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DO-IT-YOURSELF Rainbow Hair Tutorial | Without Breaking the Bank

If you’ re wondering ways to create your own rainbow hair on a budget, I have just the greatest idea for you.

How To Get Rainbow Hair On a tight budget

There’ s no denying how attractive rainbow hair looks like especially if done right and we furthermore know how expensive it will be having it done at the beauty salon. Now, creative as we are, of course , there are many alternatives to our own rainbow hair and this idea costs less than a small fraction of how much you’ ll spend in the salon and when you’ re worried about commitment, don’ t worry as this won’ t last very long either. So even if you end up getting a botched experiment, it’ ll rinse off a few weeks.

In this method, it’ s best to begin with bleached hair because I’ m going to make use of common ordinary products to color the hair and turn this into a rainbow effect, so the hair needs to be lifted to some lighter shade that will allow pigments to stick to it.

What You’ ll Need:

  • Koolaid/Crepe Paper/Food Color
  • Water

Step 1 : Shampoo

Step 1: Shampoo | DIY Rainbow Locks Tutorial | Without Breaking the Bank

Shampoo hair thoroughly without conditioner, to make sure there are no natural oils on your hair. Oil can affect how the colors are ingested by your hair strand, so for this color treatment, we would like the best we can get since this is not a permanent color.

Step 2: Activate Colors

Step 2: Activate Colours | DIY Rainbow Hair Tutorial | Without Smashing the Bank
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You can use crepe paper, kool aid, or food color to spot your hair. Either way, put colors separately in different bowls along with about 1 cup of water and to activate the chemical dyes in them. Darker colors on the crepe paper tend to are more effective with better color payoff than light colored types, all the Koolaid variants have good color pay off too, however for light colors of pink and yellow or even orange, I suggest using food color to stain hair in conjunction with the Koolaid or the crepe paper.

3: Section Hair

Step 3: Section Hair | DO-IT-YOURSELF Rainbow Hair Tutorial | Without Breaking the Bank
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Beginning with the bottom, section your hair into about two inches for each section. Clip the rest of the hair to keep them away from those you’ re currently working on.

Step 4: Time for you to Color

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Color the different areas in different colors, alternating each color throughout. First, get one section and soak it in the color you desire. Because this isn’ t your usual hair colorant, We wouldn’ t suggest trying to achieve coloring the entire area, but just the ends it should look like a balayage rainbow curly hair after. Soak it for a few minutes each until you view the color stain your hair.

Step 5: Wash and Dry

Step 5: Rinse and Dry | DIY Rainbow Hair Tutorial | Without Breaking the Bank
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After you’ ve colored all the sections of your hair, wash it in cold water and dry. You can retain it down or generate braids , whichever way you’ d like to do this, step out into the sun and enjoy your new rainbow hair!


Check out how Jade Madden created her own rainbow hair color:

Of course , you are able to choose to use actual hair dyes that aren’ t because expensive as a salon treatment and there are plenty of those on the market now like: Manic Panic, Lunar Tides, Jerome Russel Punky Color, and Special Effects Hair Dye. But in case you’ re not sure about how to do it, you can always use short-term dyes to get a feel of how you would when you actually buy an effective hair color.

Have you created your own DIY rainbow hair? Let us know if you have any tips or even suggestions on how to achieve the look, in the comments section beneath.  

If you feel like the offers a hair look might be a bit too risky, find out what color fits you best on this locks color guide.  

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