Are you planning a spectacular rainbow hairdo for Pride or is the eye-watering cost of having it done at the salon putting you off? If you’re on a tight budget, don’t worry, you can still achieve fabulous Pride rainbow hair, with these helpful tips.
Coloring your hair for Pride
According to a survey by All Things Hair, 71% of people see their hairstyle as playing a big role in their self-expression and identity. And with Pride events taking place around the world throughout the month of June, what better time is there to express yourself than through an amazing rainbow hairdo?
The first thing you need to do is prepare. That means plenty of old towels, some disposable gloves, an old t-shirt, bowls, brushes… everything you need to dye your hair without also coloring your bathroom, clothes and hands! You’ll need one brush per color.
Once you have your dyes and everything in place, tie up most of your hair, leaving just a single layer down at the very bottom. Then, you simply take a section at a time and paint the color on. Once painted, let that section hang down while you move on to the next.
When you’ve painted all the hair that’s not tied up, let another layer down and repeat the process. Then simply keep going until you’ve painted all of the sections. After that, it’s a waiting game – let the dye stay on for as long as the manufacturer recommends. Try not to squash the sections together while you’re letting the dye process – keep them as separate as possible.
Once the dye has had long enough, rinse, condition and blow-dry. And there you have it – fabulous rainbow hair.
Hints and tips
Remember that the lighter your hair is to start with, the better the color will appear once dyed.
Also, be sure to get all your dyes from the same company, so that the usage and processing instructions are the same. The last thing you need is seven sets of instructions to follow!
It’s important as well to think about how long you want your color to last. Are you after color that will last until it grows out or do you want stunning rainbow hair for the weekend but your natural color back in time for work on Monday morning? Bear this in mind while selecting products.
Finally, our top tip is not to leave it to the night before your Pride event before coloring your hair. Factor in enough time to ensure you’re not dyeing your hair in a huge hurry.
Hair dye isn’t your only option if you want rainbow hair for Pride. There are plenty of colored gels and sprays available, so you can experiment with achieving the color you want in your own way. Again, just don’t leave it to the last minute – you need time to ensure you’re happy with the colors that your chosen products deliver, and to do something about it if not.
Finally, no matter how you choose to color your hair, remember to give it a bit of nurture afterwards, with a color-safe, moisturizing shampoo and a nourishing conditioning mask.