How to Dye Your Hair Blue at Home Without Chemical Dyes

Updated on December 28, 2018
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Coloring Your Hair Blue

Sometimes it is fun to try unusual, unnatural hair colors. Experimenting is even more fun when you don't have to worry about damaging your hair.

Here are some fun and easy ways to try blue hair color at home without causing damage. These techniques are semi-permanent, will fade out over time, and can easily be removed.

Any time you are trying to color your hair something bright or dark, remember that the lighter your hair is, the more the color will stand out. If you have very dark hair, you may want to lighten it with bleach first. If you don't, the new color will be a less-saturated wash or tint.

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Using Blue Food Coloring

Food coloring can be used to temporarily dye your hair; it will wash out completely within a month. If you want to keep your hair bright and vibrant, try recoloring every couple of weeks.

What You Will Need:

  • blue food coloring
  • your usual conditioner
  • a paint brush (to use as a mixer and applicator)
  • shower cap or plastic bag
  • a small bowl

How To Do It:

  • Put a half a cup of your conditioner into the bowl.
  • Stir in a few drops of food coloring.
  • Check to see if this shade is dark enough— if not, add some more.
  • Once you have the shade you want, start to apply the dye.
  • Apply evenly and carefully.
  • Leave the dye in for five or six hours. You may want to cover with a shower cap or a plastic bag to prevent stains.
  • Wash it out with water.
  • Towel dry your hair.

Avoid washing your hair for a couple of days afterward. Washing too soon will make the color fade more quickly.

Using a Drink Mix (Like Kool-Aid)

You know that drink mix that always stains your counter? It can also dye your hair! This is a really inexpensive way to get your hair a vibrant shade of blue. Here are some brands that work:

  • Kool-Aid
  • Crystal Light
  • Gatorade mix
  • Jell-O (not a drink mix, but this works too)
  • Any generic kind of powdered drink mix

What You Will Need:

  • A packet of your blue drink mix of choice
  • Half a cup of conditioner
  • A small bowl
  • A paint brush for an applicator (optional)

What To Do Next:

Take your drink mix and pour it into the bowl. Next, add the conditioner, then mix really well. Once everything is mixed you can start to apply the dye to your hair. Try to apply it as evenly as possible to avoid a streaky look. Leave it in for at least five hours, then rinse with water and towel-dry. Try not to wash your hair for a couple of days so the dye does not start to fade too quickly.

Is Blue Hair Natural?

Blue is a hard color to find in nature... well, at least finding natural blue things to use as dye is difficult. The ingredients I include here are not natural, and do contain chemicals, but they are much safer for your hair than using chemical dyes.

How Can I Make the Blue Last Longer?

  • If you want to seal in the color and make it last longer, you can rinse with vinegar before washing the dye out. This locks in the color so your blue hair stays bright and vibrant longer.
  • Also, remember that the lighter your hair is, the better the results. If it's not as bright as you want it, you may have to bleach and try again later.
  • Try not to wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner right after using any of these coloring techniques. The longer you wait to wash, the longer the color will stay.
  • If you don't like the results and want to get your hair back to its natural color as fast as possible, try Color Oops. You can buy this stuff at most grocery and drug stores, anywhere that you buy dye. This stuff works really well. I was even able to get black hair dye out with this stuff. It's also full of vitamins so it leaves your hair soft and silky-smooth.

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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      Alesha .s 

      8 weeks ago

      Good to know that i can colour my hair without any harm

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      Wavy 

      2 months ago

      It takes too long and now i can’t

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      Nola 

      4 months ago

      I rly want to dye my hair but... now i can

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      Ella 

      7 months ago

      The first way to “ semi dye your hair does not work the Slightest bit because when you wash it out all of it comes out there was not a speck of blue in my hair when I did it so I highly recommend you do not do the first one unless you do not watch it for a couple days or put water

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      Elisa 

      13 months ago

      hey its me again .i live in Malaysia

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      kyleigh 

      15 months ago

      dyeing hair with Jell-O can`t wait!

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      Jennamarieziser 

      15 months ago

      I don't know what everyone in the comments is complaining about. I put blue and purple food coloring dye mix in my hair about an hour ago and washed a little piece of it out and it's bright and very noticeable. I love this! I've tried about 6 different ways already and this is the only way that I found that works and stays in. Thank you!

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      haley 

      22 months ago

      can you use food colouring to dye your hair other colours too, like pink, orange or even blonde?

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      Haley 

      24 months ago

      I am going to be trying the conditioner with Kool aid/ jello and some other method, ( boiling water adding Kool aid and dip die. ) and the blue coloring method , will respond which was best!!

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      Jumaina muzni 

      2 years ago

      I want to colour just a strip of my hair how will I cover my hair

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      Stephanie 

      2 years ago

      LOVE THIS Its , amazing fantastic I had dyed it in lighty brown and its all works thanzz :) I have no words ty thank you

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      Khansa 

      2 years ago

      It's me again!

      Last time i commented that 'I think it'll work', but I tried it and nothing happened!!! NOTHING!!!!

      It was a waste of time and money!!!!

      I waited for 6 FREAKING hours and when i rinsed my hair, the color came out with the conditioner!!!

      No offense but your method sucks!!!

      You have to do so much better than that Brittanie Pervier!!!

      I trusted your method!!!!

      And it betrayed me!!!

      Such a waste of time!!!!

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      Khansa 

      2 years ago

      OMG!!!!

      The First One is damn awesome!!!

      I'll try this!

      I think it'll work!!!

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      Bat man 

      2 years ago

      How long is the dye supposed to stay

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      Carefree,Desperate Blondy 

      2 years ago

      Thnx 4 da advice not allowed 2 dye hair so instead of arguing wit my mom bout hair and dye I can just sneak in some food coloring

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      Beka 

      2 years ago

      Thank you all I will do this

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      luna 

      2 years ago

      I have dark hair will this work

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      lucy 

      2 years ago

      i tried this and it didnt work i wouldnt recomend trying this

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      Trisha F. 

      2 years ago

      This was very helpful. I havent done it yet but I really do hope it works! #bluebeautifulhair

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      manu 

      2 years ago

      does this even work on black hair..??

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      Jenny 

      3 years ago

      I' m sorry but this title is misleading. Foid coloring and drink mixes (again, food coloring) are synthetic chemicals. They may not be as harsh as hair dye, but they are still synthetic chemicals that are not good for you.

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      Carmelita 

      3 years ago

      I will be doin this the weekend . Thanks alot

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      brittanieJ0909 

      4 years ago

      I love your color!

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      Kat 

      4 years ago

      The black henna dye (Indigo) can give a blue colour naturally. I have light blonde hair, and so the darkest I can get my hair is a dark blue with he henna

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      Jewel 

      4 years ago

      My hair looks great that if such a good idea I would've never thought of that

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      Rawwr 

      5 years ago

      I tried dying mine with kool aid in November of 2013 and it's still fading out it looks like I have ginger tips I'll try the food coloring dye tho it seems fun

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      swag_it_out_anaiyah 

      5 years ago

      Blue is my favorite

      color so pretty

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      Kekko 

      6 years ago

      Ho there, my hair is a complete disaster its pink, red, orange, brown, anyway I have dyed it far too many times trying to fix it I need to find a way to strip the color right down with out much further damage, I know there will be some damage but not so much as the effect bleach would have, please help

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      erikha 

      6 years ago

      wow this is so cool i'll try it out

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      Brittanie Anne 

      6 years ago from Seattle WA

      Thank you for commenting let me know how it turns out :)

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      belleart 

      6 years ago from Ireland

      I love this! I never knew you could do this! I have pretty dark hair though, but i think i would prefer just a tint of blue :)

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