(Closed) Brunette to Blonde – Pictures and/or tips?

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

The only tip I would have is don’t DIY this extreme of a color change.


Visit a salon and pay the $ to have a pro do this….

Post # 4
1274 posts
Bumble bee

L’Oreal Quick Blue Powder Lightener and 30 volume developer, Infusium leave in conditioner every day and a conditioning mask once a week. I usually use Pantene Colour Preserve shine conditioner and i have found it keeps my hair soft with a bit of shine. My hair is normally medium thick, mostly straight with a bit of waviness at the ends, and sits shoulder length currently. 

I recently went from dark brown (my natural colour) to blonde about a month ago and I swear the Quick Blue is the best I’ve used. I have to leave it on for about 80 minutes which is a lot, but it lifts the colour really well and leaves my hair a nice light blonde. I will post a picture of the before and after when I get to my home computer! 🙂 


Post # 5
823 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@BoxerLady:  definitely do a salon visit and don’t try it at home. I actually just went from brunette to completely blonde. Luckily my hair was in pretty good condition and ask your stylist about a shampoo cap. Basically she kind of diluted the bleach in my hair while she was lifting it. I still got the results I wanted but it wasn’t as damaging as just painting bleach directly onto my hair. We then toned all of it to get the blonde shade I wanted. I also bought the special shampoo and conditioner for highly lifted hair to keep my color from going brassy. My stylist figured I’ll need to come in every four weeks to have my roots done. 

Post # 8
991 posts
Busy bee

As a previous poster suggested, do you deep condition?  I really like reken color extend deep conditioner.  I don’t have blonde hair, so I don’t have any suggestions in regards to that, but in regards to damage after color treating hair, that stuff is amazing!  My hair is back to it’s silky soft self after two uses.  It also smells amazing which is nice 🙂

Post # 10
1619 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I just went from blonde to brunette, actually.  I have been maintaining my bleached blonde hair for years and my hair was generally fine.  The first time I went blonde (from the black hair I had previously) my hair felt like shit.  It was super dry and prone to breakage.  To get it back to healthy-ish, I didn’t wash my hair as frequently (like only once or twice a week) for a couple of months.  I used dry shampoo or pinned it up to get through the greasy hair days.  Instead of shampooing, I conditioned.  It still took a few months for my hair to feel normal.  Maintaining my blonde made my hair feel a little dry the first couple of days after bleaching but it was never as bad as the first time.

Here’s me brunette as of last night:

and the blonde I was before yesterday:

Post # 11
49 posts
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m currently mid-way going blonde, I have a lot of hair but it’s fine so it would be too damaging to do it at home/in one go.  I’ve just done my second session of full highlights, and its a caramelly dark blonde right now.  I dyed my hair dark brown before so lifting that color is super difficult – plus one of the toners used at my appointment yesterday turned me bright orange on the crown so we had to re-foil that area!

I highly recommend using a mask on your hair every other wash – loreal does a good cheap one, and Aussie 3 minute miracle is great and smells awesome – I switch between them (and use a good shampoo) and my hair is still super soft even after two full sets of foils in a month.

I’m also leaving 3 weeks between appointments.  It’s expensive to do it the salon highlight route but also the least damaging. And if you have dyed brunette hair expect it to take a long time to lift!

Post # 12
396 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I use Redken Extreme Stength Building leave in conditioner a few times a week per my stylist. My hair is naturally dark brown and I first went blonde in ’09. Went back to dark brown late 2011 and then back to blonde in 2012. My stylist told me if I wanted to be blonde for the wedding that I needed to stay blonde til then! lol It’s not quite as blonde as I want it right now but we are going lighter each time til the wedding. 

Post # 13
4523 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@BoxerLady:  As you know, I’m phasing back to blonde from blue black and it’s been quite the process, as my hairstylist didnt want to bleach me out all at once.  I’ve been going in every few weeks and he always does Keristase treatments on me…but my hair still isnt super soft :-/ It still not is as blonde as I’m going for, but I’m just pacing myself to cut down on the “chemical texturizing.”

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