This Rainbow Ombré Hair Colour Technique Will Set Your Hair Goals Straight!

This Rainbow Ombré Hair Colour Technique Will Set Your Hair Goals Straight!

Rainbow hair is too mesmerising to look at but the day-long bleaching process can be discouraging, especially if your natural hair is black, brown or brunette. However, a brilliant hairstylist Caitlin Ford has yet again proved that we can always rely on Instagram and artist’s innovations for a better-looking experiment. Caitlin is a St. Louis-base hair pro and she came up with a technique she named “Velvet Vivids.” This process involves lightening the hair in the way you do traditional highlights instead of bleaching your hair from roots to tips before you add the rainbow dye colours.  

“The result is a softer rainbow effect that works well on darker hair because it doesn't need to be lightened as severely,” Ford shared with an online portal.

Ford also told the publication that it isn’t a technique to be achieved at home so you would want to book your appointment at your salon and consult. She explained, “you really need to know colour theory and have experience formulating hair-colour to know what shades to mix and to lighten the hair in the most controlled way.”


Rainbow 🌈 Dahlia - This was not an ideal canvas to start with, but I wanted to do something that shows how creative color does not have to be limited by whether or not your canvas is a perfect level 10. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I don’t always stick to a single brand when I do creative color work. In my opinion all products lines have pros and cons. I like to think of hair products like I think of makeup! I used both @pulpriothair and @pravana for this look. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Remember that it doesn’t matter what product you use if you don’t have the knowledge, and skill, to use them properly! Technique is absolutely the most important aspect of any hair design. 🌈 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This look is a part of a two part e-class series I created alongside @kristinacheeseman !! If you are interested in these e-classes DM me your email address and I will notify you as soon as they are published 😊♥️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon #colorfulhair #vividhair #anthonythebarber916 #authentichairarmy #esteticausa #imallaboutdahair #licensedtocreate #cosmoprof #fiidnt #fuckinghair #rainbowhair #rainbowombre #lisafrankhair #prismhair #pulpriot #pulpriothair #hairgoals #brazilianbondbuilder #trippy #psychedelic #acidtrip #acidtriphair #oilslick #oilslickhair #pravana

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The process begins by brushing on bleach with a lower volume developer as the traditional hair are supposed to go three shades lighter than the natural colour. After highlights are done, one is left with “brassy orangey-yellow colour,” so then Ford mixes up concentrated rainbow dyes that’ll blend well with the orange in the highlights. Then, she applies those in a rainbow gradient. Depending on the thickness of your hair, the entire process might take three to five hours, the hairstylist revealed. But it’s worth it. Your hair is still healthy and the result is a subtle rainbow on your hair for a few months. It’s low-maintenance, strand-friendly and the way it’s patterned, it’s easy to replicate it over and over again.


🌑🌈Rainbow Dahlia🌈🌑 - It’s not always about having the perfect, level 10 canvas. This #velvetvivids technique is perfect for darker hair palettes because the hair does not need to be lightened as drastically, which means healthier hair for your clients. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My model ( @dravendarling ) had existing red direct dye on her ends, her existing base level was a 5. It’s important to be able to anticipate your outcome when you lighten the hair by having a thorough consultation with your client. Also bear in mind that a color’s end result is a product of the formula you use COMBINED with the existing color of the hair. Remember to use the color wheel to your advantage 🌈🌈 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This look is part of a 2 part e-class series I did alongside @kristinacheeseman ! We are still in the process of editing the video but if you would like to be added to the notification list for this class please DM me your email address ⚡️⚡️⚡️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #behindthechair #modernsalon #americansalon #esteticausa #beautylaunchpad #allure #cosmo #cosmohair #teenvogue #picoftheday #hairoftheday #hellogiggles #festivalhair #coachella #coachellahair #rainbow #darkhair #vixen #rainbowombre #oilslickhair #pulpriot #pravana #imallaboutdahair #fiidnt #darkvivids

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RESERVED RAINBOWS 😌🌈 Doing the tango around the color wheel is the most challenging and stimulating thing! Rachel has naturally level 2 (almost black), curly hair, that had been layered and layered with so much warmth that the cuticle of her hair was so stained, even after at home clarifying and a round of lightening with me. She really wanted blues, more dimension, cooler tones, and *GASP!* a RAINBOW?! I pretty much told her “not today”, but I like to promise less and deliver more as every service is different and I can’t guarantee anything. Buuuut, I also have one of the most powerful tools at my disposal...THE COLOR WHEEL! 🌈 I cannot stress enough the absolute power of pigment!! I was only able to get her to a ROARING orange with lightener, but I whipped up a toner using @brazilianbondbuilder Demi Permanent Deep Conditioning Treatment and just a few drops of @pravana VIVIDS Amethyst, Violet and Blue to neutralize the warmth and bring her hair over to the cool side as much as possible. I was able to completely shift her and give her the dimension she was dying for, all in one appointment and without compromising the integrity of her hair!! I think it made her THREE HOUR DRIVE from Connecticut worth it 😌❤️ I couldn’t let this babe down! 🙏🏽 • • • 💕🧜🏽‍♀️ -@pinupjordan #pinupjordan #mermaidlounge #pravana #pravanacollective #b3brazilianbondbuilder #brazilianbondbuilder #mermaidhair #colorwheel #rainbow #rainbows #rainbowhair #color #art #artist #artistsoninstagram #artistic #create #hair #colorcorrection #stylist #hairstylist #albany #albanyny #schenectady #troyny #behindthechair

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