Blue Hair is a statement. It’s a fierce, in-your-face, attention grabber of a hair colour that is making hearts beat faster all over the planet. But will blue hair suit you? And what are the best blue hair dyes you need to get the look? We’re here to tell you how to get beautiful blue hair at home.
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What is blue hair?
Celebs are rocking it, we’re loving it, and it’s one of the most popular, bang on trend hair colours that you need to know about this year.
It’s a totally versatile colour. All-over blue is a head turner, but it’s also a great colour for mixing with others in playful styles. Deep blues are stunning as lowlights, dipped ends and babylights in dark hair. Pretty pastel blues are fabulous accent colours for ombre or face-framing streaks on light brown and blonde hair.
Blue hair is a a colour that takes commitment. Once it’s in your hair, it’s really hard to get rid of, so you need to be sure it’s right for you before you go dyeing your hair blue.
It’s also high maintenance and hard to keep as it can start fading to green. So you’ll need to put the work in to be a beautiful blue.
The best thing is it comes in kabillions of shades which means there’s a hue of blue for everyone to get the look at home. From midnight blue hair, sky blue, teal, pastel blue and denim. All you need to do is find the right blue hue for you.
Check out the latest looks for ideas and inspiration
Will blue hair suit me?
Finding the right blue hair colour for you depends on a lot more than choosing the hair dye that most floats your boat. It’s not just about what colour your hair is now, or even what colour you want it to be.
Knowing if blue hair suits you, all depends on your undertones. Your skin tone, natural hair colour and even the colour clothes you wear all come into play. To find the right blue hair colour for you, you’ll need to start by knowing whether you have warm or cool tones.
You can use our checklist to see find out which undertone you are.
If you have warm undertones:
- You have red or golden undertones in your hair.
- Your skin tone will be golden, tan or olive.
- You have green veins in your wrist.
- You suit bright or rich shades.
- You probably have freckles.
- Gold jewellery looks awesome on you.
If you have cool undertones:
- Your skin tone is pink or pale.
- You prefer wearing jewel and pastel colours.
- The colour yellow does not look good on you.
- You have blue veins in your wrist.
- Pearls and silver jewellery look awesome on you.
Which blue hair colours suit me?
You can also take our quiz to find out the type of colours that will suit you! Just click the image below!
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Which blue hair colour is right for me?
Now you know whether you suit warm or cool tones (you’re welcome!) you can start to narrow down the right blue shades for you.
For cool tones:
Cool colours have yellow undertones so pastels and ocean colour blues will work best for you. Think blue hair colours such as:
- Steel blue
- Cosmic blue
- Baby Blue
- Turquoise Blue
- Mermaid Blue
For warm tones:
Warm tones have red undertones so you’ll look best in rich, deep blues. Think blue hair colours such as:
- Cobalt blue
- Midnight Blue
- Denim Blue
- Violet Blue
- Navy Blue
Can I get blue hair at home?
Successfully dyeing your own hair blue with box dye does depend on the colour your hair is now and the blue hair colour you want to be. Subtle hues are pretty easy to do yourself, but if you want a dramatic change then you’re likely to need to pre-lighten your hair.
If your hair colour now is light brown to blonde (and preferably platinum) – you’ve got a good base on which to try dyeing your hair blue at home. Make sure you match up your hair colour to the chart of the side of your chosen box dye to get the right results.
If your hair colour now is a dark hair colour including dark brown and black – you’ll need to take your base colour up a level or two with bleach. This will give you a lighter base to really make the blue pop. Be careful, bleach can really damage your hair. Follow our guide to hair bleaching to learn how to do it safely.
If you’re not feeling sure about bleaching your hair yourself – chat to your hairdresser. You don’t want to get it wrong!
Which are the best blue hair dyes?
Let’s do this! Dark blue, light blue and everything in between, here are the best blue box dyes you can spend your hard earned money on right now to get the gorgeous statement look at home.
Below is our TOP PICK, but you can read more about each one in our Best blue hair dye reviews.
Best blue hair dyes at a glance.
Schwarzkopf Live Intense Colour Hair dye, Electric Blue.
- Create metallic tones with striking colour intensity
- Maximum colour depth
- Anti-fade effect
- Creates healthy looking, touchably soft hair
“Amazing! When I bought this product I had red hair!! I stripped, bleached and toned my hair so it was blonde and it worked amazingly. I would say it won’t work unless your hair is blonde. I now have blue hair!”
“The best blue dye I have used without having to bleach my hair first.”
“I bleached my hair right before I used mercury blue. It ended up a bit brighter than the box but all blue and great all over coverage.”
This is one of Schwartzkopf’s dazzling urban metallic, permanent hair colours so we were expecting intense results. We weren’t disappointed.
We applied this dye on pre-lightened light blonde hair and the effects were pretty dramatic! It’s almost a steel blue colour with it’s shimmery silver tones. There’s a great colour-guide on the box and you’ll need to be blonde to get the box colour. Go for it if you want a blue with metallic tones.
Best for: Cool tones with a metallic shine.
How can I care for my coloured blue hair?
Blue hair colour is like red in that the pigments are larger which means it washes out quick. Even permanent shades of blue will fade to green eventually.
This doesn’t mean all the dye will wash out and your hair will eventually go back to the colour it was. Blue will stain your hair so you’ll likely have to remove it with bleach when you want to change colours again.
You can minimise the fade after you’ve coloured your hair by protecting your hair from heat, sunshine and salt and pool water with the right heat protection sprays that contain UV protection.
Try and wash your hair only once or twice a week max after you’ve dyed your hair.
You can help to make the colour last longer by grabbing some specially formulated blue shampoo and conditioner. We love the Joico brand for colour-lasting effects.
Joico Color Balance Blue Shampoo & Conditioner.
To restore your hair’s elasticity and keep your bonds strong, get yourself a bottle of the miracle potions that is Olaplex No 3 Hair Perfector.
And as always, don’t forget to keep following our top coloured hair care tips in How to look after coloured hair and keep it luscious for longer.