15 Gorgeous Mermaid Hair Colors Ideas To Try In 2024: For Colorful Hair

15 Gorgeous Mermaid Hair Colors Ideas To Try In 2024: For Colorful Hair

Dive into the hottest mermaid hair color ideas for 2024! As a hairstylist, I'm sharing my top picks for stunning, ocean-inspired looks.

As a hairstylist and hair care expert with over a decade of experience in the US, I've seen countless hair trends come and go. But one that never seems to lose its luster is the mermaid hair look. This magical blend of ocean hues is perfect for adding a touch of whimsy and glamour to any style.

And with 2024 just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about how to update your mermaid hair for the new year. Here are some of my favorites!

Aquamarine Ocean Blue Mermaid Hair Color Ideas

The original mermaid hair! The color of the ocean, the color of sea… blue! Yes, nothing screams “mermaid” more than matching your hair to the waves of the ocean. 

And the best part is there are several shades of blue you can choose from. I love throwing in a bit of silver and grey in there too, just to enhance the blues. What do you think?

Rose Gold And Purple

Emerald Green

If the previous style was a whole lotta blue for you, why not keep it simple and go for a single bright hair color. 

Yes, a single tone dye too can be a mermaid hair color if done right. I especially like a bright sapphire color for my hair. It’s very versatile as it suits both lighter and darker skin tones. 

Sunset Toned Mermaid Hair

Silver Mermaid Hair

mermaid hair color for dark hair
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It doesn’t matter if your hair is going naturally grey or if you have bleached and dyed your tresses. The silver-grey mermaid hair is here to stay! 

This look is so gorgeous because it suits a wide range of skin tones and undertones. And its upkeep is also very easy. All you need is a good purple shampoo or toner to remove yellowness and you’re good to go! 

Ruby Red Mermaid Hair

red mermaid hair color
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To be fair, this hair color can be called the original “mermaid hair” as you’ll see that our original mermaid Ariel from the Disney movie sported this hair color. So why not pay homage to this character and get your ruby red locks. 

This hair color will look great on people with neutral, reddish and yellow undertones. And if you have olive undertones I suggest going for a more burgundy-ish red or an ombre with a cooler tone. 

Yellow And Blue

Metallic Green And Pink

Pastel Colored Mermaid Hair

pastel hair color ideas

If you don’t like the look of all those bright colors on your hair, I have an option for you. Why not try a more muted color palette with pastels instead?

These hair colors look amazing and also aren’t too “in your face” as some of the jewel toned hair. 

Purple Pink Mermaid Hair

mermaid hair coloring shampoo
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I love this classic mermaid hair color. Well, it’s about as classic as pink hair gets. I like going for an ombre with purple pink hair instead of using a solid color. You can also play around with the lightness or darkness of the shade. 

Seaweed Green Mermaid Hair

green mermaid hair

Now I know this looks too unconventional at first glance. But trust me it looks ah-mazing, especially if you’ve got yellow or neutral undertones to your skin.

Candy Floss Mermaid Hair

This is a more subtle variation on the pastel mermaid hair color. The candy floss hair is usually a solid color of maybe with silver-white highlights in it. You can choose the shade you want depending on your skin and eye tone.

Personally, I really like how the light blue candy floss hair looks on people with blue eyes. It really makes your eyes pop!

Rainbow Colored Mermaid Hair

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This sort of hair color has also been called the “unicorn hair” so there you go, you can be two mythical creatures at once with this look. 

Subtle Mermaid Hair Color

mermaid hair highlights
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Colorful Ombre on Long Hair

Blonde Mermaid Hair Color

How To Take Care of Mermaid Hair Color 

If you’re planning to get the mermaid hair color, then you must be very careful as this isn’t a DIY thing. It can go very wrong, especially if you have dark hair and need to bleach your hair first. 

So I really recommend going to the salon for this one. Also, here are some more tips to keep in mind while getting your hair dyed into mermaid hair colors.

Nourish your bleached hair to reduce damage

If you have dark hair you’ll have to start off with bleaching your tresses. Unfortunately, for pitch black hair, you might have to bleach hair multiple times to get the perfect light color that will serve as a canvas for your mermaid hair. 

This means that your mermaid hair can be extremely prone to damage and dryness. So it’s very important to take care of it and use reperative products like hair masks and conditioners often. 

Always use a color-protect, sulfate-free shampoo

Also, the hair color like any other is very prone to fading. This is especially true if you have chosen to forego the bleaching and use a color-depositing hair dye instead. So it’s very essential you maintain your hair dye by using a sulfate-free shampoo.

Look for a shampoo that’s not just sulfate-free but whose formula actively helps prevent hair color from fading by protecting it against UV radiation for example. 

Don’t forget to choose the right color

Yes, the whole point of a mermaid hair color is to have a riot of shades across your head. But even then, there are certain hues that match your skin tone and undertone better than others. 

For example, a light seafoam green and related shades will go well with light skin colors with yellow/neutral undertones while pink-purple shades will help enhance darker skin tones. 

So do a shade test first by coloring some parts of your hair with a color-depositing, temporary dye and then decide if you want the color on your whole head.

Mermaid Hair Colors Ideas: FAQs

Can you try mermaid hair color for dark hair?

Yes absolutely. There’s two ways you can do mermaid hair color on dark hair. The first, and most obvious way, is to bleach your hair. If your hair is light enough to show the dye well then you can color your hair whatever shade you want. In fact, you can even go for permanent or semi-permanent hair dyes this way.
The other, and considerably less damaging way to dye your hair mermaid color is to use a temporary hair dye. These dyes won’t actually color your dark hair but only coat your strands with the pigments. You can either use a hair chalk or a temporary hair dye like Splat or Manic Panic if you do not want to bleach your hair.

Is mermaid hair color still trending in 2024?

While not the blazing star of every runway, mermaid hair retains its charm in 2024! Subtler versions like beachy balayage and pastel blends stay fresh, while bolder looks like vibrant ocean blues and under-the-sea neons still turn heads. It's about expressing yourself, and mermaid hair's versatility keeps it swimming strong!

Why You Should Trust Haireveryday?

The author of this article, Leah Marie Priest has a degree in Cosmetology with years of experience in dealing with hair care, scalp care, and hairstyling. As someone who extensively deals with all kinds of hair textures, products, styling methods and more, hair Leah Marie knows what kind of products and procedures suit each hair type and person. We have also tested these hair products and processes ourselves to provide you an unbiased review about every product. Each of our articles are also reviewed by a team of medical professionals so that you get the most accurate and expert-reviewed information.

Final Thoughts About the Mermaid Hair Colors

If you want to go for a new hair color this year, the mermaid hair dye trend is worth looking into. 

Yes, it can be a bit daunting at first to see such brilliant, bright colors and you might even think “is this a bit much?” 

But trust me the end results are always surprisingly rewarding.

I really loved my mermaid hair that I got in a very classic pink-purple ombre shade. I hope you can find your favorite style too from the list of options I’ve given above.

And as always don’t forget to invest in a color-safe hair care line including a sulfate-free shampoo and hair glosses to keep your color looking good and making it last longer. 

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