Going from Brunette to Blonde: 6 Things to Know Before Taking the Plunge

All Things Hair | 22 September 2016

Read this before you hit the salon.

If you were born a natural brunette, but want to make the transition to blonde hair there’s probably a million and one questions whizzing through your brain, like “which color should 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. Read on to learn more about what you should know before going from a brunette to a blonde.

6 Things to Know Before Going from Brunette to Blonde

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Going from brunette to blonde? You’ll need to find your perfect shade first! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Find your perfect shade of blonde.

There are hundreds of blonde shades out there, and finding the right one for you may require the help of a color 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 color.

2. Prepare yourself.

Be prepared that you will most probably need to bleach your hair to get it lighter. If you use bleach, your hair will become more dry 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.

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

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Opt for highlights. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

4. 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.

5. 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 color vibrancy, but that will help add any lost moisture back into your strands, too.

We recommend using the Bed Head by TIGI Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo for washing your hair. Then, once a week, use the Suave Professionals Moisture Mask with Almond & Shea Butter to help nourish any dry strands and give them that extra TLC.

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BED HEAD BY TIGI DUMB BLONDE PURPLE TONING SHAMPOO

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!

Looking for more blonde hair color ideas? Check out our feature on how to rock grown-out roots.