Rainbow ‘sand art’ hair is Instagram’s latest beauty trend

Rainbow hair is the dream of any kid who grew up with My Little Pony or Jem and the Holograms. When you’re six years old, however, this goal is sadly unattainable. But now that we’re all grown up, there’s nothing stopping them from living out that dream now.

The “sand art” hair trend involves dying individual locks of hair different colors, giving you the appearance of a whimsical, rainbow-headed cartoon character. The style is named after those craft kits people use to make bottles of stripey, multicolored sand—possibly a familiar sight if you were a #90skid.

#sand #colorfulsand #colorfulsandart #sandart #art #kidsproject #projectforkids

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So for my birthday, one of my dear friends did my hair like sand art. It is amaaaazing and I am in rainbow heaven!

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The trend probably originated with the multicolored hair styles of Tumblr‘s pastel goths. But now it’s made its way to Instagram in a big way.

OMG 💜💜💜 this chick though @amythemermaidx 😍😩😍😩 #rainbowhair #lovelee

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Sand art hair isn’t impossible to do yourself, but like any really vibrant hair color, it does require you to bleach your locks to a lighter hue beforehand. Teen Vogue recommends this specific line of sand art-inspired colors from PRAVANA, although there’s nothing wrong with sticking to old Hot Topic favorites like Manic Panic and RAW.

These instructions from XOVain are geared toward achieving a more pastel goth aesthetic, but they give you a good idea of the basic steps required to achieve a sand art look.

Northern lights by @seniel9 @manicpanicnyc @behindthechair_com #sandarthair #haircolor #brighthair #coloredhair #modernsalon #nofilter

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Do it. Dye your hair 15 colors at once. Fulfill that childhood dream of being Rainbow Brite.

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Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor