9 Extreme Hair Trends To Dye For

by Meghan Sara


I’ve been chalking my hair with sidewalk chalk and water since I was 13 years old. I refuse to accept the hair I was born with!  If you’re like me, you’ve known you were destined for hair greatness since you first saw Jewel Staite as Catalina on Space Cases (OMG, SNICK).


Just when I think I’ve seen the most extreme hair my eyeballs can handle, there’s a new trend that goes above and beyond my wildest dreams!  Below are 9 of the wildest, dreamist, most lust-worthy hair trends popping up in my Instagram feed lately:


1.  It’s VERY Easy Being Green

When I first heard that “green hair” was trending, visions of Old Gregg popped into my head. I turned up my nose! I sneered! And now I’m eating my words. There’s just something about the way these green dip dyes effortlessly compliment every natural shade of color! Total respect for the dip-dye crowd: all the fun of extreme color, and their life doesn’t revolve around maintaining their roots. So maybe it IS easy being green, huh? Sorry, Kermit. Check out the hotness on Instagram under the hashtags #greenhair and #greendipdye.


etraudadnanrefvia @etraudadnanref/Instagram



2.  Go, Granny, Go

Grey hair (or gray hair?) isn’t going anywhere. Sometimes called “granny hair” (even though #NotAllGrannies have gray hair, and not all gray-haired ladies are grannies)! In the past, we did anything we could to cover our grays. Now, not only do we love our grays, we’re flaunting them! Check out the hashtags #greyhair, #grayhair, #grannyhairdontcare, and #greyhairdontcare

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3.  La Vie En Rose

Far from the fuchsia I rocked back in college, today’s pink hair trend veers towards the soft, pastel shades. From Frenchie’s “Beauty School Dropout” hue, to a dusty antique rose close to strawberry blonde, light pink is surprisingly wearable! See all the beautiful possibilities on Instagram under the hashtags #pinkhair and #pinkhairdontcare!





4.  Blue Jean Baby

If the words “denim hair” made you tilt your head like a confused pug, let me break it down for you: hues of blue and white come together to mimic the two colors of thread in woven denim! Denim hair comes in a vast array of shades, much like the blue jeans we all know and love. Check out the hashtag #denimhair to see all the beautiful and diverse interpretations of this new trend!

denim hair by davidsolis22 modeled by elena.fitchdenim hair by @davidsolis22 modeled by @elena.fitch




5.  Glitter Is Forever

When your extreme color starts to grow out, what can you do to keep it looking magical between touchups? GLITTER ROOTS. You say, “Meghan, glitter isn’t permanent like dye!  It doesn’t belong in this roundup!” To which I respond, “Have you ever tried to get glitter out of carpet? GLITTER IS PERMANENT.” Hashtag it: #glitterroots

 @_yeseniae @_yeseniae




6.  A Cut Below

The kitty-cat undercut broke the Internet, but it’s not the first or the only fancy shaved hairstyle out there! If you’re making that commitment, why not dye it too? Another question: if you dye an undercut, does it grow out looking like a dip dye? You’ll have to report back and tell me! Check out #undercutgirls for hair-spiration!


@siennaspalding color by @guy_tang and cut by @johnny_spanakos@siennaspalding, color by @guy_tang and cut by @johnny_spanakos

@thevillagespa@thevillagespa by @craigbrunckhd 

 7.  Clap If You Believe In Fairy Hair

First, there were the pastels. But still, we demanded MORE, and thus came the fairy hair. Sometimes called “unicorn hair,” it’s ethereal, bright, and MAGICAL. You know you’ve woven a magical fairy hair spell when your braid is an intricate explosion of delicate pinks, blues, greens, and purples! Hashtags:  #fairyhair and #unicornhair.  

@musikologie by @atticsalonhi@musikologie by Kat Bachlott at @atticsalonhi




8.  Across The Universe

The jewel-toned counterpart to “fairy hair,” galaxy hair takes it to the Dark Side. Galaxy hair is typically comprised of a purple base shade, offset by rich blues, indigos, greens, even pinks to bring the popular galaxy color palate to life. Hashtag it:  #galaxyhair


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I would be seriously tempted by galaxy hair, y’all, if I weren’t already the proud vanguard of this last extreme hair trend…


9.  Half and Half Hair

With pop stars like Melanie Martinez (below) and Sia rocking this look, it’s easy to forget that I invented it.  Well, maybe not, but I for sure rock this like whoa.  Calling to mind happy childhood memories — black & white cookies, Mister Softee swirl cones, Cruella de Vil, whatever — this is a fun look to rock if you’re having a hard time making up your mind.  Or, if you’re two-faced like me. Whatever. Plus, it emphasizes the symmetry in your face! Symmetry is bae. Expect this trend to BLOW UP now that Margot Robbie is rocking a half-blue, half-pink dip dye look in the Suicide Squad movie. Cruise the hashtag:  #halfandhalfhair

Melanie Martinez / @littlebodybigheartMelanie Martinez / @littlebodybigheart


My half and half hairMy half and half hair! @meghansara

So what the funk are you waiting for?  Life is short!  Swallow that fear of committment and grab the bleach!  What new hair trends do you want to try out?

featured image via @eyedo_hair on Instagram.


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