8 Rainbow Hair Color Ideas to Let You Express Yourself

Spice up your look by going for rainbow hair color! Come check out the different ways you can wear this trend.

The rainbow hair color trend has been around for a while now, but it hasn’t really lost its appeal. How could it? The combination of fun, vibrant shades all on one head will always add an irresistible charm to any look. If you’ve been wanting to do a major hair makeover but your vibe leans towards the cutesy than edgy, the rainbow hair color could be it for you.

To achieve this Rainbow Brite look, you either have to bleach your hair (we’re assuming you’re a brunette like the rest of us, but if you’re already blonde, congrats—you’ve got half the work done!), or go for subtler shades that would only require for your tresses to turn a light shade of brown.

Now to make this colorful style even more interesting, you can add a fun twist to the look. Need ideas? Look no further ’cause we’ve got some for you! Keep scrolling and check out the cool ways you can wear this trend below!

1. Ombre rainbow hair color

Subtle but still funky. Credit: Shutterstock

Wearing your rainbow hair ombre style is one way to keep it stylish but a bit subtle (compared to dyeing all of your hair!) If you have long locks, the colors can start at mid-length with maybe a few strands on the sides going up a little higher. This also allows you to sport this look much longer than if you have a full head of rainbow hair, because even if your hair grows, it wouldn’t show awkwardly dark roots.

2. Hidden rainbow hair color

Surprise! A rainbow party happening somewhere in the middle section of your hair!

Not only is this version of the trend so much fun (it’s like keeping an exciting secret!), it’s also very clever. If your workplace has a very corporate setting, donning multi-colored hair may not sit well with HR. But this hair coloring trick will let you express yourself without having to get a memo—just leave your hair down in the office and put it in a half updo as soon as you’re out the door. It’s also cute to have just a part of it peeking out of your bun hairstyle.

Editor’s tip: Rainbow hair color may fade faster than other colors, like browns, so use products that are specifically formulated for colored hair. We recommend switching to Cream Silk Color Protect Conditioner to keep your colored hair vibrant.  

3. Glitter

Keep that rainbow sparkly! Credit: instagram.com/nikkilee901/

Is rainbow hair color not cool enough for you? You’re already stepping out of the box with your hairstyle, might as well do it way cooler—and sparklier–than everybody else, right? This version is actually less complicated to achieve, no bleaching required. Just mix some styling gel and colored glitter into a bowl, get an old paint brush, and apply it on your hair.

4. Bob

Woman with short hair with bangs with rainbow hair
You can definitely rock rainbow hair color on short hair! Credit: Shutterstock


If you think that you need long hair to sport a cool rainbow hair color, then this should be your proof. Even with a haircut like a bob, you can fashionably pull off the vibrant colors of the rainbow. It sure is a nice futuristic look that would be great for costume parties or cosplay conventions.

Editor’s tip: Your hair needs to recover from the damage done to it during the coloring process. Restore lost moisture from your hair by using TONI&GUY Damage Repair Mask.

5. Half up braid


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Rainbow hair color ideas – Braids Credit: Shutterstock

Half updos are great hairstyles that can help you show off your rainbow hair color. Make your look even more playful with a half up braid. Keep your braid loose for a more laidback and relaxed look that suits rainbow hues well.

6. Twists

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Rainbow hair color ideas – Knot Credit: Shutterstock

Like hair braids, twists are fun hairstyles you can try with a rainbow hair color ‘do. There’s a lot to choose from,  depending on the occasion or your mood. Why don’t you try a twisted ponytail half updo? All you need are a few bobby pins, an elastic, and a few minutes to nail this hairstyle. Easy, right?

Editor’s tip: bleached and colored hair is stripped of hair nutrients that cause dry, frizzy and dull hair due to damage. Restore hair’s vibrancy and health by using Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Repair & Shine, comparable to having a salon keratin treatment at the speed and convenience of a conditioner.

7. Punk-style layered hair

Woman with rainbow hair color on short layered hair
Spice up your rainbow hair even more by going for short, messy layers. Credit: Shutterstock

If you want a look that screams so much attitude, then this is your best bet. Combine rainbow hair color with short, layered hair like that of a rock star and you’ll get a totally unique ‘do! Keep your hair layered hair messy by simply giving it a good shake with your fingers. Then, spritz sea salt spray to nail that textured look.

8. Long rainbow hair

Woman with long hair with rainbow hair color
Wear rainbow hair color from root to tip. Credit: Shutterstock

Ready to go all out? Dye your long hair with rainbow hues. Let several colors show by starting with a vibrant color like red or yellow at your roots, then let the colors transition to the darker ones at the bottom.

This look is not for the faint-hearted, so think twice or even thrice before making this bold move. Also, make sure that your hair is strong enough to take all those bleaching and coloring. Check when you’ve had your last hair treatment or coloring. You should have four to six weeks intervals before you get another dye job.

If you’re game for an outrageously fab look, you should def give the rainbow hair color trend a try! Oh, and did we mention the magic words? It’s definitely Instagram-worthy material!


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