Maybe we can thank Billie Eilish or Lady Gaga’s 2019 Oscars look for blue hair trending upwards. Either way you slice it, you can count us in.
Of course, we're always obsessing over bright hair dyes and unexpected shades like magenta and mint green—and when you (or a trusted colorist) combine a cool color with the ombré technique, it's instantly cooler.
But be warned: These styles certainly aren't for the faint of heart. So if you're a beauty risk-taker ready to take the leap into uncharted azure territory, we've got you covered with all the inspiration you need. Below, you can check out the best blue ombré hairstyles we found on Instagram, with every shade of the spectrum represented—cerulean, navy, sapphire, and beyond—so you can find the blue hue and accompanying style that's right for you.
Blunt, Soft Ends
Nothing like that fresh-out-of-the-salon-chair chop, right? Pair a blunt, choppy cut with a faded turquoise hue for an instantly wearable look. (Our favorite smoothing serums should help you out.)
This balayage look—which is, essentially, ombré with more highlights throughout and less "color-blocking"—is goals. Colorists can usually free-hand here, and the combination of teal streaks and natural roots is on-point.
Nothing says casual-cool like tousled, edgy-hued hair. If you have naturally wavy brunette locks, a low-maintenance dip-dyed look could be perfect for you.
We love a good hyper-pigmented moment—the saturated-blue works perfectly with her natural, subtle streaks near the roots. Of course, you can’t go wrong with a blunt long bob and tousled waves.
Worried about styling aqua-hued hair for swankier events? Don't be: Pile bright-blue braids in a high bun with loose strands hanging down. So chic.
Ice, Ice Baby
How cool is this perfectly icy look with silvery ends and denim roots? Dyed ombré hair can be ultra-soft and glam, rather than severe—especially when paired with tousled beach waves.
This turquoisey blend borders on iridescent, doesn’t it? If it looks green from some angles and blue from others, your colorist is doing something right—it'll look amazing styled pin-straight or with natural curls, too.
Bleach & Blue
We're always down for a platinum-blonde moment. Of course, add some blue ombré in and we're smitten—the powdery shade chosen here complements the bleached top perfectly.
We're obsessed with this indigo style that fades into violet tips. Why choose between two colors if you don't have to? *Insert smirk emoji*
The official hairstyle for beauty risk-takers. As if an asymmetrical bob isn’t bold enough, this look takes it one step further with ultra-dimensional blue and green dye.
Gray had its hair moment, but what about acid-washed sky-blue? Try a silvery mix with vibrant roots and soft ends.
Over the Rainbow
Again, why choose just one color? This look starts with natural roots then cascades into an ombré rainbow (an ombrainbow, if you will) of soft pinks and purples finished off with aquamarine ends. (This is the kind of hair that makes you feel instantly happier.)
Whether you’re naturally blonde, brunette, or redhead—keeping your natural looks with an ultra-vibrant hue (in this case, blonde with blue) is always a good idea so you don't need to worry about frequent touch-ups.
A flouncy bob with blended streaks that alternate between green and blue? Yes, please. This style (with her natural color peeking out from underneath) is giving us major mermaid vibes.
If you’re a natural brunette, ask for a blend of some near-navy shades for a subtler look. Some extra-length and luxe beach waves won't hurt either.
You know what they say—go big or go home. While we love a dusty, subtle blue, we’ll always have a soft spot for bold, pigmented styles like this one, with an aqua-to-sapphire ombré.
How sweet is this bright-blue ‘do paired with blunt bangs and wispy ends? Depending on your hair-type, all you’ll need is a good texturizing spray to go with it.
You can't beat natural roots combined with nearly neon-aquamarine ends. Bonus points for styling yours in two cool, single top-knots with beach waves.
We love a natural, dirty-blonde moment—but when you mix it with dusty-blue ombré ends, we’re officially in love. The flouncy curls make it ultra-wearable.
We’re clearly a fan of silver dye jobs, but add in some saturated turquoise dimensions and you have the perfect edgy look. (We love the traces of pigment mostly throughout the crown.)
A Neon Mane
There’s something striking about seeing neon hair colors that you (obviously) wouldn't see in the wild. Maybe that's why we’re in love with this luminous green-and-blue bob. (Either way, the pink earrings are the perfect finishing touch, no?)
Need a hairstyle for festival season? You’re in luck—the perfect denim shade meets its match with a pastel, seafoam green ombré. Top it off with topknots, of course!
Silky Beach Waves
When the hair looks as soft and luscious as it (probably) feels. Keep your top half natural and ends royal-blue for a sophisticated, (relatively) subtle take on the trend.
If you're already a braid-wearer, try spicing up your usual style with colorful ombré. We love the oscillating blue and white pieces here.
We love a good dip-dye moment. No matter what your natural hair color is, rich, turquoise ends give your hair an effortless vibe that doesn't look like you spent hours in a salon chair (not that there's anything wrong with that).
Bonus points if your hair matches your shirt! Seriously, though—this bright blue-jean shade mixed with some lighter streaks and subtler roots gives this style so much dimension.
A Color Melt Moment
Color melting consists of blending highlights with the natural base color of your hair (so there’s no obvious distinction or harsh lines and highlights between the different colors). It creates a more seamless, flawless effect—if you’re not into the idea of a severe ombré.
Lean into the whimsy of a blue ombré look by styling it in something equally playful—like space buns. (Because when your hair color is already out-of-this-world, you need a style to match.)
We're not exactly sure what to call this color. Slate? Smoke? Powder blue? Either way, we love the way it looks on her undone hair texture tossed into a high ponytail.
Make a statement with a bold, cobalt color-block paired with pin-straight locks for maximum impact. (Check out our best hair-straightening faves for guidance.)
The best way to highlight your highlights is with a great 'do. Try pairing royal-blue balayage with luscious curls and effortless, side-swept bangs.
From some angles, this style might look allover purple—but when you look closely, you notice the dimension. Note the way the color is worked into her natural shade toward her roots and cascades into blue tips.
Royal-blue roots that fade into mint green may sound like a wild idea, but it clearly looks super-sleek when executed properly. Tousled waves add a touch of softness too.
A subtle midnight color—that shines when the lights hits it—is a great way to ease into the trend. Try pairing it with a sleek, straight bob.
Make your blue ombré hair feel a little more "grown-up" by keeping your roots au naturale with dip-dyed ends. Of course, a tousled, side-parted 'do to go with it makes it ultra-sultry.
Dyeing your hair might be a commitment, but, again, that doesn't mean you have to commit to only one color. Take a page from this post and pick two shades to color-block together.
A dye-job as sexy as this deserves a hairstyle to match. Pair a cerulean color (featuring a splash of turquoise) with a bouncy long bob.
Blue & Gold
Take an unexpected color combination and turn it on its head. Sapphire and golden-blonde complement each other perfectly here—especially with a “reverse ombré” situation featuring saturated-blue roots.
With highlights of seafoam, arctic blue, and near-navy, this hair is a colorist's dream project. Put it all on display with a soft, touchable style.
We'll admit it: We're a bit partial to tousled bobs when it comes to ombré. We love the way the gradient starts out subtle with natural roots, then cascades into ultraviolet, indigo pieces blended to perfection.
This ultra-pigmented sapphire shade might seem a little berserk at first glance, but the natural roots keep it wearable. Soften it up by styling it with bouncy curls.
Try a choppy, wispy bob with navy roots and arctic-blue highlights. A whimsical, nautical hair-clip, of course, is the perfect finishing touch to match the oceanic vibes.
Looking for something totally eye-catching and unique? Let cobalt-dyed roots fade into an icy turquoise color.
Unexpected Color Combo
As soon as we think a certain color combination could never work together, we see an Instagram picture that instantly changes our mind. Pink fading into blue is certainly a bold choice—but you can’t deny it looks instantly cool when executed well.