How to Pull Off Candy Colored Hair

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Nicole Richie
The "Fashion Star" mentor and House of Harlow designer has great taste, and her dip-dyed hair is no exception. Her stylist, Jessica Lean of ... more 
Photo by: http://instagram.com/p/LfMhSwrtdt/
Nicole Richie
The "Fashion Star" mentor and House of Harlow designer has great taste, and her dip-dyed hair is no exception. Her stylist, Jessica Lean of Valonz Haircutters, posted this photo on Instagram in June. less 
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Wed, Jul 11, 2012 8:20 PM EDT
Rainbow colored hair isn't just for pop stars with outrageous wardrobes like Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj. Celebs with a sense of style we really trust like Nicole Richie and Kate Bosworth have shown us that candy colored locks are completely wearable. Here are three ways to get the look:

1. Try colored extensions or test out a wig. It's noncommittal, fun for a night, and will give you an idea if you're ready for something more permanent.

2. Seek an expert. Find a salon near you that offers bright colored dye and bring in a photo of a realistic look you'd like to achieve.

3. DIY. We'd recommend buying rubber gloves, a thick paintbrush to help with application, and a jar of petroleum jelly (apply it along your hairline so dye doesn't stain your skin). In terms of dye, Manic Panic's semi-permanent hair color is the best. It's lasts four to six weeks. The company also offers bleach kits and Hair Color Styling Gel that shampoos right out. It's important to remember that while blonde hair can take dye easily, colors will appear more subtle on dark hair. Ladies with dark hair looking for really saturated color will need to lighten or bleach hair first to achieve a vibrant hue. Wear an old t-shirt and follow the instructions on the bottle and dye strategic sections or your whole head.

Once you've dyed and gone to heaven, here are a few key maintenance tips:

1. Shampoo as infrequently as possible with color-safe products, since washing will strip the dye.

2. Go easy on your makeup. Colored shadow and liner will look overkill when you have bright blue hair.

3. Adjust your wardrobe accordingly. You may have looked great in hot pink before, but you don't want your shirt to match your hair.

Need some inspiration? Check out all the celebrities with candy colored hair we love. By Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty editor

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