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We’re partial to hair color trends that remind us of our youth, from babylights to cotton candy hair, and kaleidoscope hair is no exception. What can we say, we love feeling nostalgic! Don’t you remember playing with kaleidoscope toys as a child and admiring the cool patterns and fun colors that appeared? Well, now that idea is responsible for your soon-to-be favorite hair color. Seriously! Read on to learn what kaleidoscope hair is and how to get the look.
Even if you know what a kaleidoscope is, it isn’t a given that you’ll know what kaleidoscope hair looks like. So, we’ll fill you in! Kaleidoscope hair is a pastel-hued, rainbow hair color that involves weaving various shades throughout ultra-light locks. The pastel colors cover the entire head of hair, blending together for a prismatic look. What sets kaleidoscope hair apart from other rainbow hair trends (of which there are many) is that the different ROYGBIV shades aren’t each on their own strands á la traditional highlights. Rather, the color placement follows hard to predict patterns that are reminiscent of a kaleidoscope.
The good news is, as long as you’re a fan of bold hair colors, you can rock kaleidoscope hair. This hair color trend doesn’t discriminate, it looks amazing on short hair, medium hair, and long hair, all skin tones, and even all ages.
Anytime a new hair color trend pops up, we all want to know if it’s possible to get the look at home. With a hair color like kaleidoscope hair, the answer is…sort of. Kaleidoscope hair requires bleaching your strands until they’re a very pale shade of blonde, which is a task typically best left to a professional. Additionally, the placement of the shades that make up this hair color is pretty tricky and something it often takes even a pro many hours to do. However, if you love getting crafty at home, you might be up for the challenge of giving yourself a temporary kaleidoscope color. You can use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray in Pastel Blue, Pastel Lavender, Pastel Pink, and Pastel Mint, spraying the shades onto different sections of your hair. When you get tired of having kaleidoscope hair (or if you mess up), the temporary hair color sprays will wash right out when you shampoo!
Good question! Kaleidoscope hair, like all hair, requires a special hair care routine. It’s important that after coloring your hair, you switch to a hair care system that consists of a color-safe shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Hair EverPure Repair and Defend Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm.
It’s hard to name just one way to style kaleidoscope hair—so, we won’t. Here are three different hairstyles that are amazing for showing off kaleidoscope color.
It’s true: You can’t go wrong with voluminous curls! Regardless of your hair color, texture, length, or anything else, voluminous curls will make your mane look amazing—the bouncier, the better.
Get the look: How to Create Voluminous Curls on Any Hair Type
Just about any braided hairstyle will showcase your hair color beautifully, but we’re especially fond of the waterfall braid. The intricate weaving that makes up this ‘do really puts the blend of colorful highlights on full display.
Get the look: How to Create a Waterfall Braid
Just because you have a stunning hair color doesn’t mean you want to wear your strands down 24/7. When you need to get your locks up and out of your face, a brun hairstyle is the way to go. The braid accent will really show off the dimension in your color while keeping all of your hair up and out of the way.
Get the look: Braid Meets Bun: How to Get a Brun Hairstyle
Want to learn about another rainbow hair hue? In that case, click over to our article, How to Get Unicorn Hair.