There’s no right or wrong when it comes to picking a colour for a Steampunk inspired hair do, the Victorian era didn’t have much in the way of hair dye so your natural hair colour will work just fine. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go crazy and dye your hair any colour you like, bright red hair is very popular and so is purple, but less obvious colours like green can look stunning too.
Achieving really vibrant colours can be tricky, so it may be worth getting a professional opinion or maybe some help, I asked a friend who has particularly bright blue hair at the moment and she told me that Manic Panic hair dye is the stuff you want to use.
Steampunk hair has two core elements; the “up do” and loose curls. We’re not talking tight, heavily treated curls, just natural looking curls that can be achieved relatively easily with a heated curling tong as that was more or less the only styling implement there was in Victorian times.
The up do can in be braided or done with clips but try not to make it too tight and structured and leave at least a few loose bits to soften the look.
Top hats are a real statement, you’ll want one in a dark brown if you’re confident enough to pull off the look. If you don’t want to go the whole hog and wear a top hat, you could opt for a fascinator; a tiny hat shape or something more traditionally Victorian will work a treat.