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 pulled open Instagram, I realized that #tealhairdontcare is very much happening, and somehow, I'd almost missed it. So, in an effort to keep you up to date on the latest movements in hair, dear readers, here are several shades of teal worn so effortlessly you won't want to turn a blind eye.
A casual ponytail becomes next-level when you add some teal strands and a red lip.
We love the way the natural base here seamlessly transitions to teal at the same eye line as her baby bangs.
Ditch the Blonde
Hilary Duff hasn't had too many distinct changes in hair color, so we were surprised when she ditched the blonde for teal.
A classic teal ombré, indeed. The fact that such a bright color can fall from a deep, dark base color is simply impressive.
The swirled edges on this short pixie are everything.
Green and Teal Ombré
A seriously fun, Lisa Frank-inspired 'do right here. This blue to green ombré will have heads turning for sure.
This princess warrior braid situation nicely highlights the subtle variation of blues and greens hidden throughout her long, teal hair.
More Than Just a Hair Color
"For Kylie Jenner, teal isn't just a hair color, it's a whole look."
Sprinkle teal hair with some shimmery rainbow lights and what you'll get is pure magic.
If a bright hair color isn't your jam, try watering it down a bit like this washed-out shade of teal.
Extra Long Braids
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.
Cornrow designs will only amp up your teal game.
Billie Eilish is often sporting some shade of blue or grey, and we're quite partial to this vibrant hue.
Around the Edges
Replacing those face-framing blonde highlights with a color like teal will surely add even more drama.
Gaga for Teal
Lady Gaga wears teal locks like they're basically her natural color.
All Mixed Up
A purposeful mix up of teals and blues can only be achieved by a color guru like Lena Ott.
Not to fear—nothing scary here. Just a fun splash of teal to surprise passersby.
Textured Blue Bangs
A choppy micro bang on teal blue hair flatters her diamond face shape and pairs beautifully with a smudged orange lip.
Katy Perry wears her teal bound up in a beehive with a bubblegum pink lip and Bettie Page-inspired bangs for a classic pin-up girl look.
Teal can look great on any hair length without giving the appearance that the hair is totally damaged or compromised.
Wearing an unnatural color like teal with your natural hair texture can create a supernatural effect.
A lip-length micro bob colored in an ocean-sprayed teal will give off vacation vibes all year 'round.
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.
If Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen dyed her icy blonde strands teal, it'd probably look a little something like this. A breaker of chains and trends.
Just The Tips
For naturally curly hair, try adding a pinch of color on the very ends to keep your hair in maximum good health.
Friends that go teal together, stay together.
These blown-out, long layers on sea foam colored hair mimic the ocean waves.
An ashy, silver base color with teal highlights will leave you with an icy blend sans brain freeze.
Sea Foam Dreams
Having a dark natural base, or pre-existing color in your hair should never stop you from fulfilling your sea foam hair dreams.
Just when we thought teal couldn't get any better on its own, we found it on this perfectly textured pixie.
I think this just proves that highlights can make any pop of color seem super casual.
Halsey and her teal tinted cropped chop are so laissez-faire.
Teal-Green with Envy
For bright, enviable color like this, you'll want to re-apply your favorite vibrant shade about every three months.
This style makes a huge impact all over and hidden underneath.
To get soft waves like these, 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.
These waves and that color? Total mermaid vibes.
Teal can come in a pastel shade too, with more of a turquoise tinge to it than a pastel blue.
Close crops look incredible with a bold color.
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.
A Touch of Teal
Instead of touching up your grow-out highlights with a toner, try hitting refresh by adding a touch of teal to your already lightened balayage to liven things up.
This look takes a teal base color and melts it into a frosty, silver finish.
Seriously, how cute is this knotted half-up style on her teal strands?
Straight and to the Point
Here, naturally straight hair has been dip-dyed with teal pointed ends.
Light Hair Not Required
Even the darkest of bases can go full-on, high-impact with teal.
This straightened teal lob is so clean and sleek that it has a marbleized effect, showcasing all of teal's tones and subtleties.