When it comes to hair, blue can be a challenging color to pull off successfully. It’s hard to find a shade of blue that doesn’t clash with your skin tone or come off looking costume-y and overwhelming.
That being said, blue hair can also be very flattering. It’s a fun, trendy hair color that has been sported proudly by celebrities from Katy Perry to Gwen Stefani to Kylie Jenner. If you want to try blue hair yourself, don’t let the challenge of pulling it off hold you back. There are many ways to rock the blue hair trend for a flattering finish no matter your style or your natural coloring.
1. Go Darker
Darker shades of blue hair tend to look much more natural than brighter and lighter shades. Navy blue hair is bright enough to look fun and whimsical, but it’s dark enough to complement tan to deep skin tones that tend to clash with brighter shades of blue.
If you want to go even darker, choose a midnight blue shade. Midnight blue can look almost like black hair with a subtle blue tint that helps you hair stand out without drawing too much attention. This ultra-dark shade of midnight blue is very trendy and complements virtually any skin color. It creates a beautiful contrast against pale skin and looks natural on women with darker skin tones.
2. Avoid Bleach
Bleach is incredibly damaging to your hair. It strips your hair of its natural oils that protect it and add moisture and shine. Recurring bleaching can lead to hair breakage, fallout, thinning, and even female pattern baldness. Especially if you have thin or fine hair, you should avoid bleaching at all costs to keep your hair healthy.
If you have very dark brown or black hair and have no other choice but to bleach your hair before dying it blue, there are steps you can take to minimize damage. Rather than bleaching your hair from dark brown to platinum in one treatment, gradually lighten your hair over multiple sessions to give your hair a rest and allow it to replenish its natural oils. Once your hair is bleached, use heated styling tools as infrequently as possible to avoid more severe damage. Also, treat your hair with oil, a leave-in conditioner, or a hair mask weekly to add moisture and prevent over-drying that can lead to breakage.
3. Ombré It
Create a more subtle style by keeping your roots natural. Dark brown and black roots fade subtly into darker denim and midnight blue shades for a look that’s unique but not too overwhelming. Light, baby blue ends brighten up blonde and light brown hair without creating too sharp of a contrast.
Choosing to ombré your blue hair is less of a commitment. Plus, it minimizes damage to your hair–especially if you have to bleach it. Rocking an ombré-d style also helps offset your blue dye and keeps it from clashing with your skin tone. Ombré-ing therefore your blue hair gives you more options when it comes to flattering shades of blue regardless of your skin tone.