DIY hair color can be tricky. Done is better then perfect, right? But when done and perfect meet that is something special! I’ve been blonde in the past; fed up with maintenance fees and the hassle of touchups I went back to ol’ naturaal with inches of brown and gray hair. Until recently, when I learned how to dye my own hair, well! By well I mean easily like Go From Brown to Blonde Hair In One Step. This is the best at home hair color you’re going to find and you’re going to love it!
DIY hair color, in my option, is not one of those DIYs because: 1) it’s easy to mess up the colors, 2) people can tell if you do it yourself and 3) sometimes you can’t figure out how to maintain it properly. Recently, I learned how to go From Brown to Blonde Hair In One Step and I was able to keep it looking great, touch up when needed, and not spend a lot of money in the salon.
First things first, this is easy; the title of this post does not say go from black to blonde. The operative word here is brown. I would go as far as saying ash blonde. From the picture you might say mousy brown/dirty blondish color, so how this would work on a lighter natural blonde or someone with black hair is beyond me.
I am NOT a cosmetologist – everything I learned about going
from Brown to Blonde Hair In One Step I learned on YouTube.com (scary, but true).
This is the best at home hair color that I used/what works for my hair color. If you think you have similar colored hair and want to try it too this may work for you.
Here is how I went from Brown to Blonde Hair In One Step:
Couple things: 1) only one kit is needed to go from Brown to Blonde Hair In One Step, 2) my hair is relatively healthy; I have low porosity hair, so dye times are longer for my hair type. 2) my hair was professionally highlighted previously. Here is my before – notice the two pieces at my bangs on the left picture make a V shape (bleach was overlapped here in the processing):
Ok, gather all the supplies you’ll need. Everything I used is below and I was able to find all of these items on Amazon. You may be able to find them at your local stores (e.g., Walmart, CVS, Walgreens or anywhere hair-coloring is sold); I was not able to. That is saying something considering I live in a metropolis.
Frost & Glow (e.g., best at home hair color/DIY hair color)
Part One from Brown to Blonde Hair In One Step:
First: Take a look at your hair and visualize where you would like highlights to be. Its important you can see where you would like to see highlights so you can “paint” them into your hair.
Second: Choose your “money” framing pieces (e.g., around your face).
Third: Practice the technique I’m going to describe below on a strand that is not visible. Then clip up your hair to expose the piece to test.
- Take a small amount of hair, maybe a quarter inch wide and fairly thin. Judging the amount of hair by how it feels between your fingers. I like just enough hair so that I can not feel skin-to-skin touching through the stands.
- Grab the strand from the top and take your bleach mixture and coat a little less then half of the length.
- Look at the strands and determine a V. Move your grip and hold your hair from the bottom.
- From where the dye ends dip your fingers (I highly suggest wearing gloves) in the dye mixture and begin to move the dye up from the saturated area – outer edges only – to make a V with the bleach. This step should only cover the outer edges. Make a W for larger pieces. Use a light hand as you move toward your roots.
- That’s it. Let it set up, testing it from 15 minutes on to your preferred lightness, not to exceed the recommended time.
- If you are pleased with the results proceed. If not, you are stuck with that test strand. Another reason to take it easy.
If this is your first time, do your entire head until all areas feel crunchy as they dry/covered. If you are touching up, as shown in this picture, I did my entire crown and a few random pieces down to the bottom of my hair line to help with blending. As you can see, I went heavy around my face.
Here is my after:
- If you have trouble visualizing the highlights take a picture and draw them in with an app like PicMonkey. Using a black and white photo can help as well.
- Keep in mind the bleach will set up faster as you move toward your roots.
- Make sure to keep the coating thinner as you move toward your roots.
- Start highlights in the back of your head and work toward the front and evenly from side to side.
- I do small and large highlights (quarter to 1/2 inch wide) for touch up/entire head.
- I use bigger sections around my face and fully coat root to end.
- Try not to overlap previously bleached areas.
- Do NOT try this if you have dyed your hair black (and send pics if you do!)
Part Two from Brown to Blonde Hair Maintenance Instructions:
These steps are optional; they are included in the steps I take to get the results pictured and maintain the color.
- Shampoo with purple shampoo once a week. I use Shiny Silver Ultra Conditioning Shampoo. This is also available at Sally’s Beauty Supply in travel size bottles, which last forever too. If you have a brass color try blue shampoo.
- Touchup your crown every 4-6 weeks and all over every five months.
- Make a hair mask for your DIY hair color with a tablespoon of mayo (full fat) and an egg. This is enough for shoulder length hair. Place it all over your hair and let sit for 15-20 minutes and then rinse. Shampoo and condition as usual. For best results do this once a week.
- Tone your hair every 2-3 weeks. If you do not want to tone your hair I suggest using Naissant Purple Shampoo once a week.. This step will bring your dull color back to life and knock down brass coloring.
It’s been a long while since I have liked my hair; after learning how to go from brown to blonde hair in one step (and being able to maintain it) I love it! Although the task of dying and high-lighting your hair can be tedious the results are spectacular, as with most things that require effort.
Don’t be shy, I’d love to see how it turned out for you if you tried it! Feel free to post a before and after. Also, if you have any questions, fire away!
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