All sources I had found said “It can’t be done.” “There’s no such thing.” Well, if you want something bad enough, you find a way. Here’s my way.

Blue is not a hair color you see on many people, and you’ll find even less information about it on the internet. Most of the information out there talks about how a permanent blue hair dye doesn’t exist and suggests some pretty lame, expensive, messy and (lets face it) really temporary alternatives.

Yes a nice blue hair color is a rare thing, mostly because it is so damned hard to achieve and even harder to keep from fading into a weird blotchy emo green color. I am not a professional cosmetologist nor do I claim to be an expert on hair coloring. I am just a girl who wanted blue hair that would last, and was not willing to take no for an answer.

I live on the road for the majority of the year and I am not someone who has the time or the patience to mess with semi permanent color that washes out after a few days and needs touched up every week… no thanks. I’m not knocking it, 613 blonde wig if you’re someone who likes to change your hair color every week then it’s perfect… but it’s also expensive. “Take cold showers to preserve your color.” Was advice that I was given several times. I don’t know about you, but I’m not that into cold showers.

So… all the semi and demi-permanent hair colors I tried either faded or rinsed right out, even though I had bleached my hair first. I tried a lot of things in the name of blue hair until I found something that actually works. The following describes the process I used to achieve a Permanent Navy Blue Hair color that is evenly toned and beautiful.

*Note: This process is somewhat damaging to hair, you are going to need a deep conditioning hair treatment (or several of them) if you want to get it back to looking healthy.

HERE ARE THE THINGS YOU WILL NEED:
1. A T-Shirt you don’t mind ruining
2. A really good hair bleach (I used the Feria Brand #205 Extra Bleach Blonding, it’s awesome)
3. Feria 25 Volume Multi-Tone Developer (found at Sally Beauty Supply)
4. Feria Professional Hair Color #2.10 Polished Soft Black with Intense Blue Base
5. Clairol Mix Tones (COOL) Toner (The box is grey and blue, found at Sally Beauty Supply)
6. 2 Pairs of gloves
7. A Hair Color mixing bottle with pointed tip for application (get one with ounce measurements)
8. An extra mirror so you can see the back of your head (or a friend to help you)
9. A deep conditioning hair treatment (I used Feria Deep Conditioning Color Treatment)
10. A hairbrush
11. Something to put over your hair while it develops to lock moisture in (I used a plastic bag)

THE STEPS I USED TO ACHIEVE PERMANENT BLUE HAIR:

This is a two part process, I would spread it out over at least two days to give your hair a break after bleaching. I waited almost a week after bleaching and conditioned my hair really well. I know it can be hard to wait when you’re excited about something but trust me, it’s worth it. Your hair will thank you for it by not breaking and falling out… and you’ll be glad for that, right? Also, if your hair contains metallic dye, you shouldn’t use any of these products. Get the metallic dye out first.

Part One, Bleaching:
Unless you have naturally platinum blonde (almost white) hair, this step is critically important. You must be willing to bleach your hair until it is almost white. This usually requires that you bleach more than once because bleach will only develop for so long per application. If you don’t get your hair white or close to it, your hair will turn out black during the coloring process instead of blue, and if you wanted black you wouldn’t be reading this…

The only bleach I will EVER recommend to anyone is Loreal Feria #205 Extra Bleach Blonding for intense lightening. I have had nightmares with all other bleaches I’ve tried. Feria #205 is smooth, not gritty, applies easily, and works really well. If your hair is already somewhat light, you may only have to do this once. Bonus: They give you a lot of bleach so you don’t have to get 2 boxes if your hair is long, and it comes with a really nice conditioner. Yes, Feria is harsh on hair, but it gets the job done. I’ll take that over some wimpy product that is gentle and doesn’t do what it says it will do… to me that’s pointless.