What you NEED to know before going blue

It ain’t easy being green blue! Award-winning colourist (and owner of Instagram sensation Not Another Salon) Sophia Hilton shares five hard truths about flirting with both baby and bold blue hues…

Earlier in the year, Pantone crowned Classic Blue as Color of the Year. But what does it mean for your hair, and can your make the cool hue work for you? Pantone describes the shade as: “instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era”. Calm? Stable? We’ll take a bit of that right now.

While Classic Blue may have more of a limited impact on hair trends within the UK, for the fashion forward among us or anyone who loves bright colours, the statement shade is perfect when used with another new trend – the face-framing bright. Before you take a deep dive into ’90s nostalgia, award-winning colourist Sophia Hilton shares her top tips…

Blue is forever

Like, seriously, this stuff is not going to budge. Don’t go thinking that going blue might be fun for a quick festival or party because once it’s in, it’s in for life! My advice is to have it done professionally and at a salon that really understands vivid colours and their temperaments so you have all the right information.

It needs to sit over a very light blonde

If your hair is not super blonde (i.e. almost white), then the yellow pigments in your hair will mix with the blue and make (you’ve guessed it) GREEN! This means that a lot of blues tend to appear more aqua-marine in tone. So wannabe blue birds, if you’re not already blonde and you want your ‘do to be anything other than a deep navy, you might need quite a few appointments to get your base colour light enough first.

If you try and bleach it out, your hair will go green

When it comes to trying to take the blue back out of your hair, some pigment always remains. The majority of people tend to be left with a soft mint green colour, which to be fair, you might just love… but if you didn’t know this in advance it might catch you out!

99% of blue shades need constant maintenance

If you have truly white blonde hair, you’re in the lucky 1% – your blue will fade fantastically, going through stages of baby blue and icy hints of colour. However, if you had a yellowy blonde under your blue (and don’t like it going green) it’s likely you’re going to need to top it up… a lot. This is not the end of the world though, you’ll just need to get into the routine of chucking a bottle of direct blue colour on whenever you hit the shower.

There are limited options after blue

Returning to a clean blonde is pretty much off the menu, but lilac can be a great option if you are feeling bored. Going brown is also doable, but your hairdresser will need to colour your hair with a strong red first. Skipping this step will mean your brown will keep slipping into the green spectrum and you’ll be fighting a losing battle to retain a flattering shade. I’m honestly not trying to talk anyone out of going blue – done well, it looks awesome! But at Not Another Salon we believe it’s only fair to be upfront about all the detail so you can make the right choice for you.