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How to Dye Your Hair Blonde at Home

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How to Dye Your Hair Blonde at Home How to Dye Your Hair Blonde at Home How to Dye Your Hair Blonde at Home

You’re familiar with the age-old saying, “blondes have more fun.” And if this isn’t your natural hair color, the only way to put that to the test is to color your strands with blonde hair dye. Of course, switching to blonde hair isn’t always the easiest hair color choice you can make. The good news is, whether you have black hair, brown hair, or red hair, in most situations, you can lighten up your hair color right at home—no problem. Read on to learn how to dye your hair blonde at home and how your hair care routine should change to suit your pretty new shade.


At-home hair color is super-convenient, but blonde hair can be tricky. Typically, dyeing your hair blonde will require the use of bleach. Not to mention, the darker your starting color (and the blonder you want to go), the more difficult it will be to reach your desired shade. If you’re looking to make a drastic color change—say, you want to know how to dye brown hair platinum blonde at home—it’s often best to leave that to the professionals. Generally, when it comes to dyeing your hair blonde at home, you should only go one to two shades lighter than your base color. Plus, keep in mind that if you’ve ever colored your hair before, you may not end up with the color you see on the box, which is another case when waiting to see a professional might be your best bet.

Editor's note: Think your new blonde shade will require the use of bleach? Here's How to Bleach Your Hair at Home.


There are so many hair colors within the blonde spectrum—and with what seems like endless options, it can be difficult to narrow down which one will look the most flattering on you. There’s definitely something out there for everyone, though! It's all about keeping your undertone in mind. Here's what to know.

If you have cool undertones...opt for ashy, cool blonde shades. Hues like L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Medium Ash BlondeL’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Medium Blonde, and L’Oréal Paris Féria in Very Light Natural Blonde will be most flattering on you. 

It you have warmer tones...opt for richer, warmer blonde shades. Blonde hair dyes like L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Golden BlondeL’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Light Reddish Blonde, and L’Oréal Paris Féria in Ultra Pearl Blonde will do the most to complement your complexion.


Once you’ve chosen your perfect shade of blonde hair, it’s time to get to work! Make sure to follow the instructions included with the packaging of your at-home hair color kit to get the best results. Remember that it’s a good idea to stick within two shades of your natural hair color when dyeing your hair at home. Keep an extra box of hair dye so that you can touch up your roots when needed. For further instructions on using one of our at-home hair color kits, read How to Use Superior Preference and How to Use Féria.


Once you’ve dyed your hair blonde at home, the work doesn’t end there. You may need to make a few changes to your hair care routine to help care for your strands.

1. Use products for blonde, colored hair

Any old shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask won’t cut it. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving Treatment. The EverPure Blonde system gently cleanses, conditions, and balances blonde hair, neutralizes brassiness, and deeply hydrates over-processed hair. Apply the shampoo to wet hair and gently massage it into a thick lather, then rinse thoroughly. Follow up by applying the conditioner, leave it on for one to two minutes, then rinse. Once a week, use the hair mask after shampooing. Apply it to wet hair and leave it on for three to five minutes, then rinse.

2. Ease up on the heat tools

Excessive heat styling can do a number on your mane. Consider this your opportunity to embrace your natural texture by air drying your hair. Apply a hair mousse, like L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse, to towel-dried hair, scrunch your hair, then allow it to air dry for perfect curls.

3. Disguise new growth

Of course, you’re not always going to be able to carve out the time to touch up your roots. Luckily, you can hide new growth with a root-touch up product—even if you have dark roots and light blonde hair! For covering grays, try the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up. For dark roots, the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Concealer Spray, Blondes with Dark Roots will be the move. Both lightweight sprays dry quickly and last for one shampoo. Once you pick out your blonde root spray, shake the can well and hold it four to six inches from your hair. Spray it onto new growth and partly through the rest of your hair to blend in the color.

Still not sure about your perfect blonde hair hue? Head on over to our article, The 50 Best Blonde Hair Colors for Every Skin Tone.