Thanks to intrepid hairstylists, rainbow hair has taken on many forms. You can transform your whole head into a technicolor confection or just focus the color spectrum on your bangs. You can have a “shine line” splice through the shaft of your hair like a rainbow prism is hitting it at all times, or you can scatter your hair with teeny tiny rainbows like Seattle-based hairstylist Roxie Jane Hunt recently did for one of her clients. The latter has to be one of the most subtle but simultaneously bold takes on the rainbow hair-color trend, and it’s been named “baby rainbow hair.”
If looking at it reminds you of the little rainbows that show up in random places after it rains, you’re not entirely wrong. “The baby rainbow look was inspired by prisms made by sunlight shining through a crystal,” Hunt tells Allure.
To create the mini rainbows, Hunt randomly taped off rectangular sections on her client’s hair to create stencils. She often uses this technique for creating the colorful, organic shapes that have a tendency to go viral on Instagram.
Then, she lightened those areas with bleach before filling them in with ROYGBIV variations of the Manic Panic Professional Gel Hair Colors, which are salon-grade versions of the classic dyes. Hunt says the whole process took about an hour and a half to complete. In the world of rainbow dye jobs, that’s basically five minutes. A full technicolor look, complete with lightening and coloring the whole head, usually takes anywhere from six to 13 hours. So if you’re impatient or have dark hair, baby rainbow hair is the way to go for a colorful look.
The baby rainbows last about six weeks, which is as long as any other rainbow dye job. “They’ll last longer if you don’t wash them,” Hunt adds. She recommends her clients use the How-To Hair Girl Free Your Hair Brush, a nylon and boar bristle brush she designed, instead of shampoo when possible. Reason being? It helps distribute the hair’s natural oils “to help clean and balance their hair while keeping their color bright and beautiful,” Hunt says. An all-natural color-maintenance option for a dye job inspired by nature is only fitting.
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