How to Go from Red to Blonde

Take it slow.

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Q: I have been blonde for the past eight years. My natural colour is a dark, mousy blonde. Recently, I dyed my hair a dark auburn colour. I know I am going to eventually going to want to go back to blonde. How would I go about that in the simplest way possible without destroying my hair? Is adding highlights to an auburn colour even a viable option? Suggestions would be greatly appreciated! — Haley

A: Haley, thank you for your question.

The best way to approach this is to get soft, golden-mocha highlights.

Get them added just a little bit at a time, not all at once. (You are probably feeling claustrophobic right now—it is a natural behaviour for a blonde going into any darker shades.)

There is a product from René Furterer called karite Intense. It is an oil that you put on the hair to protect it while it is lifting. That is very important if you are concerned about the health of your hair.

René Furterer karite Intense Nourishing Oil

So, go slow and get a few scattered highlights every two or three months. Do not get lowlights.

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Tony Chaar is one of Canada's top celebrity hairstylists and the owner of Tony Chaar Salon at 140 Avenue Road in Toronto. Call 416-920-9965 to book an appointment.

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