What Color To Dye Over Green Hair When it’s Time For Changes?

Several tips for successful dying over green hair

Written by Kate Holmsy. Updated on blonde hair turned green after coloring

What color to dye over green hair when it’s time for changes?

Bright hair colors are on top of the trends and don’t seem to lose their positions. Billie Eilish, Kylie Jenner, Lady Gaga and many other celebrities dyed their hair green and looked amazing with that color. Whoever or whatever might be your inspiration for such an adventurous experiment, green hair color may bring you a vivid spectrum of emotions.

Teal and green hair color can bring you a lot of attention, make you feel extraordinary, spectacular, and loud. Indeed, this is one of the boldest colors to choose for hair dyeing. But what to do with faded green hair?

Although, green color is the hardest one to get rid of, there are plenty of effective methods to deal with it. If you feel like you need more natural color or some other bright changes, you should know some tips and rules.

How to cover green hair?

Several tips for successful dying over green hair.

To change the hair color from green to some natural brown or blonde you might need to remove the green color from the hair. But if you want to continue the adventure with dyeing hair into some unnatural colors you may avoid the procedure of removing the green color and try covering green hair directly with dye.

Here are the ways to change the green hair color:

  • Visit the hair salon and let the professionals deal with it. 
  • Try to get rid of the color using homemade methods and dye the hair by yourself using box hair dye.
  • Use some dye on top of the green applying the principles of the color theory.

We highly recommend to go to the salon and let the hair colorist make these changes.

green hair billie

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What methods are used in salons to change the green hair color?

How to cover green hair
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Professional hair colorists know that green is the hardest color to remove from hair. If you need to go back to some natural colors or some bright colors that should be dyed on a very light base, you will definitely need to bleach your hair.

How to cover green hair

It may take patience because it often requires several sittings to completely remove the green color.

What color have you dye over green hair?

The good colorist has enough knowledge and experience to make the proper plan on how to achieve the color their client wants. It depends on the condition of hair, the dye that was used, the intensity of color and the final desirable result. It might be easier to achieve dark tones than blonde.

Usually, to make the bleaching process less harmful for hair, it takes several sittings.

After every bleaching, the hair is dyed with the dye that includes red color to reduce the green. Some products are usually recommended to use additionally to restore the hair structure and to wash away the green color.

Professional colorist knows the newest and most effective hair products to use for solving the problem and to reduce the damage for the hair while changing the color. Trusting the colorist is the safest and effective way to get the right color and to keep the hair healthy.

Some tips to fade the green color by yourself

ketchup for green hair

If you don’t need to completely remove the green color from hair, you may try to wash it away by yourself. There are some clarifying shampoos that may help to reduce the color significantly. Deep cleansing shampoos also help to fade the color.

Good professional shampoo used with hair conditioner may solve the problem and care for the hair. After washing your hair with clarifying shampoo you may try to dye it by yourself on top of the faded green color.

Red over green hair neutralizes the green and may give you the color from brown to bright red.

There are also some homemade recipes for getting rid of the color, like

  1. ketchup for green hair,
  2. lemon juice,
  3. baking soda,
  4. vinegar,
  5. vitamin C.

These products may help you to fade the color but they are not reliable and may damage your hair.

Dyeing the hair on top of the green color

dying over green hair or teal green hair

If you are open for experiments and don’t need clear and bright color which requires a very light base, you may try dying over green hair or teal green hair with another dye without bleaching it.

Some basic principles of the color theory may help you with that.

Understanding the color wheel theory may give you an opportunity to plan the steps to take to change your color from green to any other.

color wheel theory
  • The opposite color to green is red, so red dye over green hair will cancel the green.
  • Any dye of red (also pink and purple) color that does not contain hydrogen peroxide and ammonia may help you to reduce the green color safely enough.
  • Red dye over teal hair or red dye over blue hair may give you some brownish color.
  • Putting blue dye over green hair may help you to get some turquoise shade or dark teal hair.

What may be done if the bleached hair turned green after dying?

lue dye over green hair
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A common concern of the ones that love to dye the hair by themselves is dyed hair turned green. This may happen because of the contact with water that contains chlorine.

It is recommended to avoid pools for 7 days after dyeing.

The chlorine is the most common reason why blonde hair turned green after coloring.

faded green hair
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The color that was left in the hair after previous colorings may also appear as green.

Using henna for coloring may also be the reason why hair turned green after dying brown.
To reduce the green color in this case you may try to use deep cleansing shampoo, toning shampoo or to get professional help at the hair salon.

Experiments with the appearance may be pure joy. To be sure you are getting the exact color you want and to decrease the chance of having a problem like “I dyed my hair blue and it turned green” it is better to let the professional colorist make the changes.

But if you are not afraid of having an unexpected result, you may try to get the bright color by yourself, following the rules of the color theory. Good luck!

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Kate worked in "The Fashion Magazine" for four years as a freelance writer and loved to consult and help people with their style. How to create your own style, how to look beautiful, and select trendy colors for your hair - these are just a few of many issues Kate will happily explain in Beezzly Beauty blogs!
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