How to Dye Your Hair Blonde at Home?
Do you dream of having the perfect blonde hair? Maybe you’re ready to switch things up a bit? No matter your motivation, we're here to help you learn how to dye your hair blonde at home so you can make your dreams a reality. Sound interesting? Keep reading!
How to dye your hair blonde – planning and preparations
Before you reach for that hair color, there are a few important things you’ll need to consider. Dyeing your hair blonde will almost always mean going lighter, and that’s a bit more complicated than coloring your hair black or dark brown.
First, find out if you need a bleach. The most important step is first understanding what your starting point is and what your desired end result of blonde is. Remember the rule: "Color can't lift color." If your hair is already color-treated, then that means it cannot be lightened using a blonde color on top. The only way to lighten it is to use bleach lightener or color removers.
Highlights may be the way to go in this case, which would require bleach. You can do subtle balayage highlights at home using our Light Works Balayage Highlighting Kit, or you should visit a salon if you need more drastic lightening done.
Another option to go gradually lighter and avoid bleach is to use Prime For Perfection. This is a gentler route to go than other harsh color removers or lighteners. This treatment gently shifts and removes artificial color pigments from the hair in an effort to reveal a lighter shade. It is not a drastic color change like bleach, but with repeated applications, you may start to see your hair color go one (sometimes two) shades lighter, which is a great, less-aggressive way to go lighter.
Next, if you determine you do not need bleach to create a blonde result, you are then ready to select the blonde shade to use. It is recommended to stay within two levels of your natural hair color. Permanent color can only lift the hair so much, so it is best to not attempt going too significantly lighter than your natural root color. For instance, if your hair is naturally a medium brown (level 6), it is best to stick with a dark blonde (level 8) hair color.
Another factor is to think about what tones you want to see in your blonde (cool ash, warm golden, strawberry, etc.). The natural hair will always expose warm tones when lifting/lightening. So, you’ll need to decide if you want to embrace the warmth or minimize the warmth. If you'd rather stay away from warm tones, then choose a shade that has cool or ash undertones. If you want to embrace the warmth, then choose something with golden tones.
Still don’t know which color to choose? Take our Color Advisor Quiz to get matched to the right level of blonde. You can also check out our Virtual Hair Color Changer and test various blonde shades virtually to see which tones look good on you.