How to turn brown hair blond

Written by kate bruscke
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Blonds may have more fun, but if your natural hair colour is more than a few shades from blond, getting there is not. However, it can be done---it just requires some special techniques, maintenance and patience. If this is your first time going from brunette to blond, it is highly advisable that you see a professional colourist to handle the bleaching process, which uses chemicals and can go awry if you don't know what you are doing. That being said, many people can and do successfully go blond at home.

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Things you need

  • Pre-lightener
  • Scissors
  • Plastic or latex gloves
  • Old clothes
  • Old towels
  • Mirror
  • Comb
  • Timer
  • Shower or sink for rinsing hair
  • Blond hair dye
  • Conditioner (included in hair dye kit or your favourite brand)

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  1. 1

    Open the boxes of pre-lightener and blonde hair dye and then put on protective gloves.

  2. 2

    Snip a small piece of your hair to perform a strand test. It's a good idea to perform a strand test each time you colour your hair. Perform the strand test as indicated in the manufacturer's instructions, using a timer to see how long it takes the pre-lightener to strip most of the pigment from your hair. Test the hair colouring this way as well.

  3. 3

    Mix and apply the pre-lightener to your hair. Follow the manufacturer's directions carefully. Some will require you to apply it to wet hair, while others are applied to dry hair. Use the comb to evenly distribute the lightener.

  4. 4

    Set the timer to the time indicated by the strand test.

  5. 5

    Rinse your hair after the allotted time, ensuring that you get all the pre-lightener out of your hair. Allow it to air dry.

  6. 6

    Mix and apply the blond hair dye to your clean, air-dried hair, and follow the manufacturer's directions and the length of time you discovered during the strand test.

  7. 7

    Rinse the blond hair dye completely out of your hair and condition well.

  8. 8

    Dispose of gloves, pre-lightener and dye bottles safely.

Tips and warnings

  • You only need to let the pre-lightener strip your hair colour down to yellow, approximately the colour of a banana. The blond hair dye will do the rest.
  • It's a good idea to enlist a friend or family member as a helper during application of the pre-lightener and dye to ensure that all areas of your hair are evenly covered.
  • Don't be tempted to let the pre-lightener bleach your hair to white. This will leave your hair damaged and fragile.

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