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Love the look of teal hair color but don’t know how to pull it off? We’re here to show you how.

With all the fun, alternative colors trending right now, it’s the perfect time to make a bold statement with a vibrant teal hair color.

Not only does it show off your edgy side, but it has a mysterious and alluring quality that’s hard to resist.

This guide will give you all the information you need to make a big statement with your hair color.

Check out these 10 on-trend teal hair color ideas and tips on how to achieve each look.

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What is teal hair color?

Teal hair color is a combination of blue and green.

It’s not an exact shade of either color, which makes it unique and pretty exciting to try out. We love it for its bright, bold and refreshing look that gives any hairstyle so much personality.

It can be a darker shade like sea green, jewel-like jade or a bright turquoise, pastel blue.

Mix it up with complimentary hues like pastel pinks and purples to make ombre, add some deep dark blue highlights or blend it with sage greens for a mermaid shimmer.

Teal is an extremely versatile color, which you can use to make all kinds of amazing streaks and highlights.

Check out the latest looks for ideas and inspiration.

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10 On-Trend Teal Hair Color Ideas

When it comes to hair color trends, there’s no doubt that bold, vibrant hues are having a moment. And one of the most popular shades right now is teal.

If you’re thinking of trying this look for yourself, you’re in luck – here, we’ve rounded up 10 of the most on-trend teal hair color ideas to inspire your next trip to the salon.

#1 Rainbow Mermaid

Bring the ocean to your hair by blending a mix of blues and greens for a soft, mermaid-inspired look.

Mermaid hair is one of our all time fave ways to wear teal and this rainbow prism highlight is out of this world. Style it in waves for a classic mermaid vibe.

#2. All Over Teal

For a bold, dynamic effect, dye your entire head in a bright, metallic shade of teal.

This style really makes a statement and complements a variety of skin tones too. You’ll need to have a really light blonde hair base for this stunning look.

#3. Teal and Black Ombre

Create a soft transition from black to teal with a striking ombré effect.

This look is perfect for those who want a subtle blend of colors while still making a bold statement.

#4. Teal Highlights on Dark Hair

For a more subtle take on teal for darker hair try adding turquoise highlights.

This look gives your hair dimension and lift, creating an eye catching effect with a pop of color.

#5. Teal Balayage

Get the perfect blend of naturally placed highlights with a stunning balayage highlights technique.

This hand-painted style is a more subtle look that still gets noticed. Blend teal greens with blue on a natural dark hair base.

#6. Pastel Teal

Tap into the latest pastel trend by lightening your hair and adding a soft, powdery teal hue.

This minty green look goes great with warm skin tones and muted pastel make-up as well for a full pastel look.

#7. Teal and Purple Split Dye

Why limit yourself to just one color when you can have two?

If you’re feeling adventurous, go for a split dye technique that pairs teal with another bold hue like purple, pink, red or blue hair.

The key to pulling off this look is to keep the colors complimentary; try sticking to shades that are in the same color family.

#8. Teal Tips

Add a touch of fun to the ends of your mane with a teal tip or dip dye that can be subtle or dramatic.

This style works on a variety of hair lengths and textures but we particularly love it on a blonde hair. Keep your natural hair color all over to create a show stopping contrast.

#9. Teal Peekaboo

Get creative with a hidden peekaboo section of teal hair.

This involves dyeing the underside of your hair teal, allowing you to have a pop of color that’s only visible when you tie your hair up or part it in a certain way. Peek a boo!

#10. Teal Streaks

Add a touch of personality to your hair with streaks of teal. They look stunning on a pastel lavender or metallic silver base like this.

Place them strategically to frame your face and bring flashed of vibrant turquoise color to your look.

Is teal hair color warm or cool?

Teal is actually a versatile color that can incorporate both warm and cool skin tones.

The base color of teal is blue-green, which leans towards the cooler side of the color spectrum.

But you can find in warmer shades that contain more yellow or orange, which makes a warmer variation of teal color.

If you’re unsure what color your undertones are, just use our handy checklist below!

If you have cool undertones:

  • Your skin tone is pink or pale.
  • You blush easily!
  • Jewel and pastel colors are so your thing.
  • The color yellow washes you out and does not look good on you.
  • You have blue not green veins in your wrist.
  • Pearls and silver jewellery look awesome on you.

If you have warm undertones:

  • You have red or golden tones in your natural hair.
  • Your skin tone is golden, tan or olive.
  • You might have freckles.
  • You have green not blue veins in your wrist.
  • You suit bright or rich shades better.
  • Gold jewellery looks awesome on you.
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Will teal hair suit me?

If you’re not sure what colors will suit you, you can take our quick quiz! Just click on the image below to find out which hair colors suit you!

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Can I dye my hair teal without bleach?

This color is a pastel shade, which means you will have to lighten your hair so that the color shows up.

It’s a harsh process that could mean bleaching your hair multiple times, so make sure you consult your stylist or colorist at a professional salon who can tell you if your hair is truly up for it!

If you have light hair, or your hair is already bleached or a super-light white-platinum blonde, you already have a good base for teal.

If your hair is darker than this, you’ll definitely have to bleach it to get the right base for the bright color to really pop!

It’s also a shade that sticks around in your hair and can be hard to remove, so make sure you’re up for commitment!

Can you dye brown hair teal?

Yes, you can dye your hair teal if you have brown or black hair. You just won’t get the same effect or brightness as you would with a bleached base color.

You can dry dark teal colors like sea greens and emerald to add depth and dimension.

You will need to use a semi-permanent color that will stay in your hair for a few washed rather than a temporary dye that will just wash out after one shampoo.

Semi-permanent colors are available in so many variations and hues these days! Just take your pick of blue, green or pastel colors and find what you like best for this lovely look.

Can I dye my hair teal at home?

Yes! The good news is there are so many hair dye kits on the market these days that it’s really simple to get this color at home.

You can use semi-permanent or permanent dyes and there are some shades which can give you great mid-tone results without too much hassle.

We love Arctic Fox hair color Aquamarine, Manic Panic’s Electric Lizard or Lime Crime’s Unicorn Hair mermaid teal for hair dyes with the most vibrancy.

Here are a few of the best teal hair dyes you can buy today.

Just make sure to test them out on small patches first before committing to teal locks!

Best teal hair dye at a glance.

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Keracolor Clenditioner Semi Permanent Hair Color, Teal
Keracolor Clenditioner TEAL Hair Dye - Semi Permanent Hair Color Depositing Conditioner, Cruelty-free, 12 Fl. Oz.
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Punky Turquoise Semi Permanent Conditioning Hair Color
Punky Semi Permanent Conditioning Hair Color, Vegan, PPD and Paraben Free, may last for 5-40 washes, 3.5oz, Turquoise
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Lime Crime Unicorn Hair Semi-Permanent Hair Dye Sea Witch (Rich Teal)
Lime Crime Unicorn Hair Dye Full Coverage, Sea Witch (Rich Teal) - Vegan and Cruelty Free Semi-Permanent Hair Color Conditions & Moisturizes - Temporary Green Hair Dye With Sugary Citrus Vanilla Scent
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Manic Panic Enchanted Forest Hair Dye Classic
Manic Panic Enchanted Forest Hair Dye – Classic High Voltage - (2PK) Semi-Permanent Hair Color - Deep, Teal Green Shade - For Dark & Light Hair – Vegan, PPD & Ammonia-Free - For Coloring Hair
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L'Oreal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color For Brunettes, Teal
L'Oreal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color For Brunettes, Teal
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Adore Semi-Permanent Haircolor Emerald
Adore Semi Permanent Hair Color - Vegan and Cruelty-Free Hair Dye - 4 Fl Oz - 168 Emerald (Pack of 1)
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How to get teal hair color.

Want to know how to get the look at home? Watch this awesome “how to’ video to get it right first time!

How long will teal last?

This color is one of the most intense out there, so it will last you a long time.

Semi-permanent hair dyes last around 8-10 washes. However, this is one of those colors that sticks around so don’t expect it to wash out completely.

It can fade gradually after repeated washes, so having some dyes on hand for touch-ups every now and again might be necessary to keep this shade bright and the envy of all your friends!

What color does teal hair fade to?

It’s a color that fades quite well as long as you can keep yellow brassy tones at bay.

It can leave some lovely pastel tones as it fades, like baby blue and light green or even purple depending on the color dye you have used.

The biggest reason you’ll have to dye it again will be root regrowth. It’s not a color that works well with a grown-out look!

How to care for teal hair.

This color is extremely high maintenance because it’s so vivid.

You’ll need to wash your hair with cold water more frequently than usual as hot water can fade the shade at an accelerated rate.  

Always use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair dye locked in.

The same goes for using heating tools like straightening irons or hairdryers; they also speed up fading considerably!

Always use a good heat protecting spray to protect your color.

How to remove teal hair dye.

This color is hard to remove at home unless you bleach your hair beforehand.

However, if you’re determined to get rid of this shade then it’s best to visit a professional who can do the job for you safely.

You might also want to consider having two rounds of bleaching before coloring again in another shade that will be less damaging on your locks!

The good news is there are plenty of hair dyes that cover green hair and correct and tone the color.

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There are so many gorgeous variations of this shade that it’s really easy to find the perfect shade for you.

Just make sure to test it out on a small section of hair before going for the big change.

Once you’ve found your perfect shade, go ahead and rock this gorgeous color with pride!

Good luck!

Found your perfect teal shade? We’d love to see it! Tag us on Instagram @colouredhaircare or Facebook and share your hair dye success stories. Looking for more hair care tips? Check out How to Look After Colored Hair: 11 Expert Secrets For Long-Lasting Color.

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  • Nicola Freeman, Creative Director & Content Lead
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    With over two decades of passionate hair dyeing experience, I've experimented with nearly every shade imaginable. My journey began long before blogging; as an award-winning copywriter in London and New York, I shaped narratives for iconic brands. However, when friends sought advice during lockdown for at-home hair dyeing, I realized my true calling. Beyond being your hair color expert, I'm a mom of two girls, wife to artist Tony, and an avid soccer player!