Going From Brunette to Blonde: Everything You Should Know

Many people with dark hair at some point want to go blonde. This is a process that a professional cosmetologist can help you through.

There are some things you need to know about lightening your hair from brunette to blonde, including how to prepare, what the process looks like, and caring for your hair after it is blonde.

Let’s dive into our guide and walk through the steps of turning your hair from dark to light without damaging your hair.

Always Disclose Your Hair Color History

When you go to your hair stylist, be sure to let them know if your hair has ever been colored, permed or relaxed. Your cosmetologist should ask you this question. The reason they need to know the answer, is if you have chemically altered your hair in the past, it will make it more difficult to achieve a uniform color.

Even if you colored your hair over a year ago, your stylist needs to have this information. This color will need to be removed so you get an even color, and the lift is even.

Additionally, any and all chemical treatments, or any other hair history should be disclosed, including medications taken. All these factors can affect how the lightening process takes to your hair, and how even the color ends up.

Much Depends on How Dark Your Hair is to Begin With

Going from brunette to blonde usually takes more than one visit. If you are starting from black hair, be aware it will likely take a few appointments to lift your hair from black to blonde, while maintaining the intergrity.

Everyone’s hair is different and getting your target shade and lightness isn’t guaranteed and will depend on what color your hair is naturally.

If you require more than one hair coloring appointment to achieve blonde hair, be sure to strengthen your hair on the weeks in between with moisturizing masks, protein treatments and conditioner prescribed by your stylist.

In-Person Consultation with Stylist

Before lightening your hair from brunette to blonde, it is important to schedule an in-person consultation with your hair stylist.

Doing a Color Strand Test

A hair strand test is when your stylist puts hair lightener on a small hidden section of hair. They observe the elasticity and porosity of your hair, judging how easily your shade of brunette hair will be able to lighten. The color strand test takes about 15 to 30 minutes, and helps the cosmetologist determine the amount of lightening your hair can handle.

If your hair responds favorable, and does not show adverse effects, the hairstylist will move forward with the hair lightening plan.

Going Blonde Will Take More than One Session

If your hair is very dark it’s unlikely your hair will be lightened all the way to blonde in a single session. Chemically lightening your hair is an arduous process, and your hair strands can become brittle and break if you schedule multiple sessions back-to-back. If your hair needs to make a significant jump in color, be sure to allow enough time to schedule multiple sessions. Ask your hair stylist, “what is the best schedule to safely lighten your hair without causing damage?” Give yourself enough time before major events to complete the process.

Talk to your cosmetologist before the hair-lightening process so they can assess your hair properly and give you the best course of action.

Preparing For Your Coloring Appointment is a Must

Lightening your hair is an extensive process. Fortifying your hair before the coloring appointment will help your hair be as healthy as possible after the process is complete.

Things to Be Aware of During Coloring Appointment

Getting your color lifted and hair lightened can take some time. Be sure to set aside several hours for your hair appointment.

As the natural color is lightened from your hair strands, you may feel some of the chemicals on your scalp. If your scalp starts to feel like it is burning, let your hair stylist know. You should not be in discomfort, or feel like your skin is on fire.

Maintaining Your Blonde Hair After Coloring

There are several ways you can modify your hair care routine to help preserve your blonde hair after a coloring treatment.

By using purple shampoo about once a week after hair lightening, it keeps the warm tones in your hair from standing out, causing the blonde color to stay pronounced.

On days when you aren’t using a color-toning shampoos, be sure to use a sulfate-free shampoo. Sulfates can dry the hair and cause hair coloring or added pigments to leave the hair strands more quickly.

Periodically using a moisturizing mask or heat protectant treatment will help maintain the blonde color of your treated hair between salon appointments.

Filling in Your Roots

As your hair grows out, you will need to get your roots retouched, so your hair remains blonde from roots to ends. Your hair growing speed may vary, but this should probably be done about every six weeks.

Other Things to Consider When Going Blonde

Maintaining lightened hair takes upkeep. Before you commit to turning blonde, consider whether you want to keep touching up the roots, and whether you want to buy extra hair product like color-toning shampoos and conditioners. Also think about how the lighter color will fit with your skin tone, haircut, and wardrobe.

Want to Become a Professional Cosmetologist?

Becoming a cosmetologist is a fun and rewarding profession. If working with hair styles in a relaxing environment sounds like a career path you would like to pursue, the Paul Mitchell the School at MTI College Cosmetology program can help you realize that goal.

Our students are equipped with rock-solid fundamentals so they can work in the cosmetology field with confidence. If you’d like more information on our Cosmetology program and when classes are opening up, reach out to our team today!

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