How to Go From Red Hair to Blonde: 5 Things to Know

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 girl brushing hair
Bleaching is essential to any blonde look!

1. Bleach Your Red Hair

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. Be sure to book a consultation with your colorist to discuss what blonde works best for you, and what bleaching method (single or double-process) you will need to take.

Going from red hair to blonde may require more than one salon visit.
You may need to bleach more than once to achieve your perfect shade.

2. You May Need 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. Spare your hair the pain and break up your coloring session into two appointments.

Going from red hair to blonde requires the right products
Investing in color-safe products is key to maintaining your blonde color (and keeping your ends healthy-looking).

3. 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.

Going from red hair to blonde can cause damage to your hair.
Use some hydrating products to avoid breakage and damage.

4. There May Be Damage

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, 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 TRESemmé Botanique Color Vibrance & Shine Intensive Mask after you wash for smooth and healthy-feeling blonde hair.

Going from red hair to blonde requires dedication and commitment.
Highlights can be a great alternative if you don’t want a full-on blonde look.

5. Blonde hair is a Commitment

While blondes 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. 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.