Spoiler: There might be damage.
Gorgeous blonde hair is nothing short of irresistible, but it can be a tricky color to achieve when you already have a preexisting color look going on. While going from brown to blonde hair is an extreme coloring job that requires dedication and caution, going from red to blonde equally requires the same care and planning. To get the blonde shade of your dreams, are some things to know before going from red to blonde hair:
Red to Blonde Hair: 5 Things to Know
1. You WILL Need to Bleach.
It may not be as drastic as going from brunette to blonde, but going from red to blonde hair definitely requires bleaching in order to achieve your desired shade. Natural redheads may have more luck lifting their hair, but if you are a bottled red head, you will definitely need a stripper to remove any pre-existing color. While you can definitely go from red to blonde hair at home, hair color newbies may feel more comfortable taking the salon route in order to get that perfect shade of blonde. Be sure to book a consultation with your colorist before you actually proceed to bleach; that way you can discuss what blonde works best for you, and what bleaching method (single or double-process) you will need to take.
2. You may need to book more than one appointment.
Even if your hair is a lighter shade of red, chances are you may not get to that gorgeous shade of blonde in one salon visit. Too much bleach can be quite traumatic to your hair and scalp, so if you want to spare your hair the pain and discomfort, it may be wise to break up your coloring session into two (or more) appointments in order to make sure you safely achieve your blonde.
3. You will need to invest in a color-safe regimen.
Like maintaining all colored looks, preserving your blonde locks requires using the right products at home. To avoid brassiness and color fade, it’s important to use purple shampoo to counteract any unwanted orange and yellow tones. For a shampoo that’s safe to use on platinum, ashy and honey blonde shades, use Bed Head by TIGI Dumb Blonde Shampoo a few times a week.
4. You might experience damage.
Due to the fact that going from red hair to blonde color usually requires a lot of lift, it’s important to acknowledge that breakage is often associated with this look. To keep your ends, shafts and roots in good standing, you probably will want to wash less and avoid frequent heat styling in order to avoid unbearable brittle hair. However, investing in repairing and hydrating products can also save your locks from feeling like a dry heap of straw. Be sure to use Bed Head by TIGI Dumb Blonde Smoothing Stuff and Catwalk by TIGI Fashionista Violet Mask after you wash for smooth and healthy-feeling blonde hair.
5. Blonde hair is a commitment.
While blondes definitely (allegedly?) have more fun, going from red to blonde hair requires constant maintenance and commitment. Touch-ups usually require being in the salon every four weeks, so if you want a low-maintenance look that requires fewer salon visits, this may not be the color for you. However, trying out blonde highlights can give you that face-brightening pop of color, without drastically changing up your color look too much.