Going from blonde to brunette – anyone done it?

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@GFerg:  I’ve done it twice now!  I can’t show you photos as I’m at work and my work computer doesn’t let me upload, but yes you’re right…I would avoid bleaching to go back to blonde once you’re brunette.  I have always just let my hair grow back out before doing anything with it.  If you decide to go darker, no problem!  It’s just the going lighter that can be hard from my understanding.

I don’t know about you though but I definitely prefer myself as a brunette – what really helps me to see it every day is coloring my eyebrows darker to match the darker hair.  I don’t know why but for some reason that’s the step that makes me like the darker hair every day!

Post # 4
6801 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yep I natural blonde I have gone brown, black and red.

Blonde in Sept

 Red now


Post # 5
774 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@GFerg:  I am naturally platinum blonde but I used to dye my hair brunette or put really low lights in my hair.  I got tired of all the maintanance so I went back to natural. 

Post # 6
2353 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Ive gone from brunette to blond…aaaand then immediately back to brunette. Does that count? Lol.

Post # 7
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I went to cosmetology school when I was younger so it’s safe to say I’ve been EVERY color in the book! (Even the craycray ones!) 🙂 I am also a green eyed blonde and was platnium blonde through my childhood/teen years. The last decade or so, I’ve let my hair naturally do it’s thing and I am what most would call a “honey blonde” naturally now. I’ve been considering going back to the dark side recently though!

While I LOVED being a brunette, I found that I was happiest as a brunette with a few ombre lowlights of a buttery blonde framing my face, quite like the “after picture” you have up above. Actually, JUST like the after picture now that I look at it again. When I went straight brunette, it washed me out a little. Another thing to note- is make sure you go to a seasoned stylist that you trust to do this. Often times, when the correct measures aren’t taken, you will end up with a greenish ashy brunette color when you go brown over a bottle blonde. No bueno!

Good Luck! I’m sure it will be beautiful!


Post # 8
516 posts
Busy bee

I just recently did this. I have blue eyes. I have been every hair color, but for the last 4 years I was blonde.  I was worried about a darker color because I don’t really wear much makeup and I am pretty pale with no natural color to my skin, so I was afraid I’d look too washed out or too goth with dark hair, but I was frying my hair and it looked so thin and damaged. I went from blonde to the darkest brown I could get before black. It is my color. I think I look 100x better. My eyes stand out so much. I have to make sure I wear blush now, but I really love it and my hair is so much healthier and I wanted to grow it a little longer and in 3 months it has grown so much longer since I’m not damaging it with the blonde bleach process every 6 weeks anymore.

I agree with the previous poster, you have to find the right brunette shade, I always liked ashy shades and picked them when i would look at color charts with my stylist but it’s not good for me, I picked a warm brown for the first time and it’s perfect for my skin tone.



Post # 9
470 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@GFerg:  I’m naturally a dark blonde / light brown.  I’ve went to dark brown (almost black) to really light blonde (where I am now). Personally with my skin, I think the dark brown washed me out.  I loved it when I had a tan though =)   I think you have the skin tone to carry a brown color well.  You may not wanna go as dark as I did, but I think it’d look good.

From my experience, adding color to your hair doesn’t damage your hair like bleaching/lightening it.  I never had split ends or fried/damaged hair when I dyed it DARKER. Now when I lightened it from almost black to REALLY blonde in one sitting, it did a number to my hair that I’m working on. But I’ve gotten my hair pretty healthy again.

Here’s some pictures.  I used to weigh 70lbs more than I do now, so I avoided the camera like it was gonna kill me. So I’m sorry I don’t have really good pictures to choose from and to show the 4 different color browns I went through.  Just the darkest (20) and lightest brown (17), and my color now (blonde-22)

Light Brown

Dark Brown


Post # 10
377 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


I’ve done pretty much every color, but here’s my blonde to light brown 🙂

Post # 11
1284 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017 - Baton Rouge, LA

@GFerg:  when i was broke in college, i thought- oh hey, let me go to the beauty school to get my roots done! The girl who said she was about to graduate, who barely spoke english, ended up dying my perfectly bleached blonde hair brown with like 5 highlights. I wasn’t happy. I loved being blonde (naturally mousey ash brown) and i was NOT ready to be a brunette. Now that I have a full time job, i have a standing appointment every 6 weeks with my stylist to keep up with my blonde, no matter how much it costs lol and it took a long time to get it back to blonde as well. Top left- blonde in college, Top Right- brown after trip to beauty school, bottom left- trying to go back blonde, bottom right- current, after years of re-highlighting (plus i like to mix it up so i do have a dark patch in there right now- was cherry cola red but it faded!)


Post # 12
4596 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@GFerg:   I don’t have photos but I went blonde over the summer and then back to brunette this fall.  Everyone said the brunette is far more youthful looking.  For what it’s worth…..

Post # 13
667 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Fellow green-eyed blonde here! I made the transition from platinum blonde to brunette to somewhere in between within a year. The first pic is me at my blondest last summer. I then got a full head of thin medium brown lowlights last fall. I opted not to dye all of my hair one shade because I feared it would turn out grey. In the second pic it looks dyed brown but it’s really just a ton of lowlights! Within a few weeks, the brown color faded and blended nicely with the leftover blonde. I continued to get lowlights with a few highlights every few months over the past year (last pic is from this August). I’ve since chopped off 5 inches and with so much of my initially platinum hair gone now the lowlights hold much better and my color is similar to the second pic you posted! I went from getting my blonde roots touched up every 4-6 weeks to getting highlights and lowlights every 3-4 months! Both my hair and bank account appreciate this haha. As long as you get it done professionally it’s possible to go a tad lighter/darker every few months if you change your mind without damaging your hair! Good luck! 

Post # 14
2037 posts
Buzzing bee

I don’t have pictures because I hated the brown.  I have always had lighter hair but I highlight the crap out of it, and about 8 years ago I did my hair brown using an at home color kit.  And I hated it.  It felt like someone turn the lights out or something everytime I looked in the mirror.  Made an appointment 24 hours later to get it fixed, and never ever tried it again.

Good Luck!

Post # 15
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I was born blonde…but my hair got progressively darker. I pay for my blonde now. I’ve done the dark blonde/light brunette before, but that washes me out. When I went really dark some people LOVED it and were like omg, never go back to blonde. And then others told me once I went back to blonde how much better they liked the blonde. Going back to blonde was painful to my bank account and my hair. I’m sticking to blonde for now.

Post # 16
415 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’ve switched between blondes (strawberry, dirty, platinum) and brunettes (chesnut, ash, brown black) more times than I count. I found that more important than the color (blonde vs. brunette vs. redhead) is the tone (warm vs. cool). Almost any hair color can work if you choose the right tone for your skin. I’m au naturale now though 🙂

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