hairdos like a half-up hairstyle, or even a small braid.

7. Toppled Topknot 

You’ll need long, straight hair to achieve this undone updo. If your base texture is wavy or curly, a straightening shampoo and a flatiron will give your strands the right amount of slip. Now, create a ponytail and wrap the tail into a loose bun. Then pin the ends into your elastic. Dangly earrings will add just the right amount of elegance. 

8. Wrapped Ponytail With Volume

Sure, there’s nothing life-altering about a ponytail, but when styled just right -- we recommend low with lots of volume -- this classic coif comes in just as handy at the gym as it does on a night out. Apply a bit of densifying foam to towel-dried hair to get lift in your locks without a ton of teasing. 

9. Hippie-Chic Braids

To re-create this ’70s staple, simply part your hair in the center and pull a small section from each side to the back. You can braid or twist each section for extra interest. We love it on straight strands, but curling the remaining hair makes this retro look more current. Then hit the whole ’do with a spritz of hairspray.

10. Natural Waves

Warm weather marks a good time to take a break from blow-dryers and other hot tools. If your hair isn’t affected by humidity, then this isn’t such a challenge. But if your strands have a naturally curly texture, you’ll need to add a couple key products to let it all hang loose in style. A low-lather, cleansing conditioner will help you achieve healthy, frizz-free tendrils.


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