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What color does blue hair turn when you bleach it?

When bleaching blue hair, the final color that is achieved depends on a few key factors: the original shade of blue, how porous the hair is, and how light you bleach it. Generally speaking, bleaching blue hair will turn it various shades of green, mint, teal, or turquoise before getting to blonde. With each bleaching session, the blue undertones gradually fade until the hair is light enough to tone into a blonde shade. Here is a more in-depth look at what to expect when bleaching blue hair:

The Original Blue Shade Matters

If you start with a darker blue shade, like a navy or midnight blue, bleaching will first turn it a greenish-teal color. This is because the darker blue pigment has strong underlying cool tones. As more of the artificial color is removed, those cooler undertones start to show through, mixing with the remaining blue to create shades of green and teal. A lighter blue, like a pastel sky blue, will likely go from pale green to minty shades.

Porous Hair Lifts Quicker

The condition and porosity of your hair plays a big role in how quickly it will lighten with bleaching. More porous hair will lift to lighter levels faster because the bleach is able to penetrate the cuticle and get to the pigment easier. Healthier, less porous hair may hold onto the blue tones for longer, requiring more bleaching sessions to get lighter. Using a clarifying shampoo and potentially a bleach bath before the full bleach can help open up the cuticle and allow better lightening.

Multiple Bleaching Sessions Are Needed

It is extremely rare for blue hair to turn blonde in just one bleaching session. More often, it takes two to three rounds of lightening to fully lift dark blue hair to pale yellow levels 7-10. Depending on your original color and porosity as mentioned above, the first bleaching may take your hair from blue to mint green. A second session then lifts it to pale green, yellow, or pale yellow. A third session removes remaining pigment and brassiness to get you to a neutral blonde.

Toning Makes a Difference

Once your bleached blue hair has reached a pale yellow stage, you’ll need to apply toner to counteract any remaining brassy, green, or violet undertones. The toner deposits pigment that cancels out those undertones and allows you to achieve your desired blonde shade – be it cool, warm, or neutral blonde. Without proper toning, bleached blue hair may still retain an unwanted greenish tint even when very pale yellow. Toner neutralizes that.

Bleaching Too High Can Cause Damage

It’s important not to over-bleach blue hair in an attempt to speed up the lightening process. Repeated bleaching over several sessions to very pale levels can cause significant damage, dryness, and breakage. Be patient in lifting just a couple levels at a time, using nourishing hair masks or oils in between sessions. Monitor the condition of your hair and stop lightening at the palest level that still keeps your hair strong and healthy.

How to Bleach Blue Hair Step-By-Step

Here is a step-by-step guide for bleaching blue hair safely to achieve blonde results:

  1. Start with clarifying shampoo 1-2 weeks before bleaching to open the cuticle.
  2. Optionally, use a bleach bath to lift some underlying pigment before full bleaching.
  3. Mix the bleach powder and developer according to instructions, usually 1:2 ratio.
  4. Divide hair into sections and apply the bleach starting 1 inch from roots.
  5. Process for 30-45 minutes, checking every 10-15 minutes after 30 minutes.
  6. Rinse thoroughly when pale yellow and tone to neutralize any remaining pigment.
  7. Repeat 1-2 more times if needed, using bonding treatments between sessions.
  8. Maintain conditioning between sessions to keep hair healthy.

What Level Does Bleached Blue Hair Reach?

When bleached properly over multiple sessions, blue hair can safely reach pale yellow levels 8 to 10. This provides a blank canvas for toning to any blonde shade. Here’s a breakdown of what levels to expect:

Bleaching Session Starting Level Achieved Level
1 4-6 dark blue 6-7 teal/mint
2 6-7 teal/mint 8 pale green/yellow
3 8 pale green/yellow 9-10 pale yellow

Can You Go Straight from Blue to Blonde?

It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to go directly from a dark blue shade to pale blonde in one session. Blue has a strong underlying pigment that takes multiple rounds of lifting to fully remove. Attempting to bleach too pale in one session risks major damage. It is best to lift blue hair in multiple, gradual steps over several weeks. Let the hair rest and recover between lightening sessions for best results.

What If Your Hair is Still Blue After Bleaching?

If your hair still retains blue, green, or violet tones after bleaching, there are a few potential reasons:

  • The hair was not lightened enough and needs another round of bleaching.
  • The cuticle may be too tightly closed and resistant. A bleach bath can help.
  • porosity and condition of hair is preventing thorough lifting.
  • Not enough time was given for the bleach to fully process.
  • Toner wasn’t used to counteract the remaining pigment.

Troubleshoot by checking your levels, conditioning the hair, and using toner. In most cases, another bleach session is needed to continue lifting undertones and achieve pale blonde.


Bleaching blue hair is a gradual, multi-step process. Expect blue to pass through shades of green, mint, and teal before reaching pale yellow blonde levels. The original dye, porosity, damage, and toner all impact the final results. With patience and repeated lightening over 4-6 weeks, blue hair can safely transition to blonde with minimal damage if done properly. Use Olaplex, conditioning treatments, and monitor the health of your hair throughout the process.

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