Rainbow Locks: Crazy Hair Color Ideas for Your Hair

If you have an outgoing and youthful personality, and are not afraid to turn heads, then some crazy hair color ideas could be the perfect thing for you.

Let’s start with a word of warning … if you are interviewing for professional office type jobs or work in a career where bright pink hair might cause issues in the workplace, it is probably best avoided. On the other hand, if you want your hair to be as vibrant as you are, and your workplace and the people around you are easygoing, then why not experiment with some crazy hair color ideas?

Another word of warning (Sorry!): Coloring your hair extensively can cause it damage such as breakages and dryness. Before you embark on hair coloring experiments, make sure you hair is in the best possible condition.

To do this, look at your general well-being – are you eating the right, nutritious foods? Are you drinking enough water to stay well hydrated? Are you getting enough good quality sleep? Are you active? Do you protect your hair from UV rays, heat and other avoidable pollutants?

Give your hair some TLC with a deep conditioning treatment and take a break from heat (such as hair dryers, straightening irons and curling tongs) for a while to ensure that it is as healthy and strong as possible to withstand some of the harsh chemicals and pigments in dyes.


So now that you are sure you won’t get sent home from work for your out-there hair color and you are sure your hair can withstand the dye, it is time to think about what color is best to try and whether you want a full head, dip dye, front section or streaks. Decisions, decisions!

Start off with a base color

The best base color before you add ‘fashion colors’ is a light shade (such as blonde or light brown) as dye will take to this better than if you have very dark hair. Some colors are high maintenance, such as red, and will fade quickly and require regular top ups, so be prepared for the ongoing costs involved.

More and more people are experimenting with daring and bold colors. They seem to be taking their lead from pop stars such as Rihanna and Katy Perry, who are chameleons when it comes to hair shades.

The best part about experimenting is keeping boredom away! The second best part is watching the jaws of those around you drop the first time they see it! The third is trying out lots of new colors in your wardrobe to match your new hair (perfect excuse for some retail therapy)!

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At home or at a salon

Bright colors are now more readily available in shops so that you can dye your hair at home. Sometimes the results are more subtle than if you opt for a salon stylist to color your hair. Fashion colors, in general, tend to be semi-permanent ‘wash out’ products rather than permanent.

If you are unsure about the best color to opt for, this can mean that it is a great option as you don’t need to commit. If you like the color, invest in a few boxes to top up at home or make some appointments at your salon to keep up the color, so that it looks fresh and vibrant and you don’t forget which shade you loved.

Permanent colors result in longer lasting and more intense colors, so if you are feeling particularly brave, there are usually permanent crazy colors to try (especially orange, red, black-blue and purples).


Full head or streaks

Some of the most popular colors tend to be reds and purples for a full head, or very bright shades such as pink, raspberry and blue for streaks or strands. One way to add a twist to your current hair style is to get some foils of a bright color added to a long side fringe. This way, you can cover it with your fringe, if necessary, or expose it for great results.


Wash through colors

Alternatively, some colors look great as a ‘wash’ effect – so a very light purple over blonde hair catches the light perfectly. The same look can be achieved with darker tones such as black hair with a blue ‘wash’ through color – again the blue tones can look striking in the right light.


Dip dye

If you really want to experiment, you can ‘dip dye’ your hair. It might be best to ask a salon to do this for you the first time before you feel confident to do it yourself or ask a friend. It means having a base color (such as blonde) all over the hair, but dipping the ends of your hair (around 2 inches) in a bright color, like red or pink.

If you get bored of the look, simply chop off the ends when you get a haircut. Another great look is to add streaks of color through the hair (but not the top layer), this means that flashes of color can pop through the hair and you can style it so that they show clearly as well (such as twisting through a braid).


The Internet is full of striking and daring hair colors for inspiration. Unfortunately, some of these have been ‘photoshopped’ to get that effect. In addition, celebrities have the very best stylists and fresh colored hair often, and sometimes they wear wigs. Not everything you see is necessarily going to work on your own hair.

It is very difficult to get genuine rainbow colored hair, for example (i.e. all of the colors of the rainbow from top to bottom of your hair). But that is not to say it is impossible! Fashion colors in your hair will tend to be less bold than you might first think, but this is a great way to start off and the fun is in giving it a go and seeing how much your stylist (and you) are willing to experiment with your locks.

Funky hair colors can brighten up a dull day or a bland outfit. If you are confident enough to hold your head up high, it is the perfect way to make a statement with your hair. Have you got some crazy colors in your hair? What advice would you give to our readers? We always love to hear your comments and tips.

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Rachel A.

Welsh Journalism graduate and full-time writer Rachel has a love of words! A workaholic with champagne desire on a lemonade budget, Rachel is most at home with her laptop on her knee and a cup of tea close by.

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