Don't Mind Me — Just Dumping Ketchup on My Head to Fix My Hair Color

In which I treat my hair like French fries in order to get the mysterious blue tint out of my platinum blonde.
Publish date:
March 9, 2016
hair color, beauty hacks, blonde, platinum blonde, ketchup

My hair is an ongoing DIY project. Basically, I've been winging it for years.

I've been platinum for almost a year now, and I've pretty much mastered the bleaching game, but the main issue with my platinum is the staining. I have several tricks that I use to keep it from going yellow, but more recently, I've come across a new enemy: a blue/green tinge. What is it? Where does it come from? I have no idea. The most important of all, how do I get rid of it?

I mean, I've been blue before and it was awesome, but I just don't care for any shade of unwanted blue. In the final stages of my blue hair, it faded to a green shade and I remember talking to my hair stylist (who's totally on board with my DIY hair-dye practices, by the way) about it. She told me that her (brown) hair turns green from time to time, and she keeps the green at bay by using ketchup.

Do you see where this is going?

Overall, I'd call this experiment a mild success. I would do this again if I wasn't so grossed out by sitting around with ketchup on my head. The smell really drove me nuts! I don't think it's going to lift more than it's already done now, so I might try a mild bleach bath or something.

I think this an easy way of doing a mild color correcting, so if you've exposed your blonde hair to the sun and it's discolored, this will most likely work. I'm also really happy that it didn't turn my hair red. I just think that it isn't strong enough for extreme platinum blondes and stubborn blue situations like mine.

  • Have you repurposed any foods for your beauty game?
  • What is turning my hair blue? Please help!