DIY Hair: How to Fix Blonde Hair Turned Green

Updated on March 24, 2018
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The Problem

So, your hair turned green. Maybe you have super light blonde locks, and you hopped in a pool. 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!

Slightly green-tinted blonde hair
Slightly green-tinted blonde hair | Source

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. 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.

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!

Here's an example of light blue hair done right - on top of properly bleached hair. If your hair isn't light enough, adding blue dye will yield terrible results as pictured below.
Here's an example of light blue hair done right - on top of properly bleached hair. If your hair isn't light enough, adding blue dye will yield terrible results as pictured below. | Source

Attempting Blue Hair

I'm including this example because it's definitely happened to me on more than one occasion. I'm probably the minority here, but I've tried to dye my hair blue before. Instead of a pure, even blue, I got patchy, moldy green.

This is a 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 photo for example. In that situation, I had to bleach my hair again and cover it up with a much darker blue dye.

If this happened to you as well, you probably didn't bleach enough. If you want to risk further damage to your hair, 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!

Maybe you're deciding to call it a day and giving up on blue. You could go full-on green and use a dye to even out the color and make it look intentional. Personal recommendation is Manic Panic Enchanted Forest!

My hair was still orange and yellow and NOT light enough to attempt to dye sky blue. Surprise surprise, I did it anyways.
My hair was still orange and yellow and NOT light enough to attempt to dye sky blue. Surprise surprise, I did it anyways. | Source
Here's what "sky blue" looks like on top of nasty yellow and orange hair. Do not recommend.
Here's what "sky blue" looks like on top of nasty yellow and orange hair. Do not recommend. | Source
Solution? I bleached my hair once more to remove the green, orange, and yellow tones. Then I went back over with Manic Panic Shocking Blue, which is a much deeper color.
Solution? I bleached my hair once more to remove the green, orange, and yellow tones. Then I went back over with Manic Panic Shocking Blue, which is a much deeper color. | Source

Blonde 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.

If you want to stay as far away from green as possible, use a warm toner. Something golden or beige should do.

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.

It may also be handy to purchase some Generic Brand Purple Shampoo to upkeep your cool tones without going green!

Other Experiences?

Did your hair turn green for another reason? Tell me what happened in the comments below and we 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-to's!

How to Get White Hair

How to Remove Red Hair Dye

8 Ways to Rock Gray Hair

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.

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      Lee milton 

      41 hours ago

      Using olia. Blonde. Used to do trots lots of time. But this time gone. Ash with green tinge. Could it be mineral shampoo

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      Liz 

      10 days ago

      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

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      Marlen Moya 

      11 days ago

      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

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      Kimberly Rice 

      2 weeks ago

      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?

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      Alex Rose 

      2 weeks ago from Virginia

      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.

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      Sirenascandi 

      2 weeks ago

      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.

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      Maegan 

      3 weeks ago

      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

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      Alex Rose 

      3 weeks ago from Virginia

      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.

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      Alex Rose 

      3 weeks ago from Virginia

      You could always try a warm blonde box dye to counteract the cool tones!

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      sam 

      4 weeks ago

      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?

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      Rose 

      6 weeks ago

      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

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      Ellie 

      7 weeks ago

      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

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      Laura 

      7 weeks ago

      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

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      Sarah R Consavge 

      8 weeks ago

      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..

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      Katie 

      2 months ago

      I used selsun blue and vitamin c to remove purple color from my hair and sections turned green

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      Ashtin 

      2 months ago

      Ive used my toner a few times. But this recent time I used it. It turned made my hair have an undertone of green.

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      Diane Manderachi 

      2 months ago

      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

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      Hailey 

      2 months ago

      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...

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      Gem 

      3 months ago

      Put a light brown on my hair and it's gone green

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      Aimee 

      3 months ago

      Put light ash blonde turned hair grey want to go dark blonde

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      Alex Rose 

      3 months ago from Virginia

      If it's a level 10 blonde, you can use the dye and that should be fine!

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      Lisa Garden 

      3 months ago

      Can i dye my hair silver blonde ontop of ultra light ash blonde. Or do i have to use a toner first.

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      Alex Rose 

      3 months ago from Virginia

      From what I've read, the green on your hair is an buildup of oxidization. Try using a clarifying shampoo or even ketchup to neutralize it!

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      Sarah Jeffrey 

      3 months ago

      I have bleached hair and had a build up of semi colour, so I put a stripper on it and now it’s green

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      Megan 

      3 months ago

      Color opps turned it green i want honey blonde

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      Michaela 

      4 months ago

      I had used rose gold keracolor clenditioner and most of it had faded out from washes, so i decided to strip the rest of it out But instead i got a very light green tint and i have no clue how to fix it

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      Leona henriques 

      5 months ago

      Ok. I balayaged hair bleached to level 9 with gold pink . thwn i used a Matrux ultra ash toner. And some ppeuces turned light green. How should i remove them without changing nuce shade

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      Alisha 

      7 months ago

      I stripped my hair then bleached it.

      I tried some semi permanent dye and they didn’t work so I stripped my hair again and that’s when it turned green

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      Coffinbvbe 

      8 months ago

      I had a purple from Arctic Fox in my hair, I tried EVERYTHING to fade it and nothing really worked. I bleached it and the bottom half turned a faded blue/green color. I’ve tried vitamin C, clarifying shampoos, ketchup, an ion crystallized thing for swimmer hair and nothing worked! I want to go Orange

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      Cristal Segovia 

      9 months ago

      So I bleached virgin hair and when I washed it I saw some green streaks in it. I then used purple shampoo instead of toner because a hair stylist told me I could but I do have a cool toner because I am aiming for white hair and need to bleach my hair again to get it lighter but I am terrified the green will become more obvious! Why did it even turn green??

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      Judy Davis 

      9 months ago

      I don't know why the same hair coloring I've been using forever turned my hair green but I am black and noted that the ketchup thing didn't work so I tried the baking soda and ketchup and with some praying it worked, I guess because our hair is so porous.

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      Alex Rose 

      12 months ago from Virginia

      Use something with red undertones to neutralize the green!

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      Kay 

      12 months ago

      I have previously used henna with indigo and when i decided to dye my hair blonde it pulled green. And I think the hair stylist used an ash blonde to tone as well. Is there any fix for this? We were going to try a golden blonde toner, will that work?

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      Denise 

      13 months ago

      I had put caramel highlights in my hair it went wrong so I put dark ash blonde in my hair my hair has a greenish tint maybe some gold as well what toner do i use

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      pink tea 

      13 months ago

      Wella Ash tones 8a and lighter are a blue/purple undertones for their ash not green. Cancels the red and gold. but if you have 25% grey add 7n or 6n then if still too yellow tone with wella t-18 roots first then ends.

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