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10 Vibrant Multi-Colored Hair Looks To Help You Embrace Your Inner Unicorn

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Like most hair color trends, we assumed rainbow hair would fade away entirely after a few months in the spotlight. Multi-colored hair (i.e the mermaid hair and unicorn strands you see all over your Instagram feed), however, has only become more popular—and they’re not just for celebrities and social media influencers. If you’re in the mood to try something daring, now is the perfect time to get in on the whimsical trend!

Searching for a multi-colored hair look that’s perfect for you? We’re here to help! Below, we’ve rounded up 10 looks that will have you dreaming in color.

What kind of maintenance does vibrant hair require?

A quick PSA before venturing on your multi-colored hair journey: If you’re taking on a fantasy hue, you’ll need to be ready for a bit of maintenance. Unlike your average brunette hue, 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.

Unless you’re starting out with platinum blonde hair, your strands will need to be lifted a few levels using bleach. The word bleach might send shivers down your spine, but fear not! 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.

Ready to be inspired? These are the multi-colored hair ideas you need to see.

The Best Multi-Colored Hair Ideas To Try Now

Cool-Toned Metallic

Looking to keep things on the cool side for the winter? Say hello to this cool-toned metallic blend of blue and purple.

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.

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.

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).


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!

Pretty In Pink

The world has gone wild for pink, and can you 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.

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.

Green With Envy

Green has been huge in 2019, but trying to decide on our favorite shade? Impossible! If you’re seeing green as your next big color change, ask your colorist for a look that incorporates as many shades as possible.


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.


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!

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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