The Hidden Rainbow Hair Trend Is the Sneakiest Way to Hide a Statement Dye Job

And somewhere out there, Joanne the Scammer is proud.

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When it comes to statement dye jobs, the temptation is *real* thanks to a little app—you may know it—called Instagram. From sand art hair (opens in new tab) to galaxy hair (opens in new tab), there are a million ways to turn your head into a mesmerizing, one-woman light show.

But if you're gun-shy about going full-on Lisa Frank, worried that bleaching your entire head will present too much of a danger to your fragile strands, or work at an office that's just too buttoned up, there's now a super-sneaky way to get your Manic Panic on but keep it on the DL: Hidden Rainbow Hair. It's kind of like the Joanne the Scammer (opens in new tab) of dye jobs.

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Conceived by Carla Rinaldi, senior hair colorist at Not Another Salon in London (opens in new tab), the technique concentrates harlequin strands in one section, cleverly tucked beneath layers of your regular shade.

When you lift the curtain of layers or throw your hair into a cool-girl top knot for the big reveal, the look is decidedly reminiscent of Snapchat's rainbow vomit filter. (Which of course is a good thing.) And while maintaining the seven different colors will be no small feat, prolonging the time in between touch-ups is a million times easier when the incriminating evidence isn't sitting on top of your head.

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Taste more of the hidden rainbow here:

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Lauren Valenti
Beauty Editor

Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.