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How to go From Brunette to Blonde with 6 Expert Tips

Read this before you hit the salon...

If you were born a natural brunette, but want to make the transition to blonde – just like mega-babe Olivia Palermo – there’s probably a million and one questions whizzing through your brain, like “which colour do I choose?” and “will my hair be super damaged?”.

We know: finding the answers to these questions can be tricky, but don’t worry: that’s where the All Things Hair team come in to help you go from brunette to blonde…

1. Find your perfect shade of blonde

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Going from brunette to blonde? You’ll need to find your perfect shade first! Credit:

There are hundreds of blonde shades out there, and finding the right one for you may require the help of a colour specialist. We recommend booking an appointment with your hairdresser, so that they can help you find the perfect shade of blonde that best matches your complexion. You can even ask for a patch test, where a small section of hair from underneath is tested to see if you like the colour.

2. Prepare yourself

Be prepared that you will most probably need to bleach your hair when going from brunette to blonde. If you use bleach, your hair will become drier and damaged, and that’s something that you’re going to have to deal with later on. You may also have to cut down on heated styling tools in order to protect your hair from any further damage.

3. Go lighter gradually

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Opt for highlights. Credit:

It can be tempting to want to go from brunette to blonde in one sitting, but trust us, the slower the process, the less damage your hair will be. Ask your colourist to make your mane lighter over time, and your hair will thank you in the long run.

4. Invest in the right products

After making the transition from brunette to blonde, you’ll need to invest in some hair products that will not only help to maintain colour vibrancy, but that will help add any lost moisture back into your strands, too.

We recommend using the Toni&Guy Illuminate Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner for washing your hair. Then periodically using a hair mask to help nourish any dry strands and give them that extra TLC.

5. Create dimension

For your blonde hair to look natural, it may be worthwhile adding a few highlights. Why? Because highlights will help to add dimension and make your blonde hues blend together better.

6. Go for it!

If you’ve read all of the above and are prepared to take the plunge, then go for it! Remember, if you don’t like your new blonde hair, you can always dye it back. Ok, maybe not straight away, but eventually!



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