Over the last few years we’ve seen all kinds of vibrant, intense hair colours but you can’t beat the newest rainbow trend for zany, in-your-face colour that pops! Rainbow prism hair is the latest newcomer to the world of crazy hair colour trends and has been kicking up quite a storm.
As you will probably know, rainbow hairstyles are not particularly new in terms of the overall concept, but the sheer amount of variations we’re now seeing are getting more unique each time. Rainbow prism hair was introduced to the world by stylist, Kristina Cheeseman. What separates the prism look from other rainbow-inspired hairstyles is the way that it adopts a different look as you use different hairstyles.
If you take a look at Kristina’s Instagram photos, you’ll see an array of styles that use the colours in such different ways. The results are pretty fascinating – not only does each one look like a new style, it almost looks like completely different colouring too. You have to look again to check that it isn’t a different hair model in each shot.
Along with one of the photos, Cheeseman comments ‘Here’s a photo of some prism hair I’m low key obsessed with’. Well, judging by the reaction of her 10,000+ followers, people are getting a bit more than low key obsessed; they’re totally loving the new look! The Instagram star quickly received almost 3,000 likes with one of her prism posts.
🌈🌊Wave Mother🌊🌈 If you've never listened to Krautrock listen to Neu! Specifically this song. It's my summer jam🎵 The sun went away for this photo which made the rainbow look dark and broody – style inspired by @hairbymisskellyo and her signature Pin-Up curls➿➰Did you know we're both nominated for the @behindthechair_com #oneshot awards? She's up for Up-styling shot and for Unconventional hair color. Vote for us! Link in Bio. #thebtcshow #btcready
If you’re looking to join in with the prism fun but your budget doesn’t quite stretch to flying out to St Louis to see the Queen of Prism in person, then maybe you could help your own stylist out by revealing Cheeseman’s secret to achieving the stunning technicolour look:
What I love most about this color is the versatility. The entire underneath of her undercut is a rainbow prism. The top is a horseshoe section of Silver hair color. Which means, every movement, parting, and style of the hair makes the color look completely different. If you look at my previous posts you'll see the versatility of this simple placement. 🌈✨
First of all, you’ll need to bleach the hair to get the right starting point. Cheeseman told the guys at Allure that she bleached the hair into a platinum colour, which is the best way to get the colours to really take and to stand out as much as they can.
💿I was so inspired by @kristinacheeseman's #prismhair that I knew I had to take a crack at it! Went to work on my @hairartproducts Olivia, she looks amazing parted any which way, straight or curled. So much fun! All colors were #pravanavivids 🌈 #sarapaintshair #hiddenrainbowhair #silverhair #salonatultabeauty #thesalonatultaakron #akronhair #akronsalon #theresonlyone #colorcollective
She then separated the top section of her client’s hair in the shape of a horseshoe, to colour that part silver. The next bit is where she goes perhaps into an area that other stylists wouldn’t think of. Instead of applying the colours in the usual vertical manner, she applied the colours horizontally. This is another key factor in achieving the unique prism effect and, as she found, sometimes it pays off to dare to be different.
Cheeseman is no stranger to introducing unique and original hairstyle designs and she really knows how to push the boundaries of expectation. What starts with a whim and the free licence from the client to be as creative as she wishes, can finish in a hairstyle that people are talking about and trying to replicate for a long time.
🌵🌅Southwestern Sunset 🌅 🌵 Created by @evanturnerhair @caitlinfordhair @caitlintyczka and @kristinacheeseman on our model @hlindsydoe. This is the look we created on stage at the HEF event! What I love about this look, is that this is an equal representation of our own individual styles combined. This was our first time collaborating together and being on stage! I really want to thank everyone who came to the event, and watched online. I hope you had several A-ha moments that you can use to better yourself, your business, your peers, and tips to use behind the chair. I know I did! Thank you @rebeccataylorhair for all your hard work and for putting this event on, believing in us, and inviting us. Thank you @houseofbosley, @iamthe1whoknocks for working your butts off behind the scenes. @brazilianbondbuilder, @sexyhair, @marybehindthechair, @behindthechair_com for believing in stylists and raising the bar for our industry. Thank you @pulpriothair for the paint 💜💜💜
One of the latest styles that she’s shared is one that she’s titled ‘Southwestern Sunset’, which uses a spectrum of colours, but a large concentration of orange and red to produce a beautiful sunset-like effect. She also likes to experiment with what she describes as ‘weird’ colours, which appear to be a jumble of colours that stylist usually wouldn’t combine.
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