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15 Rainbow Hair Color Ideas You’ll Really Go Wild For!

Everyone is going WILD for rainbow hair colors, and it’s easy to understand why! Whether you go bold and vivid or soft and subtle, this color trend is hands down the coolest way to have hair that is truly unique to you.

  • Moonstone

    moonstone rainbow hair color

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    Q&A with style creator, Kayla Boyer
    Hair & Makeup Artist in Minneapolis, Minnesota


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    I would describe this look as an inspiration from a beautiful moonstone. It appears to be white, but when you move the stone in different directions, the color appears and reflects. I brought this to life on my client with a silver look that features underlights of beautiful rainbow assortments!

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    The products I would recommend for this color/look would be a color protectant shampoo and conditioner that is free of sulfates and parabens. This and a heat protectant will increase the longevity of this color.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    I’ve created this color on all skin tones. I believe if you have the confidence, you can pull off any color. Just know that it is easier for people with lighter hair naturally to get the best results.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    Always see your stylist at least four weeks after your appointment to ensure the best care for your color. Upkeep is important for you, but most important for your stylist to give you the best looking hair color.

  • Tropical Sunset

    tropical sunset rainbow hair color

    Instagram @wanttogetcut

    Q&A with style creator, Danae DesJardins
    Junior Stylist @ The Sapphire Hair Lounge in Winnipeg, Canada


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    I would describe this look as a “tropical sunset”. My favorite thing about it is how the colors blended so well together, were so vibrant, and how well it matched my inspiration picture!

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    I always recommend the shine spray by Kevin Murphy. It makes hair extra silky and shiny. I’m obsessed!

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    Warm skin tones suit this color best because the undertone of all the colors I used were warm.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    My best tips for recreating this look is to take your time and separate each section so none of the bottom colors touch each other, and to wash in the coldest water your client can handle. With vivids, it’s super important to saturate, so you’re better off to use more product and oversaturate than under. Use low temperatures while styling, as well as a heat protectant.

    In order to maintain this color, wash in the coldest possible water and explain to your clients you get a total of seven washes. It’s up to you if you want to use them all up in one week or over the next seven weeks!

  • Deep Violet Shadow Root

    Q&A with style creator, Corina Dempsey
    Hairstylist @ Maximum FX Salons in Austin, TX


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This is a deep violet shadow root with rainbow colors alternated throughout. My favorite thing about this look is the contrast of all the different colors and the way they reflect as the hair falls.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    The products I would recommend for this look are the Redken Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner and the Matrix Total Results Mega Sleek Iron heat protectant. These products will help to maintain the color and seal down the cuticle for a nice and shiny finish!

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    This hairstyle is great for anyone who is ready to rock such a bold color! My favorite way to style this is in fun beach waves. It adds body to the hair and allows all the colors to POP!

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    My best tip to recreate this look is to have as clean of an application as possible. The cleaner you work, the brighter your colors will be. Have a blast and choose as many colors as you want!

  • Candied Hologram

    candy hologram rainbow hair color

    Instagram @elijah.cordova

    Q&A with style creator, Elijah Cordova
    Hair and Makeup Artist in Fort Collins, Colorado


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This color was inspired by the tones of candy and the movement of holograms. The fusion of natural and rainbow colors, along with their placement, makes this hair look different every way it is pulled. Some of my favorite extra details about this party color are that it conceals a multicolored undercut and it absolutely glows under a black light.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    For color, I used Kenra Neons, Pravana Neons and Joico’s confetti collection.

    For styling, I used IGK Car Service, along with Sexy Hair’s Spray Clay, Rose Elixir, Powder Play and Get Layered!

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    The benefit of this color is that it is totally customizable to whatever skin tone wants to wear it. You can change the ratio of warm and cool tones used or leave out some blonde highlights. Whatever will suit you! This color/style combo is best achieved on those who are starting with lighter hair or those who have a lot of patience in their lifting process. Those that have a fine to medium texture of hair wear this best as well.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    It is absolutely all about the foundation for this color. I took extra time to create a smooth, coo- toned balayage and color melt before direct dye was applied to this color would lay the way it does and grow out well. The maintenance of this color is all about your aftercare. Wash your hair minimally in the coldest water you can with quality products! The will last so much longer, I promise.

    To recreate the finishing style, I first gave her a blowout with Car Service to create a smooth base to work with, then I curled her hair in large, random vertical sections. I then used Powder Play at her roots for volume, Spray Clay on the curls for texture, Rose Elixir lightly to enhance her shine, and finished it off with the Get Layered hairspray!

  • Bright, Earthy Stones

    short-rainbow-hair-earthy

    Instagram @rainbowrage

    Q&A with style creator, Savannah Harris
    Color Master @ ROOTS Salon in Bend, OR


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    The color combo reminded me of stones. I love how it’s bright, yet earthy!

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    I recommend any no lather or light lather shampoo. My favorites are DevaCurl, Framesi Color Lover No Suds, and Kenra’s new Color Charge shampoo, conditioner and spray serum. I also recommend a dry shampoo between washes. TIGI Bed Head Rockaholic Dirty Secret is my favorite! 

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    I personally think that anyone with the confidence to rock bright colors can pull this off. It’s all about how you rock it! Don’t be afraid to try a color you fear might not go with your skin tone. Maybe just change your blush color or add a pop of eye shadow to match. Anyone can pull anything off. It’s all about what’s on the inside that counts. 

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    Use those recommended products! Wash your hair as little as possible and use cool water to keep the colors from fading and running together. Dry shampoo is your best friend! 

  • The Hidden Unicorn

    Q&A with style creator, Michaela Adele
    Stylist & Makeup Artist @ Lavish Salon in Providence, RI


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    I call this “Hidden Unicorn Hair” because it’s the perfect look for those who want to play with vivid color, but can’t go all out because of their job or other reasons. I constantly have clients in my chair that follow my Instagram account that will mention a vivid color I posted, wishing they could do something similar but knowing their job won’t allow it. I love that this type of color allows the client to hide their unicorn vibes when they need to, and flaunt them when they want to! 

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    Unless your client is platinum blonde, you’re going to need to lighten them to achieve any vibrant colors like these. This is especially important when using blue. If the client lifts to a yellow blonde, the blue will mix and create a teal/green instead of the desired color. Any lightener will, do but I generally stick to those with a violet tone to cancel out the yellow that usually accompanies blonde tones. Because I need to lighten most of my clients so many levels, I use Olaplex. It rebuilds the bonds that are broken during the lightening process, which means healthy hair even after lightening!

    Keep in mind that using Olaplex means your developer will drop, so if you’re using 40 vol. it will actually work like 30 vol. with Olaplex in the mix. As far as vivids go, I love Pravana Vivids and recently started using Pulp Riot colors. I always use foils to separate each color and rinse them individually with cool water to keep them from bleeding into each other. For this look, I used Pravana vivids in neon blue, wild orchid, neon green, and amethyst.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    I like to choose color combinations that fit my client’s personality unless they choose the palette for me. For instance, some clients will ask for purples and blues, others will ask for fiery oranges and reds, and some will let me go crazy (which is what I did for this client). I think choosing colors that bring out the client’s eye color is ideal. Purples and red/violets make green eyes pop like crazy! 

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    I always make sure every client understands that vivids require maintenance before I even begin the color process. Washing hair in cool water helps keep the color locked in, while hot water actually opens the cuticle, allowing more color to bleed out with every wash. What you wash your hair with is also super important. No drugstore shampoos! I recommend Keratin Complex Timeless Color Fade Defy Shampoo and Conditioner.

    I cannot stress enough the importance of purchasing shampoo and conditioner from the salon. Amazon, drug stores, and Ulta stores cannot guarantee your product. Using a heat protectant before blow drying or using hot tools is also key. I send all of my vivid clients home with Lanza ColorGuard Spray. This is to be sprayed in the hair while it is still dry before washing and after it is towel dried. This extends the color life significantly. I always give my clients a realistic idea of how long their color will last and make sure they know it needs to be maintained every three to four weeks versus the four to six week touch up for a regular color.   

  • Eye Candy Rainbow

    Q&A with style creator, Amy Lynn
    Stylist & Owner @ Amy Lynn Hair Design in Lodi, CA


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    My favorite thing about this look is that it is all different colors, but still flows nicely! It’s like a little treat for the eye.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    I used Pravana Vivids and Kenra Color on this client. The key is to get the hair light enough to really display the true colors! 

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    Anyone! Walk with confidence and you can pull this look off easily. The trick to fantasy colors like this is placement. Make sure the complementary tones are closest to face.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    Listen to your stylist and the tips and tricks they give. Use a color-safe shampoo and make sure to wash with cool water. Dial down that iron, too!

  • Bright Color Melt

    Q&A with style creator, Heather Wilmoth
    Stylist @ Hair Klaudt in Charlotte, NC


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This is a bright color melt with my client’s favorite colors in mind. My favorite thing about it is the free feeling it gives me. My client literally sat down, told me the colors she wanted, and told me to do whatever I wanted. She has the option to wear her part wherever she wants to reveal more teal on one side or more pink on the other!

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    I used Zombie Snott for my pink and Blood Orchid and Ballistic Blue (these have crazy longevity which is wonderful) for my blue. For the green I used Pravana and the teal is Kenra. These are color lines I use on a regular basis that have always worked beautifully together.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    My client has more peachy skin, but the colors can always be warmed up or cooled off to suite any skin type. Any hair type can pull this off. You can’t tell in the photos, but this client has super curly and thick natural hair!

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    My best tip would be to just go with the flow. I never envision what my outcome will be until I’m in the hair and playing! I start with a darker base color all over that I think suits my client’s skin tone the best, then I alternate my colors melting them down. It’s very free-form hair painting, which I love.

    To maintain this style I recommend only shampooing when needed (usually once or twice a week) with a professional color safe/sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner with COLD water. For her style, I blew her out with Kenra Blow Dry spray and Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Wild Ginger Styling Oil and then used my wand to curl her up!

  • Peacock Rainbow

    Q&A with style creator, Hayley Garratt
    Stylist in West Midlands, UK


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This is a hidden rainbow look featuring pink peacock colors with mix of heavy foils and slices through the top that is toned with a vanilla blonde.

    My favorite thing about this look would be the contrast between natural and vivid colors and the ability to hide the vivids.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    I like Unique 10 Argan Oil, Color Freeze by Schwarzkopf, Blinding Shine Definer by Osmo, and Indola Shine Spray.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    With the hidden rainbow, most skin types would be fine as the natural tones on top suit most skin tones. Porcelain, olive, and darker tones all wear this look especially well. If your complexion is very rosy, however, you might avoid this particular combination as the pink hues may be too warm next to pink skin tones.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    Test the colors first on white paper to see their true shade, then select a few that really pop next to each other. Pull the colors through in large chunks so they stand out.

    Keep washing to a minimum and always use a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner when you do wash.

  • Oil Slick

    purple-rainbow-hair

    Instagram / @hairwaytokale

    Q&A with Style Creator Caitlin S. Strickland

    Hairstylist – Find her on Square Space


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    I describe this look as “oil slick” because it was inspired by the colors in oil when the sun hits it. My favorite thing about this look is the subtleness of the tones while inside and the vividness of the colors when outside!

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    For the upkeep of this look, I recommend a cleansing conditioner such as Pureology Cleansing Conditioners in Hydrate, Smooth, or Strength Cure. The gentleness of the formulas helps make the color last and keeps the hair healthy.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    This look may seem intimidating, but any skin tone can pull these colors off! Simply alter the base color to be a lighter brown if you and your stylist decide to go with a lighter look.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    My biggest tip for extending the life of this color and style is to use a heat protectant! Heat from a flat iron or curling iron will fade color rapidly, so a good heat protectant like Paul Mitchell’s Hot Off The Press is a must.

    To recreate this style, simply use a curling iron on one-inch sections, rolling away from the face until you reach the back of the head. Then, using a large wide-tooth comb, gently comb through the curls for separation and finish with a light hold hairspray!

  • Electric Rain

    bright-rainbow-hair

    Instagram / @itsnicholeee_hair

    Q&A with Style Creator Nichole Cosentino

    Hairstylist @ Michael Anthony Spa and Salon


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    I call this look “Electric Rainbow!” What I love about it is that it has so much dimension and the colors just flow together so effortlessly.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    For this look I used the Kenra Neon line and diluted them to make the colors I needed. For a lot of my other vivid color work, I use the Joico Intensity line.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    I really feel that these days, anything goes! So many people from textured to straight hair are rocking these amazing rainbow colors. You don’t necessarily need a specific look (hair type or skin tone), you just have to rock it!


    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    When creating this look, I started by doing the roots first then melted the colors down one by one. Make sure you wipe your hands in between applying colors so you’re not transferring them onto the next.

    Maintenance is so important with these colors because they are just direct dyes. I always recommend using a color-safe shampoo and conditioner and rinsing in cold water. Also, I tell my clients to try not to wash their hair every day.

  • Rose and Lilac

    Q&A with Style Creator Amy McManus

    Hairstylist and Colorist @ Trinity Salon in Fitchburg, MA


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This is a soft pastel, unicorn-inspired look that was created by using Joico Intensity Titanium, Rose and Lilac painted on top of balayage highlights.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    I would recommend washing this look as little as possible. Your shampoo should be sulfate-free and cold water should be used when washing. Use dry shampoo in between regular shampooing to avoid fading from over washing. Stay away from heat as it fades pastel colors even faster. Most pastel colors will completely wash out of the hair in less than six shampoos, so even though they are fun, they aren’t always economical.

    I used Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Styling Treatment Oil to smooth her hair during her blow dry. I curled her hair with a 1 1/4-inch curling iron and lightly shook out her curls to keep them formed.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    Cooler skin tones will look best in this particular color.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    You’ll need to see your hairdresser once a month to have this color refreshed. Most clients wash their hair once a week to help keep this color from washing  out quickly in order to get the longevity of a full month out of it.

  • Perfectly Painted

    sexy-rainbow-hair

    Instagram / @everyday_glam

    Q&A with Style Creator Amber Starnes

    Hairstylist and Colorist @ The Dollhouse Boutique Salon in Springfield, OR


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    My inspiration for the color was actually a picture of some space nebula or something I came across. I loved how the warm colors cut through the deep blues and appeared structured, but they really weren’t at all. I pictured this warm light kind of floating through the dark abyss. My favorite thing about this color is how it seems there is one look inside of another, like the magenta and orange are flowing through the blues. 

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    For this client I recommended a gentle color-safe shampoo and Pravana’s Silk Degrees Shine Serum to offer protection and radiant shine to show off those vivid colors!
    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    This particular client had fair skin and blue eyes and the color looks fabulous on her. In my opinion, vivids look great on all skin colors. The colors near the face just may need to be adjusted depending on the amount of pink or yellow undertones to the skin. As far as hair types, any hair type can have mermaid hair! It just has to be healthy enough to be lifted to pale blonde.


    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    To recreate this look. try throwing in a color that doesn’t “go” as your focal point and take small sections to really saturate and blend your colors together. For maintenance, invest in good products and heat protection! I always warn my habitual every-day-washers to try to only wash twice a week and turn down the heat on styling tools. It also helps when shampooing to scrub the scalp and let the shampoo simply rinse through the rest of the hair.

  • Creatively Colored

    Q&A with Laura Joy Naugle

    Hairstylist @ Urbanity Hair Studio in Centennial, CO


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This look is my version of the “oil slick” hair color trend that has been popular recently. My favorite aspect of this look is that although I use three colors, they melt so well together that it creates even more colors. This allows the finished product to look different when parted and styled in various ways.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    I use the Joico K-Pak Color Intensity colors in Cobalt Blue, Amethyst Purple, and Peacock Green for this look. The secret ingredient to these colors is mixing in Color Intensity Black Pearl to each one. This allows the tone of the color to deepen, giving you darker colors.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    One of my favorite aspects of this look is that it is especially good for people with naturally darker colored hair and it works well with many different skin tones. The one downside to many fashion colors/rainbow hair is that the hair must be lightened to a pale blonde. However, this specific type of fashion color I do only needs to be lifted to a dark blonde. This allows my clients with naturally darker color hair to enjoy fashion colors without all the damage of over-processed lightened hair.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    Recreating this look is extremely easy and fun. I take the section of hair around the client’s part and keep it a dark, cool brown or their natural color. By leaving the part a more natural color, this allows the new growth to not be as distinguishable. I section out smaller triangle partings of the pre-lightened hair and alternate between all three colors. I blend the color closest to the scalp with another color halfway down the hair shaft. This allows the colors to melt together and create different colors in each triangular section of hair.

    Maintaining this color properly is key to its longevity. I advise my clients to wash their hair with cool water, preferably only once or twice a week. I only recommend using a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. For styling, the trick is to use as little heat as possible.  hen using styling tools such as curling irons and flat irons, a temperature of no higher than 350-375 (degrees Fahrenheit) is preferable. Overheating the hair can cause the color to fade much more quickly.

  • Pastel Rainbow

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    Instagram / @marythomaston

    Q&A with Style Creator Mary Thomaston

    Private Hairstylist @ Innovative Salons


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This is a metallic hair color. The colors are very muted with a silvery finish.
    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    I used the Joico Intensity collection’s Metallic Muse for this look. For the style I used Agadir Heat Protectant Spray, Weightless Whip Volumizing Mousse, and Kenra 25 Hairspray to set. I curled using a 1-inch barrel curling iron, curling each curl in a different direction. After all the hair was curled, I combed through with a wide toothed comb to separate each curl.
    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    Any skin tone can rock this palette.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    Use cold water when washing your hair and use sulfate-free products. Avoid a lot of heat styling because heat can fade the color faster.