BLUE HAIR REVEAL!!! I dyed my hair blue

BLUE HAIR REVEAL!!! I dyed my hair blue

You must have read the title to be reading this.. In case you didn’t, let me re-state it for you. I have blue hair now.. Yes..


BLUE! I know some of you have already seen it on my Facebook page, but this occasion deserves an entire blog post. Plus, I wanted to tell you guys how I did it by myself.

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My hair is naturally dark (black!) but as I am getting older, I am getting gray hairs. Gross! I normally just get a box of black hair dye and cover my whole head. It works out nicely because I like the extra shine that the boxed dyes give my otherwise dull hair.

The only downfall to using dark boxed dyes is removing them in order to dye my hair lighter colors. It took about a week from start to finish for me to lighten and then dye my hair. I apologize in advance for the amount of selfies and pictures this post contains, but it was the only way to show my blue hair transformation.

Here’s my before. It had been a few months since I last covered my gray hairs and my new growth was about 2 inches.

Before dying my hair BLUE

I picked up a bucket of bleach powder and some 30 developer from Sally’s. I assumed that because it had been a while since I dyed my hair that a lot of the boxed dye was no longer there.. I was wrong! When they say “permanent”, they mean it.


After getting all my supplies ready, I applied the first bleach. I wiped away some of the excess bleach around my hairline and ended up wiping it off of some of my hair. Ooops! Since it took me a while to apply the bleach, I didn’t let it sit on too long. Looking back, I probably could have applied it faster, let it sit longer, and only had to bleach once.

Applying bleach to naturally dark hair

And this is what it looked like after blow drying it. It was still quite dark. My intention was to dye it a dark blue, which probably would have covered it at this stage, but I wanted to go a little lighter first.

Dry after the first bleach

So, I waited a few days, wore head covers to hide my “white trash blonde” hair, then bleached it again.

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After the second bleach


To take away some of the “yellow” I toned it by using some purple shampoo…Turns out that toning it made it slightly darker. I probably would have been fine to skip the toning step.

After toning hair


The blue hair dye I chose was a semi-permanent shade of blue by Ion called “Sky Blue”. I liked the shade on the hair swatches in the store, but after doing a google search, I didn’t like how bright it was on actual users. I decided to darken it up by adding Purple. I let it sit on my hair for about 4 hours before washing the excess dye away and this is how my blue hair turned out.

Blue hair reveal: 

BLUE HAIR - Natural color black hair

I gotta say, I am pleased with how it turned out. Since this picture, the extra dye has washed out of my scalp and away from my skin. My roots are definitely “brighter” than the rest of my hair, but I think it meshes well with the bottom which is a mixed shade of blue/green/purple. I was scared that a super bright would make my skin tone look funny.

The experience of doing it myself was a mix of emotions from fun to terrifying. I was fearful that I was going to fry my whole hair, but, it’s just hair! I figured if I didn’t like the color that I could just slap some more dark dye over it to cover it.

I hear that this dye fades in about 6 weeks or so and starts fading to a green color! Yikes! I convinced myself that I didn’t want green hair… but the more I think about it, the more I may go with a (mermaid) green once the blue starts fading. I probably will not be re-bleaching… I haven’t decided if I will use (or need to use) a color remover first. I guess it depends on how fast and how much it fades.

And… if having blue hair isn’t interesting enough, here are some ABC’s of me. I was tagged to do it on Facebook, but would rather post it here:

A- Age: 30
B- Biggest fear: Being a bad mother
C- Current time:  9:09pm
D- Drink you last had: Iced Coffee
E- Every day starts with: Coffee
F- Favorite song: Christmas tunes
G- Ghosts, are they real?: Yes
H- Hometown: Palmdale, California
I- In love with: Jesus
J- Jealous of:
K- Killed someone?: No
L- Last time you cried? A few days ago
M- Middle name: (secret)
N- Number of siblings: 6
O- One wish: To have infinite wishes
P- Person you last called: Mom
Q- Question you’re always asked: “How do you do it??”
R- Reason to smile: Children’s laughter
S- Song last sang: Three Little Speckled Frogs
T- Time you woke up: Late!
U- Underwear color: Pink/White
Vacation destination: Somewhere tropical
W- Worst habit: Tetris Trash
Y- Your favorite food: Anything sweet or Pasta
X- X-Rays you’ve had: Hand, Chest, Who knows what else?
Z- Zodiac sign: Cancer

Have you ever dyed your hair a non-natural color?
Except for covering grays, I have only dyed my hair once and that was in the 8th grade.

If you haven’t, what color would you dye it if you could dye it any color?
 I kind of want green next… and then pink and then a really bright purple.. but I may be going too far. A part of me feels too old for even blue hair. But YOLO, right? 

42 thoughts on “BLUE HAIR REVEAL!!! I dyed my hair blue

  1. Liz Mays

    It’s so interesting to see the process of even getting to the point of being able to add the blue. Bottom line, I think it turned out really well. I like that blue on you!

    1. LifeAsAConvert Post author

      Thanks. It was definitely a process – a scary one at that. But not as scary once it was done as it was before hand. I think the thought of doing it was more scary than actually doing it.

  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    Wow, how cool. I actually thought about going purple when I had my last visit with my stylist, but I am way to old for something like that :)

  3. Jessica Harlow

    It’s crazy how different hair color can make someone looks incredibly different! I love your new blue “do” and think it looks fun and light-hearted! It was brave of you to try it not knowing how it would come out! lol

  4. Terry

    Hahahahaha…. Nice. But when I was growing up. The old ladies would put this blue color in their hair and we called them Blue Haired old ladies. LOL No… you don’t look like an old lady. Your post just struck a blast from the past. Looks great on you!!

  5. Pam

    The blue looks really good on you. My daughter got in on the fun hair trend and dyed the ends of her hair pink earlier this year.

  6. michelle

    i haven’t intentionally dyed my hair before. i got blonde highlights once and the lady ended up color my whole head instead of giving me the highlights and i had bleach blonde hair. it was an interesting situation

    1. LifeAsAConvert Post author

      Oh no! I can see how that would be a problem. Luckily for me, I am not too attached to my hair. I would have just put some dark dye over it if it turned out bad.

  7. Krystal Miller (@hhtfamilyblog)

    I have to keep a “boring” haircolor for work. The blue looks good on you.

  8. Angie Scheie

    Love it! I think I’d be way to nervous to do it on my own, but you did a great job! Let’s see…if I were to do any color it would probably be a shade of pink. Either electric or cotton candy color. I’m a redhead, so it’s gets tricky with this complexion lol.

    1. LifeAsAConvert Post author

      My complexion was one thing that had me worried. I thought a bright blue would make me look washed out. I think God gave us our hair color for a reason.. it looks good on our skin tone! But it’s fun trying out new colors.

  9. Sarah Bailey

    Ohh your hair looks awesome blue – I have really dark hair and I have always been scared to lighten it to funky colours – perhaps I should give it a whirl. x

  10. Elizabeth O.

    It looks really good on you! The blue turned out well. It’s always fun to experiment with hair!

  11. Jenjen

    I was pushed by a friend to have my hair dyed blue.. I guess I might give it a try after seeing this post..

  12. Ashley

    You are much braver than me!! I’ve never dyed my hair, and I just turned 30. I had no idea there was such a process to dye hair!!

  13. Jeanine

    Blue! That is a great color, you pull it off really well! I’ve been wanting to dye my hair burgundy for so long now but I haven’t. It seems like too much work since my hair is so dark. you look great!

  14. Claudette

    The colour really works for you! Only this week I was pondering whether to dye mine as the grays have increased or embrace them. I think I am gong to embrace them. :)

  15. Rosey

    You got to see what your hair looked like with a lot of different shades. The blue makes you look younger. :)

  16. Ann Bacciaglia

    My Sister is very adventurous with her hair color choices. She has every color you can think of and she always does it herself. I did a pink streak in my hair once. I love the color your hair turned out.

  17. Marielle Altenor

    The few times I dyed my hair it was black. To cover my grays lol It didn’t really do anything and I haven’t dyed my hair since. I don’t think I’m brave enough to dye my hair blue though!

  18. victoria

    Looks interesting. I want to achieve that blue hair my hair was so dark what i need to do to bluer my hair :)

    1. LifeAsAConvert Post author

      Me too! The bad thing about dying my hair black was getting the black dye out of my hair! I think I could have gotten my hair a lot lighter and a lot faster if I didn’t have the black boxed dye in it.

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