Office-appropriate hair colours that won’t make HR come after you for flouting dress codes.
#1 Classic Balayage
Pronounced bah-lee-AHZGE, this style of concentrating colour near the ends and sweeping the colour towards the crown of the head creates a soft, natural look that doesn’t look half bad when it grows out.
#2 Peekaboo purple
This is probably the hair version of “business in the front, party at the back”. When hair is let down the purple is virtually invisible, but once you have it up in a ponytail or bun, it reveals a gorgeous colour that’s been hidden.
#3 Blue and black
Black and blue complement each other so well, and in this case, the dark royal blue makes for discreet highlights on a head of black hair. Step into the sun, and the brilliance of the colour will come into light (pun intended).
#4 50 shades of grey
Grey hair is easy to get away with, after all, it’s considered natural right? Shown here as highlights, the grey streaks give boring black hair a new dimension.
#5 Undercover purple
Like royal blue, darker purples like aubergine and plum are generally quite inconspicuous when paired with black.
#6 Gunmetal tips
By lightening hair by a few shades and colouring it to a grey, you can give it texture and shine. Pro tip: If you’re boss is super strict, flip hair to the side that’s not facing him/her. They might catch on eventually, so you might want to consider peekaboo colours instead.
Babylights will be the next big thing this year. Less obvious than highlighting, babylights are micro-fine highlights that gives shine and dimension to hair – kinda like the highlights you get when you’re exposed to the sun.
#8 Red streaks
A go-to colour for most people when they first start colouring their hair, red signifies everyone’s first foray into unnaturally coloured hair. This version is stylish and flattering for all ages.
#9 Auburn curls
This fiery hairdo is not for the faint of heart and requires plenty of maintenance to keep it looking fresh and beautiful. But if you like pushing the boundaries, this Black Widow-esque red will have you in the overlapping territories of “office-appropriate” and “not suitable for the office”. Attempt at your own risk.
#10 Hidden peacock
Resembling the colours of peacock feathers, the colours blend in with natural black hair, showing themselves only if you tie it up, or when you do a spectacular hair flip.
#11 Denim tips
Denim hair is the next big thing after granny hair. The best thing about denim hair is its resemblance to denim jeans — the more they fade, the better they look. It usually starts out as a dark ashy blue, and transitions into a pale blue-grey.
#12 Oil Slick Hair
Like the colours you see on an oil slick, this hair colour uses deep purples, blues and burgundy for a gorgeous hair colour that is barely there. Step into strong sunlight during lunch, and you’ll be treated to envious stares when the colours truly come alive.
#13 Hidden peacock
Layered hair would look great with the hidden peacock, with just vivid purples and fuchsia peeking through at the ends.
#14 Hidden galaxy
Short hair can also have their fair share of coloured fun with this hidden galaxy ‘do, with bright blues and purples showing when you tie up your hair in a half ponytail.
#15 Hidden galaxy
Not just reserved for those with shorter hair, medium-length hair would look great with this style as well. For a more inconspicuous look, a one-length style would do good in hiding all the coloured parts as opposed to a layered hair cut.
#16 Blue, black and grey
Blue is an extremely flattering colour on Asian skin, and this colour is one of the easiest to maintain. If you are attempting a light ashy-blue, bleaching may be required but you only need blue-shampoo to maintain the colour and to keep brassiness away.
#17 Purple tips
Even if you have short hair, it’s likely you can get away with coloured hair in the office if done properly. This black and purple combination is understated but shines with vivid brilliance once you are out in the sun.
#18 Scarlet balayage
This look is great for those who hate obvious roots. Balayage technique with red and darker roots are extremely forgiving and easy to maintain when hair is growing out.
#19 Green balayage
The emerald green ends of this hair colour combination makes a unique combination that’s often not attempted.
#20 Denim ends
Denim hair was popular in 2016 but it doesn’t mean you can no longer rock this look. When paired with black, looks great on both medium-length or long hair.
#21 Hidden Unicorn Hair
Unbeknownst to your colleagues, you’ve actually got some unicorn strands of hair underneath!
#22 Dark Cool Brown
Get on board the ash train with cool brown hair tone! If you’re afraid of experimenting with too much colour, this shade is perfect for you.
#23 Smokey Browns And Icy Platinum
Despite its purple tones, this platinum shade is actually quite tame for work.
#24 Sea Blue
This sea blue shade is so pretty, we just can’t stop staring at it.
#25 Bold In Rose Gold
It’s safe for work and it’s so pretty!
#26 Sea Green Curls
Hidden in between chic curls, this sea green colour gives a nice touch of surprise to light brown hair.
#27 Purple streaks
One of the most flattering colours for Asian skin tone, bright purple complements black hair really well.
#28 Fiery peacock
A style for longer hair, the cascading tones of copper, red and purple look amazing whether you have loose curls or straight hair.
#29 Hidden oil slick
A subtle take on the oil slick hair colour trend, the blend of blue, purple and turquoise is a subtle medley of colours that look great with a darker base.
#30 Rose gold tips
Instead of going all out on the rose gold hair colour trend, applying the colour on just the tips makes the style more refined and classy.
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