How to go from red to blonde

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How to go from red to blonde
Rumour has it that blondes have more fun. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Red hair is instantly striking, making its owner stand out from the crowd by virtue of the fact that only four per cent of the population has it. It's not surprising, then, that famous redhead Lucille Ball remarked, "Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall in love with a gorgeous redhead." That being said, perhaps you are sick of your red hair and would like to dye it blonde. You can change your hair colour yourself by following a few steps to obtain the best at-home results possible.

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Things you need

  • Hair bleaching kit
  • Semi-permanent blonde toner

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  1. 1

    Purchase a hair bleaching kit from your local drugstore as well as a semi-permanent blonde toner, which will neutralise the brassy effects of bleaching your red hair and tint your hair blonde. Make sure that both items are from a reputable manufacturer.

  2. 2

    Wear old clothing which won't be ruined if you accidentally get bleach on it.

  3. 3

    Follow the spot-testing instructions of the bleaching kit to bleach a small strand of your hair. The spot-test helps you ensure that the bleach will not have any unwanted aesthetic effects on your hair and to get a sense of how long you'll have to leave the bleach in your hair to obtain the desired effect. Keep the bleach away from your eyes, nose and mouth, and wear the gloves provided by the bleach manufacturer to protect your skin from the bleach.

  4. 4

    Apply the bleach to your dry hair, working from root to tip and following the manufacturer's instructions precisely. Put on the gloves provided by the manufacturer, squirt some bleach solution onto your fingers and comb the bleach through your hair using your fingers. Work the bleach onto your hair by moving from root to tip.

  5. 5

    Wash out the bleach. Your hair will be a light, bright orange.

  6. 6

    Treat your hair with semi-permanent blonde toner, which you will have to leave in your hair for about 20 minutes. Squirt the toner directly onto your roots, then work it with your fingers throughout all your hair. Periodically conduct strand tests, rinsing a strand to determine if it is blond enough. If it isn't, apply more toner and repeat this step.

  7. 7

    Rinse out the toner, using shampoo, when you obtain your desired colour.

  8. 8

    Wait at least 24 hours before washing your hair again. When you wash your hair, use a shampoo for bleached and toned hair, since bleaching and colouring hair often leaves hair strands porous and damaged. Shampoos for coloured hair are formulated to be more gentle.

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