As you will know, I have recently dyed my hair blonde. It took a few steps and a lot of perseverance to get it to the shade it is now. I still think it needs a few more steps to get it to the shade I want but a few of you said you would like to know how I did it so here’s a step by step on how I went from dyed ginger hair to blonde hair.
My start colour was a mixture of Clairol Nice ‘n’ Easy Natural Auburn and a dark brown dye that I had done at the hairdressers. The dark brown colour didn’t take well to my hair and it faded back to a dark ginger. I then had it lightened at the hair dressers. I chose an ashy colour which was mixed with a bleach. I’m not sure of the strength but I remember the hairdresser said it wasn’t the strongest as it would really damage my already damaged hair! This left me with the colour below. It lifted the darkest shades and left me with a very light ginger colour.
I then left my hair for about a month to recover. The ends were pretty bad so I just kept conditioning it and did my best to not blow dry or straighten/curl it.
I then bleached it myself with the Jerome Russel Bblonde Hair Lightener. I used the “Light to medium brown hair” kit but they also do one for dark brown hair, which I used to use when pre-bleaching my hair when I dyed it ginger. You buy a packet of sachets and then a bottle of cream peroxide which is used with one of the sachets. Because I had roots growing from the last dye, I had natural brown roots and light ginger lengths and ends. I put it throughout the lengths and ends for about 30 minutes and then applied to the roots and left for 10 minutes. Natural hair will go lighter quicker so make sure to leave roots until last when bleaching! It came out like this:
As you can see, the roots were the right colour, but because the lengths and ends had so much colour on them, (I have dyed my hair ginger many times and previously brown before that!) they went a lighter ginger. So I was left with light ginger lengths and ends and nearly platinum roots. Generally all over it was quite brassy and yellow because my base colour was a warm rather than a cool colour.
To even out the colour I then put this colour onto my hair. It’s the Absolute Platinum shade from Schwarzkopf Live Colour XXL range. I put this onto my lengths and ends and then massaged it onto my roots for the last 5 minutes. I left this on my hair for the full time that it suggests on the instruction leaflet.
After this my hair was more even and was more near to the colour I wanted. The only problem was, it was really yellow. I wanted to get rid of the brassy colour. I was suggested the following shampoo/toner by a few blonde-haired friends. It’s a specific shampoo for silver and white hair and works to get rid of yellow tones in blonde or silver hair. I used it as a toner and left it in my hair for 20 minutes. It’s a dark purple colour so be careful as it will stain your hair if you leave it in for too long or use it too often. But it really works! It’s taken most of the yellowness out of my hair and left me with a pale blonde colour.
I still want it to be slightly more ashy but I am going to leave it until I need to do my roots to decide what I’m going to do next. At the moment my ends are dead so I need to get a cut but overall my hair is quite healthy.
I am using John Frieda Blonde Lightening Shampoo and John Frieda Blonde Moisturising Conditioner to maintain colour and moisture. I also use the L’Oreal shampoo once a week to keep away the brassy tones.
I hope this all made sense and was helpful to anyway considering going blonde! If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will do my best to answer them!