What's the process of going brunette to blonde?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I can definitely relate to this!! I have always had very blonde hair and wanted something different so I went from a beachy blonde to a chocolate brown. I really liked the brown, but my hair grows SO fast that I had to get it done soon after. However, the second time I went in to color it again, my hair stylist made it JET BLACK! Now, I am very fair-skinned, blue eyes, and this made me look absolutely terrible!!!! 

I had it for a couple months, but absolutely hated everything about it. I ended up going back and asked my stylist what I needed to do to get it back to lighter color. To make a long story short, they had to color process my hair (bleach it all) to get all the dark out. It cost about $150 and should have actually been charged per hour but it took about 3 hours and because I am a regular at the salon, they just charged a standard 4150 versus $75/hour. After bleaching it, my hair was legit YELLOW with ORANGE stripes!!! They put a color toner in it and it lightened it up SO MUCH! It was the fall, so it was like a light brownish-reddish..From there on out, I have been getting highlights and am finally where I wanted to be again:) Might I add it took a solid year to get it there!!!

Here’s a picture walk of my hair adventure! Haha..Sorry they are so big!! I couldn’t figure out how to make them smaller!! And I wanted you too see how it did take a while and I went though many colors..Hahaha

Good luck! I learned my lesson and will never go that dark again!! Haha

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I went super dark with my blonde hair and decided a year before my wedding I wanted to be blonde again.  I asked my hair stylist and she recommended I do it in highlights.  It took a while but I got my blonde hair back again without absolutely frying it. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Each time you go in she will add more highlights and touch up.  This is much better for your hair and will help prevent the orange. It’s the way I did when I went blonde. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

When I went from brown to blonde, my stylist did it with foils first, a few more each time. It took a good solid few months before I started to feel like a blonde.  Then, once I had enough highlights, she started doing a two process color regimen. that’s when I finallyfor the color I was wanting.  Even though it took a while, my hair was healthier than just dying it all at once right away.  Be patient and stick with it.  I also recommend investing in good shampoo, condition, and hair products like masks or serums.  It will keep your hair so much more healthy and the color will not fade as fast.  

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I also went blonde by just going and getting highlights every 3 months.  Took about a year and then I realized I was nearly platinum and went dark again.. to go through the whole process over again.. to go back dark again lol.. I’ve been every color under the sun, including red.. I just love dying my hair!!

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

ok so I went from dark brown to bleach blonde in about 2 sessions. I have very thick hair and could afford to loose tons of hair. I did a soild bleaching. I bleached it 3 times in ONE appointment then a bleach wash with toner. I have to give you full warning that you can really DAMAGE your hair doing this. If you have super thick healthy hair then do it but if you have fine hair then you have to do it slowly because it WILL fall out.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@patches: I’m a hairstylist. The rate you can lighten your hair without compromising it’s intregrity depends upon the condition of your hair, it’s texture, and how well you care for it. Since your hair has been colored you have a couple options. Some cosmetologists will do a color wash, which is basically corrective color. It’s not my usually my first choice though. I would have likely suggested highlights, as well, since it’s more gentle and gradual. I have put really heavy highlights in dark hair. The result makes it a pretty dark blonde. I think the 6-8 weeks is a good time to touch up the new growth, along with adding more highlights. I’ve seen stylists bleach recently dyed dark hair blonde but not without signing a release form first. Just take care of your hair between appointments by keeping the ends especially conditioned and not overdoing with heating elements. 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have really black hair.. and I went to the salon a month an a half ago to get highlights.. so now it is a brassy orangish/blondish color.. (it is still pretty dark) and I really want a color like a natural looking light brown. What would be the route to go on this??

here is a picture of my hair now and how I would like it to be..

Tell me if you think I should do this and if it would look good on me? I don’t want the ombre look.. just the

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

@Amsy28:  You have really good hair and look awesome as a brunette and as a blonde!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@MissA916: To get rid of the brasiness you will need a toner, a level 7 or 8 with blue/violet pigment will give you the light brown highlights you are looking for. I would tell your stylist what you have told us and she should know to give you a toner. It might take a while to acheive the light blonde hair since you are so dark naturally but your hair looks healthy so it can be done.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I went the highlights route, with one set every month. I use shimmer lights shampoo to adjust out any brassiness.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Thanks ladies! I will definitely do so!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@daybyday:  Thank you!! Haha, sorry to post so many pics, I wanted her to see how long it took to get back to normal! I liked it dark, but I am pretty fair skinned, so it kind of washed me out a little, especially when fall came and my tan faded away! It was definitely a long and expensive process to get it back to blonde! Haha

Post # 15
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Wannabee

MissA916:  I am half Asian with your skin tone and jet black hair (normally). I went blonde gradually. Now I’m a step to platinum blonde. I would say that it does look amazIng and every gal should give it a try. It almost took two years since my hair is down my waist but it is tons of fun! It’s a fun proccess!!

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