How to get blue out of blonde hair

August 10, 2021

Does Your Blonde Hair Have A Blue Hue?

When you dye your hair blonde, it is inevitable that the hue of blue will show through at some point. This can be a very frustrating experience if you have spent lots of time and money on getting rid of the blue in your hair. Some people think bleaching their hair over again will fix this problem. But this isn't necessary or even recommended because it damages your hair and can cause thinning. In order to get rid of the blue hue in your blonde hair, check out these four tips!

How to Get Blue Out of Blonde Hair? 

To obtain this color, you will need:

  • 30 volume developer.
  • 10 developer cream lightener (white)
  • purple shampoo (I use Queen Helene Hardcore Pink and it works really well!)
  • A good moisturizing conditioner that doesn't make your hair oily!

I recommend one of the following:

  • Biolage Uplifting Foam Conditioner for normal to oily hair (this is what I use because my hair gets greasy easily if it isn't healthy).
  • Joico Moisture Recovery Treatment for dry damaged hair. Any other products you might want to use based on your own liking. This will be a long process, so prepare yourself thoroughly. BTW even though many people think this is the same as the Manic Panic Dip Dye, they aren't. This is a semi-permanent dye while dip-dye is permanent!

This is what you should do to get this color:

  1. Prepare your hair for bleaching (for about 2 hours) by using a good shampoo and conditioning it well to keep it moisturized. Also, use any other products that are recommended for your type of hair, like mousse/gel.
  1. Use a thick conditioner on your scalp area only (we'll be doing the bottom part of our hair first). Put it on until you can feel some buildup and then rinse it off with cold water while conditioning is really good. You want to make sure your hair is REALLY soft because if you don't it might not get taken the color as well.
  2. Now that your hair is really soft and moisturized, use a shampoo to clean it until all the conditioner is gone (you may need to do this more than once!). Then use a good conditioner. This will make sure your hair will be smooth instead of frizzy when getting dyed later on!
  3. Prepare a bunch of Q-tips with 70% alcohol or witch hazel so they are moist throughout the process. You will want up to 10 Q-tips at any given time for this, especially since we're doing our whole head in only one day! Because we are bleaching out light blonde hair, we are aiming for an ashy blond instead of a bright blonde. This means the color will be much darker when you're done!

You should now have striped sections all over your hair to get rid of any orange/yellow in your hair that still might be there from the previous dye job. Starting at the back of your head, apply vaseline around where you want to put stripes (if you are using a root touch-up kit or doing this on someone else, use liquid latex). 

Get out each stripe and take small sections so it's even and make sure it touches your scalp so it bleaches well since this is crucial! Also, make sure to do both sides equally or one side might come out lighter than the other. With all the stripes on your head, cover them with foil or saran wrap and put a towel over that. It's best to do this outside just in case some of the dye leaks out from underneath!

  1. In about 20 minutes you will be able to apply developer cream lightener (the white stuff) over your hair evenly and thoroughly. Make sure it's mixed well and that there are no lumps at any given time during this process! 

Apply it generously all around your head, especially covering every stripe so they all get taken by either side equally. Your hair should be in foils for about 45 minutes, but I leave mine on for about an hour because I like to stay near my bathroom where my hairdryer and mirror are.

  1. After 45 minutes, take all the foil/saran wrap off your hair and rinse it really well. DO NOT USE SHAMPOO! If you do, this will fade your dye job significantly. 

The only exception I have to this rule so far is Garnier Fructis Triple Treat shampoo and conditioner because it actually works better than most other shampoos. So just use a good moisturizing conditioner that isn't going to make your hair oily but will keep it smooth, otherwise, your hair may frizz when you're drying it later on.

If any of your stripes didn't take as much as others or if there are gaps in some areas like near the back of your head, you can now re-apply more developer cream lightener to these parts so they take the dye better. It is also a good idea to clip back any hair that didn't get dyed so it doesn't end up getting in the way later on.

Now that your hair isn't wet anymore (you did rinse it well enough with cold water, right?), dry it out with a diffuser attachment on your blow dryer for 10 minutes or until completely dry, and then comb out your hair all over so there are no knots in your hair. 

You will need about 5 bobby pins to keep your roots straight and neat while drying the rest of your hair! Once you're done drying the rest of your hair, use a straightening iron on the lowest heat setting and put it through your hair to get out all the knots.

If you want extra volume, use a good volumizing/volumizing spray at this point. I like Big Sexy Hair spray because it's not too sticky or messy. Make sure you comb everything out really well with a wide-tooth comb especially if you use the blow dryer because that will get rid of any poofy bits sticking out.

Now that you've finished, if your hair was previously dyed a dark color/highlights from the bleach, make sure to coat your hair with heat protection spray before using any flat iron or curling iron! I like this one because it's super light and doesn't feel sticky after application.

You can also follow the below tips to get rid of the blue hue as well. 

  1. Apply blue tint evenly to the roots while avoiding the scalp.
  2. Wait 20 minutes and then rinse with water.
  3. Apply a light volumizer to hair ends and spray evenly throughout hair.
  4. Blow-dry hair with a diffuser attachment for 10 minutes or until completely dry.
  5. Apply heat protection spray if previously dyed a dark color or highlights.
  6. Use molding paste like this and scrunch hair for texture.
  7. Lightly spray with a volumizer at the ends of your hair to add extra volume.

How to Get Out Blue Color from Your Blonde Hair( Another Way)

  • Wash your hair with a great shampoo that is gentle on the scalp. The ones I use are Pantene & Head and Shoulders.
  • Towel dry your hair to remove excess water, then make sure it is completely dry before moving on to the next step (use a blow-dryer on a cool or low heat setting for quicker drying). The less moisture in your hair the better.
  • Mix equal parts of peroxide (or ammonia) with a developer (if you don't have any peroxide no worries, just mix ammonia and developer equally). Pour one part into another until you get 1 cup total mixture. Make sure you shake/mix well before pouring! Keep the cap closed so it doesn't spill.
  • Now you're going to use this mixture, and a tint brush (or toothbrush) to apply the hair color remover all over your hair. Be sure to get it into the scalp if possible - that is where it will do the best!
  • Rinse out with cool water...repeat as needed until the desired color is achieved! I suggest doing 3-4 treatments for complete removal. Wait 20 minutes in between each treatment for best results (this time will vary depending on how dark/how much dye you have used).
  • Repeat step 1 after removing dye from hair - then wash and condition as normal! You can also add some leave-in conditioner or anti-dandruff shampoo to your routine to help with any dryness that may occur, especially if you shampooed 3 or 4 times!
  • Once hair is completely dry, use a flat iron on the lowest setting and just go over it once lightly to finish off your new look!


If you have blonde hair but want to get rid of the blue hue, there are a few options. You can bleach your hair and then dye it with an ashy brown color or use a green shampoo that will temporarily cover up any traces of blue in your locks. To make sure this is effective for more than just one wash, try applying these tips consistently until you see results. But if all else fails, go back to being brunette!