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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 by dyeing your hair. 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. Here’s what you need to know about dyeing your hair blonde and how your hair care routine should change for 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. 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 take your deep brunette to a platinum blonde—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 seeing a professional might be your best bet.
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! Keep your skin tone in mind—if you have pinkish hues to your skin, opt for cooler blonde shades, while if you have darker tones, opt for warmer blonde shades. Here are some of our favorite blonde hues:
L'Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Medium Ash Blonde
L'Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Golden Blonde
L'Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Medium Blonde
L'Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Light Reddish Blonde
L'Oréal Paris Féria in Very Light Natural Blonde
L'Oréal Paris Féria in Light Beige Blonde
Once you’ve chosen a 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 for 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.
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 a system of shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask formulated 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 3-5 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. Spritz on a hair spray, like L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray, to towel-dried hair, braid your hair, then undo the braid for pretty, beachy waves. You can create one braid for looser waves or multiple braids for tighter waves.
3. Disguise your gray roots. Of course, you’re not always going to be able to carve out the time to touch up your roots. Luckily, you can hide gray roots with a root-touch up product, like the L'Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up, which is available in a variety of blonde shades. This lightweight spray dries quickly and lasts for one shampoo. 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 blend in the color.
Still not sure about your perfect blonde hair hue? Head on over to our article, From Platinum to Dirty Blonde: 7 Stunning Blonde Hair Ideas.