The Editors
Updated on August 31, 2021

No matter your style or personality, there is a mermaid hair look that was made for you. Pick contrasting shades or go for colors that are right next to each other on the color chart. Get ready to apply your love for color to your hair.

Mermaid Hair Ideas

Expertly dyed mermaid hair is a feast for the eyes. Below you will find very soft and delicate versions of multi-tone pastel hair as well as bright and bold hair color solutions.

1. Fantastical Hues and Curls

The overall success of this look owes to a few key elements. The hair was dyed darker at the top. A variety of soft contrasting colors was chosen. Plus, every single color goes good with gray. (The gray ends are what tie it all together). Warning, this isn’t one we recommend for DIY!

2. Pastel Periwinkle and Platinum Locks

Dyeing hair in pastel colors is fun. However, to get this mermaid hair color the strands need to be bleached. Make sure the stylist will take all precautions and minimize the damage for your strands. Also, remember about home treatment. Don`t be afraid to ask your stylist what to do with your hair after such an aggressive procedure.

3. Uniquely Contrasting Colors

Clearly the work of a color expert, this complicated style is so gorgeous. It’s proof that anything goes. You do not have to stick to obvious color choices! For this look, each chunk of hair is treated individually.

4. Pastel Retro Glam

We love, love, love the retro curls. To get the color, chose a pastel purple with a gray tint and a soft aqua for the highlights. Because the shades are similar, you don’t need to use foil or worry about bleeding. The purple is applied first, leaving sections blond for the blue to be worked through afterwards.

5. Friendship Bracelet Braid

Mermaid hair color is all about fun. When you’ve got colorful strands, they become like accessories, turning any hairstyle under the sun into a special adornment. Choose a variety of shades that look beautiful next to each other and apply them on thin, small sections of hair. Braided up-dos will never be the same.

6. Teal to Acid Colormelt

This is so amazing we can hardly stand it. If you have dark hair to begin with and want to know how to get colorful hair that doesn’t look like a wig, choose an ombre solution where you keep your natural hair color (or a shade close to it) at the roots and then go as bright as you wish through the length.

7. Aquamarine with Chic Roots

You know the whole grown out root trend? You can be more than just grateful that the trend exists (if you’re already in the grow-out phase). You can also actively seek the trend out, because hey, it exists for a reason. Just be sure when going for different colored roots and ends that the choices are a logical progression.

8. Sleek Sunset Perfection

The vibe of this mermaid hair is absolutely 60s mod. The perfectly blunt cut and straight strands are what allow the colorful transition to truly shine. With a look this bright, you’d be surprised how versatile it can be. You can rock any neutral outfit with way more style.

Pink And Orange Straight Hair

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9. Vibrant Girly Tones

Few women will risk dyeing their hair in bright head-turning shades. But if you are bold enough, wear such colors proudly! Assiduously choose your clothing and make-up, always be stylish because you are a star who was born to shine bright!

10. Autumn-Inspired Voluminous Hair

Umm, is she actually under water right now? Because wow. This is the epitome of fantasy hair. Vibrant orange and understated red are styled to flowy perfection. Note how the orange transitions higher up around the face to bring out the color of her eyes.

11. Gritty Gray Twisted Locks

Mermaid colormelt on your hair is the perfect way to show off your grungy soul. Nope, this trend is not all sand dollars and sunshine. Punky girls are welcome, too. Dye the roots in a darker shade and start the pink and purple strands at different places, finishing with gray. For styling, curl the midshaft but leave the ends straight.

12. Platinum Braid with Candy Colored Highlights

Bright colors attract you, but you can`t decide on one exact color to dye your hair? Choose them all! Pastel and neon shades, thin or chunky highlights… the variants are endless. You must remember the only one rule: choose those hair tones, which suit your base.

13. Pastel Green and Vibrant Fuchsia

Surprise people with a look they haven’t seen before. No extensions needed when you go for a modern lob (though of course you could dye some white extensions in that same shade of light green and put them in for a night out).

14. Maroon Dip Dye and Peekaboos

Mermaid hair is all about being uniquely you. Show your wild side or your sweet side or your dark side. Be unexpected. Pretty platinum locks with red worked in the bottom and undersides aren’t just a multi-tone hairstyle—it shows that you’ve got dimension, too.

15. Touched by the Sea

The idea of mermaid blue hair not reaching all the way to the root is fantastic for a number of reasons. The most important is that it gives you a mischievous style. Like oh you thought I was normal? Well, I’ve got a siren side, too. The other reason is that if you later want a change, you’re halfway there.

16. Smoky Curls with Neon Highlights

Someone got creative! And we are so impressed. This is the futuristic and dystopic version of colored hair. Smoke, acid, and neon…we are so into it. Highlight the middle and undersections only, using gray throughout, and then curl to reveal the bold tones.

17. Pretty and Soft Purple

Because mermaid hair color is all about art and fantasy and creativity, it should never be just one color. If you’re shooting for a single hue, like purple, soften the look with differing shades. The result is that it actually makes it more realistic—which means you can pull the look off.

18. Romantic Sherbet Tones

If you love bringing femininity and romance back with your wardrobe, you should know that you can definitely do it with your hair too. Soft shades like peach and pink are an easy addition to blond hair and can brighten up your look. Opt for sweet curls and rosettes when styling. Your locks are now your hair accessories.

19. Steel to Pastel Blue Ombre

This is a gorgeous take on the gray trend. Lavender and pastel blue don’t make a stark contrast, but complement each other perfectly. If pink or red hair isn’t your thing, but you still want to try pastel hair, this is a very beautiful idea of romantic hair.

20. Rainbow Colored Hair

To get the rainbow-inspired mermaid hair, choose 4-6 colors and then artfully arrange them. For each layer, be sure to have it stop and start at differing lengths within a set range. You can also mix shades together to keep the transitions smooth.

Now that you’ve had your fill of mermaid hair inspiration, close your eyes. Envision your inner siren, especially if she’s not what you might have expected! Whether you DIY or go to a salon, have fun and plan ahead.

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