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Absolutely Everything You Need To Know Before Going Blonde At Home

Updated on July 12, 2011

Tips and Pictures To Achieve a Blonde Hair Color You Love!

Everyone, at least once in their lives, wonders what it would be like to change their hair color. While there are numerous colors to choose from, you, like many others, may opt for blonde. This was my decision and I've never been happier with my color. In this lens I will share tips for going blonde that I have acquired over much too many years of coloring.

For a woman, blonde hair is like an accessory you can never take off. While it does require upkeep, (the darker your natural color, the more the work) if you can manage to find a shade of blonde you love it is definitely worth it.


First Decision

At Home or At the Salon?

This is a decision about going blonde that requires consideration of many factors. While I'm sure you've heard more times than you can count that out-of-a-box-blonde will never give you a desirable color.. I'm here to refute that myth. I'm not going to tell you that electing the box option is the easier option because it's not. Your chances of being disappointed with your color and shade are considerably higher than going to the salon. However, as many of us know, going to the salon every 4-6 weeks and spending $100-200 just isn't an option. Thankfully, you CAN achieve a blonde color you love without that large salon price tag.

We've All Seen Those Poor Girls With The Orange-y Blonde... - ....And Some Of Us Have Been One

This is the very undesired effect of a bottle blonde gone wrong.

How Many Times Have You Attempted Blonde-Out-Of-A-Box Without Success?

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The Golden Rule For Hair Coloring At Home


This rule is the key to obtaining your desired blonde. Don't take this statement to mean that you cannot attain a blonde hair color any lighter than two shades above what you have now. What it means is that before your first dying, you should select a blonde tone that is no more than two levels lighter than your current hair color. The average permanent store bought color lasts for three months. So, roughly three months following your first coloring you should purchase a tone that is two levels lighter than your new color. Repeat the process until desired lightened shade of blonde is achieved.

Important Note: You should base your next level up in color on the actual color of your hair, and NOT the color the box claims your hair will turn out. How light your hair becomes following a coloring depends on how light your hair was before you dyed it.

As you might imagine if you are beginning with a medium shade of brown hair color this process could take quite a long time to complete. Unfortunately, it can't be rushed without the probabily of ending up with a brassy orange shade of blonde. So if you want to be very blonde, very quickly then the salon is the best option for you.

Best At Home Hair Color Brands - Results of Color Fade Tests

"Best Color for All Shades


Clairol Natural Instincts in both red and brown impressed us with its even coverage, shine, and fade resistance when used to hide just a little gray. Its blond shade gave results that were just as shiny, but it wasn't as good at covering gray, and it faded a bit. "

Best Brand Results Continued....

"Best Color for Blonde Hair

It's a tie!

Clairol Nice 'n Easy ($8) in Natural Dark Neutral Blonde tied with ColorSilk as the best dye for fair hair. Every brand's blond shades were average at best for covering gray. Nice 'n Easy stood out for its high marks for fade resistance as well as shine retention.

Revlon ColorSilk in Ultra Light Natural Blonde and Nice 'n Easy got identical top scores at retaining shine and resisting fading, and an OK score for gray coverage. Lab technicians said that ColorSilk's products had a strong chemical smell."

Read more: Best At Home Hair Color - Best Home Hair Color - Good Housekeeping:

Have You Used These Brands?

I have experimented with many hair coloring brands and will probably try more in the future. But there are numerous brands I have yet to try, so let's get your opinion. Please feel free to comment in the guest book about your experiences with different products.

What At Home Brand Have You Experienced Success With?

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Choosing The Correct Blonde Shade For You

Why Is It Important To Know Your Skin Tone?

The most beautiful blondes are people who have found a tone that suits their particular skin coloring. The first step in deciding what would suit you best is making the distinction between a "cool" or "warm" skin tone.

The quickest way to work out if you're warm or cool is to take a look at the veins in your arms while in natural light. If the color looks green then you are warm. If it's blue then you are cool.

If you are cool:

Your natural skin color (no makeup or tan) is one of these: pale (pink undertones or no cheek color, medium (with pink, golden, or no cheek color), very dark brown (some African Americans or Latinas), or olive (some Asians and Latinas).

You should choose blonde hair colors with the word ash or cool in them. You should avoid colors with gold, yellow, red or bronze tones in them.

Eye color also influences how well a shade of blonde will mesh with you.

If your eyes are...

blue or green: you can use shades with cool and ash tones, from beige to sandy blondes.

hazel: choose medium brunettes and then add gold highlights.

If your skin tone is cool and you're a natural blonde you can wear the lightest shades of blond like platinum to ash blonde

If you are warm:

Your natural skin color (no makeup or tan) is one of these: peaches and cream, pale with gold undertones, brown with pink undertones, brown with golden undertone, pale with peach or gold undertones, freckled or reddish, rosy or ruddy. You should choose colors with the word gold, beige, sun, or honey in them. Rich golden blond shades are perfect for warm tones. Use warm gold or red highlights. Also, avoid any hair color with the word ash in it.

If your eyes are:

hazel, blue or green: If you're natural color is medium blonde to light brown try adding golden or light highlights to bring out the best shade for you.

dark brown or black: You can wear the very dark colors including black, medium to dark browns, or golden browns.

Did These Tips Help You? Do You Have Any Tips To Share?

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      5 years ago

      Your recommendations for cool skin tones says to avoid any colour that says gold on the box yet for those with cool skin tone and hazel eyes you stay stick to medium brunette with gold which is it? I have pale, cool toned skin and hazel eyes.

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      5 years ago

      Yes it did. Thank you.

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      5 years ago

      i would like to add some suggestion my natural color of hair is light brown and with ease i color my hair to natural blonde 04 revlon natural blonde beautiful it works the only think i would like to share if you want a high lift it more get a violet additive wella charms add two capful to the hair dye will get rid of any brassy tone then instead of 20 developer get a 40 developer and get the soy one which helps the hair trust me your hair will be blonde easy to upkeep condition it with keratin and also remember violet shampoo and conditioner a must... so try it out..

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      7 years ago

      I am sure these "going blonde" tips will help many women and i have to say that i really like blonde women.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Having never colored my hair, I have no tips to share, but if I were to try a box dye, this lens would be helpful.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I've always wondered why women (and many men) want to be blonde. The only advantage I've ever had is the grey hairs not showing!! But if you want to be blonde, then this is good advice indeed


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