Hair that is all colors of the rainbow is hot right now. Instead of the traditional blonds, brunettes, and reds, people are experimenting with blues, pinks, purples, greens, and more. You’ll see these colors everywhere from the red carpet to the local gym.
If you want to really be on trend, you can try several of the colors at once. Rainbow hair can have brightly colored primaries like red, yellow and blue, or it can have pastel hues like lilac, pink, and periwinkle. Here are a few tips for how you can get the look at home:
Bleach Your Hair
Unless you naturally have platinum hair, you are going to need to bleach your hair (even if you’re already blonde). The platinum base will help the colors stand out and last longer. You can buy a lightening kit at the beauty store, or you can buy the powder and developer separately to make your own mix.
Bleach a test strand of your hair, on the under side of your hair first to see how it reacts. You may need to adjust the processing time, or you may need to plan for several bleachings. If you have to bleach more than once, give your hair several days to a week between sessions to prevent damaging it. Also, make sure to use a deep conditioning treatment after bleaching to salvage hair and keep permanent damage at bay.
Choose Your Colors
Semi-permanent dyes are your only option for fantasy colors. Do your research to find out which brands deliver the most vibrant colors and the longest-lasting results. Manic Panic is a popular brand known for getting good results. If you find a brighter or darker color than you want, you can turn it into a pastel by mixing it with a white conditioner.
Use Professional Tools
Apply the colors to your clean, dry hair using professional tools. Wear gloves and use an applicator brush to put the color on each section of hair. Have your colors ready to go in small bowls, and apply each in small sections. Have a plan before you start so you know where to stop and start each color.
If you just cant bring yourself to doing the bleach and color yourself, call around to find a professional salon that WILL do it. It may be a little on the pricey side, but well worth it to save your hair and do it right!
Touch up just your roots every three to four weeks to maintain the look. You may have to add a new color to the top once your roots grow too long. Keep up the conditioning, this is key to keeping hair looking and feeling great!