By now, you've likely dabbled in the world of rainbow hair in some capacity. Whether you've tested the trend with secretly vivid strands, tried a more natural take on dye, or committed to a galaxy-hued head, colorful coifs are addictive and difficult to resist.
But perhaps more challenging than ignoring the siren song of psychedelic strands is switching them up to a new shade. Not only is making a color choice tough (there are so many options!), but all the wear and tear of the dyeing process can leave hair dry and brittle. We worked with renowned colorist Aura Friedman of the Sally Hershberger Downtown salon in New York City to come up with a new color creation. Friedman is the expert on rainbow hair and is responsible for coining many dye trends, most notably oil slick strands. She crafted a style that vibed with our model's formerly neon-pink mane (while being more appropriate for cooler weather) without incurring further damage.
The stunning look that you see before you is phoenix hair! The rich burgundy base fades into gorgeous shades that you might find in the desert at sunset — or in the feathers of the mystical phoenix. As she worked on her masterpiece, Friedman shared suggestions for hopping from one rainbow hue to another, maintenance tips, and more. Read on to steal her secrets and get inspired.