Mermaid-inspired hair colors have been trending for a while now, and the fervor only seems to continue escalating. After all, there are so many ways to interpret the concept. Come Halloween, mermaid costumes continue to be one of the most consistently searched on the Internet. Alas, while you might have your mermaid hairstyle and makeup down pat, or at least in the works, adjusting your hair color to under-the-sea perfection is the cherry on top to achieve the ultimate finned masterpiece of a look—whether you're dressing up for a holiday or channelling these sea-dwelling creatures in your day-to-day.
Luckily for you, we totally have your back. Once you've decided on your undulating style of choice, we recommend sifting through the below 45 shade options to seal the mystical deal. Truly, the sky (or should we say the sea?) is the limit when it comes to mermaid-perfect hair colors. Celebrity hairstylist and owner of Hair Addict Salon, Michelle Cleveland defines mermaid hair as "long flowy locks in a vibrant color and tone."
"To achieve these vivid shades, you first need to pre-lighten the hair," says George Papanikolas, MATRIX celebrity colorist. "The more pastel a shade you choose, the lighter the pre-lightened hair will need to be, so darker hair would have the easiest time staying in the Fuchsia/Red/Orange/Yellow family. Blue and Greens would need to be pre-lightened to pale yellow."
Choosing A Shade: The sky's the limit when it comes to mermaid hair. "Since these shades are not technically 'natural' you really have the freedom to choose your favorite fun shade," says Papanikolas. Check out some images on Pinterest to get ideas.
Maintenance Level: High. It depends on the look you go for, but generally unnatural shades require more upkeep to stay vibrant and conceal roots.
Goes Great With: Everything. Any skin tone and hair texture can try mermaid hair. The look is so easily customizable and encompasses a wide variety of shades. The key? "With with what you got!" says Cleveland. "For example: eye color, skin tone and hair color should all harmonize and balance to achieve the perfect result. If you have warm color eyes and skin then it would be ideal to opt for a cool toned hair color shade."
Price: $14+ for DIY semi-permanent, $50-$200 at a salon (price will vary based on whether you do all-over color or highlights)
If you're looking for a color that still veers more natural, we love the versatility of Lucy Hale's lovely shade of garnet. So much, in fact, we think we'd continue to wear it even after we've shed our fins.
Can't decide on just one (or two or three) colors? Why not swim full speed ahead and try a rainbow-striped vibe out for size? Bonus points for braids aplenty and whimsical touches of flora.
If you have a flair for the fiery, this hot hue of magenta is kind of like Ariel's signature shade of crimson—but a heck of a lot cooler.
"I tend to recommend staying in the Pink/Fuchsia family since these tend to fade easily," notes Papanikolas. "The Blues/Greens have a tendency to stick to the hair and are much harder to remove if you want a change."
Ombré hair is still going strong, and honestly, the technique just screams mermaid. You can achieve the look with any collection of mermaid-inspired hair colors, but we're especially partial to the nuance of blues and purples.
Rose gold hair has been having a major moment for, well, years. For an edgier take, we love the ashiness of this mauve shade.
Adding a bright hue to naturally textured hair makes curls pop. To avoid fried, dehydrated spirals, use a lightweight oil that moisturizes hair without weighing it down like Verb Ghost Oil ($18).
This neon buzz cut proves once again that mermaid hair isn't just for those with long, luscious locks. If you're looking for a temporary option, try the Manic Panic Amplified Color Spray ($13).
Since millennial pink and rose gold hair are totally on trend and not so unusual anymore, stand out with this hot pink-magenta fused shade that's sure to catch eyes everywhere.
Let's be frank; yellow isn't the most popular shade in the world of hair color. After all, it can go from rad to bad really quickly (because of this, we highly recommend visiting a professional to achieve this color). But we must admit, these sunshine-dipped tips make golden hair totally appealing.
Not everyone will feel comfortable rocking full-on highlighter yellow, but if you're drawn to this shade, it packs a very powerful punch.
"Mermaid hair is definitely not a DIY project!!" cautions Cleveland. "Leave this process to a highly trained professional as there is a ton of science and theory involved in lifting the proper amount of your existing hair color out based on the target shade you are looking for. Additionally, a professional colorist will have the proper supplies to protect your hair as it goes through this very invasive process."