Clearly, this is not for the faint of heart. Rainbow hair makes a statement. If you’re looking to do rainbow tips, check out the Just the Tips section on pages 82–84. That’s a great way to do something really loud and proud without going whole hog. But, if you’re in it for the whole shebang, you’ll want to bleach your whole head—unless you have white or platinum-blond hair (if so, lucky you!). See pages 19–23 for this step, and then return here once you’re done.
You’ll want to go ahead and choose which sections will get which colors before you do anything. It’s totally up to you if you want four colors or six or eight (or anything in between). Arrange your bottles in front of you, so you can see the colors next to each other. Put them in an order that seems harmonious to you—think about how the colors blend together, as they will over time—and that’s how you’ll end up working around your head. In other words, I wouldn’t suggest putting orange next to purple. Not a pretty combo, baby.
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Okay! You’re bleached and ready to go. Make sure your hair is dry, brushed, and parted down the middle.
Next, you’ll want to put on a leave-in conditioner. Let it air-dry and do not wash your hair for at least twenty-four hours. The longer you can go without an initial shampoo, the longer your colors will last.
Tips to Dye For: For the Love of Pillows
I’d suggest wrapping your pillow with a towel the first couple of nights so that you don’t stain your pillowcase!