Back in the day, rainbow hair was reserved for punk rockers, freaks and girls your parents didn’t want you hanging out with. But now, thanks to pop stars like Katy Perry and Rihanna—and even that sweet innocent reality star turned designer, Lauren Conrad—bright locks are suddenly the new do. And why not?
Here are three bold, beautiful looks we dare you to duplicate:
Made famous by P!nk in the early 2000’s, this haute hair trend didn’t actually catch on with the mainstream until hot blondes like Katy Perry, Rachel McAdams and Gwen Stefani started rocking it. Brave enough to take the plunge? We suggest you start with a few subtle pink strands before trying to transform your whole head.
Unlike bubblegum pink, this color typically looks best on brunettes or women with tints of auburn naturally in their hair. To get the look, try on a deep burgundy shade similar to Demi Lovato’s, or go a little extreme and don an all-over bright reddish hue a la Rihanna. Whatever you do, please don’t streak out your mane like Jersey Shore’s Snooki.
What do Lauren Conrad, Avril Lavigne and Nicki Minaj all have in common? Not much, except for pot loads of cash and rainbow colored coifs. To imitate their crazy hair trend without getting too wild, try dyeing your tips different shades of blues, pinks and reds (like Ms. Conrad) and using semi-permanent hair dye. If you love the color, you can always make it permanent.
Elizabeth Mitchell is a freelance fashion, beauty and lifestyle writer living in Los Angeles.