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Why My Hair Turned Green After Bleaching

You were excited about your newly bleached hair. But after some time, you noticed it turning green. This can be very stressful if you are aiming for trendy light blonde hair only for your hair to give off a slime green tone.

Why My Hair Turned Green After Bleaching

Why does your hair turn green after bleaching, then?

One of the most common reasons why hair turns green after bleaching is that you went swimming in a pool within 24 hours after the procedure. It can also happen if your hair was bleached improperly, or something else has gone wrong somewhere along the way.

The good news is that no matter what the reason is why your bleached hair turned green, it is important to get it out as fast as possible.

What should you do if your hair turned green after bleaching?

This will depend on the reason why it turned green in the first place. You can use lemon juice, ketchup, or baking soda to fix hair that turned green after swimming in a pool. If your hair turned hair because of blue hair dye, bleaching and toning should be done again.

Continue reading below to know all the common reasons why hair turns green after bleaching together with their respective fixes so you can have your dream hair color all over again!

Blue Dye Made Hair Turn Green After Bleaching

Most types of blue hair dyes actually have green bases. This is why there are instances when rather than your bleached hair turning blue after it is dyed with blue hair dyes, this may turn into a very odd green color.

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Sometimes, however, the green color is not that pleasant. When combined with blue, it looks swampy and moldy, a look that not a lot of people like at all.

If you want to bleach your hair before you dye it blue, make sure your hair is very light or white, if you want it to turn medium or light blue. If there is still a remaining yellow or orange tinge in your hair, this will combine with blue and make your hair green and brown.

There is really no easy fix for this, and you can get the best help from professional stylists. However, if you want to go DIY, here are some things you can do.

Re-bleach and Tone Your Hair

If the first round of bleaching wasn’t enough and your hair can still handle it, try bleaching it again. Lighten your hair with volume 10 developer. This might have to be done twice to get rid of the color and make your hair lighter.

Remove the orange and yellow tones with a violet or purple toner. This process will help lighten your hair and eliminate the green tones so you can apply the blue dye over it and achieve the desired blue color.

Stick with Green

If you don’t want to take the risk of re-bleaching your hair, your next best option is to just stick with the green color instead of blue. For this, you need a darker green dye to apply over the existing color. It might not be your original plan but a good green dye can do the trick to achieve a new look.

Swimming Made Hair Turn Green After Bleaching

Getting into a swimming pool within 24 hours after you bleach your hair is a big no-no. Chlorine is not the culprit for this but the hard metals in the water that oxidized and attached to your hair created the green color.

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Don’t panic just yet if your hair turned green after dipping in the pool because there are a few easy fixes for it.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is an all-around product you can always count on, including fixing your green hair. Just mix water and baking soda to form a paste. Massage this paste on your hair, especially with the worst green color.

Let the baking soda sit for several minutes and use shampoo and conditioner to rinse it out afterward. You might need to do it several times for really serious cases of green color. But you can expect it to get rid of the green tinge but don’t forget to condition your hair afterward.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice and baking soda work similarly in this regard. Just be cautious with applying lemon juice on the scalp if your hair is recently bleached. The juice may sting because your skin may still be sensitive to the bleaching process.

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Use the juice to saturate your strands and let it sit for 5 minutes. Use shampoo and conditioner to thoroughly wash it out. This might have to be done twice to get rid of all the green dye.


Putting ketchup on your hair may sound weird but its red color can cancel out the green color, not to mention that it is perfectly safe to use.

Simply massage your hair with ketchup, paying attention to the green areas. Use aluminum foil to wash your hair and let it sit for 30 minutes. Use shampoo and conditioner afterward to wash out the ketchup.

Toner Made Hair Turn Green After Bleaching

Your hair can also turn green after bleaching because of the toner. Ash toners have green tones combined with blue. Once applied over your bleached hair’s yellow tones, this can stick and make your hair turn green.

It often happens and you can fix it with these tips:

Change Your Toner

If your current toner turned your hair green, it might be time to switch to a warm toner that works to a golden hue and doesn’t contain any green undertones.

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But if you don’t like warmer toners and you prefer something ashier and cooler, pick a purple toner and conduct a strand test first to check the results. Take note that red cancels out green while purple cancels out yellow.

Apply a Color Corrector

You can also try using a color corrector to get rid of the green if you find it hard to remove the green toner from your hair. But since this product can damage your hair, use it only if you think your strands will be safe after the procedure.

Don’t settle for that green hair you didn’t like in the first place. Use these tips and say goodbye to that green color in no time!