44 Teal Hair Color Looks You'll Want to Pin Immediately

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Teal hair—I never really thought it was a commonly worn hair color, but boy, was I wrong. I assume it'd be a hard color to miss if it was trending, given how vibrant of a shade it is, but once I started paying attention I saw it everywhere on each end of the color spectrum, from turquoise blue to sea foam green and all the aquamarine hues in between. I saw women with teal hair on the subway and passing me on the street in my Brooklyn neighborhood. Even my cashier at Whole Foods was wearing teal-colored braid extensions—and they were beautiful. When I opened Instagram, I realized that #tealhairdontcare is very much happening, and somehow, I'd almost missed it.

How can you pull off this colorful and cool shade? Celebrity colorist Reece Walker says that most people will require a bleach process first to achieve the right hue of teal. "I would pretty much always pre-lighten the hair to a pale yellow before putting a teal over it," he says. "If you don’t pre-lighten or bleach it, you could be left with a a very dull, dusty result."

Meet the Expert

  • Reece Walker is a bicoastal colorist, stylist, and hair extension expert for his celebrity clientele like Victoria Beckham, Miranda Kerr, and Caroline Vreeland.

Teal Hair Color

Choosing a shade: "Creative fashion colors, like teal, do not work on natural hair colors unless you’re a natural very light blonde—like the blonde that young kids have," Walker says. "I would always suggest going to a salon when bleaching is required, but it’s not essential. You can definitely refresh the teal at home once the bleaching is done."

Maintenance level: "I would say every five to seven weeks you will need to touch up the regrowth if you want to keep it all one color—otherwise, if you like your natural color coming through at the root, that can look cool too," Walker explains.

Goes great with: Neutral makeup tones so it doesn't compete with your hair color. A soft, rosy lip gloss will pair well with teal.

Similar shades: Blue ombré, dark blue

Price: The price will vary depending on whether you are doing allover color or small sections of highlights. Talk with your stylist to get an idea of what it will cost beforehand.

Ready to try out the teal trend? Check out these teal hair color looks you'll want to show your colorist immediately.

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Casual Ponytail

Demi Lovato wears a ponytail with teal highlights and ends

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A casual ponytail becomes next-level when you add some teal strands and a red lip.

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Baby Bangs

Woman with shoulder-length long bob with bangs with brown roots and teal ends

@lunartideshair

We love the way the natural base here seamlessly transitions to teal at the same eye line as the baby bangs.

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Ditch the Blonde

Hilary Duff with wavy dimensional teal hair color

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Hilary Duff hasn't had too many distinct changes in hair color, so we were surprised when she ditched the blonde for teal.

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Classic Ombré

A classic teal ombré, indeed. The fact that such a bright color can fall from a deep, dark base color is simply impressive.

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Green and Teal Ombré

Woman with ombre green to teal hair color

@raffyflower

A seriously fun, Lisa Frank-inspired 'do, this blue to green ombré will have heads turning for sure.

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Princess Braids

This princess warrior braid situation nicely highlights the subtle variation of blues and greens hidden throughout her long, teal hair.

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More Than Just a Hair Color

Kylie Jenner wears a dark brown to teal ombre long bob hairstyle

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For Kylie Jenner, teal isn't just a hair color—it's a whole look. The reality star showed off this cool look with her ends dipped in the perfect shade of teal.

If you do an allover color of teal, you can let it grow out to also achieve this look. To keep the color vibrant, however, you may need your colorist to touch up the ends.

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Rainbow Lights

Back view of bright teal hair color with iridescent rainbow highlights

@serahdoeshairahh

Sprinkle teal hair with some shimmery rainbow highlights and what you'll get is pure magic.

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Water Color

Woman with blonde and pastel teal hair color

@suitecarolinesalon

If a bright hair color isn't your jam, try watering it down a bit like this washed-out shade of teal.

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Teal Braids

Amandla Stenberg wears box braids with teal braiding hair extensions

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Let's not forget that getting braids is a fun opportunity to throw another color into the mix. We absolutely love these extra-long teal braids, as seen on Amandla Stenberg.

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Cornrows

Top view of woman with cornrowed teal hair and teal sunglasses

@loveleyshair

Cornrow designs will only amp up your teal game. We love how the shade matches these cool tinted sunglasses.

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Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish wears muted ocean teal hair color

@billieeilish

In the early days of her career, Billie Eilish was most often sporting some shade of blue or gray, and we're quite partial to this vibrant hue.

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Around the Edges

Woman with curled hair with natural dark roots and teal ends

@cosmolemon

Replacing those face-framing blonde highlights with a color like teal will surely add even more drama.

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Gaga for Teal

Lady Gaga with a teal blowout, oversized dark sunglasses, and red lipstick

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Lady Gaga wears teal locks so well, it looks like they're basically her natural color.

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All Mixed Up

A purposeful mixup of teals and blues is best achieved by a color expert like Lena Ott. Talk with your stylist about your color goals to see where your creativity as a team can go.

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Peek-A-Boo

Side view of warm copper brunette bob with teal colored ends

@serahdoeshairahh

Not to fear—nothing scary here. It's just a fun splash of teal to surprise passersby.

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Textured Blue Bangs

A choppy set of micro bangs on teal blue hair works beautifully alongside a diamond face shape and a smudged orange lip.

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Pin-Up

Katy Perry wears a teal beehive pinup hairstyle with subtle brown roots and curled bangs

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Katy Perry wears her teal bound up in a beehive with a bubblegum pink lip and Bettie Page-inspired bangs for a classic pinup girl look.

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Teal Lob

Teal can look great on any hair length, and we love the way the bright shade highlights this shiny, healthy lob.

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Natural Waves

Didi Stone wears teal hair with natural wavy texture

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Wearing a bright color like teal with your natural hair texture can create a supernatural effect.

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Blue Bob

Katy Perry wears a blue-toned teal bob hairstyle with bangs

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A chic bob colored in an ocean-sprayed teal will give off vacation vibes all year 'round, as seen here on Katy Perry.

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Hiding Rainbows

Wavy teal bob hairstyle with red, yellow, and green ombre peeking through

@hairbykaseyoh

If you're going to incorporate rainbow strands into your 'do, make sure the rainbow ends—teal, in this case—are the same shade as the rest of your locks for an effortless look.

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GOT Style

If Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen dyed her icy blonde strands teal, it'd probably look a little something like this. You'll feel like a breaker of chains and trends.

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Just The Tips

Fergie wears mid-length blonde hair with subtle teal tips

@fergie

Try adding a pinch of teal, as seen here on Fergie, on just the very ends to keep your hair in maximum good health. This is also a great look if you want a more subtle hint of color.

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Teal Twins

Friends that go teal together stay together. If you're both looking to have fun with your hair, we think this is an excellent way to coordinate.

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Layered Blowout

These blown-out, long layers on sea foam colored hair mimic the ocean waves.

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Icy Blend

Back view of cool toned teal hairstyle with dusty gray undertones

@hairbyharman

An ashy, silver base color with teal highlights will leave you with an icy blend sans brain freeze.

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Sea Foam Dreams

Back view of long curled green-toned teal hair

@kylierosehairartist

Having a dark natural base or preexisting color in your hair should never stop you from fulfilling your sea foam hair dreams. We love the deep, alluring feel that the darker shade creates.

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Perfect Pixie

Just when we thought teal couldn't get any better on its own, we found it on this perfectly textured pixie.

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Teal Highlights

This look proves that highlights can make any pop of color seem super casual. With the balayage technique, we bet it grows out like a dream, too.

To copy this look without the commitment, clip in a few strands of teal hair extensions ($9) to spice up your look.

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Tinted Top

Halsey wears a short hairstyle with longer teal top and buzzed sides

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Halsey and her teal-tinted cropped chop are so laissez-faire. If you have a short haircut with a longer top, this is a great way to highlight the contrast.

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Teal-Green with Envy

Woman with green-toned teal wavy hair and silver nose ring

@blonde_rehab

For bright, enviable color like this, you'll want to reapply your favorite vibrant shade about every three months.

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Undercut

Back view of teal colored hair with undercut

@manicpanicnyc

This style makes a huge impact all over and hidden underneath.

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Soft Waves

Jaime King wears shoulder-length soft waves with teal ends and blonde roots

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To get soft waves like actress Jaime King, use a mixed-bristle round brush instead of a metal or ceramic round brush or curling iron. A boar bristle combo is going to be gentler on your color-treated strands too—a major plus.

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Mermaid Vibes

These waves and that color? Total mermaid vibes.

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Pastel Teal

Woman with pastel teal curled hair and fuchsia lipstick

@overtonecolor

Teal can come in a pastel shade, too, with more of a turquoise tinge to it than a pastel blue.

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Teal Pixie

Daisia Chantel wears a cropped curly teal colored haircut with matching dyed eyebrows

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Close crops look incredible with a bold color. If you're feeling bold, go all out by matching your eyebrows to the hair on your head.

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Teal Ombré

Ombrés are always a great decision when you don't want high-maintenance color. This low-hanging teal ombré will grow out nicely into teal-tipped ends.

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Instagram Worthy

Karol G with extra-long teal wavy hair color

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Singer Karol G turns heads with her long, teal waves. To copy her look, part your hair down the middle and use a 1.5-inch curling iron to add in some soft waves.

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Teal Melt

Back view of seafoam teal to gray ombre hair color

@manicpanicnyc

This look takes a teal base color and melts it into a frosty silver finish.

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Knot Average

Back view of straight blue to green teal hair color with knotted half-up hairstyle

@manicpanicpro

Seriously, how cute is this knotted half-up style on these teal strands? This style proves teal is a versatile shade that's fun whether you wear it curly, wavy, or silky straight.

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Straight and to the Point

Here, naturally straight hair has been dip-dyed with teal pointed ends.

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Light Hair Not Required

Woman with long, straight dark teal hair color and winged eyeliner

@overtonecolor

Even the darkest of bases can go full-on and high-impact with teal, thanks to expert techniques as well as at-home brands like Overtone.

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Marbled Lob

Side view of silky teal long bob hairstyle

@manicpanicnyc

This straightened teal lob is so clean and sleek that it has a marbleized effect, showcasing all of teal's tones and subtleties.

FAQ
  • How can you make your teal hair color last longer?

    Teal hair color will fade quickly. Try to wait several days between washing hair, use color-safe shampoo and, if possible, wash with cold water. “Teal hair fades extremely quickly, so I’d suggest having enough of it close by to touch it up once every two weeks to keep the vibrancy up,” Walker says.

  • What does teal hair color fade to?

    Depending on the shade of teal, it often fades to a mint green or pastel blue. To help prevent it from turning green, wash your hair with a purple shampoo, such as Clairol's Shimmer Lights ($14). 

  • How do you get teal hair color out of hair?

    Even though the bright color can fade fast, teal and blue hair colors can be difficult to completely remove from your hair, especially if you pre-lighten or bleach your hair first. Try using clarifying shampoo or even dandruff shampoo to help pull the color out. You can also visit your colorist, who can either bleach your hair to remove the teal color or darken your hair color to conceal it. 

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