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What Hair Colors Can You Dye Your Hair After Blue?

You’ve been turning heads with your funky fresh blue hair for a while now, but it’s time to switch things up and dye over your dyed blue hair with a different hair color.

The reason I mentioned the word “dyed” is because we don’t see anyone born with blue hair naturally. Now, you can’t just choose any hair color to dye it over your hair.

This article will present you with the best colors to dye over your blue hair, specifically focusing on helping you choose the right shades and tones to effectively cover up that blue hue.

What Colors Can I Dye Over My Blue Hair?

Coloring Brown Over Blue Hair

brown hair color over blue hair

Coloring your hair brown after it’s been blue is a fantastic option. Just be sure that you have chosen a shade that has orange undertones.

Orange is the opposite of blue on the color wheel so it will help to neutralize the blue and give you a gorgeous brunette color.

So, look for a brunette hair color that contains orange undertones. These will be your warm brunette shades such as caramel, honey, chocolate, or auburn.

Stay away from the cool brunette shades like ash that contain blue or purple undertones which will enhance the blue instead of canceling it out.

We also recommend sticking with the darker brunette levels (level 5 or below) to ensure that the blue is covered.

Going Redhead From Blue Hair

red hair color over blue hair

You may not think that transitioning from a cool blue to a fiery redhead is possible, but we’re here to assure you that it’s not as far-fetched as it may seem!

Red hair color is capable of effectively covering blue since it contains a rich concentration of pigments.

The key to achieving a stunning red hue after having blue hair is to allow the blue color to fade out as much as possible.

You can expedite this process by using clarifying shampoos and detoxifying hair treatments.

Once your blue hair has lightened sufficiently, you’ll be ready to apply the red hair color.

It’s essential to select a permanent red hair dye for optimal coverage, as demi or semi-permanent dyes may not have enough strength to cover the blue undertones fully.

Additionally, when choosing a red shade, opt for those that lean towards orange tones and stay away from reds that contain purple undertones, such as maroon or burgundy.

Look for vibrant copper-red or fiery red shades that will complement your desired look.

Transitioning to Blonde from Blue Hair

blonde hair color from blue hair

If you have your heart set on blonde, there are a couple of ways to do this when your hair is blue.

The first way is pretty simple, let the blue fade out of your hair until it’s almost gone. This will be easier if your hair is already a baby blue or pastel blue shade.

After the blue has faded significantly, you can choose a warmer blonde shade preferably with golden tones (these usually have orange undertones).

A strawberry blonde would work great in this scenario! You’ll want to stick with darker warm blonde levels (level 7&8) to ensure that the blue is covered up.

The second option is to use bleach to get the blue out of the hair and make you blonde.

This option would work best for those who want to be super light blonde or have stubborn blue in their hair.

We only recommend this option if your hair is healthy and if you see a stylist to do the service.

Bleaching blue out hair takes skill and you have to be careful not to damage the hair, so leave this one to the pros!

Choosing a Fantasy Color

dark purple hair color from blue hair

Just because you’re done having blue hair doesn’t mean you’re done with having fun hair! We love to see blue hair become another shade of the rainbow.

Again for best results, let your blue hair color fade as much as possible before coloring your hair again.

Letting the blue fade out of the hair will also allow you to use a demi-permanent or direct dye instead of permanent.

When looking for your next fun color make sure to choose darker colors that contain blue, we love deep purples, teal, or emerald green.

Pro Tip

hair color shades to dye over blue hair

We discussed this many times but we just wanted to emphasize that all of these hair colors will work best if your blue hair has faded.

We do not recommend using any hair color right after you’ve dyed your hair blue. Patience will give you the best results so let that blue hair fade!

If you feel like the color isn’t fading see your stylist who can suggest a treatment or game plan to help you fade the blue.

Key Things To Remember:

  • You can change your hair color if you have blue hair and it may not be as difficult as you thought!
  • Brunettes with orange undertones work great to neutralize blue and bring you back to a natural color
  • Red hair color can also cover blue, look for fiery reds and coppers that contain orange (if you couldn’t tell orange will be your friend when covering blue!)
  • Blonde can be possible too! You’ll have to start with super faded blue to get to blonde or see your stylist to bleach your hair
  • If you want to stick with a fun color choose a darker hue that contains blue!

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Alice Rawling

Alice Rawling is the chief editor of HairdoHairstyle. She's a hair stylist with over eight years of experience in LA. She has been featured in prestigious beauty magazines and online publications like Brides, Business Insider, Hairstyle Camp, BuzzFeed, Bustle, etc.