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In a time where pastel hair colors are just about everywhere, you might still be wondering if you can get away with something a bit more out there, like green hair. Green hair was one of the hottest hair color trends in 2020—and it’s set to be even bigger for 2021. While green hair dye is often associated with grunge girls, it’s actually a hair color that anyone can pull off—if you find the right shade. From lime to mint to dark green hair, keep reading for our guide to the best green hair colors, plus the best way to care for your newly green hue.
If you’re smitten with the pastel hair color trend, then you’ll be excited about this ultra-light but equally bright green hair color, which resembles your favorite scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream. Get ready to look downright delectable! As for who should rock this color, it’s best suited to those with light skin tones. If that’s you, get the look at home with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Pastel Mint.
Dark green hair may seem a little too bold if you aren’t used to edgy hair colors, but it’s actually one of the more wearable options. If you already have dark brown or black hair, updating your mane with a green tint will be just about as subtle as green hair can get.
Seafoam green hair is another semi-pastel green hair color. It tends to be a bit more subdued than mint, with just a hint more baby blue. If you have light hair, this color will be very easy to pull off and will create a look of calming peace—just like the oceans that inspired the name. Like mint, this green hair color will be most flattering on those with light skin tones.
This jewel-toned hair color can be worn on its own or with a rooted mane for an extra edgy emerald green hair look. This dark shade is perfect for fall and winter, and the rich color will look beautiful against medium and dark skin tones. To test out the hue, pick up a wash-out green hair dye like the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color in Green.
A black base with emerald green ends (done using the dip-dye technique) will fall perfectly in line with the cool-girl aesthetic. This trendy hair color adds a modern spin to your green hair and will certainly call attention to your strands. Not to mention, it takes low-maintenance hair color to the next level as there’s no need for constant touch-ups.
If you keep up with fashion, it won’t be a surprise that lime green hair is totally on-trend. After all, fashion and beauty trends almost always bleed into one another, and we can’t seem to look anywhere as of late without seeing chartreuse hoodies and accessories. Of course, this bold hue isn’t for everyone, but give it a try if you’re feeling daring.
Editor’s tip: If you aren’t 100% set on lime green or any other hair color, for that matter, use a temporary green hair dye to take it for a test drive.
Moss hair is your green hair color match if you love the gray and yellow undertones of olive green. The hue features the same undertones and is flattering on all skin tones. It’s the perfect middle-ground for trying out the green hair color trend because it’s both subdued and bold.
When you can’t choose between a blue hair color and a green one, one option is to rock a half-and-half hair color that’s equal parts blue and green. You can also consider mixing both shades into a dimensional blue-green hair color. Blue-green hair is super pretty and can flatter just about anyone since you can customize the color, going bluer or greener depending on your preferences. For your own blue-green mane, use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Teal.
Honestly, there’s nothing more eye-catching than super-bright, neon green hair. If you’re looking to make a statement with your green hair color, neon green locks may be the way to do it. The daring color looks great on all skin tones. To take it for a temporary spin, use a neon green hair spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color in Neon Green, to color your strands.
You can add some depth to your strands with neon green hair with chocolate lowlights. It’s a gorgeous option for those who can’t resist dark strands; this hair color will serve up the right amount of contrast for a winning look.
If you love subdued hair colors that scream minimalism, then sage green hair could be for you. This soft green hair color borders on the edge of natural earth hues, making it a stunning option for a subtle yet seriously pretty shade update.
Add a vibrant yet cool touch to your beauty look with an olive green mane. The shade features hints of blue, yellow, and red that come together to brighten up your look. Pair the hair color with a sheen to give your mane a vibrant finish.
Forest green hair hits all the marks: It’s not too dark and not too bright. The shade is equal parts edgy and sultry, and we love that it emulates the gorgeous green hues you admire in nature. It’s ideal for individuals who want to play with color without a bold touch—think of forest green hair as your happy medium.
To make a big impact with your hair color, turn to black and green ombré hair. This trendy option is all about gradually fading your hair from one hue to the next. As a result, despite being eye-catching, the color is surprisingly low-maintenance. In fact, it’s a black and green hair color that will only look better with time.
Green sombré is a more minimalist hair trend that’s definitely worth a try. The sombré technique is designed to give your strands texture and dimension, and adding green into the mix is a fun twist.
Talk a walk on the bold side with pastel green and pink balayage hair. It’s a hair color that allows you to embrace the mermaid hair trend, and bring your pink and green hair dreams to life in the most beautiful way.
We have to introduce you to green hair with a violet money piece. It’s a unique pick for those who can’t choose between green and purple hair. This highlighting technique allows you to frame your face and add bold contrast. This end result is nothing short of a head-turning look.
There are plenty of options for rocking green hair, but one of our favorites is none other than green mermaid hair. A step up from the traditional trend, this offering features hunter green strands with neon yellow ribbon highlights painted through your mane. It makes for the ultimate lemon-lime green hair color.
There’s no denying that green hair is gorgeous—but to keep it looking that way, you’re going to want to make a few changes to your hair-care routine. We’ve outlined them all for you below. Green hair, do care!
Tip #1: Turn down the dial in the shower. Super-hot water can strip your strands of essential oils, which can lead to your green hair feeling drier and looking duller. The next time you hop in the shower, turn down the dial and rinse off in lukewarm water instead. Sure, it may not feel quite as relaxing, but your green hair color will surely thank you.
Tip #2: Switch to a system of shampoo, conditioner, and mask formulated for color-treated hair. Make room in your shower for new color-treated hair products, including a shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask. Try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Hair Elvive Vibrancy Protecting Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm. Once or twice a week, swap out your conditioner for the hair mask to shower your strands with extra love.
Tip #3: Protect your tresses before heat-styling. Heat tools can prove to be useful in creating a ton of different hairstyles, but before you go picking one up, make sure to apply a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Quick Dry Primer Spray or L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray.
Tip #4: Embrace your natural texture. Using too much heat on your hair can take a toll on your color. Besides using heat protectant, you can take a break from hot tools and reach for heat-free styling products. The L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE It Elastic Curl Mousse will give your mane soft and bouncy curls without the stiff feel.
To use, simply apply an egg-sized amount of curl mousse to damp strands. Scrunch from the roots to ends and call it a day.
Tip #5: Prepare for touch-ups. Like it or not, your green hair color will fade over time. So, to help keep your strands looking vibrant, you’ll need to book an appointment with your colorist for touch-ups as needed. If you’re rocking DIY color, keep a back-up box of your favorite dye on hand.
Next up: Shades of green aren’t your only hair color options. Check out our article, The Best Shade of Purple Hair Dye for Your Skin Tone, to get inspired by a completely different hue.
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