Is there permanent blue hair dye? Where can you find or buy it? Find insights on how to make this dye, how to use it on dark hair, the best brands including sally’s & Schwarzkopf in addition to tips and ideas on how to use & take care of the blue dye
Is there a Permanent Blue Hair Dye-Where to get or find?
Permanent Blue Hair-Who uses it? Is it Ideal for you?
Blue hair dye has been a very “in fashion” trend, especially among young urban women who want to stand out and make a statement with their hair color. While blue hair dye is not for the faint of heart, many celebs like Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Kylie Jenner, and Rita Ora have been spotted with this shade, setting a trend with thousands of followers.
If you are asking whether blue hair dye is ideal for you, it is if:
- You have a fun, upbeat, and risky personality
- You have fair skin with brow, hazel, or blue eyes
- You have skin with neutral to pink undertones
- You are a person that dyes their hair often and don’t want to achieve anything that is extra long-lasting.
Now blue hair dye has its own variations–There is, for example, the shade of blue black ( a black with blue navy undertones), the shade of teal, the shade of sky blue, navy blue, ink blue, turquoise, baby lavender blue, purple blue, and light baby blue.
The achievement of a certain blue shade depends on your starting natural or bleached hair color. For example, if your hair is on the dark side, you may easily dye it blue black, dark navy blue, or dark purple blue. Light blue shades like Pastel baby blue, won’t be easily achievable on dark hair as they require a bleached blonde shade as a base first. Naturally light blonde or bleached blonde hair on the other hand will easily achieve any shade of blue, with no problems and no extra bleach.
Is there a permanent blue hair dye-Where to get or find?
The answers is mostly NO, as 90% of blue hair dyes available in the market (online and offline), are semi-permanent. However, there are a couple of hair brands and formulas not known, that offer demi-permanent to semi-permanent results. You will learn more about this shortly.
You can as well mix up your own shade of permanent blue with long-lasting result, as outlined in the section below.
How to make Permanent Blue Hair Dye
Although it’s not easy to get permanent results with most blue hair dyes, there are some formulas you could try at home, by mixing in permanent hair color as your base + semi-permanent blue hair dye.
Here are some formulas and steps to consider, depending on the shade of blue you wish to achieve:
- For light blue bright teal hair: If your hair is naturally or bleach blonde you don’t need any base color as your hair is already light enough. If it’s not, here is what to do:
- Use a home bleaching kit, BW2 or bleaching powder to lighten your hair at least 3 shades
- For mixing bleaching powder, get two sachets of powder for short hair, and a small bucket for hair of longer length.
- For lightening your hair several shades, you will need a 40 vol. developer, which is the strongest available developer in the market.
- Follow the ratio as instructed in the pack, which is usually 1 part of bleaching powder and 2 parts of developer.
- Mix these together in a bowl and apply with a brush, beginning from your tips first to the roots. Most people do the opposite, but this step will help distribute the bleach evenly.
- Leave the bleach to your hair for 45-50 minutes or as the package instructs, and wrap with plastic wrap to avoid dripping and make the bleach penetrate your hair. You can optionally use a hair dryer while your hair is wrapped to make it penetrate better the hair shaft.
- Wash your hair as usual, applying a conditioner and a mask to avoid dryness and let it dry naturally.
Note: You can use a blue hair dye the same day, but if your hair hasn’t bleached to a medium to light blonde shade, you may need to repeat the same process another 2-3 times, until your hair has lightened enough. If your hair is dark or medium blonde, 1-2 bleaching times are enough—if your hair is black, dark, or medium brown, you will need to bleach your hair 3-4 times in total.
- Choose your desired shade of blue. Use 2 parts of blue hair dye with one part of conditioner, as your developer and to help keep your hair looking healthy and glossy. Adding conditioner will also help the shade look a tad lighter than it looks on the package. Additionally, it will help make the whole application process easier. Leave your hair for an hour, to make the hair dye soak well. Some DIY users who have also tried this shade, recommend you leave it overnight—this isn’t a bad idea if your hair is in fine condition to begin with, but if its damaged, this will induce the damage further.
- Rinse and wash your hair as usual. Let it dry.
Permanent Blue Hair Dye for Dark Hair
In the previous step, we have mentioned how you can achieve a light blue shade by bleaching your hair first. If you happen to have dark hair, it’s impossible to dye in a dark blue black or navy blue shade with no bleach.
Some suggestions and formulations to use for permanent blue hair dye:
- For a dark midnight blue shade. Use one part of Berina’s Black shade in A1 black and half a part of Berina’s hair color in A41. If you want to have stronger black undertones, use more black hair dye, whereas if you want stronger blue undertones, use more blue hair dye. Mix in with an equal amount of developer (a 10 or 20% volume developer would do), and leave to your hair for 45-50 minutes. Rinse and wash as usual.
- If you don’t want to use a formula like that and want to achieve a dark midnight shade with strong black undertones, the only brands that carry a semi-permanent midnight blue hair dye is smart beauty uk in shade midnight blue and Schwarzkopf’s Brilliance Intense Permanent Colour in shade 91/ Blue black. It’s possible to find blue black shades in most commercially available brands but these tend to have very subtle blue undertones.
Permanent Blue Hair Dye Brands
As said earlier, there only 1-2 brands available in the market that offer permanent hair results but these brands come really close.
- La riche. La riche’s is a semi-permanent formula that offers radiant color which lasts several washes. Recommended shades for blonde hair (natural or bleach): Atlantic Blue (a true medium blue shade), Lagoon Blue(a light teal blue shade), Midnight Blue ( a bright midnight blue shade), and Neon Blue ( a bright blue shade with cool purple undertones).
- Schwarzkopf’s XXL Color Intense in shade cosmic blue. This is a dark blue shade with black undertones that is a tad brighter than ordinary blue black. This would suit those with dark hair. The formula also offers an integrated built-in technology to prevent the color from fading and make it lasts for more than a month on your hair.
- Berina Permanent Hair color in shade A41. This is currently the only brand that carries a true medium blue shade that is ideal both for blonde and dark hair. If your hair is dark, you can get this shade with a 40. Vol developer whereas if it’s already light, you can get this with a 10 or 20 vol. mixing developer. Follow package instructions when using this to ensure the best results.
What is the Best Permanent Blue Hair Dye?
If you want long-lasting permanent results, try Schwarzkopf’s XXL Shine hair dye or Berina’s hair dye which are the only brands available carrying blue shades in the permanent shade section. They also contain nourishing ingredients to condition and protect your hair from damage.
How to take care of Blue Hair Dye-Tips & Ideas
Dyeing your hair a crazy shade like blue shade requires extra color care to preserve its color for longer, as crazy blue shades like that tend to fade easily. If you have dyed your hair a blue shade for the first time, leave it to set at least 2-3 days after your first wash and don’t wash your hair more than 2-3 times a week as each wash would fade the hair out. Unfortunately, there are no color care treatments specifically for blue hair, but there are brand that offer general color extension properties like L’Oreal Professionell and and John Frieda color lines.
If your hair is dyed to a dark midnight blue shade, rinsing it with some blueberry juice and yogurt is a great way to revive it dark blue color and add some conditioning at the same time.
The use of oils on crazy colors like blue are controversial—while some people use it to make their hair look more shiny and healthy, some others avoid their use as their can darken the hue of blue you have. Generally speaking Argan and coconut oils are the best oils to use on blue hair, due to their intense nourishing yet color safe properties