50 Shades Of Rainbow Hair

Even your mother (wait — especially your mother…weird) knows that Fifty Shades of Grey’s much-anticipated theater debut is in February, featuring a (hopefully) nearly naked Jamie Dornan as its brooding, seductive, and sexually dominant leading man. The film is meant to be every vanilla girl’s fulfillment of wild, bondage fantasies — a forbidden dream come to life on the big screen.
It is, admittedly, difficult to draw any sort of comparison between BDSM and the beauty world. But, you could argue that dying your hair a shade of uncompromising fuchsia is its own special sort of fantasy fulfillment. Who didn’t dream of My Little Pony hair when they were younger? Who doesn’t dream of it still, but then insist it would be “impractical” or “unprofessional?”
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Rainbow strands are enjoying a resurgence, thanks to look-at-me street style trends and stars like Kylie Jenner, Katy Perry, and Demi Lovato. But, we like to think the zeitgeist’s current penchant for bold color has more to do with a refreshing, IDGAF attitude about beauty and style in general. In celebration of that, we recruited three colorists — Daniel Moon of the Andy Lecompte Salon, Aura Friedman of Sally Hershberger Downtown, and Roxie Darling of Hairstory — to help us curate a list of (you guessed it!) 50 examples of uncompromisingly awesome hues.
Enjoy the eye candy, and maybe print out a couple pictures to take to the salon with you. Isn’t time you started having a little more fun with your damn beauty routine?
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Photographed by Melodie Jeng.
The best thing about crazy color? It somehow looks even cooler when your roots start growing in.
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Photographed by Melodie Jeng.
If short hair's your game, consider a pop of color in the front — it's the perfect marriage of modern and retro.
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Photo: Preetma Singh.
Taking a page from Katy Perry's book, street style fixture Preetma Singh makes green look good.
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Photograpged by Melodie Jeng.
And then, there's traffic-stopping neon green.
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Photographed by Melodie Jeng.
Hot-pink at the roots and faded at the ends: a killer formula for rainbow hair.
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Photo: Gregory Pace/BEImages.
“Nicole Richie put lavender hair on the map in the most luxurious way, dressing it up and wearing it with grace,” Moon says. “Lavender is ideal, because it can be embraced by all skin tones.”
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Photo: Picture Perfect/REX USA.
Moon helps Kylie Jenner alternate “from teal to black, then silver, then back to teal,” he says. The ombré look she sports here looks amazing on her cropped 'do.
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Photo: Rex/REX USA.
“Kate Hudson went pink for a weekend in the name of breast-cancer awareness,” Moon says. When the bright color blended with her signature golden strands, it looked more like an elegant pop of peach.
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Photo: Barry King/Getty Images.
Gwen Stefani knows that electric-blue hair also calls for a fuzzy, electric-blue bra. (Duh.)
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If she’s not platinum, she’s either boldly blue or all-out fuchsia.
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Photo: Valerie Macon/Getty Images.
Demi Lovato loves to experiment with her hair. Our favorite? This fun take on purple-to-blue.
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Photo: Brad Barket/Getty Images.
Muse to Alexander Wang and rapper-singer-dancer Sharaya J dyes her teal mane herself.
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There are few brave enough to try green hair, but Katy Perry let us hear it roar earlier this year. She often paired it with bright-pink lips — girl knows her complementary colors.
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She also hopped on the teal train in 2012 — way before it was cool again.
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Photo: Rob Latour/REX USA.
Kesha gave lavender a try — in a steelier, more saturated shade than Nicole Richie.
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Photo: Stewart Cook/REX USA.
In fact, she has also given every single color of the rainbow a try — all at once.
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Photo: Matt Baron/BEImages.
And, here's the pastel rainbow version.
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Photo: David Fisher/Rex/REX USA.
“Rose gold” was what colorist Alex Brownsell calls Sienna Miller’s hair here. We call it insanely covetable.
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Photo: Erik Pendzich/REX USA.
Kelly Osbourne loves herself some violet, both on her head and on her lips.
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Photo: MediaPunch Inc/REX USA.
Hayley Williams has always had the baddest shade of orange. The teal panels here make it stand out even more.
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Photo: David Fisher/Rex/REX USA.
Lily Allen also presents a pretty convincing case for peachy-orange.
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Photo: Masatoshi Okauchi/Rex/REX USA.
Nicki Minaj’s hair has been rainbow, leopard, bright-yellow, and everything in-between. Here, one of her more subdued moments.
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Photo: Willi Schneider/Rex/REX USA.
Rita Ora loves a taste of the rainbow, too — her lavender ombré is positively peacock-like.
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Photo: Everett Collection/REX USA.
Lauren Conrad prompted Pinterest pandemonium when she dipped her ponytail in hot pink.
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Photo: Donato Sardella/Getty Images.
Friedman gave Sky Ferreira little streaks of pink all over her dark hair for a cool peekaboo effect.
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Photo: Vera Anderson/Getty Images
“Jewel-toned mermaid” was the goal for Anna Paquin, whose hair Friedman dyed quite recently. It was apparently the True Blood actress’ dream-come-true to adopt a supernatural hue.
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Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images,
Alice Glass of Crystal Castles is every bit the punk with her ultra violet blunt bob. (Peep her lipstick game — perfect.)
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Kirsten Dunst briefly rocked powder-pink for her title role in Marie Antoinette.
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Photo: Moviestore Collection/Re/REX USA.
“Frenchy, from Grease, had a little trouble in tinting class. This is the iconic pink,” Darling says.
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Model Chloe Norgaard is basically the Patron Saint of My Little Pony backstage at Fashion Week.
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Photo: Courtesy of Molly Dickson Photography.
After Fashion Week, Friedman took model Hannah Vandermolen to a bright shade that she coined “blue diamond.”
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Photo: Courtesy of Marissa Kaiser.
On model Charlotte Carey, Friedman created a sherbet tone — who knew orange could look so chic? “I like to call it ‘pastel surprise,’” she says.
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Photo: Courtesy of Guy Aroch.
For a test shoot with photographer Guy Aroch, Friedman favored a pastel take on lime green. Hair spikes totally optional.
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Photo: Erin Yamagata.
ICYMI, basically our entire staff had way too much fun dying these wigs every color of the rainbow. We even made a video out of it, so you can do it at home and keep it for special occasions.
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Photo: Courtesy of @auracolorist.
Friedman gave our associate home editor Chloe Daley “satin-sheets pink” for her recent makeover.
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Photo: Courtesy of Marissa Kaiser.
Pastel, Friedman explains, doesn’t always have to be so literal. She gave a super washed-out deposit of baby pink to Alex Elizabeth, the model here, after taking her white-blonde. (It’s more flattering for the skin that way.)
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Photo: Courtesy of Marissa Kaiser.
Friedman took cool-girl model Brandee Brown to a badass shade that she calls “flamingo-pink.”
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Photo: Courtesy of @RoxieDarling.
“I wanted this to look as if someone went and took their GoPro surfing,” Darling says. “I like all the different shades of blue, but keeping it organic at the root.”
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Photo: Courtesy of Hairstory.
“Siri and Drew are students in New York. Drew’s inspiration was Kate Moss’ yellow hair in the McQueen ads from a while back," says Darling. "It was tricky to get the right shade to go with his skin tone, but I think it looks amazing. As for Siri, I bleached her hair, put a hot purple over it, and then used an ashy toner to give it a more refined, crystallized finish.”
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Photo: Courtesy of Hairstory.
“Stella Rose Saint Clair’s roles vary, from model to personality to designer,” Darling says. “I took her to a very sophisticated, cool, ashy pink.”
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Photo: Courtesy of Hairstory.
“Deva is a singer,” Darling explains. “I gave her this regal shade of royal violet.”
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Photo: Courtesy of Hairstory.
“This is [like] expensive satin,” Darling says of the saturated, peachy hue.
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Photo: Courtesy of Hairstory.
“A client of mine wanted a color to match her astrological sign, Aries. By placing four different tones very precisely, I was able to duplicate the rising of flames,” Darling says.
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Photo: Courtesy of Hairstory.
“This is like Emerald City on a cloudy day,” Darling says. “Emma’s been a muse for a couple of years, so we did a rich tone and flattened it out with a dark, ashy toner.”
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Photo: Courtesy of Hairstory.
“This is a modern sort of pink inspired by [colorist] Victoria Hunter’s muted hues at Marc Jacobs’ fall 2014 show,” Darling says.
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Photo: Courtesy of Hairstory.
“I call this 'watercolor crystal,'” Darling says of the icy, gray-blue tone.
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Photo: Courtesy of Hairstory.
“Blue is the warmest color,” Darling says. (Well done.)
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Photo: Courtesy of Hairstory.
“This was inspired by the sunrise on a Brooklyn rooftop,” Darling says.
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Photo: Courtesy of Hairstory.
“I call this ‘Hobbit Shire,’” Darling says. “It’s a muted, natural green — I think it resembles a dwelling in the side of a mountain.”
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