19 Coolest Blue Black Hair Shades

Blue black hair colors

Blue black hair is a blend or combination of black and blue tones. The blues and blacks are often blended together to give a midnight blue color or, blue highlights are added to black hair.

For blue back hair, a dark black hue with a hint of blue is not only mysterious but very flattering. It’s a great way to show your daring side with every turn of your head catching the light and exposing your bluish hue! There are plenty of combinations of blue colors from lighter royal blue to navy or midnight blue to fuse with black hair color to flatter any skin tone. Lighter shades go well with dark and fair skin and darker ones complement the light and pale skin tones. Check out these exquisitely different ways to showcase anywhere from bold to soft blue black hair.

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Blue Black Bob

Dark blue black textured bob
Instagram @azza_salon_jessica

This natural black hair color goes great with subtle midnight blue highlights. The short bob has great reflective beauty as the shades have a slight twist in hues more noticeable with movement. If you have naturally black hair color, adding highlights can offering some flattering but not extreme changes.

Perfect Black Blue Ombre

Picture of a perfect blue black balayage ombre
Instagram @styledbynati

Going from black to lighter hair color for an ombre can be hard to achieve so many people chose darker shades for a smaller transition. This icy blue is opulent with the black color from the top.

Bob With Blue Highlights

Picture of a must-try bob with short bangs in blue black color
Instagram @beautyrejennarated

This short bob hairstyle combines the natural black root color with some blue hair dye and foiling to create panels of color. Adding the color to the bangs is a great touch as well.

Short Blue Black Hair

Short Blue Black Hair
Instagram @beautyartistrybyariana

Q&A with style creator, Ariana Fernando
Hairstylist @ Pure And Couture Salon in Destin, FL

How would you describe this look?

This look is dark but still with pizzazz. The cut is created using a blunt bottom edge with a slight texture on the face and a little internal wearing throughout the head to give it that textured look. For styling, I use a 1-inch baby bliss chrome and alternate my curls holding the barrel parallel to the head but keeping the ends out.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Consider your own hair type whether it is fine, medium, coarse, or curly and realize that those will play a key factor in with this look or any look. This client has medium to thick hair but very dense and sticks straight. She is in the process of growing it out but wanted to have some fun while in transition.

Considering a blue-black color for yourself? In my personal opinion, I love it on more olive skin tones. To maintain your blue-black can be a little different than you may think. Blue being the smallest color molecule can dull out easily. Choosing the right shampoo and conditioner or even color tinted treatments can help maintain your blue sheen.

Pastel Blue Highlights on Black Hair

Pastel Blue Highlights on Black Hair
Instagram @hairssarah

Q&A with style creator, Sarah Mimas
Hairstylist @ Jen and Friends Salon in Boardman, OH

How would you describe this look?

For Val’s hair, I created both this cut and color. For her color, we went one shade darker than her natural color. I feel most times if you stick with a medium brown, the brighter colors don’t pop as well, so we decided to go just a bit darker. I used Matrix ColorSync as my base color and Joico as my vivids. I made sure to give a lot of texture to this cute little bob.

Val has finer hair. When she first found me she had hair halfway down her back and it was not working well for her. Going shorter was the best option to give her the most volume! We finished the Bobbie with Amika’s un.done texture spray! My favorite part about this look is how well Val rocks it. She’s a nurse at an office in town, but these pops of blue are just enough to keep it biz casual!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is not for everyone. You have to consider face shape when doing certain haircuts. For example, this style would not be as flattering on someone with a rounder face shape. This little Bobbie can be styled showing off all its texture with either some texture spray, a light paste, or some hairspray! The vivid shades are an investment.

I warn clients beforehand and go into detail the effort it takes to maintain these colors. I make sure to state, these colors fade over time. If you aren’t using the correct shampoo and conditioner they fade, if you are using hot water on your hair they fade. If you are in the sun without a UV protector they fade. If you’re in chlorine they fade, and the more often you wash your hair, the quicker they fade. But the upside, they’re beautiful, they’re fun, and I love creating these colors!

Intense Blue and Black

Q&A with style creator, Michaela Davenport
Hairstylist @ Bishops in Milwaukie, OR

How would you describe this look?

This look is subtle and bold at the same time. The blue hues are intense, but against the black, there is not a huge contrast. Until the blue fades, this color is most noticeable in the sun and certain lightings. For Cherie, the woman in the photo, that is exactly what she wanted. Something different and fun, but not so “in your face.”

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look was perfect for Cherie because she already had almost black hair, so as time went by, she did not need to touch up the black at the base. This look is relatively low maintenance. The hair is lightened in a way that grows out really well, so you might not need to get it touched up for a few months. The blue is easily maintained at home with a color depositing conditioner.

To maintain a bright color, it is recommended you wash with cool water and no more than twice a week using color safe shampoo and conditioner, as well as the color depositing conditioner when needed. If you heat style your hair, I recommend you use your iron at no more than 350 degrees F with a heat protectant spray. This color is perfect for a laid back person who wants to have some fun without necessarily being the center of attention.

Braided Blue Black

Braided blue black hair
Instagram @maloriemhair

Q&A with style creator, Malorie
Hairstylist in Atlanta, GA

How would you describe this look?

I love that this is edgy and bold yet in certain lighting, it doesn’t appear as vibrant. The braid gives the whole style a softer appearance.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Be ready for the upkeep! This shade can/will turn green quickly if not taken care of properly. A direct dye in your shampoo/conditioner is a must.

Black and Cobalt Blue Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Nikki
Hair Colorist & Hair Artist in West Palm Beach, FL

How would you describe this look?

It’s definitely a dimensional cobalt hue. If you look at the individual locks of hair you can definitely see the different tones of depth in between.

What I love about it is that it’s definitely the perfect tone without any traces of green. Which happens when trying to achieve this tone if you don’t get it to the proper canvas. This will fade to a beautiful pastel tone over time.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Blue is a long-lasting color and tends to be on the stubborn side even though this is a direct dye. You definitely want to use a professional sulfate free shampoo or a cleansing conditioner with cool to cold water to preserve any direct dyes, limit sun exposure/salt water/pool water.

This color isn’t for someone who would want it to rinse out in a few weeks. I would stick with purples and pinks instead!

Long, Thick Black Hair with Blue Highlights

Picture of a fabulous long thick hair in blue black
Instagram @erinnholmmm

Q&A with style creator, Erin Holm
Colour Specialist & Stylist @ The Collective Hair Studio in Scottsdale, AZ

How would you describe this look?

This is one of my favorite blue tones!

I went in with a matte black base color for the root shade as well as alternating it, with our pre-lightened pieces using a balayage technique. Pre-lightening pieces just off the root to ensure movement and dimension.

It has a very smokey denim hue indoors, where it can still be business casual! This same look outside has an extreme change in intensity! Going from cool tones to bright and strong deep tones.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This midnight blue hair color is very fun and versatile. It does fade within 3-4 weeks. You can rock the teal and mint tones, it fades too. To keep this strong deep tone, refresh it every 4 weeks.

For the pre-lightened procedure, use cool water and moisturizer to keep the cuticle sealed and to ensure the longevity of color.

When it comes to skin complexion, the tone of blue can be changed. I recommend, emerald or teal undertone for pale complexion and smokey cooler shades or a purple/violet undertone for warmer/darker complexion.

There are so many options, especially when you’re trying to spice things up!

The Darkest Steel Blue Black Bob

Picture of blunt bangs and textured ends blue black hair
Instagram @caithelle_hair

Q&A with style creator, Caitlin Helle
Stylist @ Smoke + Mirrors in Baltimore, MD

How would you describe this look?

This a blue-black bob with blunt bangs and textured ends that provides a smokey effect.

My favorite thing about this look is the mix of severity and subtlety. The jet black color and blunt bangs make it more severe, but the textured ends and subtle blueish color take a little bit of the edge off.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Like any fashion color, blue black color requires a lot of maintenance. It is deceiving because it’s so much darker than the pastels and vivid colors you see all over Instagram, but it does still require lightening the hair. This client happened to already have some old highlights that were able to just be toned without any additional lifting.

Anyone considering this look should be aware that it requires regular appointments for touch ups and treatments (especially if their hair is already fragile or over processed), as well as using products at home to help maintain the color and health of their hair.

I send all of my fashion color clients home with a custom mixed color conditioner to help maintain their color. I also love Overtone conditioner for color maintenance.

Black Swan with Deep Blue Highlights

Black Swan hairstyle
Instagram @thepaintedbunny

Q&A with style creator, Erika Lupercio
Hairstylist / Assistant Salon Director @ J & Frank Professional Hairstylists in Yuma, AZ

How would you describe this look?

I called this look “Black Swan”. This look is can be referred to as a “shy vivid” because it’s perfect for people who want to enjoy an unnatural shade while still being workplace appropriate.

My favorite thing about this look is how it changes in different settings. It looks like a deep black indoors but in the sunlight, it has the slightest tone of blue.

Any advice for someone considering it?

To achieve this type of look, the hair needs to be previously lightened for the color to adhere to the hair properly, as well as for the pigment to show. To maintain the color, I created an Olaplex color bomb for this client that can be used every wash to redeposit the color every time.

Onyx Black with Subtle Blue Highlights

Onyx Black hairstyle
Instagram @ash_mclay

Q&A with style creator, Ashley McLay
Master Stylist @ Vintage Hair Loft in Anderson, SC

How would you describe this look?

This look would be an onyx black. My favorite thing about this look is that it’s versatile. She can be edgy and professional at the same time while having subtle hints of navy.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Invest in a color-safe and sulfate-free shampoo. This will keep that color vibrant.

This is truly a great color for just about any skin tone, whether warm or cool porcelain. With the onyx, it allows any black to radiate.

Bright Blue Highlights on Black Hair

Bright Blue Highlights
Instagram @hairbyrachelspringer

Icy and tropical, blue never fails to give you that all-year round beauty. And it’s for all kinds of people too so go on and try being blue-headed!

Long Jet Black Hair with Strips of Blue

Vibrant Contrast hairstyle
Instagram @leta350

Q&A with style creator, Laoreta Ismaili
Stylist & Make-up Artist @ Dawns Pizzazz in Danbury, CT

How would you describe this look?

I love the shine, vibrancy, and contrast in this beautiful color! I get excited when a guest wants to be fashion forward and adventurous.

Any advice for someone considering it?

She will have to re-glaze every five to six weeks to maintain the vibrancy and use color-protecting products to maintain the integrity of the hair and color.

This look is fun, flirty, and vibrant. The type of person who can wear this look is someone who is creative and edgy with a strong personality. It’s perfect for the person who likes to stand out from the crowd and be that “wow” girl!

Straight Black Hair with Subtle Blue Highlights

Strong & Fierce hairstyle
Instagram @hairbykirst

Q&A with style creator, Kirsty Richey
Salon Owner / Hairdresser / Makeup Artist @ Chelleon for Hair and Beauty in Woodend, VIC

How would you describe this look?

This look has attitude, and it’s strong and fierce!

I love that it’s not just a plain old black color. It has edge and personality to it! The high shine and quality color are what make it perfect.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Any client wanting this color needs to know the commitment blue black requires. It is one of the deepest colors you can go to, and to remove it is very difficult.

For those dark-featured clients, it’s so easy to maintain. Pair it with an edgy blunt cut for a professional look that speaks volumes. With natural black hair, adding some shine spray will definitely improve the overall look.

Black Midnight Blue Color

Q&A with style creator, Koren Cartwright
Hair Colorist @ Hair by Koren at The Hair Lounge in Lincoln, NE

How would you describe this look?

I am OBSESSED with the depth and dimension that this look gives! It’s dark and bright at the same time and invites conversation. I would describe it like the waves of a storm at sea. Fierce!

My favorite thing about this color is how beautifully the demi-permanent @guy_tang #mydentity color reflects the light. It’s so vibrant. I used the shades 1MB (midnight blue) and 3MB and I added some aqua booster to the color on the ends to make them pop. I also included Olaplex in her lightening and color service to ensure her hair remained healthy and the color would last as long as possible!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Even though we did blue black on her hair, in order to get the blue to show up so well we still had to pre-lighten/bleach it out to a light blonde first.

Colors like this are high maintenance and require regular salon visits. If you’re considering a look like this, I recommend reaching out to your stylist to talk about pricing and upkeep. Ask if it’s a color that would work with your hair type and lifestyle as well. If you can find a stylist with #mydentity color and Olaplex, that’s an extra bonus!

Rich Blue and Black Hue

Q&A with style creator, Kailee Slaunwhite
Master Stylist / Colorist @ Lift Salon and Spa in Lakeside, Nova Scotia

How would you describe this look?

This look is so rich and classy and will turn any head. Blue (no matter what tone) has a very cold background, so black is its best friend. Black is rich, inviting, and will complement just about any eye color. If you suffer from rosacea or feel as if your skin pulls warmth (reddish), you may not think it, but black against your skin will cool it off and will leave you looking foxy!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Upkeep is VERY important with any color. In today’s world, there are so many pigmented shampoos so there is no excuse for your hair color to fade quickly. For this client, I recommended Blacklight blue shampoo, Olaplex No.3, and Red E To Go. She also struggles with frizz, so we used Bedhead After Party for a more sleek style.

This shampoo is marketed for blondes to counteract any yellow tones, but don’t kid yourself, this heavily pigmented shampoo will keep depth in any hair color.

Blue and Black Dimension

Q&A with style creator, Kayla Krommer
Licensed Professional Cosmetologist @ Salon LA in Cincinnati, OH

How would you describe this look?

This look is one of my favorite looks/colors to create as a hairstylist. This color is perfect for someone that wants a very modern and classic look, but still wants a little vibrancy, dimension, and an extra pop of color.

My favorite thing about this creation is that it is still acceptable for a professional work environment but in certain lights, especially the sun, will give you a bunch hues within your elegant, black colored hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I personally feel that anyone can try this color, no matter what face shape or skin tone you have. Although changing your hair color to black can be intimidating, it may be rewarding in the end! Hair color can always be changed, so if you are thinking about trying this, I would say go for it!

This is an easy color to maintain and even apply, which is great when you don’t have a lot of free time to spend at the salon. I definitely recommend a color-protecting shampoo and conditioner (I use all Paul Mitchell products) to keep the hair color long lasting, shiny, and vibrant.

To create this look, I used Paul Mitchell XG: equal parts 4AA and blue intensifier with 10 vol for the most deposit of color to the hair.

Dark Blue and Black Hue

Dark Blue and Black Hue
Instagram @kirstiefaith_beauty

That subtle midnight blue that glows would make you feel like you want to try this new color.

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