27 Hair Color Ideas to “Dye” for in 2017

Coloring your hair opens up a whole new world of bronzes, coppers, reds, chocolates, violets and more! With so many colors to choose from, here are some of our favorite hair coloring ideas right now. You can go soft, subtle and natural — or bold, vibrant and every shade of the rainbow!

Remember to always consult your stylist on what they think will look great on you too. They are trained to pair you with the most flattering color just for you!

Aqua Mystery

Aqua Mystery hairstyleInstagram @anthonyjkakos

Q&A with style creator, Anthony Kakos
Hair Artist/Stylist @ The Beauty Lounge in Detroit, MI

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is very edgy, fun and vibrant, all while filled with depth and mystery. I say this because my inspiration was the water and when you look at water, there is always some sort of mystery and beauty to it!

My favorite thing about it is first and foremost the person I did it on…my good friend! Secondly, it would have to be the intensity of the blue hues throughout.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I definitely recommend making sure your stylist helps you mainitain this color in the healthiest way possible! I used Joicos Color Intensity in the colors True Blue/Colbolt Blue/Peacock Green/Mermaid.

I sent this client home with the product Viral or Gem Lites in the color Turquoise to help maintain the color. Cool water in the shower will keep your hair vibrant longer. Sstay away from hot temperatures with styling tools as that can also fade the hair color!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I truly do believe that fashion colors are made for everyone. Now a whole head of blue might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but peekaboo highlights with fun fashion colors will work for everyone!

I recently gave my mother purple lowlights and all of her hair is covering the purple, but when she wears it up, it’s visible and she loves it! I think it really just depends on your taste and look you’re going for as nowadays, fashion colors are much more accepted in the work place!

Peekaboo Purple

Q&A with style creator, Leah George
Certified Hair Colorist & Stylist @ Salon Metta in North Andover, MA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this style as a tousled beach wave or a lived-in curl that’s fun and flirty. The color is a playful, bright blonde balayage with a shadowed root for a winter vibe on her color (blondes never really like being fully dark).

My favorite thing about it would be the graduation of different purple tones through the sections. I used Pulp Riot to add this peekaboo purple to my client, and this fun color should last her at least 25 shampoos. It’s just enough edge for someone trying to have a little fun and still keep it somewhat conservative.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

This client has wavy hair that needs smoothing. For her, I suggest a smoothing lotion. Some of my favorites are Smooth.Again. by Kevin Murphy, Supershine Moisturizing cream by Oribe, and Relaxing Moisturizing Fluid by Davines. These products reduce frizz while protecting against heat.

After her blow dry. I used a GHD flat iron and twisted the hair one full turn, then pulled out until about an inch from the end to create a tousled, natural look. I am a huge fan of texture, so my signature finishing routine is most likely a spray. Currently I use Kevin Murphy Bedroom.Hair. It’s a lightweight flexible texturizing hairspray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style is pretty versatile and looks great straight or wavy. This can be worn on fine hair because adding a tousled wave will make the hair look fuller instead of flat. Medium density and texture is ideal for the style. In my opinion, if this is styled from start to finish with the right product, it can last a few days with maybe a light touch up.

On thicker hair ,the purple would need different placement or a larger section to make sure it shows up well, but it is still very easy to accomplish. I made sure the blonde was a neutral tone so it didn’t clash with the purple. It’s all about preference, but I think it’s more flattering when tones complement each other.

This overall look is ideal for the woman that always likes to change her hair. Fashion colors are semi-permanent so there is no commitment. This look could be appealing to a stay home mom that defines herself through her hair, or women who are more conservative but fun.

The cut and style is great for business women in marketing or advertising that are on the go and can do some light iron work and texture spray before they run out the door. This “not too finished” look is a big request this year. Women want to look how they feel confident, fun, beautiful and youthful.

Vibrant Green

Vibrant Green hairstyleInstagram @courtgannhair

Q&A with style creator, Courtney Alexander
Salon Owner / Stylist @ Tribe Salon in Lebanon, MO


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

Fun, trendy and vibrant are the words that come to mind with this look!

My favorite thing about it is that it is so unique. As fashion colors are becoming more popular and seen day to day, common requests are purples and reds and sometimes pinks, but green isn’t something I️ get to do often. That’s why this was so much fun to create! I️ just love the vibrancy.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

For this color, I used all Pulp Riot products from lightener to color. These colors require a little more upkeep and care than most colors. A sulfate-free shampoo is a must and I recommend Kenra Color Charge to all my clients!

A good heat protectant is also needed for the blowout and styling. I️ use Design Me Powder Dry before blow drying and Kenra Heat Block Spray 22 before any hot tool. I also recommend minimal washing and cool water to keep color vibrant!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Clients looking to get this type of color need to be fully prepared for the upkeep and proper care before jumping in. Usually retouches are more often and more time is spent caring for the color at home to keep it looking fresh.

Most of these colors need to go on fairly light hair, and not everyone will always be able to get light enough. That is something I discuss individually with each client, as well as what color options would work best for their hair type and condition. I️ always like to be up front with clients wanting to do fashion colors that it really is a commitment if you want to make it last. While not for everyone, these colors are so fun and are truly where my heart is when it comes to coloring!

Punk Rock Purple

Punk Rock Purple hairstyleInstagram @elyserox00

Q&A with style creator, Elyse Zydek
Hairstylist @ Rockit Studio in Schaumburg, IL


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this is more of a punk rock look with a Betty Bang! Half-and-half hair is a lot of fun because you get to have two different colors on your head.

My favorite thing about it is pretty much everything! The half-and-half purple, black and Betty Bangs are all things I love.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

You must be pre-lighten to achieve this look. I used Pulp Riot hair color for the purple, mixing Smoke and Velvet together. I always mix with Olaplex to ensure that the hair stays strong. It also helps the color molecule attach to the hair to stay healthy and strong and keep it from breaking.

For the black, I uses Color Insider 1n, foiling it in and applying the purple color around it.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for someone who wants purple hair, someone who doesn’t care what others think, someone with a strong personality, and anyone who likes bangs. Fashion colors are not easy to maintain and take a lot of work. They also take a lot of time in the salon, so be prepared to pay top dollar for something like this because it is not easy and it takes anywhere from three to five hours.

Proper at-home care is also expected with color refreshing shampoos and conditioners, as well as Olaplex color bombs. This client has very strong and thick gray hair. She is in her 40’s and is very pale. I feel anyone could wear this look as long as they’re comfortable with it.

Lavender Tone

Lavender Tone hairstyleInstagram @shayzahra

Q&A with style creator, Rishay Sobouti
Hair Color Specialist @ Krush Salon in Los Gatos, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a light and fun way to change your color up without commitment. Hair fades nicely when toned with pastel lavender colors.

My favorite thing about this look is that it is highly dimensional with dark hair. I love the soft contrast. This was achieved with babylights small enough to lift up and tone over a soft pastel tone.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

The number one product I recommend is a very strong purple shampoo and conditioner. This helps keep the color cool as it’s fading. If you want to hold on to it a little longer, you can buy the one that has more customized colors closest to yours.

Or you can come into the salon and keep trying new colors to keep it looking fresh! Other products for styling include setting lotions and texturizing sprays.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for a client with a job that allows their employees to be expressive or any client who wants to try a fun color. Pastels are the way to go! I recommend it on softer skin tones and darker hair. The dimension stands out and complements each other and the cool color goes well with cooler skin tones.

Silver Ombre

Grunge Glamor hairstyleInstagram @theladyofhair

Q&A with style creator, Chelsea Redman
Hair stylist @ Prim Hair Salon in Roanoke, VA

This hair color is for the women who want to be trendsetters and not just play it safe. The ombre style doesn’t use your conventional color schemes but blends silver color and rich brown natural tones to create a dazzling hairstyle from top to bottom. The silver is perfectly done at the bottom to give it a fiery, smokey look that is hard to achieve with darker color palettes. Exceptionally finished hair color like this one the goal of any salon visit.

Warm Sunset

Soft bronze lowlights paired with light golden highlights gives a smooth and supple glow to brighten your day. With softer colors, they are easy to maintain too!

Soft Bronze Lowlights and Light Golden Highlights Hair Coloring Idea

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Lighter skin tones that look great in pinks, greens and lilacs look fabulous in this soft color. Hair that is a lighter brown to medium blonde provides a great base to add these golden highlights and lowlights to, while hair that is medium to finer texture and straight will easily achieve this style.

Tip:

When choosing color combinations, make sure they are in the same family to create this soft look. Gold, beige, bronze and copper all complement each other nicely.

Hot Chocolate

Warm rich chocolate paired with bouncy curls is a great look for a night out or a day at the office.

Rich Chocolate Hair Color with Curls

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium to light skin tones look great in this chocolate hue, while hair that is medium to thick and wavy will hold these bouncy curls.

Tip:

If your natural color is close to this, but is lacking that golden shine, ask your stylist for a demi-permant color that will give you a rich glow with no damage!

Purple Haze

Dark brown to black hair with an overlay of vibrant violet is eye-catching and right on trend!

Dark Brown Hair Color with Violet

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium to dark skin tones that look great in violet, magenta and plum wear this hue nicely. Medium to thick hair that is straight will attain this cut and style best.

Tip:

To keep this violet bright and extend its longevity, try using a dry shampoo and hold off shampooing for two to three days.

Blondie

Bright blonde highlights paired with piecey beige lowlights bring blonde hair to life! Having both high and lowlights brings a textured and separated look to hair that looks amazing straight, wavy or curled.

Bright Blonde Highlights with Beige Lowlights Hair Color

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Fair to light skinned beauties look amazing in this multi tonal blonde, while hair that is medium in thickness and curly to wavy can embrace this style.

Tip:

Make sure to take care of your blonde tresses. Monthly conditioning treatments and sulfate-free shampoos are a must!

Wild Copper

Bright and bold yellow and orange highlights paired with a rich copper base is daring and fun. This color is sure to turn heads and draw attention your way!

Bright Copper Hair Color with Yellow and Orange Highlights Bright Copper Hair Color with Yellow and Orange Highlights Back View

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look great in oranges, yellows and greens embrace this color spectacularly! Hair that is medium to thick in texture and wavy will serve this style best.

Tip:

Love this style of highlights, but maybe this color combination is not for you? Ask your stylist for other hair coloring ideas.

Ombre’ Highlights

Warm golden highlights concentrated through the ends of a rich mocha brown brings high appeal to every brunette goddess!  This color combo is easy to maintain, easy to change and easy to rock and impress!

Rich Mocha Brown Hair Color with Warm Golden Highlights Rich Mocha Brown Hair Color with Warm Golden Highlights Front View

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium to dark complexions look fabulous in this rich mocha, while hair that is naturally curly and thick creates a perfect base for this curly look!

Tip:

When lightening your ends, you want to make sure to take extra special care of them.  Doing a weekly conditioning treatment, (such as Pravana’s NEVO 60 sec deep treat) will keep them nourished especially with regular trims!

Urban Ombre’

Bright red faded into violet will turns head everywhere you go! This hue is not for the faint of heart. Be ready with new make-up and a few new tops to rock this color.

Bright Red Ombre Hair Coloring Ideas with Violet

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look great in violets, pinks and plums will be flattered by this shade. Straight, medium to fine hair requires hardly any work to achieve this straight style.

Tip:

Keeping a bright hue bright takes the right products. On your list should be a great dry shampoo, a sulfate-free shampoo, and a conditioning leave-in treatment like Pravana’s NEVO Intense Therapy.

Blonde Bombshell

Bright platinum blonde is always a cool choice. Paired with soft waves, this look is perfect for a day date or night out on the town!

Bright Platinum Blonde Hair Color Idea

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light skin tones wear this blonde nicely, while hair that is light to medium blonde naturally makes achieving this light blonde easier on your hair.

Tip:

To keep your blonde from getting brassy, try using a violet-based shampoo and conditioner twice a week. Talk to your stylist for recommendations, or you can try my favorite — Pravana’s Pure Light Shampoo and Conditioner.

Pinches of Color

A great way to jazz up your natural color or your favorite color shade is to add very subtle, fine highlights of a soft color that is just a shade lighter than your color. Even though it’s subtle, it creates quite an impact!

Soft Brown Hair Color with Subtle Highlights Hair Coloring Idea Soft Brown Hair Color with Subtle Highlights Back View

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium to dark skin tones look great in this color combination, while hair that is medium length and thick creates a perfect base to recreate this upstyle.

Tip:

Pictured here are fine mahogany highlights through dark brown, but you can always switch it up! Just remember that if you choose a bright color, the impact will be greater and you will lose the subtleness of this picture.

Purple Pop

This cut is hot this year! Changing it up to feature a bright pop of violet (or blue, pink, orange, red, etc.) makes it hotter yet!

Dark Hair Coloring Idea with a Pop of Purple

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Any hair type or skin tone that is rocking this style can add this fun color pop! Just make sure your hair is in the right condition to lighten prior to adding the color.

Tip:

Love the color, but your boos might not? Try using hair chalk to create this look for a night out! I love the Kevin Murphy Color Bugs because they wash out and you can change the color daily.

Soft Ombre’

The ombre’ trend is still going strong and this soft subtle look is so flattering. A soft crimson/violet is added to the ends to create interest and texture in these beautiful waves!

Soft Ombre Crimson Hair Color

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium skin tones that look great in cooler colors look amazing in this hue, while hair that is naturally wavy or straight and medium in thickness works best with this style.

Tip:

It’s tempting to grab a box of color that says “just like at the salon,” but remember, stylists are trained to blend and melt colors together creating soft and consistent results, especially when you can’t see the back of your head!

The Perfect Highlight

Just the right amount of blonde to compliment a warm beautiful brown = perfection! This color looks great on just about anyone.

Beautiful Brown Hair Color Idea with Blonde Highlights Beautiful Brown Hair Color with Blonde Highlights Back View

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones look stunning in this highlighted look. Hair that is naturally medium to light brown provides a perfect base to create this highlighted look.

Tip:

The first time you get highlights is always the best! If you are going in for a touch up, talk to your stylist about just touching up the already established highlights and not adding any additional so you don’t end up too light or over highlighted.

Asymmetric Blonde

To compliment this trendy asymmetric haircut, adding back to back blonde highlights is right on trend!

Short Blonde Hair Color with Blonde Highlights Short Blonde Hair Coloring Idea with Blonde Highlights Back View

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light skin tones look great in this platinum blonde look, while hair that is fine in texture and straight is perfect for this style.

Tip:

If blonde is not for you, try adding a different more flattering color! You can go bold or subtle with this look, making it all your own.

Sun Kissed Highlights

Create a summer look all year long with blonde highlights just through the top of your hair. This recreates the natural lightening the sun does while enjoying time outdoors, with no sunscreen needed!

Brown Hair Color with Blonde Highlights

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Any skin tone can add these sun-inspired highlights to their natural color or brunette colored hair. To recreate this curly look, thick hair that is set on small rollers or a curling iron will give you full curls.

Tip:

To achieve big bouncy hair, it’s all about the right products!  Start with a volumizing root booster at the scalp and a softer medium hold gel or cream through the ends. To increase volume once hair is dry, use a volumizing dry shampoo, such as Pravana’s Fresh. Finish style off with a great hairspray that holds all day without giving you helmet head!

Blocking

This amazing color is created by using a color “blocking” technique and has amazing results! The combination of darker violet and a violet/red creates serious interest and depth.

Color Blocking Hairstyle Idea with Violet

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look great in plums, violets and grapes will be divine in this color scheme. Hair that is medium to thick and naturally curly or wavy creates a perfect foundation for this curly, retro-based style!

Tip:

Don’t ever hesitate to ask your colorist questions until you are comfortable with his/her knowledge of color before you begin your color service. Most salons and stylists offer free consultations where you can get comfortable with each other before your color appointment.

Golden Ombre’

This is a perfect example of an ombre’ done right. There is just enough blonde at the ends to give this golden brown some flair, keeping it young and fun!

Blonde Ombre Hair Coloring Idea With Golden Brown

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium complexions look great in this golden look. Hair that is colored or naturally a medium to dark blonde are a perfect starting point to this soft ombre’.

Tip:

Make sure to keep up on your trims when you have light blonde on your ends. Six to eight weeks is as long as you should go to keep hair looking great.

Redheads Have The Most Fun!

That’s a truth if I’ve ever heard one! Fiery red hair is a sure tell sign of a fun, outgoing girl. If you fit the bill, you must try red hair!

Fiery Red Hair Coloring Ideas

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones that look great in pinks and greens are perfect for red hair! To recreate this red, start with hair that is naturally or colored light brown.

Tip:

Red is the hardest color to get out of your hair, and the hardest to keep put! Rinsing with cool water and using a sulfate-free shampoo and dry shampoo will help keep you bright.

Blonde Delight

Buttery blondes in various lightness and darkness provide this color with depth and dimension to give you an amazing glow!

Buttery Blonde Hair Color with Depth and Dimension

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light skin that looks great in creams, yellows and oranges will be stunning in this buttery shade, while hair that is already light blonde or dark blonde will support this color nicely.

Tip:

Keeping hair slightly darker underneath gives more of a natural look to this blonde. The sun naturally lightens the top layers more than the underneath, but that means they need a little extra TLC too!

Bronze Beauty

Bronzy light brown with a few small peek-a-boo blonde highlights creates a fun look for day or night! This look is a great stepping stone for anyone that is thinking about copper hair that wants to go slowly into the bright hues.

Light Brown Hair Color with Peek-A-Boo Highlights

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin tones wear this bronzy tone best.  Hair that is naturally wavy or straight and medium to thick work well when recreating this style.

Tip:

Go easy on the peek-a-boo highlights for more of a dramatic piecey look.  If you have too many added it will just blend together giving your all over look a lighter hue.

Violet Vixen

Coloring your hair into an all over grape hue creates much needed drama in your life.  Make sure you are ready for all the compliments!

Grape Hair Color with Drama Grape Hair Color with Drama Side View

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium skin tones that look great in purples, dark reds and black look great wearing this violet color! Hair that is light to medium brown naturally is a great starting point for your colorist when creating an all over grape.

Tip:

Ask your stylist for recommendations on the best shampoo for your hair type. I would recommend using a violet-based shampoo and conditioner like Pravana’s Pure Light to keep that pretty violet bright!

Pastel Reverse Ombre’

Adding a soft pastel through the ends of your tresses gives a bold statement in a whisper!

Reverse Ombre Hair Color with Soft Pastel

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Any skin tone that is wearing a very light blonde is perfect for adding a pastel ombre’. Making sure your ends are in good shape before adding a pastel is curtail. If not, it may look like an accident! Get a trim and a conditioning treatment before your appointment.

Tip:

Pastel colors are not the longest lasting, because, well, they are pastel so there is less color pigment! Shampoo only every couple of days if possible and use a dry shampoo in between.

Chocolate Falls

Beautiful vintage-inspired waves paired with rich chocolate brown creates a beautiful style, that may also leave you with a bit of a sweet tooth!

Vintage Inspired Waves with Rich Chocolate Hair Color

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium to dark skin tones look best in this dark chocolate hue, while hair that is thick and naturally curly or wavy creates a perfect canvas for these curls.

Tip:

Check out these great tutorials to learn easy ways to get your curls to look like you spent the day at the salon, and more!

Coloring your hair can give you that extra boost of confidence to take on anything — a new job, a new love, or just to step outside your box. Go bold and bright or soft and subtle, it’s all up to you! These hair coloring ideas are just to get you started.

If you need extra help deciding, visit a great salon in your area who offers complimentary consultations for ideas. Once you cross over the bridge of colored hair, you’ll never look back! Happy hair coloring!