The Rainbow Connection: The Wonderful World of Pride Hair

Eunice Lucero | 20 July 2017

A statement-making look, in all aspects.

Mermaids, unicorns and now, rainbows—oh, my! It’s a great time to be alive, and though this trend’s Instagram-worthiness is not lost on us, it’s the bigger conversation it embraces that we’re truly grateful for. Pride hair, or hairstyles dyed in rainbow colors akin to the symbol of the LGBTQIA community, have been taking to the streets long before we celebrated Pride Month last June.

Pride Hair: Celebrating Life in All Colors

Bright, creative, original and most importantly, a show of solidarity and support for diversity (hence its many colors), Pride Hair in its truest form pays homage to the gay pride flag, which first became the symbol of the gay community in June 1978. Originating in San Francisco, it has undergone several revisions due to fabric unavailability and is now made up of six colors, with a meaning assigned to each stripe: red (life), orange (healing), yellow (sunlight), green (nature), blue (peace and harmony) and purple (spirit).

And just as the beloved ROYGBIV stripes have found their way into fashion and pop culture (Shirts! Coffee mugs! Bumper stickers!), countless versions of rainbow hair have also been spotted, with people taking to social media—and yes, the streets—to show off their awesome hair color. Whether you’re building on its political backstory or simply want to go against traditional convention via what’s certainly a head-turning look, we’re taking it all as a testament to seeing things beyond just black and white.

From the classic eight-colored arc to pastel and even neon mash-ups, here’s to celebrating a fabulously multi-faceted existence—and one that encourages us to live and love happily and freely, regardless of gender, sexual and lifestyle orientation. Love, peace and hair grease! ✌🌈

Pride Hair and Other Rainbow Iterations We Love:

We’re all about this classic pride rainbow look, as shown via some colorful streaks.

pride hair peekaboo roots
Peek-a-boo rainbow roots: so clever, so awesome! Photo courtesy of @notanothersalon
getting pride hair from a salon
Revisit your grade school color theory days with the rainbow trend. Photo courtesy of @notanothersalon

The Queen of Rainbow Hair Color, Ursula Goff, shows some striking twists on rainbow hair:

pride hair ursula goff
A citrusy, zesty look that’s perfect for summer! Photo credit: @uggoff
pride hair ursula goff berry stripes
Serving up tropical berry vibes in full effect! Photo credit: @uggoff
pride hair neon braid
Multi-colored neon hair is stunning as a braided version. Photo credit: @uggoff

On the streets, in full effect:

pride hair rainbow undercut
So much texture! Photo credit: Allyson Alapont
pride hair rainbow undercut back
Graphic clippings provide a sharp touch. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont
pride hair rainbow undercut side
Different colors, different fade lengths. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

Love the rainbow look, as well as other multi-colored hairstyles? Check out this stunning geode hair trend that’s as original as it is fun.

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