How to go from red to blonde hair: 5 things to know

Changing from red to blonde hair can be tricky because of the pre-existing colour on your hair. Even if you’re not making this big change right now, you should still prep for it. To get the blonde shade of your dreams, here are some things you should know before going from red to a gorgeous blonde colour:

 

 

Bleach your red hair

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Natural redheads may have more luck lifting colour from their hair, but if you are a bottled redhead, you will definitely need to strip any pre-existing colour. Be sure to book a consultation with your hairdresser to discuss which blonde works best for you, as well as what bleaching method (single or double-process) you will need to take.

 

You may need more than one session.

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Even if your hair is a lighter shade of red, chances are you may not get to that gorgeous shade of blonde in just one visit to your salon. Too much bleach can be quite traumatic to your hair and scalp. Spare your hair the pain when going from red to a blonde hair colour by breaking up your colouring session into two or more appointments.

 

Invest in a colour-safe hair care regimen.

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Like all hair colours, blonde hair colour needs products to preserve it. After going from red to blonde hair, your locks will need the right haircare at home. To avoid colour fade, it’s important to use a haircare system that has a shampoo and conditioner to help your colour last longer.

For a shampoo and conditioner that’s safe to use on coloured-treated hair, we recommend Dove Nutritive Solutions Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner. This colour saving formula helps your hair maintain colour vibrancy.

 

There may be damage from the colour-treatement

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Going from red to blonde hair usually requires a lot of lift, especially if you’re beginning with a darker shade of red. It’s important to understand that breakage is often associated with this look because of the bleaching process.

To keep your ends, length and roots in good shape, wash your hair less and avoid frequent heat styling. This way, you don’t end up with unbearably brittle hair. Investing in repairing and hydrating products can also save your locks from feeling brittle.

We recommend using TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Hair Masque Treatment after you wash for smooth and healthy-feeling blonde hair. Use this treatment once a week for the best results.

 

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