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22 Rainbow Hair Ideas To Get You Ready For Pride

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Your local Pride parade may be canceled, but Pride month is still in full effect! While you might not be able to celebrate like you normally would this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t add some color into your life! Pride month is all about embracing your true self, and what better way to do that than with a vibrant hair color? Switching up your salon hue is one of the best ways to make a statement and let your true colors shine. Whether you want a peekaboo stripe of rainbow or a rainbow buzzcut, you’re making a bold choice that will be sure to set you apart.

Like all Instagram-friendly hair looks, rainbow hair color requires time, money, and patience. Be sure you’re prepared to give all three before committing to getting these colorful locks.

What is rainbow hair color?

Rainbow hair color combines all of your favorite colors into one look. The classic rainbow consists of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet, but the possibilities are endless. If you're into pastels, you can try light hues such as pink and purple. If you like blue, green, and purple, you can create a rainbow hair color that is catered to your preferences. As long as the colors are a mix of anything but blonde, black or brown, then you can really consider it a rainbow.

How do you do rainbow hair color at home?

If you’re looking to achieve the perfect rainbow hair color, we recommend leaving it up to your stylist! Unless your hair is naturally light blonde, your colorist will likely have to use bleach to achieve your rainbow hair color. It’s important to note that bleach will always cause damage, but a professional colorist will be able to work with you to maintain the look and feel of your strands.

Why try rainbow hair color?

Fashion is really going through a neutral phase—white sneakers, minimalist t-shirts, and “no makeup” makeup are all the rage. In a world where everyone looks like they escaped from some sort of future space prison, it’s no wonder we see a strong return to bright colors in hair. Not sold on rainbow hair dye quite yet? Maybe you just don’t realize how many variations of the trend are available to you, or can’t envision bleaching your dark hair blonde. No matter your base color or length, we’ve handpicked a number of rainbow hair trends, and we’re sure there’s one fit for you. Because while everyone is busy blending in, we’re all about standing out.


How To Care For Rainbow Hair Color

Asking your colorist to create a rainbow masterpiece is only half the battle. If you want your new hue to last as long as possible, you’ll have to overhaul your hair care routine completely. Here are a few simple steps you can take to make it last longer and keep it healthy.

When it comes to washing your hair, cold water is the key to shiny, colorful hair. Cold water keeps the hair cuticle closed and works to preserve the color for longer. It might be a little uncomfortable at first, but it’s worth it to keep your hair vibrant and healthy.

The shampoo you use has a big impact on the health of your hair and how long the color lasts. Using a shampoo and conditioner system like Matrix’s Total Results Keep Me Vivid keeps long-lasting colors looking bold, feeling addictively soft, and radiating with megawatt prismatic shine. Taking care of your hair will help you make the most out of your bright rainbow locks and keep you looking stunning this Pride month.

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Rainbow Bangs

If you’re looking to make a statement during Pride Month, these rainbow bangs are a fun way to express your true colors. There is a way for you to rock bangs regardless of your face shape or hair texture. Click here to learn about the different types of bangs for every face shape.

Pro Tip: Many salons offer free bang trims, so be sure to schedule an appointment once your salon reopens!

Photo Credit: @christopher.wayne.hair.

Rainbow Buzz Cut

If you’re looking to step out of your comfort zone, maybe you want to try a buzzcut. More and more women have been getting buzz cuts and adding color to make them pop! A rainbow buzzcut is perfect for those who aren’t afraid to be bold and let the confidence shine.

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Rainbow Braids

Braids are a simple and fun way to style your hair while also showing off the dimension of those gorgeous rainbow locks. There are a wide variety of braids to try from the three-strand braid shown above to a Dutch braid or fishtail braid.

Photo Credit: @doug_theo and @hairbykaseyoh.

Pastel Rainbow Curls

Pastel rainbow hair is bright, bold, and fun. Add curly hair to the equation, and you have an even more beautiful hairstyle that will have people turning their heads from blocks away just to get a glimpse.

Photo Credit: @katelsmac.

Pastel Rainbow Ombre

If you’re reading this, you're not looking for your basic dark to light ombre hair. This pastel rainbow ombre takes pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple hair dye and combines them together to create a stunning look.

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Pastel Rainbow Hair

Edge into rainbow hair dye with a pastel look that's basically made for fair or dark complexions. Combine a touch of every color in the rainbow and prove that minimalist rainbow hair is totally possible.

Photo Credit: @michelleoconnorbeauty.

Sunset Hair

Nothing is more gorgeous than the sun setting over a warm summer day, so bring that vibe into your life with the help of sunset hair. This look can include anything from deep violet to tangerine, so make sure you have a good long consultation with your stylist to ensure you get the final look you've been dreaming about!

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Saturated Rainbow Dip Dye

If you’re a bold lady who’s not afraid of making a statement, use this moment as a chance to try several trends at once with dip dyed rainbow hair. Instead of an entire head of brilliant hues, your colorist will create a rainbow that begins in a straight line about two-thirds of the way down your head. The look is especially striking on lobs or blunt bobs. Why not get noticed?

Photo Credit: @msnataliejean.

Cotton Candy Hair

Cotton candy hair hit the social media scene a few years ago, combining two of the most popular trends on social media (things with cute names, soft pastel hairstyles) to create a mega-hit that not even hairstylists saw coming. If you’re something of a kawaii devotee and can’t imagine your life without pinks and blues, say hello to your new favorite color.

Unlike unicorn hair, the cotton candy variation is all about soft, cloud-like color surrounding the face. Instead of bright hues in distinct patches of color, your stylist will aim for well-blended pastel shades. When cotton candy hair is done right, it’s a fanciful look that’s surprising and lovely.

If you’re thinking of trying to replicate the look at home, be sure you’re starting with a white blonde base. The brighter the color you start with, the better your results will be.

Photo Credit: @pati.rodrigz and @melissashairartistry.

Rainbow Peekaboo Highlights

Hair stylists are crafty people and have never met a professional dress code they couldn’t get around. Thus, they’ve invented rainbow peekaboo highlights—basically, the best way to have multi-colored hair without anyone knowing.

Instead of applying rainbow colors throughout your hair, your stylist will part your hair (as if for a half ponytail) and apply the kaleidoscopic hues in a line. With your hair styled and down, no one will notice your added flash of color.

Photo Credit: @shell.vega.

Lemon Gradient Hair

There's no way to compete with the drama of someone who's dyed their whole head neon yellow. If that sounds appealing to you, give lemon gradient a try!

Photo Credit: @heidikenneyhair.

Mermaid Hair

We weren’t kidding when we said the beauty community is losing its mind over fairytale creatures. Mermaid hair is a newer addition to the fold, highlighting shades of turquoise, green, and aqua. You don’t have to live in the ocean or sing romantic ballads to be a mermaid, anymore. Anyone can achieve the rainbow-hued look, thanks to a very talented colorist and long, wavy strands.

Unlike classic rainbow hair, mermaid strands start with a blue-green base that gives everything an aquatic tint. Whether you opt for a navy base or something a little brighter (we’re big fans of luminescent aqua), you can’t go wrong. As with all bright colors, this look involves a good deal of maintenance to keep it from becoming muddy. Talk to your hair stylist about the amount of work you’re prepared to do before ever taking a seat in his or her chair.

Photo Credit: @curtiscolorshair.

Neon Dream Hair

Subtlety isn’t for everyone. When it comes to making a commitment to rainbow hair, there’s a choice group of women who won’t settle for anything less than neon. Sound like you? Make sure you bring photos of the vibrancy you desire to your consultation so that your colorist understands the work ahead of him or her.

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Fairylight Hair

Why get highlights when you could get fairylights? Subtle hints of color have all the fun of rainbow hair without the intense care routine to keep the shades vibrant.

Photo Credit: @curtiscolorshair.

Unicorn Hair

It’s official: Mythical creatures have taken over the beauty industry. Maybe it’s to combat the state of the world, but hair gurus have really begun to take a fanciful approach to color.

Unicorn hair isn’t just any take on rainbow hair, either. This look calls for stripes of very cool, vibrant shades that read more ‘90s cartoon character than scene kid.

Photo Credit: @hairgod_zito.

Vintage Rainbow Waves

When it comes to updos and waves, it’s important to consider which looks will show off your hair color to the best effect. If you’ve already spent the time and money it takes to create the perfect rainbow mane, a classic Hollywood glam wave is the way to go.

Photo Credit: @bottleblonde76.

Rainbow Rooted Hair

Hooked on rainbow hair? You’re not alone. The whole world is rediscovering how feminine and gorgeous visible roots can be. Lest you worry your regular color is taking away from your style or falling a little flat, try a rainbow of hair colors across your scalp. Instead of seeming like a lost mermaid, your look will read as fashion-forward and chic. Plus, the whole world is a little kinder to a woman who’s bold enough to wear a rainbow on her head. Trust us.

Photo Credit: @hairbyjohan.

Rainbow Ombre Hair

Rumor has it blondes are already the ones having all the fun, so why not take a lighthearted approach to hair? On platinum or ash blonde hair, rainbow ombre hair looks beautiful and less over-the-top than a full head of colors.

To ensure you’re still office or school appropriate, ask your stylist for pastel highlights. They’ll look lovely in your hair, without totally dominating your look.

Photo Credit: @hollandhair.

Peacock Hair

If you’re anything like the brunettes we know, you’ve spent your entire adult live waffling between wanting to bleach your hair to try an adventurous color and never wanting to touch it.

Luckily, peacock hair happens to be the best of both worlds. The moody, jewel-like look incorporates subtle purple, green, and blue highlights into dark manes. Instead of dunking your whole head in bleach, you’ll only need to damage a few strands.

Photo Credit: @aimeehairmakeup.

Metallic Rainbow Hair

Metallic hair is a new trend, one that’s taken social media by storm. Beauty gurus everywhere might already be replicating the style, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it.

Instead of bright neon color or pastels, this technique involves hand-painted blues, purples, and pinks applied throughout the hair. Like light coming through a prism, metallic hair looks three-dimensional and vibrant.

Photo Credit: @cryistalchaos.

Striped Rainbow Hair

One of the things we adore about playing with hair is that you can always find a new way to wear color. If you’re not interested in a whole head of pastel hues, you can absolutely go bold. Instead of committing to the mermaid life, try dreamy rainbow stripes.

Photo Credit: @curtiscolorshair.

Cool Rainbow Hair

If holographic hair is dappled and reflective, then cool rainbow hair is its moody, blue-purple cousin. This technique layers reflective shades of blue over a silvery base. The resulting shade is stunning, all bright notes and a metallic base.

We love this look on all skin tones, but find it’s most flattering on long hair. The extra length will give your stylist plenty of room to play. When your color starts to fade, you’ll be able to swap damaged ends for fresh, silver bob.

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