One of the latest – and arguably the most exciting – trends today in the world of hair colors is rainbow hair. It just screams fun, wild, and free-spirited, perfect for creative and daring souls. There are even many different variations to this style, some of which are more subtle, and some that are sure to catch the attention of everyone in the room.
Let’s take a look at the most popular rainbow hair trends so you can take your pick and find inspiration for your next salon appointment.
Hidden rainbow hair
This first one is a quirky take on ‘business in the front, party in the back’ by keeping your hair looking natural, but hiding an absolute gem that shows itself with every blow of the wind and every brush of your hand. Going to a formal setting? Keep a classy look with a tight bun. And, when it’s time for the after-party, transition to a half-up, half-down hairstyle for that pop of color.
Pastel rainbow hair
Here’s another idea if you’re in a more relaxed and contemporary setting but would still like to keep things relatively tame. This pastel rainbow hair is easily wearable and just looks super soft, sweet, feminine, and ethereal. Though, we must say, it only works on the lightest of blondes, so if that’s not your natural color, be prepared to bleach your hair to a platinum shade.
There are probably hundreds of ways to do your hair in the colors of the rainbow: side to side, all sorts of swirls and shapes, select patches, and so on. But the most common is the ‘classic’ ombré. It looks so beautiful and elegant, but with that fun, fresh festival vibe. Plus, it looks even more amazing when braided, since the braids enhance the gradient effect.
Want to spice up your braids? A fun and easy twist is to add colorful extensions to your braids and take your look to a whole new level. Whether you have cornrows, box braids, fulani braids, or any other type of braids, you can easily add pops of color in whatever color configuration and density you like.
If you like the rainbow hair look but you don’t want to go all in, you can choose to just dye the tips of your hair and it will look just as fun. Plus, it works regardless of what your natural hair color is. For example, if you’re a brunette, you can just bleach the tips and leave your roots safe from those harsh chemicals. Maintenance is easy too, since there’s no need for touch-ups.
Neon rainbow hair
On the other hand, for a total commitment that’s screaming fun and funky, why not go for neon colors? It’s a cool way to take the brightness of the rainbow even brighter with its vibrant and vivid appeal that really makes a statement. You can even add the occasional UV dye for that glow in the dark effect whenever you feel like it.
Holographic rainbow hair
You can also follow this latest trend of holographic hair colors and make things more fun by doing not two or three but all colors of the rainbow. There are several different ways you can pull this off, such as the halo prism technique that looks beautifully blended. And to top it all off, you can even match with holographic nails!
Shaved rainbow hair
Yes, shaved hair can look so much fun and colorful. It’s sure to make you stand out with this unique look, too. Not to mention, there are endless possibilities in terms of how you want to color which parts and sections. The only catch is, unless you’re a natural blonde, you’re basically looking at bleaching your scalp. Ouch!
Half and half
Now, if you really want to look cool and edgy, you can try this funky half-and-half situation. It works on all hair colors, but the difference between rainbow and jet black hair is just jarring – in a nice, jazzy way. And, if anything, it takes half the time and effort as it would if you color the entirety of your hair.
Finally, you can try and recreate that magical unicorn effect by incorporating rainbow colors into whichever base shade you want. There are many ways to do it, too, like coloring a small section of your hair into a rainbow, or doing a mini ombé with the mid section, and doing the roots and tips a different color. Pro tip? Try pink and purple as the base shades.
Rainbow hair FAQs
How much does it cost to get rainbow hair?
Achieving a rainbow hair look can cost anywhere from $20 to $300 or higher. The actual cost depends on a lot of different factors, such as the style you want to do, your hair length and how much of it you want colored, whether you need any bleaching, whether you want a temporary or permanent hair color, and of course, whether you go for a DIY or salon route.
This doesn’t even take into account the cost of hair care after you get your colors done, and that cost is typically double the cost of hair care products for just one hair color.
How should you take care of rainbow hair?
Speaking of hair care, there is a two-fold process when it comes to taking care of your rainbow hair, especially if you went with permanent hair coloring products and if you bleached your hair. Although, of course, for temporary and semi-permanent colors, you don’t really need to deviate much from your normal routine since the color does eventually wash off after a few washes.
Below are our expert tips and tricks for taking care of rainbow hair:
Rainbow hair tips and tricks
The main rule in taking care of colored hair is to use nourishing and moisturizing shampoos and conditioners that are specially formulated for color-treated hair. This is even more important if you had your hair bleached, since you need to counter that chemical damage. Now, you don’t necessarily need to use these products everyday – 2 to 4 times a week should be fine.
These hair care products will not only restore your hair’s health but also prolong the vibrance of your hair color – or in this case, colors.
Another important thing is to stay away from heat, and not just from heat styling tools either. Even taking hot showers can strip your hair off of its essential oils and open up your cuticles, which allows the hair dye to wash off and leave your hair looking dull and dry. If you do need to do some heat styling, make sure to use lots of heat protectants to seal in shine and calm frizz.
Rainbow hair is so much fun and fresh, which is why it’s no wonder that it’s become ultra popular as a hair coloring trend. There are even so many different ways to achieve this style, and it looks especially fabulous with waves or curls since all that bounce accentuates the different colors.