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I Ask: What Color Blue Should I Dye My Hair?

by Alex Iwashyna

in I Ask Advice

Over a year ago, I did a vlog the night before I started dyeing my gray hairs. I was only 31 years old and I had enough hairs to build a cuddly polar bear.

cuddly polar bear photo

Almost worth the giant bald spot.

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Except I like my natural hair color, but dying does not lead to natural color. My hair just kept looking darker and darker, and I felt older and paler like a vampire without the sparkle or the blood-thirst or the paycheck.

So I stopped dyeing and my gray polar bear on my head said RWAOR! I didn’t mind for awhile because I got carded at the Ben Folds concert when all the other women were being let in for looking over 21.

But I’ve had it.  The party of elderly hairs on my head needs to end.

However, I’ve decided to do highlights instead of dyeing my entire head.

Blue highlights.

Yup. BLUE.

Harkening back to my days of purple hair and multiple ear piercings without all the angst and platform shoes.

I had the hair consult so now I just need to order my favorite shade of blue from Special Effects.

That’s where you come in. Please, help me pick!  Also, if you hate blue, I’m open to purple-y colors.

Here are my choices from Special Effects:

hair dye swatches

Or if you have found another hair dye that comes in blue and stays for awhile, please recommend it.

So I ask: What color blue should I dye my hair?

Thanks for the suggestions except for all of you who didn’t mention any blues at all. I went with Fish Bowl Blue and here’s a photo of the results.

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Jen October 14, 2011 1

I have had fun with Special Effects hair dye. Wildflower is a beautiful blue purple color. Fish bowl is not as bright as it looks. And blue mayhem is always fun. Think about if you want blue with reddish hues or greenish hues. Sadly blue seems to fade the fastest out of all the colors. The dyes just don’t hold up like they used to. Having 2 blues in your hair might be fun, a darker and a lighter. :-)


Late Enough October 14, 2011 2

Ooh, wildflower might be the best of both worlds.
My hairdresser thought special effects would stay in the best over other brands and she said that even as it faded, it continued to look pretty. When you used it did you just call them to order or does a store near you carry then?


Jen October 15, 2011 3

I ordered them from Amazon and did it myself. Having a hairdresser do it will be easier because they can see the top of your head. Just remember that when you shampoo it, you’ll turn your tub blue. The purples do stay longer then most. Manic panic does actually rinse out faster. Special Effects does seem to last a bit longer. I do love that wildflower. It is such a lovely color.


Ann October 14, 2011 4

I love the wildflower (although the atomic pink is so pretty!!!)


Late Enough October 14, 2011 5

I can’t believe that I had noticed wildflower, and now you’re the second person to point it out. It’s so pretty.
Ooh, you should do that pink color!


Kat October 14, 2011 6

You have dark hair, so a light blue would look neat! I vote Fish Bowl.

FWIW, I did a streak of blue in my bangs a few years ago. I found the initial dye (Special Effects, Blue Mayhem I think?) washed out awfully quickly, and when I re-dyed at home it did the same. However, when I dyed a different shade of blue (Blue Haired Freak?) over the first it stuck better. My completely anecdotal hypothesis is that changing shades helps color retention — I think this may have worked for my friend who went with purple, too.


Late Enough October 14, 2011 7

Interesting. Special effects came recommended by my hairdresser for lasting longer and fading in a pretty way, but maybe I’ll pick 2 shades and alternate.
I was leaning towards fish bowl as well.


Kat October 15, 2011 8

I think a PP may be right about blues in particular fading faster. It does fade nicely though! And once you get the initial bleach, it isn’t too complicated to touch up by yourself or with a friend to refresh or try new colors.


the mama bird diaries October 14, 2011 9

blue velvet. obviously.


Late Enough October 14, 2011 10

I know that movie is all artsy, and I’m as artsy fartsy as I can be, but Blue Velvet freaked me out. I don’t know if I can dye my hair that movie.


Amber October 14, 2011 11

If you can get Punky Colour, I would recommend it.

From those above? I like Blue Velvet. Good luck!


Late Enough October 16, 2011 12

Have you used both? I hadn’t heard of Punky Colour, but some of their colors are beautiful. My hairdresser recommended it because she thought it didn’t fade as fast but more so, because as it faded, it still looked pretty. But I’m totally open to suggestions!


Amber October 16, 2011 13

We’ve only used Punky. It lasted quite a while on bleached hair, and was pretty as it washed out. The initial colours were bold and bright, which I enjoyed.


Kate October 15, 2011 14

Blue mayhem or wildflower. I also love pimpin purple, but maybe it’s a bit dark? Although a bazillion years ago, my hair was burgundy wine colored (more or less). Loved that.


Lady Jennie October 15, 2011 15

I’m torn between blue mayhem and electric blue, and I LOVE the idea.


Abby October 15, 2011 16

My eye immediately went to wildflower. However, I would choose blue-haired freak just so I could say “blue haired freak” when someone asked me what color blue I put in my hair. :)


MommyK8 October 15, 2011 17

Blue Velvet. 1. Awesome color 2. Awesome Movie.


deidre October 15, 2011 18

My vote is cast for Deep Purple.


Chara October 15, 2011 19

Blue Velvet


Megan (Best of Fates) October 16, 2011 20

Fish bowl.



JDaniel4's Mom October 16, 2011 21

What a wonderful array of colors! I don’t know how you narrow it down to one color.


Amy @ A Little Nosh October 16, 2011 22

I like the Blue “Vevlet”. Though it worries me ordering hair dye from a company that can’t spell.


The Checkout Girl October 16, 2011 23

I have had a whole head of each Atomic Pink, Cupcake Pink, and Joy Ride. Wildflower is totally pretty, though. I’m voting for that!


Wendi October 16, 2011 24

Hmmm….are your eyes blue? Can you match them? Otherwise, I’d go with the top left.


Wendi October 16, 2011 25

Wait—I changed my mind. Blue Vevlet. For sure.


Late Enough October 16, 2011 26

My eyes are brown vevlet. For sure.


julie gardner October 16, 2011 27

I don’t believe I could pass up the opportunity to have the word “Mayhem” associated with my hair.

So Blue Mayhem gets my vote.


Blue Velvet or Wildflower would have been my first choice if either one had had more hints of destruction and/or chaos in the name…


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