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How to Care for Rainbow Hair

How to Care for Rainbow Hair -

TGIF! Today I’ve got a video on how to care for rainbow hair, sharing my current hair care routine and products with you. For reference, my hair is straight, fine and borders on thin. It gets professionally lightened and then colored with Pravana Vivids. I see my awesome stylist Christian at iStyleXG, which is a Paul Mitchell salon.

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How to Care for Rainbow Hair

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  • Cocoa Pink Argan Therapy Creme
  • Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco
  • Marc Anthony Coconut & Shea Butter

Deep Conditioning Treatment

Before I Blow Dry

  • Hubaloo Towel (press sample)- to blot off excess water or to put up into a wrap, made of bamboo
  • Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde Dramatic Repair
  • Paul Mitchell Lemon Sage Thickening Spray

Heat Protectant

  • DermOrganic Spray Therapy
  • Joico Ironclad Thermal Protectant

Air Dry

  • Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (press sample)


  • Batiste XXL Plumping Powder
  • Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Volumizing Hair Spray
  • Paul Mitchell Hold Me Tight

Between using Pravana color, the hair products listed above, and with the way I wash my hair, I’m able to prolong my color and have it look good at 6 weeks out. With the way I get my color placement done (i.e. the dark on top to hide most of the roots), this also lets me go longer in between coloring sessions.

I feel I should note that while I do buy sulfate-free shampoos, I don’t necessarily buy products that specifically say ‘for color treated hair.’ Instead, I repurchase products that I love that work for my hair, like the Cocoa Pink products and oVertone. They add moisture back to my hair and make my hair happy.

Yesterday was a pretty awful day for me. Murphy’s Law applied, so just about anything that could go wrong, went wrong. My rosacea flared again so I had a bad skin day. I tried shooting a tutorial and my makeup went awry multiple times. I ended up giving up on applying makeup and put on a taupe shadow. My eyeshadow, blush and lipstick clashed. I tried to do a hair tutorial, but failed dramatically at that. The only thing that went right was my workout at the gym. Ug. I’m so glad this week is over.

Oh! I got a new, different ring light than my old one. I used it to film this video, so let me know what you think of the lighting in it. I didn’t even  use my overhead light, just the single ring light (and of course my purple tree and bats!).

Key Tips

  • Always use heat protectant before you blow dry or flat iron or curl. Anytime you use heat it can damage, so you want to prevent that.
  • Use a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. Doesn’t have to say ‘made for color treated hair.’ Use what works best for your hair; for me I need a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
  • Do weekly deep conditioning treatments on your hair. I prefer to use oVertone since it deposits color as well as deeply conditions.
  • Try not to wash every day. Unless you have oily hair, try not to wash every day, go every 2 or 3 days.
  • Use dry shampoo in between washing.
  • If you’re going to be outside in the sun, put on a wide brimmed hat to protect your hair.
  • If you have longer hair, consider adding a leave-in spray in treatment to the ends of your hair to help it remain soft.

What are your plans for the weekend?

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  • Such a fun bunch of products. The Batiste plumping powder sounds like one i want to try. I love your hair, so many fun colors. I think Pravana offers such fun colors… gorgeous.

  • Yay I love the Paul Mitchell products that I’ve tried. Between Paul Mitchell & Pravana, I’m very happy with my salon and hair. Paul Mitchell has never failed to impress me.

  • The Cocoa Pink shampoo and conditioner sounds amazing! I’m going to try it when I go back to bright hair.

  • The Pravana Violet holds on me forever. I think part of it is that I only blow dry my bangs (so they don’t drip in my face) and don’t bother styling it, except for a dab of curl cream to prevent frizzies. I guess laziness can be good for color 😉 But the Overtone sounds really interesting!

  • (I’m super talkative/typeative right now, I’m really hoping this post doesn’t end up crazy long, but I can’t make any promises ? )
    I love Paul Mitchell. I’m actually a beauty school dropout from a Paul Mitchell school, lol (got to the end, just didn’t take the state boards. I love and am comfortable with doing color, but just didn’t like the rest -especially cuts. way too stressful for me).
    Any-who. I wanted to comment about my love for Paul M shampoo & conditioner. I have a LOT of thick, damaged, frizzy, long (top butt / lower back length) wavy, color treated hair with splitends galore (last hair cut was a year ago). I color my hair with Special Effects: Blue Velvet. As with all punky colors, it tends to bleed especially when washing. I like Paul Mitchell Super Skinny to help with the frizzyness but I also used their Color Treated Shampoo & Conditioner, sometimes mix and match using color treated shampoo and super skinny conditioner. The reason they’re my favorites is because a couple washes after dying my hair and using the Paul M products I was shocked to find that the white towel I used to wrap and dry my hair with had no blue stains on it. I’m sure most people wouldn’t care about that, but I thought it was the coolest thing ever, lol.

  • I’m sorry to hear you had such an awful day yesterday, but thank you so much for this post! I’m always looking for new hair stuff as there are only a few items in my routine that are essential to me. How do you like the Paul Mitchell Thickening Spray? My hair is wavy and on the thin side, I only air dry and would love more volume.

    • I love it so far. I probably should use more of it, I apply it more sparingly than my stylist does, but I like the results when I use it.

  • Great tips. I haven’t had colored hair in a while. I had a purple/fuchsia ombre. I loved it, and these tips could’ve come in handy then.

  • I’ve been hearing about Overtone products online; the fact that you can use it in hot water sounds fantastic!

  • I love me some rainbow hair.I have had it on purpose and on accident heheh. It got to the point that I hated washing it because I knew it wasn’t going to last very long. Dry shampoo is my best friend hehe

    • I can get mine to last 6 weeks or more because of using Pravana Vivids and OverTone Hair Masks. They really help extend the life of your color.

  • My brother and I were just talking about rainbow colored hair yesterday, and he asked how long it lasts. What a great post to help people care for their gorgeously colored hair and to make it last a little longer

  • The more I keep hearing about the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day, the more I want to try it. I like hearing that is works great for those days you want to air dry your hair. Hope your weekend is better than the week.

  • My teal streaks have faded a good bit, the one on my left side is pretty much gone, on my right is pretty light but still there. I’m scheduled for colour on the 22nd of June (my hair is going to be SO jacked up by then! lol) and I’m getting more teal and some blue, too. I think I’m going crazy, in my old age. 😀 This article came at a good time for me.

  • I admit that I’m a failure when it comes to picking products designed for color-treated hair. i just use whatever makes my hair feel soft and helps with the frizz. I bet that’s why my color keeps fading all the time 🙂

    • Actually, you bring up a good point I didn’t mention in the article. I sort of feel like when products say ‘designed for color-treated hair’ they may not work any better than products that don’t say that. That’s why I choose things that my hair likes that fights frizz and adds extra hydration. My only stipulation is it needs to be sulfate free because it irritates my scalp.

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