How to dye red hair blond

Updated April 17, 2017

Redheads who want to dye their hair blond face a particular set of challenges. Red is the dominant pigment in most hair colours, including black, brown, auburn and red. The only hair colour that does not possess red pigment is pale yellow blond. To get to this stage, hair has to pass through all the red and gold lightening stages. If you do not lift the colour properly, your hair can get stuck in the red/gold stage, which results in brassy, orange hair. Beautiful blond colour is possible, but you have to follow the instructions carefully.

Pour the hair colour into the colour bottle. Measure the hair colour using the measurements on the colour bottle. Pour 40-volume developer into the bottle until there is twice as much developer as there is colour. Screw on the lid of the bottle, place your finger over the tip, and shake vigorously to mix.

Section off your clean, dry hair into four segments. Clip each section into place using hair clips. Put on plastic gloves, and wrap your shoulders with a towel.

Apply the colour one section at a time, using ½-inch cross sections. Apply the colour to the entire length of the hair shaft, starting ½ inch from the scalp. Leave the hair next to the scalp free of colour at this time. Continue applying the colour until all of the sections have been saturated with colour.

Return to the first section, and begin applying colour to the hair closest to the scalp. Continue with on the rest of the head, following the same pattern as previously.

Put on the plastic cap, and wait 30 minutes. Test a strand of hair by wiping the colour away with a damp towel. If the colour is correct, go to the next step. If not, wait 10 more minutes and perform a second test. Hair colour can remain on the head for up to 60 minutes.

Rinse the hair thoroughly with warm water until the water runs clear. Shampoo and condition the hair. Style if desired.


High-lift hair colour will only lift your natural colour four shades.It will not lift hair that has already been dyed. If you want to lighten your hair more than four shades or if you have previously coloured your hair, you will have to us a prelightener to lift the colour and follow it up with an application of the desired colour.


The above instructions are intended for natural redheads who have not previously coloured their hair. If your hair is already coloured, following these instructions may result in an uneven, splotchy colour.

Things You'll Need

  • High-lift blond hair colour
  • 40 volume developer
  • Color bottle
  • Hair clips
  • Gloves
  • Plastic cap
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