The first heat-sensitive hair dye

Developed by a London design studio, it changes colour based on temperature and mood fluctuations: provocation or reality?

Scientific discoveries and the ensuing technology developments have often been applied to environments that have less to do with science and more with fashion and design. One of the most recent trends involves heat-sensitive inks and pigments. These chemically modified molecules can change colour depending on the temperature, and are used to create paints and varnishes, prints, nail polish, and even baby feeding spoons (which warn you if the food is too hot).

The latest trend from London is a heat-sensitive hair dye that lasts a few washes and is available in several hues: Fire changes colour depending on the temperature and even (according to its inventors) on the wearer’s mood, since mood fluctuations often affect body temperature.

T H E U N S E E N is the pioneering London studio that developed it. Founded by chemist Lauren Bowker, it carries within its very name the aspiration to blend material and immaterial elements, make visible what is usually unseen, bring together science, art and design.

The goal is to offer a luxury experience that can make the invisible seen through the language of colour changes. After starting with a special heat-sensitive varnish for small leather goods and fabrics, the company is now pursuing hair dyes and is currently looking for commercial partners to bring their product to market. Provocation or reality?

Valentina Monti