Green hair is all the rage right now for fans of unusual hair colors, partially because it’s simply awesome, but also thanks to Billie Eilish representing with lime green roots at the Grammy Awards. If you’re looking for a new hair color in time for St. Patrick’s Day, we think green hair is the obvious choice!
From the lightest pastel mint to the deepest forest green, green hair color shades exist on a wide spectrum and offer a lot of room for creativity. That’s why we’ve selected 63 totally different examples of green hair to get you excited and inspired. We’ll help you choose the right green hair color for you with some color and skin tone breakdowns, and even suggest our favorite green hair dye brands and kits!
We’ve got some expert tips on how you can dye your hair green, including a bleaching guide, as well as maintenance tips so you can keep your green hair looking vivid. Finally, we have some makeup and fashion tips so you can adapt your look to fit your green hair color.
Green Hair Color Shades: Contents
- 63 Green Hair Color Shades
- 13 Best Green Hair Dye Kits
- Shades of Green Hair
- Best Green Hair Dye for Your Skin Tone
- Dyeing Hair Green at Home
- How to Maintain Green Hair Color
- Your Makeup Routine for Green Hair
- Matching Outfits with Green Hair Color
63 Offbeat Green Hair Color Shades to Inspire
From mint green hair to neon green and jewel-toned emerald green, these Instagram looks are here to inspire your next unnatural hair color experiment!
1. Mint and Silver Waves
This sophisticated take on green hair is perfect for pastel and metallic hair fanatics. The hair was first pre-lightened, so it could reach this silvery tone, and green was added along the top like a reverse balayage. It’s a shimmering look with a classy twist by Marcel wave styling.
2. Neon Green Hair Color Gradient
This is the kind of green hair color that will bring all eyes directly towards you. It’s a phenomenal hair dye gradient of warm green tones, starting with dark forest green at the roots, which gradually becomes lighter and lighter as lime at the mids and hot neon chartreuse at the ends.
3. Abalone Green Hair Dye
The shimmery strips of different shades of green hair dye in this look create a pearlescent effect reminiscent of the inner part of an abalone mollusk shell. Hair dye in both dark and light, cool and warm shades of green was applied in diagonal streaks to the hair, along with a central stripe of cool rose gold, making for an earthy, organic, and totally unusual look.
4. Ocean Weather Green Hair
This marvelous green hair color creation truly reminds us of the ocean. The dark blue at the top is like the ocean depths, while the seafoam and mint green shades at the ends remind us of the waves and surf. A thread of lavender hair color through the mids is a few gray storm clouds adding a complex, foreboding touch.
5. Witchy Green Streaks
There is something a little witchy and dangerous about combining dark hair with dense streaks of different green shades. The combination of cool teal with emerald green and just a hint of warm lime evokes the forest and the images of all kinds of natural magic, especially at such an incredible length.
6. Cool to Warm Green Hair Gradient
Green is one of those exceptional hair colors that work really well when its warm and cool iterations are combined. This flawless gradient starts out deep blue at the roots, and with each layer, it warms up a bit, turning teal, then forest green, then a rich, warm shamrock green.
7. Emerald Green Hair with Touch of Lime
We love the hint of warm and vivid lime green hair peeking from below the rich waves of emerald green in this long bob. The colormelt technique used to apply these colors only helps to bring out more dimensions from these healthy, thick tresses.
8. Grunge Tie-Dyed Green Hair
The best way to describe this variation on green hair is conceptual. It’s the kind of color combination that brings to mind tie-dye, though the particular shades chosen also give us some more industrial, grunge vibes. Navy blue hair melts into a warm forest green both at the roots and ends, while neon yellow contrasts starkly at the center, but is given depth by a few smokey forest green touches.
9. Purple and Green Complementary Ombre
Yellow-green and violet-purple are complementary colors, which means they seriously stand out against each other. This makes this ombre very loud, noticeable, and, to be honest, a little risky. If you are not afraid of dangerous colors that require expert balance and a lot of confidence, we can’t think of a better combination of hair colors to try.
10. Rich Emerald Balayage
Dark shades of green hair once again give us witchy vibes, so if your dream living situation features a cabin in the woods and a few cats, this hair might help you achieve that one day. It’s actually one of the easier looks on this list – natural roots make maintenance a breeze, with deeper emerald shades balayaged heavily over the mids and ends.
11. Mermaid Green Hair
You can absolutely live your mermaid fantasy with some ocean-inspired green hair colors and a thick fishtail-style folded-over ponytail braid that adds a fishy touch and lots of texture. The color here is intense, with a very light and warm pastel green at the ends and a deeper jade at the roots.
12. Two-Tone Vivid Green Hair
It requires a special kind of skin tone to rock neon green all over the head, while even the most vivid forest green is easier to pull off. This look is a great way of enjoying the brightness of neon green while still having balance from the forest green hair dye on top.
13. Natural to Neon Green Hair
It’s rare to see such combinations of natural-looking hair colors with extra-bright neons, but it really works! The blonde hair is naturally a little warmer, which combines nicely with the neon chartreuse shade of the ends. Wispy curls make the neon green hair color stand out even more!
14. Sleek Green Bob
Complex streaks of green hair dye combine in this look to create the image of a lush tropical jungle, with both cool and warm shades representing all the different vegetation. It’s an organic contrast against the extra sleek styling, which feels elegant and glamorous.
15. Hot and Cold Green Hair Shades
Teal and lime contrast beautifully in this stunning green hair creation. Instead of a gradient, this hair is giving us some subtle Billie Eilish vibes with extra dark roots, a shock of neon lime all over the mids, and then that stunning cool green teal at the ends.
16. Emerald City Hair
Green hair can allow you to transform yourself into a Wizard of Oz character, with a sumptuous combination of jewel green tones. This emerald city hair features a combination of neutral green shades for smooth depth and a ton of sheen, proving that fashion hair colors can keep the hair lush and healthy.
17. Spearmint Green Hair
Refreshing without being icy, this spearmint green hair really jazzes things up. The roots in this look were kept dark and natural, but the rest of the hair is a very light, nearly-pastel lime shade with hand-painted touches of cool green hair dye that add both depth and undertone variation.
18. Black and Emerald Sombre
Oh-so-glamorous yet shockingly simple! This perfect sombre relies on extra-long hair and naturally dark roots and mids for all that drama, while cool, jewel-toned emerald green hair dye punches up the ends with that luxurious touch.
19. Smokey Lime Green Hair
While the notion of Mountain Dew-inspired hair colors is horrifying, the result is surprisingly stunning! The smokey black to gray tone at the top is eternally chic and provides a suppressing edginess to the extra bright and loud neon lemon-lime ends.
20. Shaggy Emerald Lob
A shaggy haircut is one of our favorite things, and in this look, emerald green hair dye really kicks it up a notch! There are a few touches of black, both at the roots and as streaks, which give this style a bit more depth and contribute to the jewel-tone effect.
21. Lime Green Waves
Warm, bright, and complex – this is one of the best ways to experiment with green hair color, especially if your skin has warm undertones. These long tresses were dyed with touches of both yellow-green and lime green hair dye, which makes for a very shiny and dimensional look, only enhanced by perfect Marcel waves.
22. Green Apple Hair
This bright variation on green hair is extra appetizing, like a crisp green apple that is sweet yet healthy. The color is naturally very bright, but touches of lime amp it up and make it seem even shinier. It pairs well with the tousled styling and dynamic layered cut.
23. Electric Green Balayage
This balayage is electrifying! The bright, warm touches of green hair dye are super vivid against the dark black base of the hair. There are actually both bright lime tones and deeper grass shades that work together to make the hair look livelier.
24. Mint Candy Green Hair
It’s not just the confetti that makes this green hair color look fresh and sweet! It’s a truly neutral shade of green that is almost light enough to be a pastel, but it’s saturated enough to make an impact. It’s a color that’d look great styled any which way, but we do enjoy the pairing of waves and a blunt cut.
25. Blue and Green Sombre
This classic analog pairing of colorings is quite simple: green and blue are very close to each other on the color wheel, after all. The top half is a deep blue with a hint of teal that gets gradually lighter towards the center, where the green touched with lime takes over.
26. Greener Grass Sombre
This is another sombre, but a much subtler one – or at least, the transition is since the green hair color is very conspicuous! The top half is a deep and neutral grass green, while the bottom half is a slightly lighter neon shade.
27. Green Gradient Hair
This stunning dark to light, cool to warm gradient is a marvel to behold that really captures a spectrum of green hair colors. The roots are a deep, emerald green that leans towards cool and flatters most skin tones, which gives way to a more vivid grass green and ends with neon chartreuse ends.
28. Winter Green Waves
This extra-cool green hair is a little deeper than mint, but it still packs the same ice-cold punch. The roots are a little deeper, which keeps them healthy, and there are actually touches of lime right under them, which make this style feel more dynamic. The hair is styled in loose, unidirectional waves that give a romantic touch.
29. Mint Mojito Graduated Lob
This is another one of those green hair colors that will seriously cool you down. Like a mint mojito, this hair is refreshing and sweet, cut into a graduated long bob that is stylish and lightweight even when styled into breezy waves.
30. Golden Wattle Waves
The golden wattle is a type of acacia with deep green leaves and punchy yellow flowers, and this hairstyle totally embodies it. Natural roots give that earthy touch, neutral green waves are ever-flattering, and a hint of yellow near the front adds that floral brightness.
31. Green Aurora Tousled Waves
This all-over forest green hair color totally takes over your line of sight and is hard to ignore, like an aurora. The color is a perfect neutral that works all over long, tousled waves, but note that the roots were left a little deeper for that necessary easy grow-out and healthy touch.
32. Forest Vegetation Curls
These kinds of thick curls give us retro vibes, and they do a great job of making fashion hair colors softer and less edgy. They also add to the natural feel of these forest vegetation shades of green hair dye, which streak the hair, making it extra complex and multi-dimensional.
33. Sunflower Field Green Hair
Combining yellow and green hair dye always looks fantastic since the two shades are analogues. In this look, neutral and cool green streaks are like the stalks and leaves in a vibrant field of sunflowers represented by the yellow streaks.
34. Metallic Gradient Green Hair
You’ll feel like a goddess with this kind of metallic gradient green hair! This look features a classic dark to light gradient from the roots to the ends, but what makes it extra unique is that the very tips are dyed a warm, metallic green that has a bit of an olive tint to it, making it feel like oxidized metal.
35. Warm Pastel Green Hair
Just a little warm, this pastel green hair is shiny and bright with a lot of variation that gives it depth. Thanks to a half-ponytail, we can see that the roots were kept darker, which gives the style a bit more volume and ensures grow-out will be easy.
36. Tri-Tone Green Colormelt
We love subtle color changes, like in this tri-colored green colormelt where the transitions are seamless. Deep green, emerald green, and warm grass green tones are a fantastic combination that shows a few of the different shades green can come in.
37. Metallic Teal Waves
This teal green hair color keeps things cool, with an irresistible and highly coveted metallic tone that comes from high-quality green hair dye and lots of protein reinforcement. The roots in this look are dark and healthy, while the ends were hyper-lightened to a cheeky silvery green pastel.
38. Lemon-Lime Soda Green Hair
Mountain Dew continues to inspire (and to find strange ways to advertise), with neon green hair that looks surprisingly cool. Half lemon-lime, half emerald green with both lighter and darker touches here and there gives the best of cool and warm green shades, and makes for an out-of-the-box half-and-half look that anyone with avant-garde inclinations will love.
39. Green and Purple Half-and-Half Hair
Purple and green make a fantastic color combination, and we’re not just saying that because we love The Joker! The colors work well together, giving a punchy look, and they seem even more unique when applied in half-and-half fashion. With such an unusual color story, styling the hair into waves can help soften things.
40. Green and Silver Slytherin Hair
Regardless of whether or not you’ve been initiated into the house of Slytherin, you gotta admit that the green and silver color combination is magical! The silvery roots have a hint of a purple tint, which makes them look extra pretty against the length of multi-dimensional green waves.
41. Tousled Green and Black Bob
Tousled bobs are cute, flirty, and androgynous, and nothing is more fun than amping them up with some green hair dye! This is actually half-and-half hair, with one side dyed a stunning emerald shade and the other left natural, but side parting helps to hide that fact and make things look a little more complex.
42. Blue to Green Gradient with Bangs
This look brings a lot to mind, from tropical ocean tones to mysterious alien colors. No matter what you see in here, it’s obviously a fetching, vivid look with playful bangs and pretty styling, and a classy analog gradient of blue to teal to green hair dye.
43. Ocean Waves Green Hair
Now, this hairstyle gives us some serious vacation vibes! The deep blue top is like the depth of the ocean but with a reflective, metallic sheen, while the mids and ends are a lovely seafoam green that brings to mind the waves and some natural vegetation.
44. Watermelon Candy Hair
If you’re feeling lively and cheerful, watermelon hair will absolutely reflect your mood! The warm, light green at the top is actually quite vivid, with some darker green streaks running through it, while the pink hair ends give the candied vibes that, in our opinion, work better than a traditional red would.
45. Blue and Green Balayage
Yet another ocean-inspired combination of blue, teal, and green hair dye! The way the colors were balayaged over naturally dark waves gives us major tentacle vibes, but in the best way possible, and the transitions from blue to green in a single streak are major hair goals.
46. Natural to Neon Green Colormelt
This is another combination of natural hair with green hair color that keeps the roots healthy while still adding a lot of brightness to your look. The natural ash brown works well with the warm green colormelt, which features a few yellow streaks for even more glow and warmth.
47. Extraterrestrial Green Hair
This color combination looks like it came from a different planet! Neon lime green and iridescent metallic blue are not the typical green and blue combinations we’re used to, but they work oh-so-well together to make a dramatic, out-of-this-world impact!
48. Opalescent Green Hair
We love the opal effect that this hair dyeing technique gives to this blue and green hair color. It was achieved by adding a smokey pastel green balayage with both cool and warm tones over metallic teal hair, resulting in a combination of textures and tones that is reminiscent of the semi-precious gem.
49. Analog Green Tresses
The longer the hair, the better a canvas it is for gradient hair color creations, as this stunning wavy look proves. The gradient is an analog one, with blue-teal at the top that fades into a green hair color touched with yellow until it becomes a more intense yellow lime right at the ends.
50. A Sip of Absinthe Green Hair
This shimmery combination of streaks brings to mind the liquid shifting of absinthe, a green liquor known for its dangerous effects. It’s a stunning look that relies on light green micro streaks over a deeper emerald base. Sleek styling helps to emphasize how expertly each streak of color was applied.
51. Green Tourmaline Hair
This combination of light warm and cool streaks of green is surprisingly fetching, even with smokey black roots. There is an iridescent quality to this hairstyle that comes from pastel streaks at the mids that reminds us of the way light refracts through green tourmaline gems.
52. Wavy Jade Long Bob
These cool shades of green hair dye remind us of a jade stone, which, according to some superstitions, brings luck and fortune. With this kind of stunning hair, we’re sure you’ll get lots of that, too! This hair gets a jewel tone quality thanks to extra-slim streaks of teal and seafoam, which add a lot of shine.
53. Green Peacock Feather Hair
With the right streak thickness and a slightly more randomized placement of color, you can achieve peacock-inspired green hair! A streak of vivid, saturated blue is essential for bringing to mind the royal bird, while varying tones of green act as the base.
54. Lime and Teal Tendrils
Styling the hair into small waves gives it a tendril-like effect that helps to make even fashion hair colors feel a little more natural. It helps to really soften the electric combination of teal and lime green hair dye in this vivid look.
55. Green with Yellow Overlay
The bright and vivid combination of green and yellow continues to astound us! The yellow really does seem natural, like when a leaf just begins to turn, thanks to an overlay effect that starts a few inches away from the roots.
56. Radioactive Green Hair
This electrifying combination of lime green and neon yellow takes a lot of work to maintain (not to mention a ton of bleach beforehand), but it’s totally worth it for the radioactive result. This the most neon of neon hair colors, and it is not for the faint of heart!
57. Metallic Mint Waves
Mint green hair dye is probably our favorite for a softer and more innocent twist on green hair. It is easily the most adorable of the green hair colors, but it does require that the hair start out nearly silver. This lovely example features healthy dark roots and is probably the ideal way of implementing such a color.
58. Tropical Green Balayage
This is another classy combination of blue, yellow, and green hair dye that gives us real tropical vibes. Ocean, plants, fruit – it’s all in this stunning balayage of green and yellow over a blue base, which looks lush and voluminous thanks to perfectly tousled waves.
59. Sleek Streaks Green Bob
This heavily streaked variation on green hair is stunning, in large part thanks to the great haircut as well. This graduated bob has some nice razoring, which adds texture that is boosted by the perfect streaks of blue, teal, and lime green hair dye.
60. Romantic Avocado Green Balayage
This delicate balayage has an appetizing green shade that reminds us of avocado, and it was applied carefully over naturally dark brown hair, which makes it feel even softer and lovelier. The hair itself, with the lovely bangs and soft waves, is as romantic as can be, giving us a feminine take on green hair that is impossible to dislike.
61. Jade Green Sombre
The jade tones in this look are oh-so-classy, especially when applied as a sombre over a dark, nearly-black base. The transition part of the hair features a slightly darker shade of green, which gets lighter towards the end, making for a lovely, subtle jewel-tone gradient.
62. Pink and Green Hair
Pink and green might be the most cheerful combination ever, especially in thick stripes like in this look! There is something very lo-fi about this color combination, so it’s great if your tastes are extra conceptual, and your wardrobe is full of pastels. Naturally, this kind of hair looks best when straightened!
63. Dark Green Hair with Curtain Bangs
Emerald and lime come together beautifully in this green hair color, which relies on micro streaks to add an incredible amount of texture. The lush curls and long curtain bangs make this look soft, pretty, and feminine.
13 Best Green Hair Dye Kits to Try at Home
So, you are excited to try the green hair. Now’s the time to check out some of the best green hair dye kits that you can use at home to get green hair.
1. Manic Panic Venus Envy Dark Green Hair Dye Color
If you want an unusual hair color, you can’t go wrong with Manic Panic. This semi-permanent, pure forest green hair dye gives a great neutral color without damaging the hair at all. Since it’s a semi-permanent formula, it won’t take hold in hair that isn’t bleached or naturally extremely light, but the benefit is that it comes in an easy-to-use tub, and you can rely on just as much product as you need. It is made with humectants and moisturizers, so it helps to condition the hair while dyeing it. Buy it on Amazon!
2. Crazy Color Hair Color in Emerald Green 53
Your hair will love this extra-conditioning green hair dye, especially if you’ve recently bleached it. It comes in a squeeze bottle, which helps to avoid messes, and has a neutral-cool tool that is flattering to most skin tones. As with other semi-permanent hair dyes, the hair has to be pre-lightened first. You can order it from Amazon.
3. Punky Apple Green Semi Permanent Conditioning Hair Color
For a more vibrant green hair color shade, this semi-permanent dye from Punky definitely does the trick! It’s a vivid shade that leans very slightly towards warm and brings to mind crisp, green apples. This formula is infused with keratin, so it’ll help fortify your hair, especially if you’ve had to bleach it down to a very light level. It’s vegan and paraben-free, which we really appreciate. It’s available online through Amazon.
4. Splat Rebellious Colors Complete Kit in Neon Green
This full green hair dye kit includes everything you need to go from dark virgin hair to vivid neon green. This kit includes the bleach and developer, so you can turn your hair blonde, along with a green hair dye that will stay in your hair for a long while as long as you bleach it first. This is one of the most comprehensive kits that will give the most long-lasting results. Find it on Amazon!
5. Joico Intensity Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Peacock Green
If you want a cool green hair color, this stunning semi-permanent dye from Joico will give you the most gorgeous deep teal green. As with other semi-permanent options, this is a nourishing and hydrating formula that will leave your hair in better condition than it found it, but your hair will have to be bleached. We like that it comes in a tube, which helps prevent big messes. Get it from Amazon!
6. Pravana ChromaSilk Vivids in Green
Pravana is one of the brands most well-liked by professional colorists, especially when it comes to unusual fashion colors. This paraben- and sulfate-free formula leaves the hair feeling soft and the cuticles undamaged and even includes fortifying amino acids. The shade itself is a deep neutral green that goes on vivid yet dark. It’s sold on Amazon.
7. L’Oreal Paris Hair Color Colorista Semi-Permanent for Brunette Hair in Green
If you have brown hair and are not ready to bleach, this is the green hair dye kit to pick up. It’s made specifically for those with light or medium brown hair, and it manages to stain the hair a lovely neutral green shade while also conditioning it deeply. Since the formula is bleach-free, it will come out darker on darker brown hair and may not show up at all on nearly-black hair. Pick it up from Amazon!
8. StarGazer Semi Permanent Hair Color in UV Green
If you’re looking for a warm, electric green hair color, this will be the right green hair dye for you. It will even glow under UV light, so make sure you have some raves to attend after you dye your hair! It will take hold even when hair is unbleached, but it won’t look as vivid as in the photos, so we do recommend going all out. Have it delivered by Amazon!
9. Arctic Fox Vegan and Cruelty-Free Semi-Permanent Hair Color Dye in Phantom Green
This stunning semi-permanent green hair dye gives your hair a rich, grassy color. It has a thick formula that doesn’t drip, smells incredible, and is made to fade gradually while staying in the green color spectrum. It’s made with soy proteins and glycerin to help soften and strengthen the hair. Made in the US, this hair dye brand is totally vegan and cruelty-free. Shop for it on Amazon!
10. Lunar Tides Hair Dye in Juniper Dark Forest Green
If you’re craving dark and mysterious green hair, pick up this semi-permanent formula. It has a rich forest green tone with black undertones that can tint naturally dark hair, saving you the need to bleach your hair if you want a subtler green look. The formula is vegan, cruelty-free, and boosted by nourishing ingredients like safflower oil and oat proteins. Purchase it from Amazon!
11. RAW Super Green Demi-Permanent Hair Color
This bubblegum-scented green hair dye was made for all hair types and color levels, offering a green tone that can come out more or less vivid depending on your starting shade. The shade is neutral-cool, which is great for many different skin tones, and one bottle can be enough for a few applications if your hair is short. It has a vegan formula that doesn’t cause damage. Buy it online from Amazon!
12. Lime Crime Unicorn Hair Dye in Jello Emerald Green Fantasy Hair Color
This unique green hair dye has a grass green shade that works well with warm undertones. The fortifying formula is made to deposit color into the hair while also giving it a deep conditioning treatment. It acts as a tint that can greenify even medium brown hair but will show up more vivid on light hair colors. It takes hold in 45 minutes, and one jar can last for a few applications. It’s available on Amazon.
13. Lunar Tides Hair Dye Aurora Lime Green Semi-Permanent Vegan Hair Color
If you want an electrifying, radioactive color, this lime green hair dye can do the trick. To achieve its full intensity, you will have to bleach your hair down to a very light level, but the final result will be memorable and attention-grabbing. Like other Lunar dyes, it is vegan, cruelty-free, and enriched with conditioning ingredients to improve the state of the hair. Order it from Amazon!
Shades of Green Hair to Consider Getting
As with all hair colors, green hair exists on a spectrum with neutral, cool, and warm variations. There can also be lighter and darker versions of green hair, not to mention various combinations that can give the hair all kinds of different effects.
• True green, apple green or grass green hair is a bright, neutral green shade that is neither light nor dark. It is a striking, saturated color that really turns heads.
• Emerald can be a neutral green, though sometimes it can lean towards very slightly cool. What makes emerald green hair unique is that it is a jewel tone, which means that it is deep and vivid but also shiny.
• Forest green is similar to emerald green, although it is usually more neutral or very slightly warm. It is also a deep and vivid shade, but it can be a little more matte, so it doesn’t register as a jewel tone.
• Hunter green hair is a darker version of forest green. It’s a very deep, neutral green that is very flattering for most skin tones and can often be applied directly to medium brown hair.
• Mint green hair is a light, pastel variation on neutral green. It’s a very refreshing shade that pairs well with other pastels, as well as with other shades of green.
• Teal is a blue-green shade similar to turquoise but greener. It is deep and saturated, and it looks totally stunning when combined with a lot of other colors.
• Seafoam hair is a cool, light green, almost like a pastel shade of teal. It looks fantastic with blue tones, but it’s also very pretty on its own or with neutral green shades.
• Neon green, lime or chartreuse hair is a vivid, bright, yet light green shade that leans a little towards warm. It is on the verge of being a yellow, but it is still greener than it is yellow. It’s not an easy color to pull off alone, but as Billie Eilish proves, where there’s a will there’s a way!
• Olive green hair is a subdued warm green shade that is muted by the addition of brown. It’s also known as army green, and it works particularly well with earth tones. It’s often the color that shows up as a result of using semi-permanent green hair dye over naturally medium brown hair.
• Moss is like olive’s more vivacious color. It is a deep and rich warm green tone that brings to mind lush vegetation. It’s not the easiest color to pull off, but it’s nice when combined in streaks with other shades of green.
How to Choose the Perfect Green Hair Dye for Your Skin Tone
Green hair is one of those unique hair colors that stand out against your skin no matter what. Whether your skin is dark, light, or medium, you can truly experiment. While some might recommend that if your skin is darker, you should stay away from pastels, we disagree! The contrast of pastel green against dark skin can be really astounding.
You do want to be a little more careful when choosing green hair based on your undertone, however. As a quick refresher, the skin’s undertone refers to the subtle tint it has and can be classified as warm, cool, neutral, or olive.
• Those with warm undertones, meaning that their skin leans a little towards yellow, often have the easiest time rocking green hair, which is a shade that naturally has both green and blue tones in it. Neutral, warm, and cool green shades alike can be very flattering, so you can play around, change things up, and experiment with all kinds of different color combinations.
• The same applies to those with neutral skin that doesn’t lean towards either yellow or pink, who can look really amazing with any shade of green hair.
• Those with cool skin, which has a lot of pink or red in it, need to be a little more careful with green hair, since pink is just a more subdued red that sits opposite green on the color wheel. This means that green hair can bring out the pinkishness or redness in your skin. Cool green shades like teal and seafoam are usually more flattering, but if you have your heart set on a more intense true green, consider adding it to the ends, and keep the strands around your face a more flattering color.
• Green shades are even more difficult to wear if you have skin that is tinted slightly orange, which is usually the result of a tanning habit rather than a natural undertone. In that case, cool green hair colors don’t work at all, and neutral greens are difficult as well. Warm greens like olive, chartreuse, and lime are going to work best, but they’re still not going to be necessarily flattering.
• Finally, there are those with olive skin, which has just a hint of greenness to it. The great thing about green hair is that it will usually have a subduing effect on olive skin, making it appear clearer and more neutral. Neutral, cool, and olive greens will all work well, but lime greens can be difficult.
Expert Tips on Dyeing Hair Green at Home
Green is definitely a fashion hair color, which means it can take a little bit more work to make it really stick. Fashion pigments have the easiest time hanging on to hair that has been bleached since the bleaching process removes pigment from the hair and makes it easier for dyes to “stick.”
This means that even if you have naturally light hair, a green hair dye will dye your hair at first, but it will fade very quickly even if you follow our maintenance tips. That can be great if you’re nervous about switching to green hair, but if you know that you want it to last, then it is better to bleach it no matter the hair color you’re starting with.
Be aware that most green hair dyes are semi-permanent, and that they will work like a quick-fading tint on hair that is light brown or medium brown. For very vivid or pastel green hair colors, bleach is pretty much a must.
Before you start either the bleaching or the green dyeing process, make sure to perform a strand test since green can be unpredictable. This will also allow you to ensure that the bleach won’t irritate the skin. You should also give your hair some extra fortification in preparation for the dyeing, especially if you’ll be bleaching it first, by using deep conditioning hair masks.
You can mix a few different semi-permanent green hair dye formulas if you’re interested in achieving a particular tone. Green hair dye mixed with a bit of yellow hair dye will give you a very warm chartreuse, while mixing green with a bit of blue will give you more of a teal. Adding black hair dye will make your green hair color darker and more muted, while some brands even make pastel mixers so you can make your own seafoam or mint.
Step 1: Bleaching Your Hair for Vivid or Pastel Green Hair
For a super vivid green hair color, bleach your hair first. Here is our quick bleaching guide.
You will need:
- Developer (20 volume)
- Mixing bowl
- Hair dye brush
- Destroyable shirt
- Hair clips
- Sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner
The bleaching process:
• Start out by preparing your bleach mixture in a bowl, using one-part bleach powder and one-part developer. Mix it with your hair dyeing brush.
• Next, put on a loose top you don’t mind wrecking with bleach, and then separate your hair into 3-4 sections and clip them up. Your hair should be dry to start out.
• Put on your disposable gloves to protect your hands, and apply petroleum jelly to the perimeter of your hair if you have sensitive skin.
• Select a small clump of hair from the section you would like to start with, and apply the bleach to it with the hair dyeing brush, starting about an inch away from your scalp and roots and pulling it down to the ends. If you start applying the bleach at the roots, they will process faster than the rest of your hair and end up looking significantly lighter.
• Apply bleach in the same manner to that entire section of hair and then clip it up very loosely. Move on to the next section, bleaching in the same way.
• Once you’ve covered all sections of hair with bleach, quickly apply some to your roots.
• Check on the hair every 10 minutes to see if it has gotten down to the lightness level you desire. Don’t leave the bleach on for more than 35 minutes – if it’s still too dark, wash it out anyway and wait a few days to bleach again.
• To wash the bleach out, hop in the shower and shampoo your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo.
• Once you’re done, if your hair is light enough, you can move on to dyeing it green with a semi-permanent dye immediately.
Step 2: Using Green Hair Dye
Whether you’ve bleached your hair first or are using green hair dye just for a tint, here is our step-by-step guide for dyeing your hair green.
You will need:
- Semi-permanent green hair dye
- Hair dyeing brush
- Petroleum jelly
- Destroyable shirt
- Multiple hair clips
- Shower cap
The dyeing process:
• Start by sectioning your hair off into 3 or 4 sections (or more if your hair is very thick) and clipping it up and applying petroleum jelly along the perimeter of your hairline. Green hair dye can seriously stain the skin, so this step is essential.
• Put on your disposable gloves and a shirt that you don’t mind damaging with green hair dye.
• Dip your brush directly into the green hair dye container or squeeze the dye into a mixing bowl and then dip the brush in there.
• Unclip the section of hair you would like to start with and separate out from it a smaller clump of hair.
• Starting as close to the roots as you would like to go, brush the green hair dye over the hair, pulling it from the top down to the ends, and then massage it in a bit with your gloved fingers in order to get a thorough coating over each strand of hair.
• Move on to the next clump of hair, and once you’ve dyed the entire section, clip it back up and move on to the next section.
• Continue dyeing your entire head following the same process.
• Once all of your hair is covered in dye and clipped up, put on a shower cap and allow it to process for 30-45 minutes.
• As the time has passed, hop in the shower to rinse out the dye, but don’t use any shampoo. You won’t need to condition your hair either since green hair dyes are usually formulated to be conditioning on their own.
• Once your hair has been rinsed clear of dye, get out of the shower and towel-dry your hair, preferably with a dark towel.
• Check your hair to ensure it’s been dyed evenly, and make any corrections if necessary.
How to Maintain the Vividness of Your Green Hair Color
Green hair color is not very sticky, so it fades very quickly. Trying to maintain it will require some effort on your part, so here are our tips to make it a little easier.
• Hot water opens up the cuticles in the hair and pulls out the color as well as proteins, making the hair dry and weak while also causing your green hair dye to fade. Because of this, we suggest sticking to lukewarm showers.
• Avoid harsh, sulfate-based shampoo since their powerful cleaning abilities pull the dye out of the hair. Gentle, sulfate-free shampoo won’t cause your hair to fade as much.
• Even better than sulfate-free shampoos are color depositing shampoos that will help to refresh your green hair dye. Punky Colour’s 3-in-1 Color Depositing Shampoo + Conditioner that you can buy on Amazon is one of the few formulas that offer a boost to green hair dye, and you can even choose from teal or alpine green.
• Even if you use a color-refreshing shampoo, you will still want to bring shampooing to a minimum. You can give yourself an extra day or two in between shampooing with the help of a dry shampoo, which will take away any excess oils from your hair.
• Make sure to re-dye your hair regularly, since green hair color, like other fashion colors, tends to fade away very quickly. The great thing about fashion hair colors is that you can easily amp them up at home by yourself, and the semi-permanent dyes usually don’t damage the hair (quite the opposite). It’s with bleach, permanent hair colors, and major color changes that you need to be very careful.
• There are a few other things known to damage the hair or speed up fading, which you should try to avoid, like swimming in chlorinated water, exposing the hair to the sun, and using intense heat styling tools.
Your Makeup Routine for Your Green Hair
Green is a strong color, so here are our tips to help you adapt your makeup to work better with your green hair.
Once you dye your hair green, you will probably find that you need to up your foundation game. Since green is opposite the color red on the color wheel, green hair is not forgiving of any redness, blemish, or sensitivity – the colors clash, so even a small hormonal breakout will look worse next to green hair.
This means that if you don’t usually wear foundation, you might want to introduce one into your routine, while if you usually wear something with low coverage, you might want to go up a step or add a concealer to your makeup bag.
When it comes to highlight and contour, you don’t have to switch things up too much, although we do recommend staying away from contour or bronzer shades that have too much of a red or orange undertone since the green hair will emphasize it.
Blush & Lips
Matching your blush and lipstick to green hair can be a challenge, and requires some finesse. In general, we recommend keeping any makeup products that are traditionally on the red or pink spectrum like blush and lipstick minimal and subtle. Nude lipstick and well-blended blush in neutral berry or dusty rose shades will be easily flattering next to green hair on any skin tone.
If you want to get a little more conceptual, and your foundation game is really strong, you can ignore the rules a little bit and play with clashing colors – the result can be interesting, striking and beautiful because of the contrast, but only if your makeup application technique is precise.
Finally, cool shades of lipstick and blush like purples, mauves, fuchsias, magentas, and berries won’t clash as much against green hair, but they are less likely to flatter warm undertones, so you will still need to balance things carefully.
When it comes to eye makeup, you can have some fun! The typical neutral shades will always look good, of course, but really graphic shades of yellow, blue, and green can look awesome next to green hair.
Copper and purple eyeshadow or eyeliner shades might also work, but you’ll need to be careful to keep them pristine and to pair them well with the rest of your makeup. The only colors you will probably want to stay away from are reds, which are not traditional eye makeup colors anyway.
Where you might run into complications is with your eyebrow color. We recommend choosing a neutral eyebrow filling product that has either gray undertones or potentially yellow undertones if you’ve dyed your hair a warm green color like lime or olive. Make sure to stay away from eyebrow pencils or pomades in a brown shade that has any red undertones, as that will make your eyebrow seriously clash with your hair.
Matching Your Outfits with Your Green Hair Color
Getting your green hair to match your wardrobe is not necessarily the easiest project, but we will help you simplify with our tips based on the wisdom of the color wheel!
• Let’s start with the easiest and safest way of rocking green hair, which is with an all-black wardrobe. Black always looks amazing, and it has an aloof attitude that works well with fashion hair colors.
• Lighter neutrals like white and gray will also work, but they are often a little bit difficult to pull off for other reasons.
• Playing with a range of earth tones is guaranteed to look really special and a little boho-chic in combination with your green hair. Pairing different shades of brown, tan, and beige as well as shades of green that have the same undertone as your hair (teal or forest green for cool green hair and olive or emerald green for warm green hair) will make you feel like a magical woman of the forest.
• Another nice and easy way of rocking green hair is with an outfit that finishes an analog color scheme. Analogs are colors that are right next to each other on the color wheel, so for instance, if your hair is a cool green, the accompanying colors would teal and blue, while if your hair is warm green, the better colors might be lime and yellow (or olive and yellow to keep it muted). You can combine this kind of look with accessories in a neutral shade to break things up just a bit.
• Finally, if you love color, it might be best to experiment with split complementary color blocking. Split complementary color patterns heavily depend on the exact undertone of your green hair, so, for instance, neutral green hair pairs well with red-orange and blue, while warm green hair pairs well with blue-green and red.
• Cool purple often looks really lovely with cool and neutral green hair, if you’re looking for a new dress!
• Warm green, on the other hand, looks best with yellow or yellow-orange, if you’re looking for a colorful, monochromatic look.
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