I heard about Seapunk this January at a hair show in Vegas. I was sitting in a class and the artist teaching was from Australia. She had an amazing accent which made everything she said sound so much cooler than I could ever make it. Oh, and her style was impeccable (Uhg, Typical). Anyways — I’m sitting in class drooling over how amazing this artist is when she throws out the term Seapunk. I’m thinking to myself… Seapunk? Did she really just say that? The first thing my mind put together was “C” punk. Which looking back is completely ridiculous. What would the letter “C” stand for anyways? Cute-punk. It would probably be cute-punk.
The worst part is she said the term seapunk so nonchalantly as if everyone would just know. I had no idea what it was or what it looked like so I did some research of my own, here are my findings:
Seapunk is, “A subgenre of pop music, fashion trend and design style created online by a small group of social media enthusiasts. Seapunk gained popularity as it was shared, forwarded, and linked across the internet.”
Basically if Ariel acted out with hair dye and hot topic gift cards instead of trying to date some prince. Also, has anyone noticed that she is like 13 in The Little Mermaid? What’s the real message here Disney?
Seapunk has been around for a few years now and was “born” when someone tweeted about a leather jacket. Yep, that’s how trends start these days. The tweeter described a leather jacket with studs but instead of studs the tweeter said he wanted them replaced with sea shells. At the end of that harmless little tweet he put #seapunk. From there it snowballed. It’s now on the runway and most likely in your closet too. When you google seapunk there are pages and pages of information and inspiration. What started out as as a hashtag is now a culture and lifestyle.
So, what is it exactly? Seapunk is a mixture of Lady Gaga’s hardcore fashion with Nicki Minaj’s wild accessories and Katy Perry’s cotton candy hair color. It’s a melting pot and a creation that can be played up or played down. There is no right or wrong way to do seapunk.
Although the pastels are beautiful, I’m more of an opaque kinda girl. The light blues and greens may look good in vogue but, lets be honest people, everyone looks good in vogue. If taken too far there is a tendency to look like a washed up mermaid. Princess Ariel may have washed up on the seashore to be rescued by Prince Eric but she certainly didn’t have faded pastel hair color and smudged eye liner. Yes, she was naked, but we’re not talking about being naked… We’re talking about being seapunk.
If you have seen this trend and are wondering how to try it, start small. Perhaps a metallic clutch in the shape of a seashell, or a soft chiffon blouse with seahorses on it. If you are a DIY kind of person then take that old leather jacket rip those studs off and sew on some sea shells! You are your own innovator and can do whatever you want! Just remember to wear your outfit with confidence and you will look good no matter what… except maybe if you’re wearing crocks.
If you have already been easing your way into the sea punk world and are looking to be a bit more daring then try out those fun pastels and cotton candy tones on your hair. Start with an ombre look so that way when you want to change it up again or decide that maybe seapunk isn’t for you, it’ll be easy to make that transition. Stick to one tone on your hair and please choose one color at a time. The last thing this society needs is a bunch of faded Rainbow Brights running around. Try and find a color that will compliment your skin tone. If you have more of a reddish or warm skin tone, you may want to steer clear of the reds, pinks, and orange pastels. If you have a cool skin tone try finding a complimentary color to warm it up. If you’re unsure then its always a good idea to consult your stylist.
I don’t recommend trying to take on this hair style by yourself. Yes, there are many products out there that will tell you it’s “temporary’ but the reality is that those chalk or powder type products will strip out any trace of previous hair color you may have and it will also dry out your ends to the max. To some seapunk may look dried out and washed up, but to others it’s a beautiful melt of punk and beachy. Neither of those interpretations deserve dry damaged looking hair. Always go into your salon for a color consultation before going through with a new look. And if you do decide that seapunk is the look for you, you’ll want to make sure that you are protecting that haircolor with a sulfate free color safe shampoo and conditioner. I am always a fan of Pureology products because they are natural, sulfate free, and have a 100% vegan formula (save the animals!!!). Everything from their shampoo to hair spray is color safe, so no matter that style you are rocking it will look fresh all day long!
Remember, anything is possible and can look good as long as it’s worn with confidence and grace!
Thanks for reading!