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If you’ve opened your eyes even a squint these days, then you’re well aware that blonde hair is very on trend. Whether it’s celebrities or everyday folks strutting their stuff, blonde hair has a real way of completing the ensemble while turning just about every head in the process. And since it really does seem like blondes are having more fun at the moment, many brunettes find themselves wanting to ditch their deep, dark brown hair in favor of an ultra-light hue. Sound familiar? Well, if you’re considering saying adios to your normal brown hair color in favor of a buttery or platinum blonde to switch up your look this season, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind. We share how to go from brown hair to blonde hair (the right way!) below.
Since the transition to blonde hair isn’t quite as easy as other dye jobs, we’ve outlined the top tips to know when heading to the salon or opting to use an at-home hair color kit.
1. If you have virgin hair, you’re in luck. If you’ve never colored your hair before, that means it’s virgin. And in that case, it will be a whole lot easier to go from brown hair to blonde hair. If you’ve had your hair dyed before, you will need to get it lifted, which only adds to the process.
2. Researching salons beforehand is important. The last thing you want is to go to a salon with a low rating, so be sure to do a search for reviews and read what people have to say online to find a colorist who can give you the type of blonde hair you’re interested in trying.
3. You should bring a picture with you. The saying is true: A picture speaks a thousand words. And when it comes to your hair color, you definitely want to make sure it’s perfect, so don’t make the mistake of trying to explain what you’re looking for without a little visual evidence to back it up.
4. Patience is a virtue. Point blank: If you want to go from brown to blonde, you’re going to need to be patient. If you have super-dark brunette hair, don’t expect for it to magically transform into beautiful blonde hair in one visit. If you try to speed up the process, you could risk drying out your hair and cause serious breakage. No thank you. So, instead of being antsy, understand that you may need to go to the salon a few times to get your desired shade blonde. Keep in mind that getting blonde hair requires bleaching—and the darker your starting shade, the more work may be required to reach your desired level of blonde hair. It will all be worth it in the end, though!
Looking to understand the timeframe of your dye job a bit better? We’ve got you covered!
If you have light brown hair…going from this color to blonde will require lifting your color a level or two. This needs to happen in order to lighten your hair so that it’s a more receptive base color for blonde dye. Before jumping straight to the color, you should start with a cooler undertone of blonde. Then you can make your way to a buttery hue. You’ll probably need two visits to make hair magic happen.
Want to color your hair blonde at home? Try the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference, L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme, or L’Oréal Paris Féria, which are each available in a variety of blonde shades.
If you have super-dark brown hair…a slightly warmer hue may accent your features better than platinum blonde (but if that’s your heart’s desire, totally go for it!). Also, keep in mind that in order to transform from super-dark to super-light, you’re looking at a handful of appointments at the salon. And since you can’t go one day after the next—you have to give your hair a rest for a week or so in between dye jobs—you’re looking at a pretty extended process.
Once you’ve achieved your ideal blonde hair color, make sure that you give it the extra TLC it deserves. Wondering where to start? Add shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask formulated for colored hair to your hair care routine. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving Treatment to help neutralize the appearance of unwanted brassy tones.
For another hair color tutorial, check out our article, How to Go from Red Hair to Blonde Hair.