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You’ve heard of hidden rainbow roots, but what about secret rainbow hair? If you’ve always wanted to get in on the multi-colored hair look but have been afraid that it won’t go over so well with your bosses, this office-friendly ‘do could be the perfect option for you. Created similarly to hidden rainbow roots, but extended down the lengths of your hair, secret rainbow hair does take a bit of work to create—but the end result can be gorgeous. Want to try secret rainbow hair yourself? Keep reading to learn how to get the look.
In order for your rainbow colors of choice to really stand out when you flip your hair, you’ll need to start with ultra-light locks. That means you’ll need to bleach your hair first if you’re starting with a dark base shade. And the darker your starting shade, the more sessions you may need to get your desired end result. Since secret rainbow hair involves painting on multiple hues to just the underside of your hair, you may want to consider visiting a professional colorist who can expertly apply the colors just as you’d like. That being said, it is possible to DIY secret rainbow hair if you’d like to get the look at home. More on that below!
As we told you earlier, if you’re starting with a dark base, you’ll have to bleach your hair first, so try the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach and use as directed. When deciding where to bleach, the trick is to choose a section of hair beneath your top layer of hair but above your bottom layer. This way it will be concealed from all angles unless you purposefully flaunt it. Make sure that your section is neatly parted by using a rat tail comb to create a crisp part on both sides of the section.
Then, it’s time to have fun with your colors! Once you’re ready to go, start your process off by making sure you have all the colors you want featured in your secret rainbow layer. Although this hair color is known for featuring ROYGBIV shades, it’s totally up to you when it comes to deciding how many colors to incorporate. You could stick to one or two or use as many as five or six—your choice. The L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color comes in a variety of on-trend colors for blonde, bleached, or highlighted hair, like peach, pink, purple, indigo, and aqua. Apply your colors of choice to your secret layer in vertical stripes, starting at your roots and working all the way down to your ends.
Your secret rainbow hair may not be visible to everyone, but all color-treated hair requires special care. Once you’ve added that secret rainbow layer to your mane, switch to a system of hair care products formulated for color-treated hair, like the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Ultra Recovery Mask.
Get to work on learning a few hairstyles that’ll make your hidden rainbow layer visible. One of our favorites—the half-up bun—is super-cute and super-easy.
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: After washing your hair, apply an egg-sized dollop of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse to wet hair to help enhance your texture.
Step 2: Use a curling wand to apply a few twists and turns to your strands once your hair has fully dried.
Step 3: Take your top layer of hair and secure it with a hair tie.
Step 4: Wrap this mini ponytail into a bun on top of your head, securing it in place with bobby pins. You’re done!