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Rainbow French Braid by wisely-chosen Rainbow French Braid by wisely-chosen
Technically it's a rainbow French herringbone braid, and yes, my hair is real. This self portrait has been stolen so many times - including by some on DA. In at least one case it made it to the front page. Sad. Meanwhile on Flickr (where I originally posted it) it hasn't even made it to Explore. Watch, now that I've finally put in on DA myself it won't get any recognition at all :(

As a thank you to everyone who has been helpful in tracking down photo thieves and supportive of art in general, I thought I would tell you all how I created this color combination. I haven't posted those directions anywhere else. On Flickr I listed the products I used in the tags, but that's as far as I went. Soooo....

The red on my left hand side is Manic Panic Pillarbox Red. The orange next to it is a combination of the Pillarbox Red and Manic Panic Electric Banana (I would've used Manic Panic Electric Lava if I'd had it). The yellow next to that is more Electric Banana. The green is where it starts to get tricky. If I'd had them on hand I would've used Manic Panic Electric Lizard (with a little Electric Banana mixed in to make it more neon) for the green and Manic Panic Bad Boy Blue for the blue. Unfortunately I didn't have the green or the blue. But I did have Manic Panic Shocking Blue, Electric Banana and a lot of Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Conditioner. I mixed the conditioner with the Shocking Blue until I got the shade you see on my hair in this photo. The green is some of this blue/conditioner mixture with some Electric Banana mixed in. Which brings us to the lavender - Manic Panic Ultra Violet. Followed by the pink - Manic Panic Red Passion (it shows up pink on my hair) and we've come back around to Pillarbox Red.

I bleach my hair with Manic Panic 30 vol. and I usually only bleach my roots. In between dyeing I'll let the colors fade to pastels on their own so I can cover them up with new colors without having to bleach the majority of my hair.

The original self portrait that I posted on Flickr is here: [link]

If you want to know my haircare routine, I put it in the description of this photo: [link]

Also, I'm sorry it's taken me so long to post this self portrait here. And I'm REALLY SUPER sorry that I'm such an impossible person to get into contact with.

**********UPDATE*********So it's been six days, front page, 547 comments, 6,005 favorites and 33,540 views later and some have asked me how I created the pattern in my hair, which made me realize I forgot to describe how I sectioned my hair before dyeing -- oops! Anyway, I parted my hair completely down the middle and put my hair in pigtails. Then I parted each pigtail the exact same way, forming four pigtails. Then I did the same thing with those four, making eight pigtails. Starting on my left hand side, I dyed the section over my ear Pillarbox Red, then dyed the section above that orange, the one above that yellow, and so on.

Thank you so much for all the favorites, views and kind comments! I was completely stunned to see myself on the front page!
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FanOfNarnia Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
Drea-Bacon-Pie Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Student Artist
Your hair is flipping amazing aaaAAAA
ZebraW0lf Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh mon dieu, que tresse est belle!
IsakiYukihara Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Beautyful :)
rainbowsmiles2me Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
So kewl Love 
Rogue7 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Tamira189 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow...this is truly beautiful, my dear! I love it! Hug 
ElfriedeSuppengruen Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
I saw it on flickr, years ago. I always wanted to say you, how beautiful and unique your rainbow hair is. ♥
Badjuju86 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student Photographer
Amazing colors and braid.
- If only the colors stayed like this forever ^-^
GinevraOlympians Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Love i made an edit ages ago… and just saw that you were actually the original photographer/model. i've changed the credit. i hope you don't mind me using your photo :/
ScarlettShadow257 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional Photographer
My jaw literally dropped when I saw this.  This is beautiful!  The colours are so intense and vibrant!  Amazing job! :)
enobiat Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
I wanted to link this picture to our local manic panic page just to show a beautiful example of rainbow hair. So glad I found the link to the original owner of the photo. I also kinda dig that you used manic panic, too, which made it a lot more relevant ^_^
scorpiokym Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
this is amazing, fantastic job!
RainStartsFalling Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
pretty awesome. I'm toying with the thought to do that myself.
leandra Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Your hair is so incredible, and it infuriates me to see how many people have taken it without permission or credit. I'm pinning this to Pinterest, along with a link to your flickr and proper credit because people should see YOUR hair!
Pchfzzus Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
how long did you have to wait after bleaching the roots to color it?
GirlInAYellowDress Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Student General Artist took this and used it and they didn't credit you until I brought it to their attention (which got me removed from their page, but still) You need to log in to see it but it's here:…
lunarosehitachiin Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my god I want your hair!!! It's gorgeous!
dinneh Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013

this image is being used for a campaign. might wanna look into it.
passiej9 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
no i have a face whit this popular picture! love it!
DCum-ArtingStarvist Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Man, I can't even french braid! never mind doing it in RAINBOW! Just beautiful!
Sinaminika Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
DrakeDarkholm Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it looks like someone stole it again i just saw it on esty [link] just to let you know. But love the colors.
fairybelle2002 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kiroma Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw this picture first on the manic panic website, google images led me to the picture of you and your pug and finally here to deviantart, and I am so very glad to see that the picture wasnt of someone they hired or of a wig/mannequin head. Your hair is absolutely beautiful and I am glad to be able to tell you.

Kiroma Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I do hope Manic Panic got your permission before using the photo, you may have used their color but that does not entitle them to use your photo. I am sorry that it has been stolen so many times.

yunibur Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your hair is awesome! :heart:
CeciliaArt Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
That just looks amazingLove 
Blubirdss Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
good example :eyes:
luvdrawing2 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Woah! Colorful, much! :D
Mokalyne Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want the same color o.o
BlueTaffy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
CrystalBreeze77 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
I have a boyfriend who is considering dying his hair for the first time to some color (he's not sure what) so I tried browsing for some photos for boys with _(insert ROYGBIV then the grayscale here)_ and stumbled across this
This looks so pretty!
I'm very sorry to hear that your picture has been stolen and used elsewhere so many times
I just wanted to say that this looks really cool and I hope the recognition falls back to you in the end
(because who else could possibly answer the "How did you do that? 0.0" questions)
Thank you for sharing! :)
BornToBeWeird Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
pinkmagpie Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
I was about to post the same as Talty, I reported that shop because I recognised pretty much all that shops photos as belonging to other people across the internet.
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013   Artisan Crafter
I know this gets stolen a lot, I just saw it on Storenvy someone used it to advertise hair chalk: [link] I immediately recognized it and wanted to let you know :(
Nightskylullaby Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
I've seen this everywhere and i finally found the actual person :D
You're hair is amazing and it's sad that so many people steal the picture.
Xonja Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
MooMoo06 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
I found this picture a long time ago in the size of a thumbnail.. and I've always thought it was beautiful. I also had rainbow hair (It fades and I have to wait to re-dye it again because I'm looking for a job again lol) But I've always loved this picture. Glad to know who finally did this (And so I can save a big version of this image to admire later... instead of the tiny one I had hahaha).
LittleMuso-ka Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
I love the picture. How everything works togther is amazing.
I was wondering I I could get your permission to post this on my tumblr (dmcanonymous) with a link back to this page. I won't do anything till I hear back from you.
It's a really amazing picture.
ZellyKat Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Just thought I would share this with you. [link] They think it's hair chalk. :P
Valen-LaRae Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I've been seeing this very picture on facebook being used as a gay pride/anti-hate ad.
christib Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
I lovethis!
CherryBeck Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful!
xx-thisisme-xx Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
You're on 9gag right now... I posted a link to this page in the comments but it's 9gag after all... [link]
RosinAngel Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013   General Artist
Me too xD I knew i'd seen it somewhere before: awesomeness!
rokout88 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That is the coolest thing i've ever seen. I absolutely love it!
GirlyWingz Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
So colorful and awesome!!!
ObscureSanctuary Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
That is so cool! Great hair
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