An Australian hair artist has sent internet users into a frenzy after sharing an emoji-inspired hairdo – with fans labeling him an ‘inspiration’.
Mykey O’Halloran debuted the ‘amazing’ design on his Instagram as he captured one of his customers sporting locks dyed to look like an emoji vomiting a rainbow.
A step-by-step video on how to achieve the bizarre style was viewed more than 32,000 times since first being posted on Saturday.
Posting the clip to his social media account, unicorn_manes_bymykey, the Melbourne-based hair artist captioned it: ‘Party in the back!
Wow! An Australian hair artist has sent internet users into a frenzy after sharing an emoji-inspired hairdo (pictured)
The man of the hour: Mykey O’Halloran (pictured) created the look after being inspired by a dream
‘Here’s a video of how I made the EMOJI hair on @evanfowlerphotography with @manicpanicnyc, it was soooo much fun.’
Along with a photograph of the finished look, the footage amassed hundreds of comments from enthusiastic followers.
One wrote: ‘This is so cool! I love it! All your work is inspirational!’, while many commented on how ‘amazing’ and ‘awesome’ the design was.
Another, who admitted they wanted to copy the look, said: ‘What incredible talent. Thank you for sharing it with the world! (Frantically willing hair to grow back and dye again!).’
Much-loved: He debuted the ‘amazing’ design on his Instagram as he captured one of his customers sporting locks dyed to look like an emoji vomiting a rainbow
Reaction: Along with a photograph of the finished look, a step-by-step clip amassed hundreds of comments from enthusiastic followers
Others were keen to advice the hair artist on how he could take the style to the next level, with one social media user offering the idea of dying a beard in a similar way.
‘It would be even more fun’, he began, ‘if it faded/transitioned into a beard towards the front. Omg I have ideas, I love this.’
Speaking to Allure, Mr O’Halloran explained the inspiration behind the look, including a fellow stylist and a dream about emojis.
He said: ‘My inspiration was from a fellow hair artist that I work with in Melbourne, @angela_skullptures
‘Awesome’: Many said how ‘amazing’ the design was and others were keen to advice the hair artist on how he could take the style to the next level
‘She did emoji hair a few years ago so I’ve been experimenting with painting them into hair wefts and clipping them into the hair.
‘I actually had a dream that I was rinsing someone’s hair in the basin and I saw all of these emojis in the hair when the water was running over it.’
Yet not everyone was complimentary towards the design, and after some less than favorable comments, Mr O’Halloran took to Instagram to defend his work.
‘Dear internet trolls, this emoji we created is a summary of what I think of your negative comments on the viral threads that my emoji hair has gone on this week,’ he wrote.
‘Dear internet trolls’: Yet not everyone was complimentary towards the design, and after some less than favorable comments, Mr O’Halloran took to Instagram to defend his work
Crying face: The Melbourne-based stylist is no stranger to teasing hair into incredible creations
‘I hope that you can taste the rainbow through your screen, because we love emoji hair – and your opinions won’t stop or prevail through the creativity and passion of hair art and I will never stop creating, especially because you don’t like it!
Mr O’Halloran continued: ‘It’s an incentive to keep on staying true to my art, despite what anyone thinks about it, and I truly hope that you find joy in something like we have.’
The stylist is no stranger to teasing hair into incredible creations – his other works include recreating iconic Australian landmarks out of hair.
He has also created hair versions of Nemo and Dory from the Disney film, with the two friends who modeled the look having a special photoshoot at the Townsville Aquarium.
Just keep swimming: He has also used Disney for inspiration, creating hair versions of characters from Finding Nemo