Plant lovers will love this succulent hair trend!

Beautiful botanicals ?

Hair inspiration often comes from the most random of places (pick ‘n’ mix hair, say no more), but if you’re one of the many with an obsession for cacti and plants, then this is the trend you’ve been waiting for. Forget green fingers, this season it’s all about the green succulent hair!

Cactus lovers and gardening enthusiasts will love Instagram’s newest beauty craze. With blends of leafy greens, terracotta reds and plum hair colours, the look is inspired by everyone’s favourite prickly plants and yes, it’s just as amazing as it sounds.

Succulent hair: Instagram’s most photogenic trend yet

woman with shoulder length wavy green succulent hair with braided space buns wearing red circular sunglasses
Festival beauty: Succulent hair edition. Credit:

1. Festival succulents

If you’re not down with your cactus varieties, succulent hair is inspired by the plants’ recognisable leafy green tones, with splashes of rich botanical purples, and even pops of paler turquoises added in, too. The result: a totally unique and stunning ‘do that, much like real life cacti, always looks different. Credit: @kristinaraesaylor

back view of a woman with long wavy hair in a teal pink and orange colour melt with a half-up half-down braid
We’re obsessed with this colour melt look. Credit:

2. Cactus colour melt

When it comes to achieving the succulent hair look yourself, you’ll most likely need to make use of free-hand colouring techniques like balayage and ombre.

Traditional foil highlights are unlikely to give you the beautiful gradations that this trend calls for, plus you’ll be able to get around the root regrowth issue if you don’t have one block colour. Credit: @mackpaintedthat

Editor’s tip: If you do decide to give this succulent hair trend a try, we’d recommend investing in a colour care line like the Dove Advanced Hair Series Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner.

These products have been specifically designed to add gloss to coloured hair while prolonging the vibrancey of your new colour.

instagram collage of a woman with bob length hair dyed in succulent inspired green and terracotta shades
Instagram’s #succulenthair hashtag brings up a whole feed of greenery inspired styles. Credit:

3. Short succulent hair

Any of our short-haired girls out there getting FOMO? Make your cropped cut pop with a mesmerising dual-tone style like the one above. This Instagrammer proves you don’t have to have flowing lengths to rock this Mother Nature-approved hue. Credit: @pinupsalonseattle

side shot of a woman with shoulder length pastel highlighted blue green and lilac hair
Pastels, please! Credit:

4. Succulent pastel hair

Not sure bright swamp green is really your style? Pastels are always a good idea, especially when there’s a blend of different tones for a multicoloured rainbow effect.

Another benefit of muted tones? They’re already by nature less saturated, so colour fade won’t be as much of an issue. It’ll look intentional! Credit: @erin.mane.maven

back view of a woman with long wavy green and golden blonde hair styled in a half up half down with succulent hair accessories
Take the trend more literally with actual cacti accessories. Credit:

5. Succulent-inspired hair accessories

Going green is pretty major, but thankfully the succulent aesthetic goes beyond the realms of just hair colouring. Yep, this quirky trend has reached out to inspire hair accessories, as demonstrated above.

We’re sure you’ll agree that this chic half-up, half-down hairstyle is taken to dreamy heights with the addition of pretty succulents. Credit: @misheledimariadesigns

back view of a blonde model wearing a white cut out dress with her hair in a gibson tuck with succulents clipped into it
Cactus themed wedding, anyone?

6. Wedding inspiration

Wearing flowers in your hair is perfectly normal for brides and bridesmaid, right? But if you really want to make an unforgettable entrance, we suggest you incorporate aloe vera or jade plants into you and your girl squad’s hair.

Whether you tuck them into a chignon or wear them half-up is all up to you, but one thing’s for sure: you’ll have a picture-perfect ‘do.

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