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How to Create Blue Hair Color
1. Pre-Lighten Locks to Make Color Pop
Blue shades appear at their brightest and boldest on a pre-lightened base, so make sure you lift your client’s hair before applying their chosen hue. It’s important to use a hair lightener that nixes overly warm tones, as remnants of yellow and orange can alter the final shade and make color look ‘muddy’. Try , which allows you to lighten hair up to seven levels, and contains anti-yellow molecules to help reduce orange and yellow undertones during lightening.
2. Choose the Right Coloring Technique
Talk to your clients about what kind of blue hair look they hope to achieve. From balayage to ombre to dip-dyes, there are so many ways to wear the shade, each requiring a different technique. Some clients get confused about the difference between balayage and highlights or ombre and sombre, so have photos to hand to help them choose the right service. (You’ll find all the inspiration you need below.)
3. Pick the Perfect Blue Hair Product
There are so many ways for your clients to go blue when using the Wella portfolio. Select a shade that suits their condition and lifestyle, whether they need a gentle tint or a pure pigment color. Apply one of the colors below to pre-lightened locks, allow it to develop, then wash out with ColorMotion+ Color Protection Shampoo, followed by the Express Post-Color Treatment.
For a zero-damage, semi-permanent blue: try in New Blue. You can apply it solo for a cobalt shade or personalize it with our collection of Color Fresh CREATE additives. Use Tonight Dusk to deepen to a navy, Vintage Blush for a powdery finish, or Tomorrow Clear to pastelize to a fresh aqua hue.
For an ultra-glossy, demi-permanent blue: apply Special Mix 0/88. It’s a dark blue hair hue you can sweep on alone, or blend with lighter tones to make it brighter or softer. Best of all, this punchy product packs plenty of shine that gradually fades between washes. It’s ideal for a low commitment blue with a subtler regrowth line.
For a shiny blue with permanent color: use Special Mix 0/88 by itself or mix it in with your permanent color range.
7 Blue Hair Ideas and Formulas to Try