How to go from blonde back to brunette

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How to go from blonde back to brunette
A professional hairstylist can help you achieve healthy looking brunette hair. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

People often say blondes have more fun, but brunette hair can add drama to your look. However, making the transition from golden tresses to rich chestnut locks can prove challenging. You can't achieve natural-looking, healthy hair by just covering the blonde with a dark dye choice, and you don't want to end up with green hair. Choose a colour carefully and then use a combination of dyes to get the colour you want.

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Things you need

  • Conditioner
  • Shampoo
  • Old clothes or a smock
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Disposable gloves
  • Golden blonde or red dye
  • Medium brown dye
  • Darker brown dye

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    Dyed hair can easily become dry and brittle. To get your hair in good shape before you change its colour use a weekly deep conditioner for a few weeks before you dye it. Avoid using a lot of heat in your styling, such as curling irons and hair dryers set to a high temperature.

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    Start with clean hair by shampooing the day before your dye job, and make sure your hair is free of styling products like gel and mousse.

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    Choose a hair colouring based on your skin tone as well as the colour of your eyes.

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    Protect your skin and clothes by wearing old clothes you can throw away later or by covering your clothing with a smock. Place petroleum jelly on the skin around your hairline and wear gloves on your hands.

  5. 5

    Reverse the colour process people use to dye their hair from brunette to blonde. Start with dye that is a couple of shades darker at first, such as a golden blonde, or choose a red colour that is intense and rich. Begin with the roots of your hair and work your way outward, and leave this first shade on for about 25 minutes.

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    Rinse the red or golden blonde dye out of your hair, but do not dry it. You want your hair damp when you apply the next wave of colouring.

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    Apply a medium brown colouring to your hair while it is still damp from the golden blonde or red hair colouring.

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    Use a final brown dye, such as dark brown, to reach your desired colouring.

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    Give your hair a more natural look with highlights. You can highlight throughout or just the tips. Highlighting around your face adds interest to your look and may even make you look younger.

Tips and warnings

  • Follow the dye instructions carefully to avoid damaging your hair.
  • If you are unsure of the best colour choice, go see a professional stylist who can provide an evaluation of complementary colours for your skin tone and eye colour.
  • A professional hairstylist may prove a better option for changing your hair colouring than trying to do it yourself at home. A professional stylist is less likely to make hair-damaging mistakes or produce an unattractive colour.
  • Avoid dyeing your hair when you have cuts or sores on your scalp. Wait for them to heal before you begin.
  • Be wary of dyeing your hair ash brown when you are trying to go from blonde to brunette. This colour has a tendency look greenish when people use it to dye previously blonde hair darker.

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