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We're So Not Over the Rainbow Hair
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Playing with hair cut, style and color is one of the most common, accesible forms of self-expression. Rainbow hair is bold, fun, and eye-catching, but it's also one of the more challenging styles to implement successfully, from a technical point of view. If you can accomplish it, however, you're primed to make a huge style statement.

From rainbow undercuts to a full head of multicolored strands, get inspired with these bright and wonderful looks.

01

Rainbow Mohawk

A rainbow mohawk is an extreme way to show off color on a short head of hair. Noam Galai / Getty Images

Mohawks are already funky on their own, but if you really want to step it up, color the remaining hair in rainbow hues to further your statement style.

Either opt to keep your roots natural, as displayed with this look, or go all the way to the root if you don't want your natural color to show. The benefit of the former is fewer touchups!

02

Sherbet Rainbow Locks

Most people think of primary colors when it comes to rainbow hair, but sherbet colors of mellow orange, pink and light green are also a cool look for multicolored locks. This is also something different than the typical rainbow look.

Either blend the colors into one another or try color blocks for a more dramatic effect.

03

Short and Colorful

If your hair is too short for a more traditional dye job, then get creative. Close-cropped hair can still take pops of color, in polka dots, stripes, and swirls. You have more control over the way the colors fall in this case, because you don't have to worry about long strands shifting and changing the design.

04

Bold Bob

If you're going to go rainbow, then go big! This style incorporates numerous colors in bold color blocks around the entire head. Don't feel compelled to just stick with the colors of the rainbow; throw some pastel hues in the mix as well.

A bob is a cute cut match because it is long enough to show off the color but short enough to be dramatic and glamorous.

05

Go Grey with Rainbow Accents

Start with a grey foundation. kobrin_photo / Getty Images

Start with a grey foundation — all the rage these days — to really help the color pop. Then, color just a few strands for a more subtle impact. It still adds some pop to your locks without turning your whole head into a primary color show.

The technique required to master this is somewhat complicated, so look for a pro stylist, but the result is stunning.

06

Rainbow Ponytail

If you don't want to color your entire head of hair, then gather your hair into a ponytail and just add some rainbow color to that. Then, anytime you put your hair up, the rainbow style will jazz it up a bit.

The longer your hair, the better this style will look.

07

Rainbow Roots

If you don't want to do your entire head of hair, then just color your roots with rainbow hues. This way, the color is not obvious unless you style it a specific way, or the wind whips your hair unexpectedly. This is a good look for a more subtle pop of color, or anyone who has to look professional sometimes but wants to jazz it up on the weekends.

08

Simple Strands of Rainbow

If you are interested in trying out a rainbow look but don't want to commit your entire head, then just do the front part of your hair. This gives you a chance to try it out without dyeing your entire head.

This is also a fun way to play with different styles strategically placing your rainbow strands.

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Just A Few Colors

Play with a few colors for a dramatic blended look. CREATISTA / Getty Images

If you don't want to incorporate the full spectrum of the rainbow but you dig the bright colors of this style, then pick just a few colors and blend accordingly. For instance, red, orange, and yellow are a good way to play with a rainbow of colors without including the full spectrum.

A short and chunky cut is a good match for this bold look as well.

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Peek-a-Boo Color

Peek-a-boo rainbow hair is a cool way to use color. RobertoDavid / Getty Images

Another fun way to incorporate rainbow hair is by coloring the lower layer of hair for a kind of peek-a-boo effect, in which the rainbow pops only show as the hair moves or when you pin it up into different styles.

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