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Can’t decide between red hair or blonde hair? Well, it turns out you don’t have to decide between these two trendy shades. Strawberry blonde hair is here to save the day. Seen on the heads of plenty of A-listers, sun-kissed red hair has made quite the name for itself. And, if you’re like us, you probably want to get in on the fun. But when it comes to switching up your hair color—especially if it’s to a more vibrant hue—there are a few things you should keep in mind. Let us take you through them, and teach you how to dye your hair strawberry blonde, below.
Ready to embrace a pretty strawberry blonde hair color? Follow these tips before you dye your hair.
1. Find your inspiration. The great thing about strawberry blonde hair is that there are so many different versions of it. While that means that you have plenty of options to choose from, it also means it can be overwhelming to determine which shade of strawberry blonde will complement your features best. If you’re visiting a salon, bring in some pictures for your colorist—these examples will help you get the hue you want.
2. Determine your base. Strawberry blonde hair is easiest to bring to life on blonde hair and light red hair. When it comes to darker hair colors, the dyeing process gets a tad more complicated, since you’ll have to use bleach on your base color first. While you can do this at home, it might be best to see a professional to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.
3. Set aside some time and be patient. Whether you color your hair at home or get it done at the salon, you’re looking at going strawberry blonde taking anywhere from two hours to a couple of days—depending on how much lifting needs to be done. Typically, if a colorist lifts your hair color considerably, you will be asked to complete the look at a second appointment so as to not overwhelm your hair in one sitting. Don’t worry, the end result will be worth it!
4. Book an appointment or prep for DIY. As with any dye job, the question of whether to do it by yourself or with the help of a colorist comes into play. We already talked about what you should do based on your base color, but there’s more to it than just that. If it’s your first time going red (regardless of your base color), you may want to make an appointment with a colorist. That being said, there are a vast array of at-home hair color kits on the market, so it’s really up to you. Want to roll up your sleeves and embrace your inner colorist at home? Try the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Medium Reddish Blonde or Red Penny.
5. Go darker than your desired hue. Red hair can often fade quickly, so think about dyeing your hair a few shades darker than you want it to actually be.
Now that you’ve achieved your most perfect strawberry blonde hue, the last thing you want to do is wash it down the drain. Use a system of hair care products (we’re talking shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask) formulated for colored hair. Try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Intensive Protecting Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Intensive Protecting Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm. Swap out the conditioner for the hair mask once or twice a week and leave it on for 3-5 minutes before rinsing out.
Rose gold hair is similar to strawberry blonde hair—and it’s also on trend at the moment! For a rose gold hair color tutorial, check out our article, How to Get Rose Gold Hair.