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17 Vibrant Multi-Colored Hair Ideas To Try In 2021

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Over the past year, women have become more daring than ever with their hair color. While you were stuck home for months, you might’ve reached for a colorful box dye or tried that pink hair trend you were never willing to commit to before. While we never recommend DIYing your hair color, we’ve been obsessing over multi-colored hair looks created by some of the best professional stylists. 

If you’re searching for a multi-colored hair look that’s perfect for you, we’re here to help! Keep scrolling to discover 17 stunning multi-colored hair photos that you can show your colorist. 

Good hair day by @elin.c.

What is multi-colored hair called?

Multi-colored hair is often referred to as rainbow hair, but there are plenty of other ways to create a multi-colored hair look. 

Good hair day by @mandicolorshair.

Can you dye your hair two different colors at the same time?

Whether you opt for half-and-half color, multi-colored balayage, or colorful highlights, there are plenty of ways to try multiple hair colors at once. Be sure to share inspiration photos with your colorist to ensure the best possible result. 



How do you maintain multi-colored hair?

If you’re taking on a fantasy hue, you’ll need to be ready for a bit of maintenance. The upkeep for fantasy hair colors will require special at-home care (and likely a few more trips to the salon). No matter what color creation you’re going for, start your routine with a shampoo and conditioner system formulated for fast-fading hair colors like Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid Shampoo and Conditioner.

While you’re still in the shower, apply a few spritzes of Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid Color Lamination Spray throughout your strands. This formula will help seal in your hair color to ensure it stays vibrant for longer. Once you’re done with your shower routine, use a leave-in formula like Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid Color Velvetizer Protectant Balm to protect your color-treated hair from UV rays and heat. 

Unless you’re starting out with platinum blonde hair, your strands will need to be lifted a few levels using bleach. With the help of your colorist and a weekly hair mask like L'Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Resurfacing Golden Hydrating Masque, you can keep your strands as strong, hydrated, and healthy-looking as possible.

If you’re ready to try multi-colored hair for yourself, these are the 17 looks you need to see. 

The Best Multi-Colored Hair Ideas To Try Now

Good hair day by @sarahslaysallday.

Cool-Toned Metallic

If you’re looking to stay on-trend with cool-toned hues, say hello to this cool-toned metallic blend of blue and purple. 

Good hair day by @kristinacheeseman.

Rainbow Curls

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: If there’s one hair type that wears dimensional hair colors the best, it’s curls. If you’re looking to try multi-colored hair on your ringlets, we suggest venturing into full-on rainbow hair. Use a shine spray like Mizani Thermasmooth Shine Spritz Hairspray to polish hair and lock in shine while protecting against frizz and heat. 

Good hair day by @cryistalchaos.

Rainbow Tips

The best thing about multi-colored hair is that there are no rules—so the placement of the shades is entirely up to you! If you’re looking to stray away from all-over color or highlights, ask your colorist for a rainbow creation that’s exclusive to the ends of your hair. 

Good hair day by @candicemarielv.

Muted Mermaid

Vibrant mermaid hair is stunning and all, but you don’t need to go full-blown bold to join in on the fun. This pastel mermaid look is equally as stunning (and completely wearable for the office). 

Good hair day by @k.s.colors.

Half-And-Half

Unlike deciding on where to go for dinner, being indecisive with your hair color isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Half-and-half hair color is more on-trend than ever before, so if you’re struggling to choose between two hues, you don’t have to!

Good hair day by @mmtrfmv.

Pretty In Pink

The world has gone wild for pink, and we can’t say we blame them! If you’re not afraid to be the center of attention, ask for a balayage like this brunette base with shades of hot pink and bubblegum painted throughout. 

Good hair day by @destefanorachel_hairlife.

Fire And Ice

If you live in a city with ever-changing weather, you know the frustration of having warm weather one day and frigid temperatures the next. When it comes to hair color, however, combining warmth and iciness can be an absolute dream. Case in point: This platinum hue with orange and yellow peekaboo color throughout. 

Good hair day by @briannahhair.

Green With Envy

Green hair is a great choice, but it’s impossible to choose a shade we love most. If green is  your next big color change, ask your colorist for a look that incorporates as many shades as possible.

Good hair day by @jackieinmanhair.

Sunset

There are few things in life as beautiful as a sunset—that is, with the exception of sunset hair color. Ask your colorist to incorporate cascading shades of orange, pink, yellow, and purple to mimic the look of the perfect sunset on your strands. 

Good hair day by @xoxoselah.

Citrus

While we’re used to seeing colors named after lattes and carnival treats, citrus hair takes food-inspired hues to a whole new level. This combination of acidic green, yellow, orange, and pink reminds us of a summery fruit salad—and we’re completely obsessed with it! 

Good hair day by @beyondthemane_.

Mother Of Pearl

Upgrade your platinum blonde with mother of pearl hair color, a multi-colored hue with hints of pastel blue, pink, and lavender. Since your strands will be mostly platinum, you’ll want to use a purple shampoo and conditioner like Matrix Total Results So Silver Brass Off Shampoo and Conditioner to keep your hue brass-free. 

Good hair day by @hannahdisconnected.

Galactic

Opt for a multi-colored creation with shades of vibrant purple, blue, and green for a celestial-inspired look that’s out of this world. 

Good hair day by @tmelong.

Multi-Colored Face Frame

If you want the eye-catching effect of multi-colored hair with half the commitment, ask your colorist to only apply the color to the strands framing your face. 

Good hair day by @hairbyduhsavannah.

Fire Ombre

Warm-toned hues are coming in hot for 2021, which is why it’s the perfect time to get in on the fire ombre trend. Your colorist will create an ombre with shades of red, orange, and yellow to mimic the appearance of a blazing fire. 

Good hair day by @bossbabyblends.

Multi-Colored Buzzcut

Multi-colored hair is daring enough, but if you’re not afraid to go extra bold, take it up a notch with an edgy haircut. We love the way multi-colored hair looks with a geometric buzzcut

Good hair day by @tiffanymhair.

Soft Pastels 

This pastel creation combines shades of pastel pink, purple, and periwinkle for a look that’s colorful and unique but not overwhelming. 

Good hair day by @jackieinmanhair.

Rainbow Highlights On Dark Hair

The good news is that you don’t need to bleach your entire mane to try vibrant multi-colored hair. Ask for rainbow highlights throughout a dark base shade for a look with tons of contrast. 

Interested in trying a multi-colored hair look? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

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