There have been multiple rainbow hair trends over the years: Last year "hidden rainbow roots" were a thing, and in 2016, "hidden rainbow hair" and "rainbow bangs" hit the scene. But it's the latter that's making a comeback and, TBH, this colourful fringe is pretty mesmerising — especially when you see exactly how it's created. Enter 28-year-old Caitlin Ford, a hair colour specialist based in St. Louis, Missouri — the owner/wearer of these magical rainbow bangs, since August 2017.
"I came up with the idea for these [bangs] at the beginning of last summer," Ford says. "I had been wanting to do something a little extra with my hair that would still keep it reasonably healthy. So, I decided to add a design to my bangs."
The first time Ford decided to try rainbow bangs, her friend and fellow hair artist Kristina Cheeseman applied the colour, though now she does it herself. Thankfully, she shared the magical transformation with the world on Instagram and the result is absolutely gorgeous.
"Because my bangs are 'C-shaped' I try to follow the perimeter of how they're cut as best as possible," she explained in her caption.
To get the look, she separates the top section of her bangs (the layer that doesn't rest on her forehead) from the bottom layer, sliding a thick white sheet of watercolour paper between the two. Then, she uses conditioner (this helps contain the colour, keeping it from getting on strands she doesn't want painted) on the rest of her bangs to control the C-shaped direction that it's going. Next, Ford paints the rainbow using the following dyes: Pravana Neon Yellow, Lime Crime Unicorn Hair in 'Anime' with a drop of Pravana Blue, and Lime Crime Unicorn Hair in 'Valentine'.
Lime Crime Unicorn Hair in 'Anime', $20 at Lime Crime.
"I used white watercolour paper in this video because it makes it easier to see what I'm doing," Ford said. "Typically I just use foil, but the process is the same." Once the hair is spread out across the paper, she starts applying the blue dye at her ends, and then works her way up each section of hair, applying yellow and then red.
As for upkeep, Ford refreshes her rainbow fringe every four weeks, and every eight weeks she bleaches the top layer of bangs. The colours don't show up well on hair that hasn't been lightened, she adds. And keeping her bangs bright and fresh is important, especially if you want the internet — and people IRL — to notice. "I had the opportunity to meet Fergie recently and she told me my bangs were everything, which was definitely one of the highlights of my hair life!," she added.
But Fergie isn't the only one complimenting Ford's fringe. "People stop me all the time and say that they love my colour," she says. "It's the best business card for me, because when people compliment my hair I tell them I'm a hairstylist," she says. "I also think having fun colours in my own hair inspires my clients to do fun things with their look."
And she's right, because although I'm not a client, consider me inspired!
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