Blue hair is by far the coolest of the fashion hair colors. It exudes confidence and fearlessness, but without the attention-seeking vibe of other unusual hair colors. Blue hair color is becoming especially popular right now thanks to celebs like Lady Gaga and Kylie Jenner rocking pastel takes on it so far this year.
We’re massive fans of silvery blue hair dye for winter, while in spring and summer, we favor more saturated variations like cobalt and violet blue. These days blue hair dye can also be incorporated into modern hair coloring techniques like babylights, sombres, and balayage. If you are also starting to think that blue hair will keep away the blues, then it’s time to make a change.
If you’re considering dyeing your hair blue, we’re here to help with the most comprehensive guide to rocking blue hair dye! We’ll cover everything you need to know about blue hair from beginning to end: we’ll help you pick the best shade of blue hair for you based on your skin tone, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about dyeing your hair blue at home, and we’ll also give you all the tips and trick to maintaining your blue hair’s vividness for as long as possible.
To keep you feeling stylish with your new hair, we’ve also added some makeup and fashion tips, because intense colors need to me complemented and matched! Should you change your mind about the whole blue hair thing, we’ve also added instructions on how to remove blue hair dye from your locks at home.
To finish things off, we’ve got some photos that will give you inspiration and show you all of the different ways blue hair can look.
Blue Hair Color Shades & Blue Hair Dye Tips: Contents
- How to Pick the Best Blue Hair Color for Your Skin Tone
- How to Dye Hair Blue at Home
- Tips for Maintaining Your Blue Hair Dye
- How to Remove Blue Hair Dye?
- Makeup Tips for Blue Hair
- Fashion and Style Tips for Blue Hair
- 65 Iridescent Blue Hair Color Ideas to Try
When you’re considering taking the plunge into fashion hair, it is important to take your skin tone into account. Just about anyone can rock blue hair color, but that doesn’t mean that every shade of blue will work. Your skin’s undertone and to a lesser extent its darkness should both be taken into account when choosing the particular shade of blue hair dye you’ll want to use.
I’ll start off with the easier part: how to pick the right shade of blue to go with your skin based on how light or dark it is. There isn’t a specific rule here, but you do want to keep the following in mind: your hair and skin shouldn’t compete for attention.
• This means that if your skin is extremely fair, you probably don’t want your hair to be a very light pastel blue, because then you run the risk of your hair washing you out. Blue hair that is a touch darker and going all the way up to blue black will look awesome, on the other hand! Think bright azure or cerulean blue hair colors!
• If your skin is medium toned, then both pastel blues and dark blues will look incredible, while medium blues will only work well if they are well saturated.
• Lastly, those with very dark skin might want to brighten things up with a dramatic baby blue or they might want to channel their inner anime character with a royal blue. However, a navy blue hair dye might be underwhelming against their skin.
Blue Hair for Every Undertone
• If your skin has cool, pink undertones with a lot of redness and veins that appear purple-ish, then you will definitely want to stay away from electric or green-leaning blues that will emphasize redness in your skin. Instead, opt for true blues and violet-leaning blues, which will work harmoniously with your skin to make it look more even toned.
• Those with warm skin that has golden or yellow undertones, with veins that look a little greenish through the skin, can opt for both green and purple-leaning takes on blue hair dye, which will be quite flattering, while true royal blue runs the risk of emphasizing yellowish sallowness in the skin.
• Next there are those with olive undertones in their skin, which means their skin has a slight green tint to it, which can be either cool or warm. People with olive skin should avoid purple-leaning blue hair colors, as that slight redness will emphasize the green tones in a sickly way. Instead, they should embrace true blue hair tones as well as green-leaning blues like teal and turquoise, which will complement the skin beautifully.
• Lastly, there are the lucky few with beige undertones to their skin, which lean towards neither pink nor yellow. Those with beige undertones can enjoy the full color spectrum, playing with true blues, green blues, violet blues, and anything in between (as well as the various combinations of shades!).
As with many other fashion hair colors, the blue hair dye available on the market is almost exclusively semi-permanent. While this kind of dye may be applied to virgin hair, it will only tint it a bit. Unless your hair is naturally extremely light, most blue hair looks will require that you bleach your hair first, especially if you want your hair to be pastel or electric blue.
If you have naturally dark hair and you would like a blue tint, you can skip the bleaching process altogether. Unlike with permanent hair colors, it is perfectly safe and even healthy to dye the hair on the same day that you’ve bleached it, but if you need to do multiple bleaching sessions to reach your desired lightness level it is better to stretch them out over the course of multiple days.
You will need:
• Hair bleach – Our favorite is the Manic Panic Flash Lighting 40 Volume Complete Maximum Hair Lightening Kit from Ulta Beauty.
• Blue hair dye – you can use just one color, or mix a blue hair dye with a bit of green or purple to get a particular tint. We recommend: Good Dye Young Semi-Permanent Hair Color from Sephora, Punky Semi-Permanent Color from Ulta Beauty, and Joico Color Butter also from Ulta Beauty.
• Mixing bowl
• Hair dyeing brush
• Latex or plastic gloves
• Sacrificial button-up shirt that might get dirty
• Butterfly hair clips
• Shower cap or plastic bag
• Petroleum jelly
• Hair conditioner or conditioning mask
Step 1: Prep
• Make sure to avoid washing your hair for a few days before you intend to dye it, especially if you will also be bleaching it first.
• Get your hair in the best condition possible by giving it a nourishing protein mask the day before you’ll be bleaching it.
• Make sure you have all of the tools you’ll need to dye your hair blue.
• Make sure you have selected the exact blend of blue hair dyes that will allow you to achieve the exact shade of blue you want for your hair.
• Get your action plan in order! I’ll give instructions here for dyeing your hair in a solid, all-over color, but you might only want to dye the ends or a few streaks. You might also be considering bleaching only a few parts of your hair, so that when you dye your hair blue it will be lighter in some places and darker in others. Give it some thought before starting!
Step 2: Bleach
• Before you start, put on gloves to protect your hands and pull on an old button-up shirt that you’re not concerned with staining.
• Make sure to reach the instructions on the bleaching kit you’ve picked up, since instructions vary very widely from kit to kit. These instructions are meant to go with the Manic Panic bleaching kit we recommend.
• Start by preparing your bleach. In the kit we recommend there will be a powder and a developer, which you should pour into a mixing bowl and then use your hair dye brush to mix together until you have a smooth mixture without any lumps. Allow the bleach to settle for about a minute or so.
• While the bleach develops, clip your hair up into sections. We usually recommend parting the hair from ear to ear along the crown and again in the center, so you have four even sections, although if your hair is very fine you can do just a front and back section, while if it is very thick you can part it into five or six sections instead.
• Starting with one of the front sections of the hair, undo the clip and begin applying the bleach. Apply the bleach to the hair in even smaller subsections that are a couple of centimeters in width. We don’t recommend getting too close to the roots or the scalp, so instead start by applying the bleach a centimeter away from the hair. With your brush, pull the bleach down all the way to the ends.
• Make sure the bleach totally saturates the hair and covers every side of ever strand by rubbing it in a bit with your gloved fingers.
• Continue the dyeing process until you’ve finished covering the whole section of hair in bleach, and then clip it up. Next you can move on to the next section of hair.
• Once you’ve covered your whole head in bleach and clipped up all hair sections, cover your head in shower cap, and allow hair to process.
• After about ten minutes remove the shower cap, and using a damp washcloth remove a bit of bleach from a bit of hair. If you are satisfied with how light your hair looks, you can remove the cap and hop into the shower to rinse out the bleach. If not, recover that chunk of hair in bleach, and wait another 10 minutes to check again.
• Once it’s time, hop in the shower and rinse away the bleach with cool or lukewarm water. Shampoo your hair with a toning shampoo to ensure all the bleach is gone and that the hair won’t look orange or brassy.
Step 3: Dye
• There is no need to wait! Semi-permanent dyes can normally be applied to damp hair, so if you’ve just washed out the bleach, then simply towel-dry your hair gently. If you are just opting for a blue hair tint, then you can start with dry hair.
• Before you actually start, however, put on your gloves, a shirt that can get dirty, and make sure to line the perimeter of your hair with petroleum jelly to prevent your skin from staining.
• If you’re aiming for pastel blue hair rather than a darker or more vivid blue, then prepare a weakened mixture of dye by combining one part of the blue hair dye or dyes of your choice with 3 parts of hair conditioner in a mixing bowl.
• Section and clip up your hair much the same way you did previously for bleaching it – 3, 4, 5, or however many sections you think are necessary for your hair.
• Undo the first clip, and from that section separate out a smaller section of hair. Dip your hair dyeing brush into your blue hair color, and begin applying the color to that small subsection of hair, starting as close to the scalp as possible.
• With the brush, pull the color down towards the ends, and reload the brush with dye if necessary in order to cover the whole chunk of hair.
• Using your gloved hand, massage the blue hair color into the chunk of hair a little bit, to ensure that the hair is thoroughly covered.
• Repeat this process with the next subsection of hair. Once you’ve covered the whole section of hair in blue hair dye, clip it back up and move over to the next section, once again dyeing the hair in smaller subsections.
• Once your whole head is covered in blue hair dye, give it time to process. Normally 10-15 minutes is enough time for bleached hair, while unbleached hair will take at least half an hour to change color.
• In order to avoid making a mess, cover your head in a shower cap – otherwise the blue hair dye might stain anything it comes in contact with!
• Once enough time has elapsed, hop into the shower, and rinse out the blue hair dye with lukewarm water. Avoid shampooing your hair, but you can absolutely take the chance to condition it.
• Get out of the shower and gently towel-dry your hair. You can use a cotton T-shirt instead if you’re worried about damaging your hair.
• Examine your hair to make sure it has been dyed to your satisfaction. If you think you’ve made any errors, then go back in with a bit more blue hair dye to correct any mistakes. If you’re happy with it, then go take some photos and show the world your new hair color!
Blue hair dye is one of the quickest fading hair dyes around, so it will require some care and maintenance to keep it looking fresh and vivid.
• Avoid shampooing your hair for the first few days after you’ve dyed it, as the shampoo will remove a lot of the blue hair dye that you’ve worked so hard to apply.
• In general, you will want to reduce the frequency at which you wash your hair, as each time you shampoo your hair some blue hair dye will inevitably be removed.
• When you do shampoo your hair, make sure you use a shampoo that is sulfate-free. Sulfates like SLS and SLES can seriously strip the hair of dye, as well as the oils that keep your hair healthy. If you can get away with it, co-washing with just hair conditioner might be the healthiest thing for your hair.
• When showering, make sure to use cool or lukewarm water, as hot water will open up the cuticles of your hair and cause the blue hair dye to bleed out of it. It will also keep your hair in healthier shape in general.
• You can easily refresh your hair at home, as well. Mix up your own color refreshing treatment by combining three-parts hair conditioner or conditioning mask with 1-part blue hair dye, and apply it to your hair the way you normally would a conditioning mask. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse away and your color will be back to its former vividness. You can do this once a week.
• Keeping the roots a dark blue is another way of keeping your blue hair healthier and making maintenance easier. You won’t have to run to the salon to bleach and dye your roots the second they start peeking out – instead, you can just give ‘em a wash of blue so they blend into the rest of your hair without clashing. Sombre and balayage hairstyles are a particularly chic way of doing this, as the darker blue roots will give a lot of depth to the rest of your hair.
• Especially if your hair has also been bleached, make sure to avoid extreme heat styling. You can blow-dry your hair gently every once in a while, but stay away from straightening and curling irons, as the intense heat will damage your hair.
• Regularly masking your hair with protein-rich hair masks will do wonders, as after bleaching the amount of proteins in the hair gets depleted, which leaves the strands weaker and more brittle.
• Make the switch from towel-drying your hair to using an old cotton T-shirt instead. The rough bristles of the towel can damage the hair cuticles and lead to color bleeding out, while a T-shirt will be much gentler on both your hair and color.
If you are sick and tired of your blue hair color and want to change it, there are a couple of ways you can do this at home.
• Start by washing your blue hair with a clarifying shampoo and warm water. This is the only time I will ever recommend a shampoo that contains sulfates, since they are the best for removing hair dye from the hair. Since most blue hair dyes are semi-permanent, washing once with a clarifying shampoo might lift enough color so that you can dye your hair again.
• Some people find dandruff shampoo works just as well as clarifying shampoo, while others prefer dishwashing detergent!
• Make sure to condition your hair after using the clarifying shampoo, as clarifying shampoos strip a lot of oils from the hair in addition to stripping colors.
Vitamin C Method
• If simply using clarifying shampoo wasn’t enough to remove the blue hair tint from your hair, then you will have to resort to a more intense method – the vitamin C method.
• In a plastic bowl mix together clarifying shampoo with vitamin C powder or crushed up vitamin C tablets. The mixture should be about equal parts vitamin C and shampoo, and it should have a thick, runny consistency. Apply the vitamin C mixture to your hair while it is dry, and then add just a bit of water in order to make it spread more evenly and foam up a little.
• Put your hair up into a bun and cover it with a shower cap. Let the mixture sit in your hair for at least half an hour, and then rinse it out with hot water.
• You can repeat this method a few times until you feel like enough of the blue hair dye has been lifted from your hair.
Bleaching the Hair
• If you’ve tried the first two methods of removing blue hair dye and you still feel like not enough of the dye has been removed, then it’s time to break out the big guns – i.e. bleaching your hair again.
• It’s better to use a weaker bleach if you’re going to be working on already bleached hair. Something with a 20- or 30-volume developer will be gentler than an intense 40-volume developer.
• You can bleach your hair following the same method I outlined earlier when explaining how to bleach your hair before dyeing it blue!
Dyeing the Hair
• So technically dyeing the hair will not remove the blue hair dye – it will just cover it. However, for some people, this is more than enough if they need to get rid of the blue hair quickly in order to start a conservative job or to attend an event.
• You might still want to try clarifying shampoo or the vitamin C method first before going straight into dyeing over the blue hair dye.
• Opt for a darker color, as the blue hair dye will definitely show through an attempt to dye the hair a lighter color.
Adjusting your makeup routine to your new blue hair color is the first step to rocking your new look in a great style. Here’s what changes you should make!
As with most other fashion hair colors, blue hair color doesn’t look quite natural against the skin, and as a result it can bring out strange undertones or highlight imperfections. As a result, it is always a good idea to slightly increase the coverage of your foundation and ensure your skin looks as perfect as possible.
Dark hair colors often wash out the skin and draw attention away from the features, so makeup can help balance that out. The darker the shade of blue hair dye you’ve opted for, the more important it is that you keep your face sculpted with contour and highlight.
If you’re rocking a lighter blue hair color you really don’t need to worry as much and you can stick to your typical technique.
Eye makeup is the area where we often get truly creative with color. When choosing your eyeshadow scheme don’t feel restricted to blues or neutrals – the reality is that you can make any eyeshadow color work with blue hair. You will, however, have to take into account your hair, the other colors in your makeup as well as your outfit and remember that they all come together into a color scheme.
Neon yellows and oranges can look especially striking against blue hair, while jewel-toned purples or greens will be softer and more harmonious. If the idea of doing this sounds intimidating, you can stick to nude eyeshadows, cool metallics, and smokey tones instead.
The area where you might have the biggest challenge is your eyebrows! If you’re all about that blue-haired anime character fantasy, you can certainly fill your eyebrows in with a matte blue eyeshadow that is just a shade lighter than your hair… but we think that’s a little extreme.
What we recommend instead is using a cool-toned slate or gray eyebrow product instead, as it will look more natural but without clashing or drawing attention to your blue hair.
Lips and Cheeks
As long as your foundation is on point, you can actually get away with most lipstick colors while rocking blue hair. If you prefer a very harmonious, cool-toned look, you can certainly stick to lipstick and blush colors that are heavy on the blue undertones, like purples, mauves, violets, and magentas.
Blue-based red lipsticks can lend a romantic vibe to your look, especially if you occasionally curl your blue hair in a retro style. True neutral lipsticks and blushes like cool nudes, rose tones, and raspberries are also an easy choice.
Then again, if you’re brave enough to rock blue hair, do you really care about everything blending in? You can certainly opt for contrast instead! Warm blush and lipstick tones like brick red, peach, coral, and orange really stand out against blue hair in a way that is very striking and fashion-forward. It can be tricky to make these colors work if you have cool undertones to your skin, but if you’re overall warm-toned this can be quite fetching.
• When it doubt, black is always a safe color choice. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or if you really want your blue hair to draw all of the attention, then simply embrace the ultimate and ever-flattering neutral.
• Other neutrals like white or gray are also safe choices, as is blue denim, which will match your blue hair without it looking purposeful.
• It’s very likely that you love color, if you’ve decided to rock blue hair! If that’s the case, then have a look at the color wheel and play around with the various color blocking patterns that include blue.
• Primary colors will look especially striking against your blue hair, as will its complementary color: orange. If you’re only going to wear one color, opt for one of these.
• For a more subdued yet colorful look, opt for an analogous color scheme by pairing teal and indigo separates.
• You can also opt for a monochrome look that makes use of darker and lighter shades of blue.
• To get inspired, explore the #bluehair hashtag on Instagram and see what the influencers are wearing! Some blue-haired fashionistas that we love include @OloriSwank.
Now’s the fun time to explore some creative blue hair color photos and pick your next show-stopping look!
1. Cloud Blue Hair
This silvery take on blue hair is as fluffy as a spring day cloud. It’s a balayage look that combines metallic, silvery-white tones with light pastel blue, which is more saturated near the roots but fades away delicately.
2. Deeply Rooted Blue Curls
Our obsession with metallic takes on blue hair color continues. This feathery curled hairstyle is super light and shiny thanks to a metallic wash of light blue over glistening white hair. What keeps this look grounded are dark, nearly black roots that add depth and keep things healthy.
3. Royal Treatment Blue Hair Color
This subtle wave gives the perfect retro accent to deep blue hair. The hair was colored with a royal blue hair dye, but there is also a vein of black running through the style as a lowlight, which adds depth and sophistication to the look.
4. Ocean Dive Blue Hair
As you look at these curls you get the feeling as though you’ve plunged into the very depths of the ocean. The twisted curls have a living tentacle vibe, while the black to blue to turquoise color gradient feels like the progression of color you see as you dive deeper and deeper into the waves.
5. Three-Quarter Blue Ombre
While true half-and-half ombres are becoming an increasingly rare choice for hair dyeing, ombres that leave the bulk of the lower part of the hair dyed one color are certainly on trend. This example shows us an ombre where the top half is a deep, rich blue, while the bottom half is a bright and cheerful sky blue.
6. Analog Blue Hair Melt
Colormelts are always obsession worthy, but analog colormelts most of all! The color progression here is violet to royal blue to teal, a cool transition that places primary blue front and center. The fact that the hair looks extra soft and lush makes the transition all the more gorgeous.
7. Ice Blue Waves
You have to be careful with this kind of take on blue hair color! It looks simultaneously so soft yet so icy cold – who knows whether the cold will sting when you touch it? It’s a look that features unbleached roots that have been simply washed with blue hair dye, while elsewhere the hair was taken as light as it could go, which means the wash of blue looks soft and metallic.
8. Dark Denim Blue Hair
The blend of muted black, navy, and royal blue hair dye in this balayage leads to a denim effect thanks to an organic streaking technique. It is especially nice if you’re low-maintenance when it comes to styling, since even this messier route ends up looking pretty darn cool.
9. Electric and Cobalt Blue Balayage
Blue hair can really make you feel like an anime character, especially if the shades of blue you choose are particularly vivid. This balayage combines true electric blue as the base tone and then adds cobalt blue as a slightly muted accent. What would be really intense ends up being charming thanks to soft curls.
10. Curled Black and Blue Hair
These lush hairstyles are giving a whole new meaning to the expression “black and blue”! Dark black roots are easy to pair with striking deep blue curls. By curling the hair in a bottleneck shape you can keep things romantic.
11. Stormy Ocean Blue Hair
Pairing waves with blue hair is a natural choice, since, of course, you’ll want to channel the ocean in your look. This deep and dark take on blue hair also has a bit of levity because of subtle touches of a lighter blue here and there along the ends of the hair.
12. Day and Night Sky Blue Hair
This hairstyle channels both the power of the night sky and the cheer of bright blue day sky. It combines deep black roots with lighter blue hair, with just a touch of royal blue making sure the transition is seamless.
13. Fearless Green and Blue Hair
If you feel like fearless and complex are words that describe your personality well, then give this hairstyle a good look: it combines royal blue and green tones in a way that has a lot of texture but still seems matte. What really elevates the sophistication of this dye job, however, is the touch of titanium at the ends.
14. Sleek Azure Blue Hair
As charming as waves and curls might be, sleek, straightened blue hair is undeniably more striking. This azure take on blue hair dye is perfect for summer, as it has just the subtlest hint of green to it, which lends freshness.
15. Bring Me that Horizon Hair
Horizontal hair dyeing techniques are all the rage, so it’s lovely to see them paired with blue hair color like in this look. The roots were kept dark, so they blend seamlessly into that initial layer of royal blue – that is, until we make the switch to an extreme horizontal balayage of baby blue and metallic lavender hair tones.
16. Midnight Gleam Blue Hair
Mixing different tones of blue hair dye is the best way to ensure that your color doesn’t look flat. This style combines a muted and deep violet blue with a more vivid royal blue, in an effect that maximizes volume.
17. Baby Light Blue Gradient
Once you’re done oohing and ahhing over these flawless retro curls, give this gradient a closer look. The deep blue to light blue to teal situation is complex right from the start, but the true magic of it is the use of babylights at the transition. The center of the blue hair is not simply light blue – it is actually a combination of light and royal blue tones that give maximum dimension.
18. Blue Jean Queen
Denim hair is a really fun sub-trend of blue hair, and it’s an especially great choice for anyone who’s a little afraid of vivid colors but who isn’t so keen on the extreme lightness of pastels. This kind of palette is achieved with a lot of different shades of blue applied in the thinnest streaks possible.
19. Starry Night Blue Hair
If you’re feeling particularly creative, take inspiration from the world of fine art. This starry night-inspired blue hair balayage features vivid shades of blue, with a bit of hair glitter to evoke the stars in the night sky.
20. Blue Steel Hair
There’s something about deeper metallic hair colors that is intense without being overwhelming, like this perfect blue steel look. It was created with a mixture of deep blue and dark silver hair tones, in a perfect balayage technique that makes this graduated bob haircut seem extra textured.
21. Ode to the Storm Blue Hair
A deep blue gradient on wavy hair always calls to mind a stormy ocean night, but this take on the look has a ray of light in it. The dark roots shifting to deep blue are already a great choice, but adding that hint of electric blue near the front brightens the look and elevates it.
22. Baby Blue Hair
It’s hard to make mistakes with a long cascade of healthy hair, but it will certainly tempt you to take some risks occasionally. This seemingly solid color is actually comprised of various shades of platinum and blue hair dye, applied by hand painstakingly in order to achieve maximum drama.
23. Electric Blue Graduated Curls
Sometimes it seems like fashion hair colors are only for those with impossibly long hair, but that’s not true! Even those with lob haircuts can become mermaids! This take on electric blue hair color combines bright cyan highlights with royal blue and ultramarine tones for an in-your-face style.
24. Cobalt Blue Sombre
Somehow, when the hair is very long, sombre hair colors end up looking soft and almost natural. The top layer of this sombre is a subtler cobalt blue with a cool violet touch, which transforms into a royal true blue for the bottom half.
25. Boho Braided Blue Hair
Just because you’re rocking fashion blue hair doesn’t mean you can embrace boho styling techniques! This complex baby blue dye job is only enhanced by the feathery way in which it was styled, with small braids add the perfect texture for the festival season.
26. Cotton Candy Blue Hair
This blue hair color is so sweet it will give you a cavity! The base color to this wavy hair look is a metallic silver that is only enhanced by pastel tones of blue and pink that give the most scrumptious cotton candy effect.
27. Blue and Tan Hair
It’s not very common to see blue hair combined with natural, warmer hair tones like in this dirty blonde and air-force blue sombre, but just because it’s uncommon doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done! This is the kind of take on blue hair that is not too attention-grabbing and also allows for easy maintenance.
28. Icy Blue and Lavender Hair
Combining pastel shades of lavender and blue hair dye with silver hair is risky when the hair is shorter, because you can end up with an unintentional look. However, when the hair is long and well-styled, the effect is marvellously multidimensional instead.
29. Neon Pink and Blue Curls
This is a twist on blue hair that is reserved for those who are very comfortable sitting in their stylist’s chair, since the pink hair roots in this look will require regular touch-ups. It’s totally worth it for that unique pop of brightness through the otherwise electric blue look.
30. Simple Midnight Blue Hair
Gorgeous blue hair doesn’t have to be complicated – just look at this simple style? Rich and metallic midnight blue pairs perfectly with naturally dark roots, and as long as the hair is healthy there is enough natural shine.
31. Icy Blue Fishtail Braid
One way of embracing your roots when rocking any kind of blue hair color is to wear a full or semi fishtail braid. This particular braid shows off roots in an elegant, purposeful way, and it works especially nicely with this icy take on blue hair.
32. Blue Lavender Dreams
If you like a bit more romance in your blue hairstyle, consider a pale blue shade that leans towards lavender. Here this tone is mixed with silver streaks as well, leading to a complex and feminine look.
33. Prussian Blue Curls
If your hair is naturally almost black, then you absolutely must try deep Prussian blue at least once in your life! This kind of blue can be achieved with limited bleaching, but the effect is coolly striking.
34. Freezing Rain Curls
This rich combination of silver and baby blue hair tones brings to mind freezing rain falling from muted blue skies. It’s an intense look that is made even more memorable thanks to the depth dark roots bring.
35. Indigo with a Gleam
Bring on the indigo drama! This gorgeous indigo blue hairstyle is as astounding as they come, thanks to really impactful balayaging at the ends. The bulk of the hair was dyed with a rich indigo blue hair dye, but it’s jazzed up by touches of mint and violet tones at the ends.
36. Minty Fresh Blue Hair
This is another complex hairstyle that gives us a perfect analog color scheme. The streaks of teal and violet that run through this predominantly sky-blue look add interest and complexity without being in your face or overwhelming.
37. Watery Blue Ends
Hair can tell a story, and the story this variation on blue hair tells is of water flowing from a rock. Starting with black roots and transitioning them to gray at the midst is already complex, but adding the multidimensional blue tones at the ends makes for a brilliant color scheme.
38. Midnight Velvet Blue Hair
Doesn’t this soft and lush hair make you crave trying midnight blue hair? It’s oh-so-shiny thanks to a mixture of different dark blue shades, and styling it in lush curls only emphasizes the level of dimension.
39. Blue Feather Hair
These feathery waves look so soft you’ll want to take a nap in them! This effect is doubled by the choice of a softer blue hair color combined with some subtle lavender hair streaks.
40. Frozen Blue Curls
If you like to take inspiration from cartoons when choosing your next hair look, then give this iteration on blue hair a good look! The color story here is straight out of the film Frozen, with vibrant blue roots that transform into a gorgeous silvery tone as though they had been frozen by Elsa herself.
41. Electric Blue Waves
One of the best ways of emphasizing wavy hair is by utilizing a horizontal hair dyeing technique. The combination of electric blue and teal tones is always a safe one, but taking the risk to dye horizontally surely paid off.
42. Stormy Seas Blue Hair
The balayage gradient technique used here is perfect for showcasing a natural transition, like the one seen in the sky as storm clouds come in, or the way they are reflected in a wavy ocean. Starting with black roots, the hair is dyed in piecey streaks that start off royal blue and transition to a beautiful sky blue.
43. Pastel Blue Waves
Soft like a cloud, these pastel waves invoke calmness in anyone who glimpses them. This is the type of blue hair color that requires multiple bleaching sessions, but the results are worth the effort.
44. Oceanic Fringe
Baby streaks are always a lovely choice that showcases a colorist’s skill, but once they show up in the fringe they become something truly unique. We love this take on ocean blue hair that combines royal blue, baby blue, and teal tones.
45. Summer Sky Blue Hair
Blue hair can be cheerful and festive, as exemplified by this sky-blue hair color. Dark roots ensure painless grow out, while light sky-blue streaks liven up a vivid royal blue base.
46. Oil Spill Blue Hair
In real life, an oil spill is a terrible thing, but there is nothing wrong with being inspired by its colors to create a hair masterpiece! Shades of cyan and electric blue are a natural fit, while violet runs through them to give extra drama.
47. Azure Sombre
Long hair is the perfect canvas for all kinds of two-tone blue hair dye creations, and we gotta admit this one is one of our favorites. The azure and baby blue combination is a classic, but it’s the careful transition that makes our hearts go aflutter.
48. Midnight Blue Balayage
The diagonal gradient in this balayage is the stuff dreams are made of, so it is fitting that it was created in dark shades like black-blue and midnight blue, with just a hint of royal blue and cyan for added dimension. It’s a great option for those with naturally dark hair, as it only requires a hint of bleaching.
49. Deep Sea Blue Hair
Those blends of dark blue and royal blue are already gorgeous, but the moment a bit of green is added to them they take on a slightly sinister, oceanic vibe. You never know what is lurking down there in the depths, along with the sea greens and waves.
50. Teal Blue Hair Colormelt
If your coloring is on the warm side of things, then blues with a touch of green to them will be the most flattering to you. This blue to teal colormelt is as subtle as it gets, and yet the result is astounding.
51. Sky-Blue Lob
Yet another example of how well blue hair color works even with traditional long bob haircuts! We’re really loving the way baby blue babylights add a bit of texture to the sky-blue base color.
52. Contrasting Blue Hair
Matching roots and ends, with a contrasting shade in the center of the hair, create a look that we sadly do not see enough of. The cyan tone in the center is simply vivid, especially against the indigo shade at the top and bottom.
53. Blue Cloud Bob
Curled bobs are always cute, but doubly so when colored a soft, romantic pastel shade like this baby blue! The roots are actually colored a royal blue, which is a surefire way of keeping the scalp healthy against all that bleach pastels require.
54. Sapphire Balayage
It’s hard to resist hair that gleams like a precious stone. This sapphire-inspired look was achieved by using a royal blue hair color at the top, and transitioning it to lighter, green-heavy shades at the ends.
55. Sapphire Gleam Long Bob
Don’t stare at this sapphire blue hair for too long, or you may find yourself incapable of looking way! The royal blue and sky-blue tones play against each other to create impossible depth – the kind one can easily get lost in.
56. Dark Wash Denim Hair
The vivid tones are fun and all, but sometimes you want to fly under the radar with your fashion colors. That’s when matte finishes in deep blue and navy can really have their moment, giving the hair a trendy denim effect.
57. Glacial Blue Bob
This bob haircut is so cool it will make you forget about the ice caps melting! The glacial effect is there because of the icy metallic tips, while a steel blue base echoes the sky on a cold, overcast day.
58. Royal Blue Waves
The amount of deep blue hair dye used for this colorful creation is hard to imagine, because boy are these waves long! Blue is a royal color, so why not choose it if you have hair so long and lush that it is fit for a queen?
59. Light to Dark Blue Colomelt
So while dark to light colormelts are considerably easier to achieve (and they don’t take nearly as much of a toll on the hair), there is room for breaking rules here and there by opting for the opposite. Keep the roots bright with a baby blue hair tone and let the ends get darker like the navy that we see here.
60. Blue Hair Threaded with Lavender
If all of these blue hairstyles are leaving you cold, perhaps the hint of lavender in this colormelt will win you over? The hint of purple warms up the sky and cyan blue tones, as well as adds some vibrancy.
61. Arctic Sky Balayage
Arctic blue hairstyles are never going to look dated because the gleaming silver icy tones are always going to be impressive while the blues will always feel uniquely cool. This long bob benefits from all of the dimension that comes with this color combination.
62. Cobalt Blue Bob
Balayaging a graduated bob haircut requires a true artist, as this cobalt blue hair proves. The balayage technique is perfect for keeping the hair healthy with fashion hair colors, and it is also perfect for adding volume to shorter hair.
63. Denim and Silver Waves
Like wearing silver jewels with an all-denim outfit, this wavy hairstyle combines the ultra-lux with the chic yet casual. Light blue and silver tones are a perfect combination for anyone who likes to be on trend.
64. Sea Queen Balayage
It’s not easy to keep multi-colored balayages looking so crisp, but here’s proof that it is possible! The winning color combination here is sky blue for the base, with a touch of teal at the center for just the barest hint of oceanic warmth.
65. Mermaid Blue Hair
A hint of green here and a deep wave there is all it takes to turn blue hair into a worthy look for a mermaid princess! The roots were left unbleached for that healthy depth, while the ends were dyed with a mixture of different teal and blue tones for a gorgeous texture.
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