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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!
More Hair DIYs
If this article was helpful to you, check out some of my other how-tos!
- What Is Developer and How Do You Use It?
- What Is Toner, and How Does It Work?
- Ion Titanium Color Depositing Conditioner Review
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2018 Alex Rose
Alex Rose (author) from Virginia on August 26, 2020:
If you used permanent dye on the top portion, the color may really fade out. Permanent hair dye with developer will open up the hair shaft and permanently change the color, where a temp dye just sits on top and stains it.
I'd try a clarifying shampoo first and see if that gets you anywhere. If you're open to new hair colors, maybe try a red/pink - as that color fades out, it should help to neutralize the green tones. Overtone also has some toning shampoo/conditioner sets, but it may cause your hair to be darker than you'd like.
Ivybwj on August 23, 2020:
Hey, I have a complicated hair dyeing experience, so I wanted to ask what you thought was best before diving into the ketchup and soda.
So, i have naturally mid-tone brown hair, and i dyed it blue at home, mid-pandenic. It was a lovely colour, but it didn't last very long, even though it was permanent so i bought another box, and did it again. Again, it worked and then faded to a dull colour so i decided to bleach it then dye.
I bleached it twice at home, as the first time was too golden, more a honey colour. I then got some semi-permanent blue dye, and did the ends of my hair (its a bob, about mouth length). The blue has faded as i suspected it would, but my bleached hair above that has turned pale greeney, but only in some lights. In sunlight, it still looks pale blonde, if a bit ashy, but inside it looks totally green. I recently went on holiday and swam in the sea a few times, the pool daily, and also a river. Towards the end of the holiday i noticed this light green, but it's really weird because it doesnt look like any copper dyed green blonde hair I've seen before. Can you help? Thanks
Sarah on August 11, 2020:
Bond fix conditioner thought it was for blonde hair turns out not turned my hair GREEN
Ola on August 04, 2020:
My hair turned green when i used hair colour remover to get purple out of it
Alex Rose (author) from Virginia on July 28, 2020:
I don't have experience with Joico, but semi-permanent hair color is only supposed to last 4-6 weeks. If the color stripper didn't work and you can't get it out just by washing, you should probably see a colorist for a color-correction. I'm not sure what shade you used, but it is definitely weird to return that many different colors. Sounds like a pretty unique situation and you should probably hand it to a professional from here, or just go darker!
Erin on July 27, 2020:
Hello, I've read through the comments but i'd rather just tell you what happened and get the exact answer i need. So I was able to go blonde and used cool tones and got to a ash blonde. I found this Joico color butter that was semi permanent. Idebated using it because it was my first time (but i'm an expert at using box color at home for about 15 years and sad, i know). so once i used it, the top of my hair turned pink at the roots, then purple, then blue and then nasty shades of greens from mid to the tips of my hair. i have a bob btw. i was upset, and to avoid damaging my very thin hair, i ignored it, but forgot all about the chlorine issues i might have. I then proceeded to use color oops and my hair just.... became rose blonde at the roots and moldy green color on the rest of my hair. i've tried ketchup, and using clarifying shampoo/ conditioner and nothing has worked to lighten them out. not sure what to do.
Briana on July 26, 2020:
At first I dyed my hair blue but it was semi permanent... about three months later I tried dyeing it honey blonde. The roots took the color perfectly but the ends are green now. I wanted to know what I could use to take that green away.
Alex Rose (author) from Virginia on July 20, 2020:
That is super weird... Not sure what dye you used, but you should be able to get a good amount of color out just by shampooing! I can usually get super light colors out very quickly by shampooing daily - usually I only do it once a week. Just make sure you're really working the shampoo into your hair, and you should see the color start to run out quicker.
Ignacio on July 14, 2020:
Hi, i had really blonde hair and dye it purple, when it fade out it turn to a really light grey color, almost kinda white so i put bleach on it to remove it and it turn a weird green color, could you help me please?
Luciferia on July 14, 2020:
Hello! I had my hair bleached by a hairdresser a week ago, and i have tried to use pastel pink hair dye on top of it the week later. My hair was light enough, but instead of pink, i ended up with a pastel blue/green hair. Is there a way to fix it without using bleach or colour remover, and before i go to my hairdresser again, cause i fear she might kill me xD thank you in advance!
Alex Rose (author) from Virginia on July 07, 2020:
Sounds like you may need to use a color remover! It should be able to get your hair back to the color it was before pink and purple.
Alex Rose (author) from Virginia on July 07, 2020:
Hopefully, but if not, try Overtone's color correcting conditioner! They have a pink toning conditioner, you can even purchase a sample size on their website. I'd apply it to your green spots before showering and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing out.
Alex Rose (author) from Virginia on July 07, 2020:
Weird that the powder did that! If it's just kind of green tones, I'd go ahead with the pink (a hot pink would be even better to cover it). My go-to is a color remover, but if that hasn't worked your hair may just be stained. Overtone has some toning conditioners, but the one for cancelling green is a pink toner.
Since you've already tried the color remover, you may just have to roll with it. Maybe there's another color you can use with the pink to cover the green spots? Some blue streaks could look nice!
Alex Rose (author) from Virginia on July 07, 2020:
I wouldn't bleach again, try using an Overtone color correcting conditioner! They have a pink toning conditioner, you can even purchase a sample size on their website. If that's not strong enough, they also have brown color depositing conditioners! I'd apply it to your green spots before showering and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing out.
Alisha Andriotis on July 07, 2020:
HI! I had previously died my hair pink purple and red using Arctic fox and it was faded out to a light pink, purple and a bit of red and I put a box of extra light natural blonde on top and it made the pink orange and the purple green
Angeles 'Jelyn' Montaner on July 07, 2020:
Hello : ) there! I had my hair stripped and got a beautiful whitish yellow blonde tone. (I loved it.) But, I've died my hair forever, and tried to color my gray growth -- reason I went blonde -- with a dark blonde and it did end up I have that greenish tone-look. Weeks ago I also got into a pool. Will the baking soda work?
Amanda on July 06, 2020:
I bleached my hair with a blue powder bleach and somehow the lower half of my hair turned blue! Ive used a color remover a couple of times and now i have some greenish but its still not all blonde. I wanted to do a pink so my hair has to be as even as possible.
Allisom on July 03, 2020:
I dyed My hair dark blue, and then I went to the salon to get it out and go my natural color, brown. She did an amazing job the only problem is now the brown has washed out of the ends of My hair and now the ends are green and the top is brown. Can I bleach it and put a pink or red dye over it to cancel
Out the green?
Alex Rose (author) from Virginia on June 23, 2020:
She'll have to use a color remover, like Color Oops! That should do the trick, unless you used a brand like Splat. Blonde hair typically still needs to be bleached to get blue to come out properly. It should go on hair that is platinum for best results!
Alex Rose (author) from Virginia on June 23, 2020:
I've used the same conditioner before, but the silver tint, and it pulls out with pink stains for some reason. It was pretty hard to get the stains out for me, I used a color remover and that finally worked!
Audra on June 20, 2020:
My daughter wanted blue highlights her natural color is blonde. Hiwever she the blue came out a very musty shade of green. How do we get her back to her natural blonde ,
Suz on June 19, 2020:
I put Ion's brown pigmented conditioner in my too gold hair. It looked great until i washed it. Now it has a green tint and some green highlights. I tried adding the same pigmented conditioner to plain white conditioner and applying again but its still greenish. Any ideas?
Taisha Savage on June 18, 2020:
I used color b4 hair color remover to get rid of the purple stain in my hair, the hair tye i used in my hair while the remover was processing stained my hair neon yellow where the hair tye was. It was a black hair tye and i never imagined it would do that. Anyways, i cant figure out how to remove the green. My hair isnt healthy enough to bleach currently.
Alex Rose (author) from Virginia on June 18, 2020:
Splat hair dye will permanently stain your hair, unfortunately. It will likely be impossible for you to get that green out, so I'd recommend either a trim or a darker brown to cover!
sally on June 17, 2020:
of blonde and caramal in and going grey so dried this first time in my life I have done it myself and its turned grennishgrey need help I normaly go to the hairdressers thamkyiu
sophiacom on June 16, 2020:
I used the semi-permanent Splat naturals purple dye for brunettes about 2 months ago. I have fairly light dirty blonde hair and it remained purple up until about a week ago when a very bright sea foam green tint showed up on the ends. Recommendations? I will try anything!!!
Alex Rose (author) from Virginia on June 15, 2020:
Since it was just shampoo, you should be able to go in with a regular shampoo and get the tint out! Just work it in really good, maybe even shampoo twice in the same shower. You should see the blue tint start to lift up and run through the water at your feet.
Jess on June 13, 2020:
My hairstylist used blue shampoo while doing my nails and left it on my hair too long. Once i got home I realized my highlights looked green and silver instead of golden. How can I get my highlights to look golden again! Help!!
Coconut on June 13, 2020:
I had platinum hair and dyed it dark blonde. Went from level 10 to 7 and it turned greenish. Yikes.
Vanshika Patel on June 13, 2020:
So my hair is naturally dark brown. I dyed my hair burgundy last year and then earlier this year, I decided to get blonde/caramel streaks on my hair. They turned out great. However, I wanted to go back to darker hair. So I used dark chocolate henna about two months ago. After I washed it, I noticed that there were some blonde streaks that had turned green. At first, I thought I was imagining it and then I thought it might fade out. But the streaks looked so green. I decided to search up various ways to remove the green. But most of them revolved around using ketchup to cancel out green from the pool. I put ketchup two times and it did not work for me. Maybe the green tint was slightly lighter, but you could not even tell. Then, I came across using backing soda. Left it on for several minutes. That did not do anything either. I decided to saturate my hair with lemon juice. I don't think that helped either. The green was still there. Just couple of days ago, I bought a clarifying shampoo and after using it, I noticed that some green went away. But it did not affect the back of my hair at all. Like the green shades and tints are still there. I really don't know what to do and I am so sick of green hair. Please help! Maybe there is a different method for removing green that resulted from henna. But I have literally watched every youtube video on green hair removal and have searched up everything and I can't find any remedy that says how to fix green hair that is caused by henna.
Alex Rose (author) from Virginia on June 12, 2020:
I would first use Color Oops and see if that fixes the problem! If it manages to take the dye out, you can go back over top with a warm toned dye and shouldn't have any problems!
Alex Rose (author) from Virginia on June 12, 2020:
I think it depends on what type of dye you used - some have weird undertones. I'm hoping you didn't use Splat! But I've had negative effects with Manic Panic leaving odd colors too.
Depending on what dye you used, the hair may be permanently damaged. Splat hair dye penetrates the shaft and is basically impossible to remove completely. You've got some options to cover it up - if you need to go back to a natural color, I'd use any warm-toned brown. If you want to keep doing rainbow colors, You could easily do blue, green, or red... But make sure you use something like Arctic Fox or Pulp Riot!!
Amelia on June 10, 2020:
I had previously bleached the underneath of my hair blonde and had a semi permanent purple on it. It had faded nearly gone when I decided to strip the top of my hair using a hair colour remover (jo baz) this process turned the bleached section of my hair green!
I have again tried to bleach this section and it hasn’t done anything!
Theresa on June 07, 2020:
I wanted to go bronze you know brown and blond problem is I used a very cheep dark blonde store bought, then a store bout higher, I looks grey and green I think the cheep under color must have had ash I couldn’t tell I got a high lift natural blond and a natural blonde toner I hope that helps or should I use oops first?
Tuesday on June 06, 2020:
I bleached it and it turned greenish Blue grey.. help!
Kim on June 04, 2020:
I used Feria high lift cool brown. Had highlights previously but colored my hair a light brown but as it was fading my roots were turning red and my ends where highlighted we’re going back to blonde. I now have light brien roots with a blue-grayish purple on my ends.
PeggyS60 on May 25, 2020:
I bleached my hair white. I didn't like it so I colored it dark blonde. I was always told to stay away from Ash Blonde because it does turn my hair green moldy looking tint. I want to be dark blonde. How do I get rid of the green?
Janine on May 24, 2020:
So i had blue and purple highlights that faded into green and silver. So i looked up how to cancle out the green and decided to get a brown dye with a red undertone for the green. Now that didn't work? My hair was red for a day before the colour really settled and after that my hair had a green undertone again? Like a really heavy green untertone all over not just where the highlights were? Im so confused
Kaye on May 23, 2020:
I have blonde foils in barwon hair and used blonde permanent hair colour and foils have gone green.
Taylar on May 16, 2020:
My purple shampoo turned my hair green and I don’t know how to get rid or it
Suraya on May 08, 2020:
My hair has a green tint after I used boxed hair dye please help me because it’s almost been 24hrs and I hope that’s not bad
Elli on May 03, 2020:
I have dyed my hair pink purple green and blue without bleaching and after they all faded out I bleached the front of my hair and it turned green I have no idea if it’s the past dyes or if it’s something else
P diddy on April 29, 2020:
Overtone just came out with conditioner toners and theyve got a pink one for correcting green
Paulina on April 24, 2020:
DO NOT USE BAKING SODA ON YOUR HAIR
It will remove the green but it will leave your hair a mess! I had to soak my hair in olive oil every night for a week to get it back to normal.
Alex Rose (author) from Virginia on April 15, 2020:
I would use a color stripper just to get any of the purple out! As long as the dark brown you're talking about is your natural color, the color stripper should only pull out the remaining semi-permanent dye.
kf on April 14, 2020:
over a month ago i had blonde/light brown highlights added to my darker brown hair. well probably about two weeks ago i dyed my hair purple with a semi permanent dye so i would still be able to go back to my highlights. some purple still remains on top but the blonde at the bottom has turned green. is there anyway i can get it out without redying?
Lou on April 14, 2020:
Heyy, so I used to have purple hair, and i decided to go dark blonde with warm tones. Ofc I took the purple out of my hair with treatments, but when i dyed it again, the result wasn't great : my roots are a beautiful dark blonde but my ends have hideous green highlights... I have tried tomato, re-dying my hair with the same colour, idk what to do anymore... I think the blue that was in the purple is what got me to that green, but i don't want to change my colour??
Caroline on April 13, 2020:
Hi i wanted to change my hair from red to blond i first used, colour stripper and then bleched it twice it turned a slight shad of green so i put an ash blond but it still has a green colour to it...can u advise what i can do to get it to a blond or maby dye it grey please
PetraPetra on March 04, 2020:
I have let my greys grow out, and use the purple shampoos as needed. But I can’t get rid of the green! It seems to always have a hint of it at the ends. This so frustrating.
Lol on February 16, 2020:
Put dark cherry dye over green hair dye. Left it a few months, went to bleach the fringe but the green has come through!
Elita on January 08, 2020:
Had purple hair, let my roots grow out after the purple was completely gone, went to use a L'Oreal box dye to dye it blond again and uhm it's greennn. It's subtle enough to not be painfully obvious but suuuper annoying please help.
Chophousekpop on January 03, 2020:
But what do you doooo if toner turned your hair green. You say it’s bad news not how to correct it, is it the same? Baking soda?
Haven on January 02, 2020:
I used to Keracolor Color Clenditioner in the color Mocha to dye my natural blonde hair. I just wanted something temporary and so when I was over the brown I used my clarifying shampoo to help the fading process and now my hair has an all over green tint to it
Roxy on December 30, 2019:
My hair turned green after I asked the salon to remove my “royal purple” partial highlights. To remove the purple, the top half of my hair was bleached. It wasnt toned, maybe because it was green.
Traci on December 22, 2019:
Used Punky Colour 3-1 color deposit shampoo in brown and turned my rose gold blonde-ish hair with a tint of blue what can I do to get the green tint out?
Lizmary on December 15, 2019:
I used a black semi permanent dye and my hair is green what do I do ?
Sadie K on December 04, 2019:
I'm natural blonde and I got a well water detox treatment that was not right for my hair. It turned the darker blonde orange and the lighter blonde green. I've since had two clarifying treatments and got a blonde balayage which worked, or so I thought. The very lightest of my hair is still straight up GREEN. I fear that dying it won't work, and will only damage it BUT I'm willing to do anything. I've tried everything!! Can't find anything on the internet about getting green out thats not caused by chlorine or colored dye. Please help!
Tracey Weber on November 30, 2019:
Ok so for Halloween I dyed my dark blonde hair blue said it was a wash out did some enough to turn green so went to Sally’s gave me a color strip turned my hair yellow with green tips went back they had me use a neutral blonde turned it a puke green color so googled and used a red color and couple weeks later after a 6 inch haircut I have puke green hair from ears down thought about going to get a pure red color but scared I might make things worse?? Help
Rose on November 11, 2019:
I had very light blonde/platinum hair, put on my usual purple shampoo and left it in for maybe 3 minutes longer than usual. I've ended up with silver patches, some patches that are a darker blonde than before and some green patches. Not really what I was going for
Sandra on November 06, 2019:
I bleached my hair from a radiant raspeberry color to a yellowish on tge roots and at the end it turned into a orange redish color so i tried to bleach just my ends and the color was still there then i toneed it with wella t14 and t18 and addictive 050 and it got rid of most of the red ish orange color but now some areas lool kinda green grey. Wat do i do?
Barbara murphy on November 05, 2019:
Bleached my hair put ash toner on went blue now it goin green whst can i do
Roslyn on October 07, 2019:
I died and bleached my hair blonde a month ago. Color came out just fine. Last night I decided to pin curl my hair. Every where the clips touched my hair is now green. Please help.
Maribel on September 26, 2019:
I had purpleish hair which was faded so I put lavender permanent dye which they said to use with a developer and it came out bluish green
Maria Raquel on September 22, 2019:
So I have naturally black hair so what I did was I started to bleach my hair I bleached it too many times and ended up damaging it and I colored my hair gray and ended up coming out really good but where the black meets the blonde it looked really bad so I just ended up coloring it blew well I’m trying to get the blue out of my hair now because in about a day I’m gonna have to take my senior photos and I’ve been trying so hard to get the screen out of my hair and it is terrible
Lizive just put a harmony honey blonde on September 22, 2019:
I've just put a harmoney honey blonde temporary dye on my hair and its turned ightly green what can i do
Dee on September 12, 2019:
I use smokey blonde shampoo which makes my hair slightly dark purple the first few washes then out of no where it goes green! Any suggestions greatly appreciated??
Kayla Whitfield on August 25, 2019:
I tried lime crime unicorn hair semi permanent hair tint, the color sext, and when it washed out (not even 3 washes later) my blonde was left green!!! Any recommendations? I’ve tried ion clarifying treatment. It didn’t work
Lisa on August 24, 2019:
I bleached my hair then used a aburn dye to put the red back in my hair then used a brown dye now its green and more gray in my
Djones28 on August 23, 2019:
About 2 1/2 months ago i started thur process to to lighten my hair from dark brown to platinum/gray. Soo.. today all i needed to do was lighten 1 more time then tone it. When i started applying the bleach i started to notice blueish green polka dots throughout my hair!! Still have NO CLUE WHAT caused it. After rinsing bc i got scared and toning it, u can't really see it, but I'm terrified to bleach it bc of this...?
Becca on August 20, 2019:
I was platinum for about 6 months, using a pale purple shampoo to keep my hair pretty brass-free. I then used L'Oreal's Colorista pink semi-permanent about a month ago. The color was more magenta/purple than pink, and it quickly faded into a light green after just a couple washes and one swim in the ocean. I'm guessing the cool blue tones in the dye left with the yellow in my hair turned green? I went to my stylist who put bleach diluted with shampoo on my ends (my ends were so damaged she was afraid to put just developer), it was still green, so she then used a toner over it. It was a nice icy blue for about 5 days, then I washed it once and swam in the ocean once, and it's now an ashy/white/gray with yellow/green tones in some lighting. I'm not angry at it, but would like to get back to a white/platinum if possible without making my hair fallout. Side note: I wash my hair about once a week, never use heat products, and always deep condition. My hair isn't in terrible shape, but my ends have now been bleached three times and I don't think they can handle any more. Is there a toning method that can really cancel out the green/yellow, or should I just ride this out until my hair is long enough to cut the ends off?
Rhyanna on August 17, 2019:
I bleeched my hair earlier this year. Got it colored by my stylist. She gave me the wrong color. Came across "overtone". Got the color I wanted. When it comes out my hair turns green.
phoebie on August 16, 2019:
i dyed my hair green a long time ago with box dye, its faded real faint over time and my hairdresser just bleached my hair, the green didn't come hout but my natural brown under it did bleach. how do I get the green out?
Deirdre on July 27, 2019:
I was sceptical at first, but desperate to get the green color out of my hair. Tried the baking soda paste and IT WORKED!
Thank you for the tip!
Stephanie on July 25, 2019:
I had an ombre with 7m dark blonde mocha and my stylist put darkest brown/black in my hair, which is whati wanted to do all over but she suggested i leave half blonde so she did it balayage. Well after she washed me out, it bled onto my light pieces and now after one wash it looks green on the light pieces
Amy on July 20, 2019:
I tried to use dye remover for purple hair and it turned the bottom of my hair green?! I have naturally blonde hair, I have no idea how to fix it and I'm wanting to dye my hair another purple colour.
Bri on July 19, 2019:
I used an ‘ash’ color without realizing it was dark ash blonde. I have a slight green tint. Would purple shampoo fix it?
Linda on July 17, 2019:
My hair was Brown and bottom was blond. I put a medium light brown on my hair. It has a green tent to it. What do I do to get the green out?
Chase on July 14, 2019:
i dyed my hair Blue about 3 months ago with just a temporary dye. it’s been gone for awhile. I decided to actually bleach my hair today and in the process some of my hair turned green. I went back to the Sally’s to show them what happened and they told me that it happens sometimes with blue dye and that it stays for a while. Anyway they said to do a bleach wash. I did and it still didn’t go away. what do i do
Alex Rose (author) from Virginia on July 08, 2019:
So I've read up on the water quality in Bali and even found an article where a woman said her bleached hair turned green multiple times in Bali because of the water. I'm thinking it's a buildup of copper particles, and the girl who wrote the article said that a tomato ketchup hair mask helped. The vinegar and acidity in the ketchup is supposed to break down the copper buildup on your hair - I'd start there.
Jenny on July 05, 2019:
I went to Bali for 2 weeks and within 2 days my blonde highlights that I had done months ago turned green. The majority of my hair had a brown colour through it.
On my return today I went to my hair dressers to get rid of the green, and wanted to go lighter and do they decided to put highlights through and some brown in between to cover the green.
Within 15 minutes I could feel the fouls hot against my head and so they removed them quickly. Significant amount of breakage, but I couldn’t leave without having my roots done. We decided to still colour roots brown, and cover the copper coloured parts of my hair that didn’t highlight near my roots because we had to remove so quickly.
Obviously I had a chemical reaction to the copper in my hair.
I’m leaving the hair dressers with damaged hair, some green and some blonde, some brown.
How do I rid the rest of the green out of hair without causing further damage to my hair, and it affecting the brown colour in my hair?
Lee milton on June 14, 2019:
Using olia. Blonde. Used to do trots lots of time. But this time gone. Ash with green tinge. Could it be mineral shampoo
Liz on June 05, 2019:
So i used a colourless colour remover after putting a lilac colour on my bleached blonde hair and instead of restoring my colour it had a green tinge to it. Looked awdful so pit a voilet on but want ti go back blonde. How do i get my blonde back
Marlen Moya on June 03, 2019:
i’m a level 3 & put a navy blue semi by matrix to have a blue tint in my hair but after 3-4 weeks the tint started looking green so
i put a 6R filler by goldwell to cancel it. and this was about 3 months ago and i wanted to do a blonde balayage for my hair for graduation but when we did a test strand it turned a light ugly green. how can i tone that out, well can i tone it out? Also when i wash my hair, you can see a little of the blue washing out still in the shampoo
Kimberly Rice on May 30, 2019:
I put a darker color over my blonde hair, I appear to have a hint of green on my top layers. How do I remove the green without totally removing the color?
Alex Rose (author) from Virginia on May 29, 2019:
Red would neutralize the green, but your hair doesn't sound nearly light enough yet. I'd just keep slowly bleaching. It may look weird for a few weeks but that's what happens. Doing toners on top is just about as damaging as the bleaching since toners contain ammonia - I'd just skip them for now and continue your process until it's light enough to tone once and for all.
Sirenascandi on May 29, 2019:
Hei hei. My hair is dark brown, am going mermzid stile with 2 colors, last time was so exoensive that i decide to do it myself, and take time in the process and try to not harm a lot the hair, so i have already bleach 3 rounds and, gotpretty orqnges in some spots, so i got a blue toner and voila! Indeed i got the orange away but now i have many green spots, sfter reading your article this suggest got the red neutralizer rigth?, question? This migth not bring the orange back?. Apreaciate the answer. I just want to achieve a blond to white color beforei put the colors.
Maegan on May 23, 2019:
I had a orange blonde color on my hair that i wanted to her rid of. I put a red/purple mixture on top of it. Due to my job i had to change the color and put a light ash brown on it. I ended up hating that color and put a black over it. After a little it started fading out and i used color oops. I know have an ugly green tint all over my hair. Any advice would be greatly appreciated
Alex Rose (author) from Virginia on May 23, 2019:
It might not turn out, toning could be the answer. Or you can add another dye on top that is darker than your blonde. I've had stubborn yellow dye in my hair, but then I put green and eventually blue on top of it and the yellow isn't visible at all now. It ended up washing out under the blue tones and now I have a nice mint color! So another dye may be the answer.
Alex Rose (author) from Virginia on May 23, 2019:
You could always try a warm blonde box dye to counteract the cool tones!
sam on May 14, 2019:
So I had actually dyed my hair a dark purple. Usually purple fades out and just turns my hair a nice silvery blonde. Not this one. I used Ion Pigments Hair Masque and ended up with green hair that just won't quit. I've used lots of clarifying shampoo and even tried the vitamin C. At this point I want to try toning... But the green shade isn't even throughout my hair - will it mess it up if I put some other color dye in there to try and neutralize it?
Rose on May 04, 2019:
I went to the salon for a new cut & color. I wanted really light blonde hair and what I got is gray/green hair. Looks awful. Since the colorist stripped the color out of my hair, I'm afraid to go back. I don't want to wind up without hair. It feels fried. Any ideas? Thx
Ellie on April 26, 2019:
Over the Christmas period just gone, I decided to get rid of my platinum blonde dyed hair (as my roots grew out slightly too much) and I was too lazy to re bleach it, I work in lush, so I decided. To use some of the natural henna hair dyes we sell, I used a red first, then a brown; all went well I was pretty much back to my natural light brown colour.
Then it started to fade a bit so I put a L’Oréal “Brazilian brown” on top as I wanted a darker brown, once again I loved the result.
Skip to march, I’ve decided I want my hair lighter again, I know i won’t get it all the way there first time however, so my hair dresser asked me to buy a hair stripper from the local boots, which I did, and it took me up to a auburn/red/brown colour which was actually quite nice and I was tempted to leave it there... but my mission was blonde.
The next day I go to my hairdresser, and she starts applying the bleach, and it all looked good until we washed it out, my top half was brassy, which I was expecting but my bottom half from just below my ears all the way down to my mid length hair was mint green/blue!
I was in shock and so was my hairdresser, she asked me if i has dyed it blue or green before going to a brown, I said no, so we toned it and hoped for the best; nope it was still green, so I just made her chop it off, well as much as she could off, so I left the salon with a lovely silver on top, brassy bands in the middle that went into bits of green and blue.
My idea is that it was the henna potentially? As it’s a plant based hair dye that is a dark greeny brown when you apply it, but that’s not the pigment in it? But if not then it’s not a dye that’s caused it, it’s just my hair colour?
I dyed it pink to cover it and potentially counteract it but it comes through very quickly after a few washes, at the moment I’m letting the pink fade so I can try some techniques on it such as ketchup/ baking soda the whole Sha-bang!
If anyone has any ideas on what could have caused it or how to get it out i’d be very grateful as I don’t want to dye it back brown as it cost me a lot of money but I’m also running out of ideas. Thanks
Laura on April 21, 2019:
I went to same hair salon n had my hair bleached then they put the toner ontop. When was dried it was literally blueiah ourple gray white. I tried Head n Shoulders for about 30 mns with baki g aoda and Dawn soap the blue original, and its worked. No more blue or purple. A bit gray n white still hut alowly on the 3rd day its bearly fadind away
Sarah R Consavge on April 18, 2019:
I had used an ash colored toner but didnt like it. Then i put purple in my hair was too much, i had used 2 diffent browns and was content but then my ends turned green the next morning. That night i dyed it a blue black now its fading and i feel like it is turning green. Advice??? I want to see what color mt hair is after the blue black fades but i dont want to see green..
Katie on April 10, 2019:
I used selsun blue and vitamin c to remove purple color from my hair and sections turned green
Ashtin on March 30, 2019:
Ive used my toner a few times. But this recent time I used it. It turned made my hair have an undertone of green.
Diane Manderachi on March 30, 2019:
I get blond highlights and my water turns my hair to Green I do have a water softener but it doesn't seem to help what can I do
Tried clarifying shampoo, apple cider vinegar shampoo purple based shampoos nothing seems to work
Hailey on March 21, 2019:
My hair turned green from the water at my house, we're on a well and have old copper pipes... when copper oxidizes it turns green...
Gem on March 14, 2019:
Put a light brown on my hair and it's gone green
Aimee on March 13, 2019:
Put light ash blonde turned hair grey want to go dark blonde