The 13 Hottest Mermaid Hair Color Ideas

Best mermaid hair colors

Mermaid hair is a hair color trend that infuses two or more pastels or vivids onto long, beach waves hair. Luscious lengthy hair plus waves plus a whole lot of magical fashion colors. Mermaid hair dye is right on track to becoming everyone’s next favorite hair color! Multi-toned pastels and vivids make this style intensely fun to wear, aside from all the attention that you’ll receive.

Tight, small curls to soft, big waves are the usual styling done to complete the display of different fashion shades. Length can also give you the ability to create flawless transitions of color and intensity. Blac Chna, Kesha, and Lady Gaga all had their manes transformed into this beaut, and the trend hasn’t stopped ever since!

With gorgeous hair comes great responsibility. Be ready for multiple bleach procedures and a multitude of patience for your desired colors to appear on your strands. Post-coloring care such as the use of protective hair products and occasional salon trips for upkeep is a must!

Step out of your comfort zone for eventful days and nights and try one of these on-trend mermaid hair colors!

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Mermaid Hair: The Fishtail Braid

Fishtail Mermaid Hair
Instagram @maryh.ott

Swim back to goodness with the ultimate merpeople hairstyle. Fuschia and magenta hues interlocked into one fishtail makes you an under-the-sea native!

Blue and Teal Ocean Mermaid Hair

Blue and Teal Ocean Mermaid Hair
Instagram @hairbyclairperez

Mermaid hair now comes in mesmerizing turquoise shades! Definitely seeing those lush seagrass and kelp underwater. If you want mermaid hairstyles definitely consider light shades like aqua and turquoise.

Pastel Green Seaweed Mermaid Hair

Pastel Green Seaweed Mermaid Hair
Instagram @maneconcept

One word: mesmerizing. Live out your mermaid hair dreams with kelp-colored hair that is obviously out of this world!

Mermaid Hair in a Pixie

Mermaid Hair in a Pixie
Instagram @rebecca_inthelab

Short-haired girls have fun too! Get in line for the hottest mix of mermaid color tones and cut this summer.

Colorful Coral Pink Mermaid Hues

Colorful Coral Pink Mermaid Hair
Instagram @rainbowbritebeauty

Peach hues have been in fashion but you can get the trend starting by wearing this hue with mid-length hair.

Colorful Ocean Mermaid Ombre

Colorful Ocean Mermaid Ombre
Instagram @taylorrae_hair

A rich combination of blue roots and aquamarine ends is almost like wearing the ocean as your crowning glory! Mermaid hair done in ombre coloring techniques brings out a unique flair.

Bold Blue and Purple Mermaid Hair

Q&A with style creator, Angelene Corder
Level 1 Stylist @ XO Hair Lab in Chesapeake, VA

How would you describe this?

This haircut is a mermaid hair color with a purple-y sunset hue along with a beautiful blue ocean hue. One amazing thing about the color line (Pulp Riot) is how you can formulate for underlying pigments and still achieve the color for the desired toned.

What’s your best advice?

It’s always good to go into a detailed consultation when talking to your stylist. You have to talk about your wardrobe, if you wear makeup, and how you style your hair. It’s also important to know your face shape to learn how your stylist can section and layout for the color, so when you look at it at eye level, you see that contrast.

Pink, Purple, Green and Blue Rainbow Mermaid

Q&A with style creator, Tori Briggs
Hairstylist / Booth Renter @ Hair, Heart and Soul Salon in Rocky Mount, NC


How would you describe this?

These mermaid hair colors feature bright pinks, purples, greens and blues.

The color choice for the hair was beta fish inspired. The dark blue, light blue, and minty green were chosen as the main colors with sections of pink, purple, and neon green riddled underneath and around the facial frame.

Melting is the name of the game. You want one color melting into another. The goal is to create movement within the hair that would be calming on top then opening into bold pops of color. The dark blue shadow root helps tremendously with how the hair transitions during the grow-out/fade out.

What’s your best advice?

If you want to opt for rainbow mermaid color hair, think about your personality first. If you’re quiet, choose pastels and softer tones for that laid back vibe. If you’re bold, then naturally go with vibrant colors! Are you tan or pale?

Whatever you do start with a clean canvas. Ask for a level 9 or higher. The cleaner the canvas the prettier the fade. Think about the fade more than the initial color. Yes, it is a process to turn into a blonde, but so worth the wait, especially when this morphs into pastels!

Popping color through the neckline or a small panel on the side can be enough to make you feel bold and empowered! Mermaid colors can literally change your perspective on life!

Sea Foam Green Mermaid Short Hair

Sea Foam Green Mermaid Short Hair
Instagram @rachelringwood

Q&A with style creator, Rachel Ringwood
Hairstylist / Owner @ His & Hers Parlour in Miami, FL


How would you describe this?

This mermaid style is an elegant punk. The transition from a high upkeep regrowth line, aka bleach, and tone with magenta creates more of a low maintenance, sassy dimensional color.

The color draws your eyes and flows so well together. It pulls it away from the “teenager, punky, colored stigma.” Let’s just say the multi-dimensional tones help fade it in different ways and it evolves with washes.

What’s your best advice?

The key is not washing your hair as often and washing in cold water and moisturizing.

For all of your mermaid hair ideas, investing in good products is a game changer! Use sulfate-free, paraben-free, sodium chloride-free products, less alcohol with styling products, and less heat, as you might melt your color right off!

Go home with a container of matching color for a color refresh before you have to come back into the salon. When it comes to vivid colors the upkeep is key to a rich looking color.

Bright colors have changed the game, and women are becoming more opening minded in different businesses. Art, colors, and self-expression flow so well together, so why not embrace it in all ways!

Wave Crashing Silver, Blue and Purple Mermaid Hair

Wave Crashing Silver, Blue and Purple Mermaid Hair
Instagram @courtgannhair

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


How would you describe this?

This mermaid hair color features a lighter shade in the middle, which gives it a little something different than your typical ombré look! The darker root and the darker end color makes these mids pop a little more!

What’s your best advice?

Fashion/vivid colors are a commitment. Have a long consultation with your stylist beforehand, to learn the ends and outs of at-home maintenance. Sulfate-free shampoos, like Pulp Riot or Biolage, with minimal washing in cool water, are a must! Low heat settings on hot tools and a good heat protectant (I prefer Kenra 22 spray) before styling are also important. Violet tones generally fade fairly well, so these tones aren’t as much upkeep as others, but prepare to be back in the salon in 6-8 weeks for a retouch!

Deep Blue Sea Mermaid Hair Color

Deep Blue Sea Mermaid Hair Color
Instagram @looksbylaurie

Q&A with style creator, Laurie Percoco
Owner / Artist @ POSH Color Studio in Easton, PA


How would you describe this?

This deep blue sea mermaid’s hair is bright and bold! It’s got a deep purple root blending down into a beautiful and dimensional blend of topaz shades. A seamless blend was created as the color travels down the strand! It’s a statement piece for sure!

Find a stylist who has developed their own technique with fashion shades to give a killer color melt. Mermaid hairstyles are definitely popping with color. Mermaid’s hair is definitely a huge trend that is here to stay!

What’s your best advice?

This mermaid hairstyle takes a lot of maintenance. At-home care is super important, so they need to use a sulfate-free color care shampoo and conditioner!

Picking an artist who specializes in this type of color is so important. It’s so important to do a proper consultation. Make sure your artist has a portfolio so you can see their work before agreeing to the service. You absolutely want to seek a vivids specialist to achieve this mermaid hair properly!

Light Clear Blue Mermaid Hues

Light Clear Blue Mermaid Hues
Instagram @carrieannaa

Q&A with style creator, Carrie Withers
Hairstylist @ City Lites Salon in Lynchburg, VA


How would you describe this?

These mermaid tresses are that of a clear blue sky, with a couple of wispy clouds.

What’s your best advice?

This type of color is very high maintenance and can be damaging if you don’t go about it the right way. Go in every 6 weeks. That makes for an easy and safe regrowth application with lightener. For women with dark hair, don’t opt for this type of color. For women who want more of the pastel tones,  stick with ladies who are naturally blonde/light brown.

For women wanting something on the blue/green side of the spectrum, it’s a little more commitment because the underlying green tones can be pretty difficult to remove.  Product-wise, weekly deep treatments are usually needed due to the lightening of the hair, as well as a leave-in conditioner and heat protectant if you’re using a lot of heat on your hair.

Green and Blue Lagoon Mermaid Hair

Green and Blue Lagoon Mermaid Hair
Instagram @kaybeglam

Q&A with style creator, Karol Negron
Licensed Cosmetologist @ Villa Bella Salon & Spa in Sebring, FL


How would you describe this?

This is a half and half color melt mermaid hair, which is trending right now. For this masterpiece, the mermaid green hair color is the main attraction.

You can see the different shades of blue and mint and then Green. Ask your stylist to use Guy Tang MyDentity Mystic Blue, Arctic Blue, and Mint of Steel and from Pulp Riot, and also Absinthe and Area 51 to achieve this color.

What’s your best advice?

A color like this looks great on fair skin, but overall, if you have a great personality you can rock pretty much anything!

Things to keep in mind when doing color like this is that you need to have a level 10 clean canvas, so make sure to use a pH bonder to protect the hair from the damage of the lightning process. A good lightener to achieve a perfectly clean canvas is key to have great results.

These colors take a very long time to achieve so be ready to spend the day with your hairstylist. Also, keep in mind that these colors are very expensive but they are so worth it.

Use a sulfate-free shampoo and a good hair mask (such as Pai Shau Supreme Revitalizing mask), and healthy hair is very important! Using the right products after are going to help your colors to last longer.