Blue may not be a color that you’ve ever thought of in terms of coloring your hair, but blue-tinged locks are taking the celebrity world by storm and they’ve been spotted on a host of singing starlets, from Katy Perry to Nicki Minaj.
Can you really pull off blue hair
But can you get away with blue hair without looking like you’ve had a blue rinse? Of course you can! Even if you’re not particularly edgy in your personal style, you can still jump on the blue bandwagon with a few light blue streaks through the ends of your hair, a la Lauren Conrad.
When it comes to hair color, blue and pink have always been associated with mature ladies who rely on a regular rinse to keep their gray hair looking a certain way, but nowadays everyone is having more fun with their hair color choices and blue is suddenly a cool and fashion-forward shade. Pink, purple, blue, green, yellow… we’re seeing all of these colors on the catwalks and the red carpets, meaning that our hair color options are more exciting than ever before!
How to get the stunning blue look
If you are thinking about diving in at the blue end of the hair color spectrum, you should consider the maintenance required to keep your hair looking bright, colorful and shiny.
Celebrities have armies of stylists on hand at all times to top up their hair color and to keep it looking in perfect condition, so whilst their hair may look effortlessly beautiful for weeks on end, you’ll have to work extra hard to keep yours looking the same way, especially if you’ve dyed it a wacky color.
Blue hair such as the bright tones we’ve seen on Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj is a really full-on look and will probably only work for you if you have the confidence to pull it off. You could get the effect with a wig if you want to try it out for an event or a party, but it is a little more difficult to achieve these shades on a permanent basis.
If you’re not naturally blonde, your hair will need to be bleached for the blue color to show up on your locks. Blue will appear very faint on brown or black hair as a tinge that you’ll only see in the light, so if you want it to be bright, you’ll need to bleach the hair before you apply the blue dye. You’ll then need to condition your hair really well so that it stays in tip-top condition, as bleaching the hair does damage it quite extensively.
Can blue highlights work?
If you’d prefer blue streaks instead of the full-on look of the celebrity starlets, you could put a few highlights through your hair in blonde and then dye the highlights. This is a simple way of achieving a hint of blue without the extensive bleaching and dyeing, plus it’s a subtle look that won’t damage your hair too much.
You could also dip-dye the ends of your hair, bleach the bottom three inches of your hair and then dye them with a blue dye. Leave the dye on for a shorter amount of time for baby blue ends, like Sky Ferriera, or for the full amount of time for bright blue ends.
The key to rocking blue locks, as with any bright color, is confidence – if you’ve got it, flaunt it!
The best blue hair color products
Feeling blue? Probably best to take it to the salon, but if you do want to experiment with a subtler look here are some of your at home options:
• Schwarzkopf Live Intensive-Color-Creme – Color XXL 90 Cosmic Blue
• Fudge Paintbox Creative Conditioning Color – Blue Hawaii
• Manic Panic Hair Dye – Bad Boy Blue
i like the dark blues just for streaks,and the kind that will wash out
Susie B says
I agree Sue, it’s a great look for a party, and really easy to wash-out (if you’ve got dark hair that is…) 🙂
Hi, I have some question over here. If i were to dye my hair to blue, then about 1 month later, i decide to change it to other colour like green,white,red etc, how will the hairstylist do it, i know i have to bleach my hair first before dyeing it blue, so if i were to change to another colour or even back to the bleached colour, how would they do it and how many process? I have really short hair btw.
Susie B says
Hey David. I like the sound of what you’ve got planned, but you might need to be strategic to avoid damaging your hair or compromising the color.
Basically the first time you go the Colorist will strip your hair down to a white blonde, then you want to order your hair colors starting with the lightest, so I would recommend white first, then whichever blue or red shade is the lightest.
The Colorist is likely to use a temporary color, so by the time you want to change it is easy to wash out and go over without having to bleach again (too many chemicals on your hair can lead to damage, so the less bleach used the better).
This will allow you to change your hair to a vibrant new color every month, without damaging your hair (or costing too much in salon bills!)
john van d says
hey i got a question, i have really dark brown hair witch was naturaly blonde at one point in my life but now my natural hair is dark brown and i wanna dye it dark blue, do i need to bleach it first or can i just go ahead and put the blue dye on ?
Susie B says
Hi John van d,
This all depends on the color you would like to achieve. If you use the blue hair dye without bleach the result is more likely to be a tint of blue on your dark hair. If you would like a bold, dark blue then you would have to bleach first.
I hope this helps and good luck!
lauren k says
hey im thinking of dying my hair again,my hair is currently dyed a dark red/plum colour but i was thing would electric blue suit the underneath part of my hair?
Susie B says
We have seen this look a few times and the colors do look great together. A great party look for the party season!!
What if you died your tips turquoise with semi-permanent stuff and it faded to a ugly green and I dont want to bleach it again and I want to die it a red color . But it will probably turn into a ugly color. what do I do?
Susie B says
I would personally suggest dying your hair one color (your usual color) and then dying red on top of that. I wouldn’t suggest to try and turn the green to red, it may leave you with an unwanted color.
I hope this is helpful.
I’m getting my hair done like this
If that doesn’t show up for some reason, it’s like aqua highlights
But I’m wondering what to do with my eyebrows
I’m naturally dirty blonde, so my eyebrows are light Brown
Should I dye them a lighter color or leave them the way they are? Maybe dye them darker for a biggercontrast? My skin is very fair.
My advice to you is to leave your eyebrows the same color of your natural hair color.
It will be nice and look good on with your new hair color. Good choice on hair color!
I am planning to dye my hair dark blue.
My question is, since I have slightly tanned skin will anything happen to my skin (like in the sence of if someone with pinkish skin dyes their hair red it will make it seem like their skin is even more pink).
I only ask because in all the picures I look at, anyone with blue hair is also pale.
My hair Is naturally black and I have a ombre which is blonde what’s the darkest blue? But I also want it look like black and blue