Mermaid hair is awesome, but it’s looking as though the colored hair community is now expanding their source of inspiration to other aquatic creatures. The next animal to influence colored ‘dos everywhere? Betta fish. The colorful fish commonly found in aquariums have served as the inspiration for a stunning blue and yellow look created by Hairstory Studio’s Roxie Darling.

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When blown out, the colors blend together beautifully. While they don’t necessarily create an ombré effect, the colors are soft and totally integrated with each other. However, when hair model Gina pulls her locks up into a top knot, you can see that most of the blue lies underneath. When styled this way, the two tones look more dramatic, almost like a new take on the split hair trend we saw a while back.

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In a Facebook post comparing the fish to the model’s dual-toned look, Roxie Darling explains, “I picked a betta fish as a reference for Gina’s hair because I really like the way that the colors in their tails flow organically when they’re swimming.”

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When compared to the sand art hair we saw earlier this month, we see a definite common denominator: movement. Rather than a simple, single hue or ombréd blend, the next evolution of colored hair seems to not just be about how it looks when styled down but rather how the color moves. The varying and seemingly random placement of color creates an added layer of dimension we have yet to see in rainbow hair.

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(Photos via @hairstorystudio)