(Closed) Any tips on going blonde?

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Post # 2
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Blushing bee

Go to a salon, and ask for full highlights. Do NOT do it yourself at home. The highlights will gradually lighten you up all over, it may take a few times, but it’s the safest for your hair.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

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milabeehappy:  Do NOT do it yourself. You need a trusted salon that can give you good advice. Honestly, it’s not going to be an instant process. They need to take you slowly from dark to light.

That’s the problem a lot of times – people want INSANT blonde and thats just not possible without destroying your hair.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

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milabeehappy:  if you hate roots then I wouldn’t recommend balayage. And I wouldn’t use any toners from Sally either, I get them in my chair (I’m a stylist) and it usually takes hours to fix and costs a lot.

find a hairdresser in your area, explain to her what you’re looking for, and she should be able to help you going forward. But a full highlight will always do the trick, and then regular maintenance every 8-10 weeks.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

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milabeehappy:  I agree with PP. Don’t do it yourself at home. If you go to a salon, they can build up your color over time to achieve the perfect blonde for you. I have naturally dark hair and was blonde for a few years in my 20s. It is VERY VERY expensive and time-consuming to keep up. I had to go every 4 weeks for touchups. I could disguise things for awhile using texturizing sprays/dry shampoo and some soft, voluminous updos, but my roots were really noticeable after 6 weeks.

As an additional side note, I also felt I had to keep my eyebrows on point too. Since they are dark brown, it started to look very 1980s Madonna if I let them get even a tiny bit bushy.

That said, I loved having blond hair and would absolutely do it again if I can find the time lol.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

As an ex hairdresser I’m begging you to go to a decent reputable salon and get it done professionally! If it goes wrong it will cost twice as much to fix than if you had gone there in the first place. 

 

My advice would be (and I wasn’t a colour expert) to pick an ash colour And don’t try to go too light too fast. You want the coolest blonde you can find to counter the brassy colour that inevitably comes with lightening dark and especially coloured hair. Good luck bee 🙂 post pics when you’re done

Post # 10
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Newbee

If you can’t afford salon prices, go to a beauty school. Quality work (everyone is usually supervised) and much cheaper.. It does take a lot longer though because the girls are new to this, but salon/school grade color is much better for your hair than what comes from a box or sallys. Be patient, and shoot for a “caramel” color the first time, then slowly add more highlights until you get the color you like. In the summertime, the sun and Lemon juice can help lighten/brighten your color. I have also noticed that if I tan In a bed, and my hair is exposed, it sometimes lightens it too.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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milabeehappy:  Agree with all PPs, dont do it yourself!! Brown is okay to do at home, but not blonde…so much can go wrong with it! I’ve gone from brown to blonde many times (I keep going back and forthe every 2-3 years).  I always go to my hair stylist and ask for heavy blonde highlights.  My hair takes to color very well, so it only takes 1-2 trips for me to get what I like.  My friend has even lighter hair then me, and it takes a few months to get hers right.  Sometimes the color isn’t the best, but it’s worht it to get to twhat you ultimately want!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

If you have dark brown hair, you need to work into blonde gradually. It’s impossible to achieve the look you’re trying to go for by doing it yourself, so I would definitely go to a salon to do this. I have the kind of colour you’re trying to achieve and what my hairstylist does is they give me a light golden brown base colour and then they do very thin blonde highlights to make it look natural and to brighten up the brown to give it dimension. Collect pictures of examples how you want your hair and show it to the hairstylist and they should be able to get a pretty good idea of how to achieve it.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Go to the salon. Talk to them. I got balayage and my root lightened in one go. Totally doable.

Here were my pitch black hair

After appointment. No filter.

It got blonder after 2 weeks.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

Just wanted to echo previous posters, going blonde takes time. You’ll need to go to a professional and get all over highlights. You’ll need to do multiple trips over a couple months to reach a true blonde. The good thing is since it’s gradual you can stop after 2 visits if you’ve reached the color you want.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper

You’ve gotten great advice here, but just wanted to add that if you don’t want darker roots, but your hair is naturally dark, you are going to need to invest major time and money into upkeep. 

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