Brunette to Blonde Transformation: Our Top Tips

It’s not uncommon to highlight or dye your hair a few shades lighter in the summer months. But what if you are after a more drastic change? Is it possible to go from brunette to blonde without destroying your locks? The answer is, yes – but there are a few things you’ll want to consider and before making that decision.

Choose the Right Shade For Your Skin Tone

The first thing to consider before you go brunette to blonde is to choose a shade of blonde that suits your skin tone. If you aren’t sure what your skin tone is, a quick way to check this is by looking down at your wrists. If your veins are a blue/purple colour, this means you have cool undertones. Green veins means you have warm undertones.

Generally, cooler undertones tend to suit cool-toned hair colours like platinum blonde and ash, beige or sandy blonde. Strawberry or blush blondes (with a hint of pink) also work well with pink or blue undertones. Golden blonde or honey tones complement warm skin tones.

Consider Your Budget

A brunette to blonde transformation will usually not happen overnight; several hair appointments may be required to safely achieve your ideal hair colour. Virgin hair may only take one session, but it’s important to check with your colourist. Blonde hair also requires upkeep, especially if it was a dramatic transformation. The darker your starting hair colour, the more likely you’ll need to keep on top of your roots to avoid any patchy regrowth. So, make sure you consider the cost of these additional appointments. Also, do you have the time and lifestyle to be getting your hair coloured regularly? Brunette to blonde requires more maintenance, therefore more trips to your hairdresser.

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Consult a Colourist Before Booking

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not booking an in-person consultation with your chosen colourist. Your colourist needs to see the condition of hair to determine how many sessions you may require to achieve the desired colour you want. It’s also essential for you to disclose your hair history. Do you have virgin hair? What colour treatments have you previously had? Have you been colouring your hair at home? Your colourist might also have some specific tips and products to try before and after your hair transformation. This is a vital step that should not be skipped.

You Might Need to Cut Down on Hot Tools

Heat tools can actually shorten the lifespan and vibrance of blonde hair. If you are reliant on blow drying or straightening your hair, cut back on daily use of these styling tools and opt for cooler temperature settings. Make sure you always use a heat protectant when styling or drying your hair to keep your colour fresh and minimise the damage.

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Properly Prep Your Hair

When going from brunette to blonde, you’re bleaching your hair which means you are essentially damaging it. However, when done correctly, and with the proper precautions taken before starting the hair colouring process, you may avoid permanent damage. Before transitioning from brunette to blonde, we recommend not washing your hair a day or so before your appointment. This allows your hair’s natural oils to build up and create a protective layer on the scalp.

A major problem you’ll face when bleaching your hair is moisture retention. Bleach tends to dry out hair, leaving you with brittle, straw-like strands. Your hairdresser may recommend using a product like the Olaplex Hair Perfector, a bond-rebuilding treatment that strengthens and restores damaged hair.

Book Your Brunette to Blonde Colour Consultation at Twidale

Ready for your brunette to blonde transformation? Book your consultation appointment with our colourists at Twidale. We will create the perfect shade of blonde that suits your skin tone and hair type.