If you're trying to be more eco-friendly this year, we’ve already rounded up a ton of ways you can go green with your beauty routine. Recycling beauty products the right way? Check. Supporting sustainable brands? Check. However, if you want another fun way to pay tribute to the planet this year, why not try an Earth-inspired hair color?
In honor of Earth Day’s 53rd anniversary on April 22nd, we’ve rounded up 18 of our most-loved earthy hair colors to bring to the salon. From pastel-inspired florals to ocean blues, keep scrolling to discover your future favorite.
What is an earthy hair color?
Earthy colors are classified as neutral shades found in the earth or soil, such as greens and browns, but the phrase can also encompass any color present in nature. From vivid flowers and the summer sky to blazing fire and cool-toned ice, the options for earthy hair colors abound.
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A rainbow is perhaps one of Mother Nature’s most magnificent creations. Why not channel all of that magic into your mane?
Inspired by the earth-made precious gemstone, ruby is a cool red shade that all undertones can pull off. For a hue similar to the one shown here, ask your colorist about Redken Color Gels Oils in shade 6RR Blaze. The liquid permanent formula offers 100 percent gray coverage and is enriched with apricot oil to rejuvenate, smooth, and condition hair.
There’s a reason why the flower, the scent, and the hue are so popular—lavender is a timeless classic. If you’re a commitment-phobe, you can experiment with a light violet shade using a formula like Biolage Professional’s Lavender Color Depositing Conditioner.
Just like a gorgeous golden hour sunset, sunset hair color is an idyllic combination of red, orange, yellow, and pink. If you opt for sunset hair color, you’ll want to keep your hue vibrant and fresh for as long as possible. Pick up a shampoo and conditioner formulated for fast-fading hair colors like Matrix Keep Me Vivid Shampoo and Conditioner.
Fact: A little bit of vitamin D makes everything better. If you’re looking for a hue that’s light and bright, sunshine yellow is a great option—particularly if you have a tan!
Midnight Sky Black
On the opposite end of the sunshine spectrum is this glossy-blue black reminiscent of a celestial nighttime sky. A dash of hair oil like Kérastase Elixir Ultime L’Huile Original Hair Oil ups the shine factor to help your midnight locks shimmer.
If you want to heat things up just before summer, look no further than fire red. This flaming bright red and orange blend is an ideal way to spice up your ‘do.
While it’s true that trends come and go, mushroom brown hair is here to stay! Named after the popular pizza topping, mushroom brown is an earthy, neutral brunette hue that flatters every skin tone. To keep brass from ruining your mushroom ‘do, add a blue color-correcting spray into your hair care routine, like Matrix Brass Off All-In-One Toning Leave-In Spray. This buildable toning formula neutralizes unwanted brassy orange tones on lightened brunette hair.
This year, we’re taking going green to a whole new level! From forest green to emerald, there are a ton of ways to make the green hair color trend work for you.
Got beach days on the brain? Give this oceanic blend of vibrant blue with undertones of teal a try. Apply a few spritzes of texturizing spray like L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Next Day Hair Dry Finishing Spray to give your mane the ultimate beachy effect.
Whether worn as a muted pastel or vibrant and bold, seafoam is an earthy hair color we can always get behind!
If blues and greens aren’t your vibe, there’s a whole other spectrum of sea-inspired hues to choose from—case in point: coral hair. Like the coral reefs that live in the ocean, the hair color is bright and punchy—which is perfect if your goal is to make a statement!
If you love the sweet scent and taste of honeysuckle, use the popular flower as inspiration for your next hair color change! Similar to honey blonde, this warm-toned hue is flattering across the board.
If you love to watch a lightning storm from your window, you’re going to be obsessed with this moody, storm-inspired silver hair color.
Lifting hair to a platinum level will require a good amount of bleach. While your stylist will do their best to ensure hair remains healthy, the truth is that bleach will always cause some hair damage. When going this light, we recommend incorporating a bond-repairing system like Redken’s Acidic Bonding Concentrate Intensive Treatment, Shampoo, Conditioner, and Leave-In into your routine to help strengthen weakened, color-processed hair.
The Northern Lights are one of the most beautiful sights in the world, but what if we told you that you could channel the prismatic view into a stunning hair color? Ask your colorist for a blend of vibrant blue and green for a hue everyone will be talking about.