DIY Hair: How to Fix Blonde Hair Turned Green
How to Get Green Out of Hair
So, your hair turned green. Maybe you have light-blonde locks and you hopped in a pool. Or you could've been trying to go blue, but instead ended up with a not-so-appealing moldy hue. Maybe you just wanted to tone out your blonde hair and ended up with an unnatural green instead. No matter the cause, if it was an unintended result, you're going to want to fix it fast.
Figure out what the cause of your green hair problem was and find a solution below!
How to Fix Swimmer's Hair
Turns out the green tint in swimmer's hair actually isn't from chlorine—it's from the oxidization of hard metals in the water. Anyways, the solution is simple.
Use Baking Soda
Grab some baking soda, mix it with water into a paste, and massage it into affected areas. Once you've let it sit for several minutes, wash your hair out with shampoo and conditioner.
Depending on the severity of the green tones, you may have to repeat the process a few times.
Use Ketchup or Lemon
If you for some reason are the only person in existence without baking soda handy at your home, grab some lemons or ketchup. It's going to be a weird food experiment that ultimately results in you looking normal again.
If you're using lemon juice, saturate your hair and let it sit for 5 minutes before washing. If you go with ketchup, massage it into green areas and wrap your hair in tin foil for 30 minutes. Shampoo and condition as usual!
How to Fix Blue Hair Dye Gone Green
I'm including this example because it's definitely happened to me on more than one occasion. Several times when I've tried to dye my hair blue, instead of a pure, even blue, I've ended up with patchy, moldy green.
This problem that lies within the bleaching process. Your hair has got to be as close to white/gray as possible to pick up medium to light blue. If you have yellow or orange in your hair, it's going to mix with the blue and create green and brown tones. Gross.
See the photos above for an example of what happens when you put blue hair dye over orangey hair. In that situation, I had to bleach my hair again and cover it up with a much darker blue dye.
Bleach and Tone Your Hair Again
If this happened to you as well, you probably didn't bleach enough. If you want to risk further damage to your hair to get that perfect blue, another bleach or two with a 10-volume developer should do the trick. Use a purple-based toner like Wella Cooling Violet to get rid of any yellowy warm tones. Once your tone is even and cool, apply your blue dye on top!
Embrace the Green!
If you're deciding to call it a day and give up on blue, you could go full-on green and use a dye to even out the color and make it look intentional. If you choose that route, my personal recommendation is Manic Panic Enchanted Forest!
What to Do If Toner Turned Your Hair Green
This is probably the most common issue my readers will encounter. I'm willing to bet the majority of you are more likely to tone your blonde hair than to dye your hair blue . . . But if I'm wrong, that's pretty sick.
Anyways, toning your blonde hair can be tricky. Any "ash" toners are going to have blue-green tones in them, and when that reacts with your yellow-tinted hair, it's bad news.
Use a Warm Toner
If you want to stay as far away from green as possible, use a warm toner. Something golden or beige should do.
But some people hate warm tones, like me! If you're one of these people, look for something purple-based and make sure that you conduct a strand test. The instructions for a strand test should be included with whatever toner you choose and can save you a world of disappointment.
Keep your color theory in mind: Red neutralizes green, purple neutralizes yellow, blue neutralizes orange. If you're mixing the wrong colors, you can end up with a pretty nasty result.
Use Purple Shampoo on a Regular Basis
It may also be handy to purchase some Generic Brand Purple Shampoo to upkeep your cool tones without going green!
Strip the Toner, or Go Darker
If your toner is the reason your hair turned green and you can't get it out, you also have the option to strip it out. One N' Only Colorfix can be purchased at Sally's, and has been known to work stripping out green—just follow the instructions on the package carefully. Once it is out, proceed with caution! Obviously, don't use the same toner again, since that's what turned your hair green in the first place. You always have the option to give up and go darker, or use something like Manic Panic Virgin Snow to tone instead.
Did your hair turn green for another reason? Tell me what happened in the comments below and I will try to find you the best solution!
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