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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. While green hair is often associated with grunge girls, it’s actually a hair color that anyone can pull off—if you find the right shade. Keep reading for our guide to the best green hair colors for every skin tone and how to get (and take care of) green hair. Just keep in mind that if you’re going lighter, you’ll need to bleach your hair first, and the darker your base color, the more work may be required to get green hair.
When it comes to going green—with your hair, that is—you have a wide range of options. Below are the best shades of green hair for every skin tone, so get ready to find your perfect match!
Mint green: If you’re smitten over the pastel hair color trend, then you’ll be excited about this ultra-light, equally bright green hair color shade that resembles your favorite scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream. Get ready to look delicious! Get the look at home with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray in Pastel Mint.
Best for: light skin tones
Seafoam green: Another semi-pastel green hair color, seafoam green hair 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 create and will create a look of calming peace—just like the oceans that inspired the name.
Emerald green: More of a gemstone girl? This jewel-toned hair color is the perfect way to get in on the green hair trend. Wear it on its own or fade to it from black roots for an extra-edgy look. This dark shade is perfect for fall and winter.
Best for: medium to dark skin tones
Moss green: One of the most popular colors of 2017 is now a trending hair color: moss green.
Best for: Light to medium skin tones
Neon green: Honestly, there’s nothing more eye-catching than super-bright neon green hair.
Best for: all skin tones
Sage green: 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 gorgeous option for a subtle yet seriously pretty shade update.
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!
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. So, the next time you hop in the shower, turn down the dial and rinse off in lukewarm water instead. Sure, it may not fele quite as relaxing, but your green hair color will surely thank you!
2. Switch to a system of shampoo, conditioner, and mask formulated for color-treated hair. Make room in your shower for some new products, including a shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask. Try the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Ultra Recovery Mask.
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 BOOST IT Blow Out HeatSpray or L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray, first.
Want to try something other than green hair? We’ve got plenty of tutorials to help you find your next hue. Start by checking out our article, How to Get a Vibrant Tangerine Hair Color, for inspiration.