17 Amazing Examples of Green Hair Colors

Green hair colors

Green hair is a high-fashion, elemental hair color that will get you the spotlight wherever you go. From vibrant emeralds to rocker neons to leafy pastels, the green hair trend has taken over the feeds of famous personalities like Kim K and Dua Lipa and is getting colorists thrilled and inspired to create similar color creations.

Green hair dye is being infused into highlights, lowlights, ombre and other coloring techniques. Don’t just think the color of grass when you think of green hair color when there are so many shades available. Hair dyes are essential to creating that green hair color and a professional colorist can help for those who are not confident in DIY hair dyes for such a unique color.

It’s an impeccable color that promises magic and attention, but also requires lots of love and maintenance. To get started, having well and evenly bleached hair is a must to maximize dye absorption. Washing your tresses with cold water and using color-safe and color-depositing shampoos and conditioners also help prolong this grassy green goodness.

It may take a great deal of effort to maintain a viridescent mane but the results are astonishing and always worth it! Flaunt one of these modish green hair colors and experience a truly verdant look!

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Olive Green Hair

Olive Green Hair Color
Instagram @unme_salon

This olive green hair is an unconventional green hue in every way. Olive hair color brings a sheen to the hair and is surprisingly vibrant and cool.

Neon Green Hair

Neon Green Hair
Instagram @ririfergharv

A sparklin’, pop rockin’ color that brings you back to the future! Bright pastel green is a refreshing take on the old grassy hue.

Dark Green Hair Color

Q&A with style creator, Jonah Crescencio
Stylist / Colorist @ Kut Haus DTC in Covina, CA

How would you describe this?

This dark green hair color is bold, edgy, and fashion-forward.

What’s your best advice?

Make sure that 4-6 week maintenance appointments would work well with your schedule to ensure that the hair color is well kept and vibrant.

Be sure not to wash every day (2-3 washes a week max) with cooler water using sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners to keep the green color from fading. Enjoy your new style and color and have fun with it!

Lime Green Hair

Q&A with style creator, Danielle Gorewitz
Owner / Stylist @ Painted Hair Studio in Mooresville, NC


How would you describe this?

You can see those deeper greens blending into an electric, highlighter green shade. This color was created using the game-changing color line Pulp Riot. Something truly amazing about a bright, neon green, is that it’s definitely a show-stopper. Statement greens are definitely original and unique.

What’s your best advice?

For woman wanting vivid colors, especially neons or greens (or both), you need to be paired with a stylist who will educate you. Proper at-home care and products are crucial in the fade-out process in vivids.

Something like a neon green is definitely suited for babes with an edge. It’s an attention-drawing color. This lime green hair color can cover ahead or it can be placed as “peek-a-boo” highlights for just a pop of fun color.

When choosing green or any other vivid color, do this first: Research your stylists. Look up their social media, look at their vivid work. Get in for a consultation, get educated, ask questions!

Forest Green Hair Color

Forest Green Hair Color
Instagram @vancouvhair

Q&A with style creator, Amanda Vieira
Master Stylist @ AXIS Hair Salon in Vancouver, BC


How would you describe this?

This color is forest green. Think dense evergreens deep in the woods of pacific north-west against the cool back-drop reflection of winter. It’s the fun of a fantasy/vivid color without trying to be in your face about it.

What’s your best advice?

When wanting to maintain any fantasy colors like green, avoid excessive heat styling for the first week or two and to wash with cool water. Warm/hot water opens the cuticle of the hair and strips away color. Plus, any sulfate shampoo will strip color as well.

Because of the logistics of a bleach-out process and touching up the roots afterward, women who want fantasy colors like this should be prepared to come in every 5-7 weeks.

Vivid colors look their best for the first 3 weeks depending on how often you wash your hair. But it can stay fresher for longer if you don’t wash your hair too frequently, you’re washing with cool water and using sulfate-free products and custom color conditioners.

Purple and Green Balayage Hair Color

Purple and Green Balayage Hair Color
Instagram @giannadoll13

Q&A with style creator, Gianna Lidgett
Creative Colorist @ The DollHouse in Bakersfield, CA


How would you describe this?

This creation is a peacock coloring. The coolest thing about this balayage is it’s perfect for darker hair. When cutting long layers into hair, it gives movement to the color allowing you to see peaks of highs and lows.

What’s your best advice?

Embrace the fade. Pulp Riot’s colors fade true to the tone and become a more pastel version of themselves. It’s a hair journey to enjoy the ride. As always, the right shampoo and conditioner and cold water will always take you further.

Green Mermaid Hair

Q&A with style creator, Justine Louise
Color Specialist / Independent Stylist @ Wicked Hair Salon in Leominster, MA


How would you describe this?

This green mermaid hair was created with Pulp Riot. With Pulp Riot as the paint, the palette was fully customized with the use of 8 different colors, utilizing the contrast between rich greens and electric neon prisms to bring balance and movement to her hair.

What’s your best advice?

For women willing to invest in not only the initial service but also the proper home care products, these greens won’t disappoint. Use Pulp Riot’s color-protecting Bangkok shampoo, Tokyo conditioner, and Berlin dry shampoo in between wash days. Seven weeks later, at two washes a week, this beauty is still rocking the color vibrancy.

I hear so often, “I’d love to have fun colored hair, I just couldn’t pull it off,” but rainbow hair is for everyone. There are women over 60 who ask to be unicorns and mermaids.

If you’re considering green as a hair color but are hesitant, ask your stylist to start you off with some hidden or peekaboo panels. Keeping a natural colored root with either a melt, balayage, or ombre is also a great way to ease into the unconventional.

Pink and Green Balayage Hair

Pink and Green Balayage Hair
Instagram @melanniemillan

Flaunt your mermaid hair with flattering beach waves on your long and flowing locks. Surely, all the mermen are going to dive in for this look.

Bold Green Dip Dye

Q&A with style creator, Erin Holder
Owner @ Kaleidoscope Hair Studio in Colorado Springs, CO


How would you describe this?

This is a bold green dip dye. Opt for color that is edgy and vivid, but also low maintenance. Colored ombres are fun colors to have. The natural root is forgiving to grow out, and you’re not committed to coming back every 4 weeks for a touch-up! Pulp Riot’s “Absinthe” pops against the dark base, and it’s not something you see every day! The coolest thing about this black and green hair is that it’s edgy, but still easy to maintain.

What’s your best advice?

A color depositing conditioner lets you maintain the color in the shower, and it’ll last as long as you keep using it! This is a must for any vivid colors, especially black hair with green highlights.

Be ready to stain a few pillowcases and towels with any bright color, but it’s worth it. Keep the base close matching your natural one, so the grow-out is forgiving. Especially if you’re not someone who tends to get your hair done very often.

Pastel Green Hair Shade

Pastel Green Hair Shade
Instagram @bree.little

Q&A with style creator, Bree Little
Hairstylist in Encino, CA


How would you describe this?

This minty fresh pastel green color is an amazing color to rock. Green and mint tones are reminiscent of spring, as the cold starts to fade away and we start to see all the fresh new life growing in nature. It’s a beautiful hue on either cool or warmer color ranges.

What’s your best advice?

Mint color tones like this are a soft way of wearing a color that often times can be intimidating to people. A lot of women feel that green shades may not suit or complement them. However, most women can wear any color – it’s just finding the right tone and level of it.

Black and Green Ombre Hair

Q&A with style creator, Amanda Campbell
Hairstylist @ Salon Virtu in Sedona, AZ


How would you describe this?

This is a black and green ombré hair color. The base color was darkened and the ends were lightened. Then the dark green hair dye was applied.

What’s your best advice?

This style is more for a woman who is okay with a bit of maintenance. These fashion colors can stain towels, sheets, clothing, and more, especially when wet. These colors also fade very quickly. Use a pigmented shampoo to keep the color looking great!

Bright Green Hair

Bright Green hair
Instagram @yeessiie

Q&A with style creator, Yesenia Fredrickson
Hairdresser in Riverside, CA


How would you describe this?

This is a multidimensional green hair color. The way the neon green pops, produces body.

What’s your best advice?

Bright green hair is very high maintenance. Your hair has to be blonde for the vivids to grab on to. For those who have darker hair, lightning sessions are required.

Maintaining green hair requires a color care shampoo and conditioner. For example, Eufora’s Bodyfying shampoo has a vibrant color complex which helps extend the life of the color, so give it a try!

With that being said you don’t want to wash your hair often, and dry shampoo is your best friend (such as Davines hair freshener). When you do wash it, make sure to wash it with colder water to retain the color in longer.

Light Green Hair Shade

Q&A with style creator, Rebecca Dorsey
Stylist / Director of Education @ Laboratorie in Baltimore, MD


How would you describe this?

This light green hair was prepped with a leave-in conditioner and hair oil.

What’s your best advice?

Firstly prep your hair before your color visit with a treatment like Olaplex #3. Do several treatments over a few weeks prior to getting the color done, then continue weekly treatments thereafter.

Try New Wash for color-treated hair. It’s super gentle on hair color and nourishing to the scalp and hair. It seriously helps color stay longer. It cleanses and conditions in one step.

Even though the look shouts easy-going, maintenance is required on the scalp, with lightening every 6 weeks. The color will be refreshed at each lightening and could be refreshed between visits if needed.

Since it is a pastel color, it will fade more quickly than a deeper hue. Cleansing only once a week or when absolutely necessary is ideal to help the color last longer. Even getting it wet can take a tiny bit of color out each time.

If your hair is chemically damaged or weak, don’t opt for this type of color process.

Follow your stylist’s recommendations for at-home care. Keeping the hair in its best condition will do wonders for the longevity of the color and the health of the scalp and hair.

Ash Green Hair

Ash Green hair
Instagram @j_joli

Q&A with style creator, Jase Lee
Hairstylist @ Le Classic Hair Studio in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


How would you describe this?

If you’re looking for a fresh look, try this ash green hair color ! A warm color such as red/yellow/orange usually looks bored when you keep it for a long period. So instead, opt for an ombre color like this ash green.

What’s your best advice?

Not everyone is able to carry this ash green hair color. One will have to wear makeup to prevent herself from looking pale, as this is a cool tone. Without makeup, it will make you look pale and fair.

Besides that, hair serum and mask are a must to create fewer tangles and also to make healthy and shinier tresses. Maintenance-wise, wash your dyed hair with sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner after 72 hours, and it is better to use color shampoo for the dyed hair too.

Blue and Green Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Hannah Rodriguez
Cosmetologist / Barber @ Milk and Honey Salon in Austin, TX


How would you describe this?

This look is a multidimensional, blue to green balayage color. The roots are a natural dark brown color and was highlighted to melt into the blue. Ask for a dark blue, a pure green, and yellow color to achieve the melt. Take into consideration the amount of color bleeding that will happen during the rinse out, which is why the yellow is used on the ends. By the end of the rinse and shampoo, the yellow will become the perfect lime green.

What’s your best advice?

This blue green hair color is something you have to take care of, use the correct products on, and is expensive to upkeep. Because this blue and green hair requires the hair to be very light blonde, there are multiple bleaching services required before the green can even go on. The bleach can make the hair fragile, so get regular haircuts, deep treatments, and use protein masks at home. Depending on how your hair holds onto color and how fast it grows, you’ll need to make an appointment every  6-12 weeks.

Try a conditioner that has green pigment in it. That way every time you shampoo, you’re getting some color back in there. This green and blue hair is definitely not for everyone, but can be very fun on the right woman! The most important things before considering green hair are maintenance, the integrity of the hair, and the time and money spent in the salon!

Mint Green Hair

Q&A with style creator, Alexander Scott
Hairstylist @ BANG in Seattle, WA


How would you describe this?

This is a silvery mint color on a textured bob shape. Don’t you love the reflection of this ultra-light pastel tone?

What’s your best advice?

Pastel tones are beautiful – and fleeting. A color like this requires the lightest possible blonde undertones, and every time you shampoo, the green dyed hair color will change and fade. Typically with proper products and home care, a color like this will last 4-6 shampoos and then the hair will be back to blonde.

Emerald Green Hair Color

Q&A with style creator, Natalie Reak
Designer Hair Stylist @ Body Bliss Salon & Spa in Wake Forest, NC


How would you describe this?

This is lived-in vivid emerald green hair. That means, you’re able to grow your hair out without the worry of having any harsh lines. The dimension in this hair color is amazing, especially if you have low lights and roots that are your natural color.

What’s your best advice?

For maintaining the color vibrancy of this emerald green wash minimally, which means stocking up on dry shampoo! When you do need to wash, use cool water to keep the cuticle as close as possible.

As far as other things you should consider while thinking about coloring your hair color green, take a look at your wardrobe and decide if you will feel comfortable in those clothes while your hair is green. Color combination is important.