I’ve been waiting for months to dye my hair blue because I wanted to make sure it was both strong enough and long enough to handle the bleaching process it’d take. I had dark brown dye (that looked black) over red dye over a faded orange mess from the bleaching I did three months ago — from black!
This is the darkish brown I started with. You can see that parts of it are almost black and other parts are a little red from where the color underneath started to show through. Very shiny and healthy though, and about 2 inches longer than I normally keep it — a length that I like more and was kind of dreading losing after dyeing it blue.
I used Color Oops Hair Color Remover first, to get rid of any dye I had from previous color changes. I’ve read lots of reviews on Color Oops and feel that now, after using it on two separate occasions, I’m qualified to review it myself.
When used according to the directions, this works PERFECTLY to remove the recent coloring added to your hair. It won’t get it the exact color you had before, but it will get it a lot closer than it was.
It smells absolutely horrible. This is NOT an exaggeration, It smells like rotten eggs and the smell permeates everything it touches and gets inside your nose and doesn’t leave for hours. I kept a shower cap on top while it processed and every time I patter it down, a wave of sulfur smelling air almost triggered my gag reflexes! So gross. The first time I used it, the smell remained for days.
This time, I followed it up with a heavy dose of bleaching to rid myself of the weird brassy aftercolor as well as the nasty smell that it accompanied.
After adding 2 tbsp of organic coconut oil to the ends of my hair, I used Salon Care Prism Lites Blue bleaching powder with a Vol. 30 developer and applied it all over. I put the shower cap back on, ran a hair dryer on the low setting over my head for 5 minutes and then kept it on for another 35, checking every 10 minutes to see how much it had lightened.
I washed it out and applied a Redken deep conditioning like this one for 10 minutes before rinsing it with lukewarm water. I blow dry my hair more often than I should, and post-bleaching was no exception to this — I dried my hair immediately after my shower and then applied my blue dyes to my hair.
I sectioned off 2 inches of hair and part of my bangs for the teal and did the rest in Special Effects’ Blue Velvet color. I had never used the Blue Velvet before, but N’Rage’s Twisted Teal is my favorite teal ever!
Blue is my favorite hair color to have, hands down. Pink is fun and blue makes me feel super gothy but blue is the only color that I feel completely comfortable with in every situation. I’ve never done such a dark blue, but it’s exactly what I wanted and I’m so happy with it! It’s dark enough to be almost subtle, but bright enough to stand out and give me happy feelings when I catch a glimpse of it out of the corner of my eye! 🙂
I’m not sure for how long I’ll be keeping it, but as long as my job and situation allow for it, why not? And the best part is that I didn’t actually do too much damage to my hair! I always underestimate its resilience, and it surprises me by exceeding my expectations every time! I won’t have to cut any more off than my normal trim that I’ll be doing sometime soon! I get to keep the length and my hair is blue?! Win all around, imho!
Have you ever had blue hair? What are your favorite dyes? I’ve got N’Rage Cobalt Blue in right now to cover up a couple of underneath spots I missed the first time, so we’ll see how that turns out! 🙂