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How to Go Blonder If You've Already Lightened Your Hair

This will take you from light brown to golden blonde.
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Q: I used to have a reddish brown sort of hair. Then I bleached it to a light brown and it had bits of blonde through it. So I put a toner in every week, hoping it would lighten my hair, and it did. Now I want to dye it blonde really badly. How can I achieve a blonde colour with a hair dye and what would be the best one to use? — Emily

A: Emily, interesting process. 

By now, you have a couple of different colours. So the best way to do it would be to do a lightening bath on the ends. This will lift a lot of the reddish tone into a golden blonde tone. And then you can do the roots to match the ends.

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So you need to use two different formulas:

Step 1: A lightening bath, which you create by mixing lightener with 10-volume developer (which you can buy at a beauty supply store). Use it on the ends only with shampoo for about 15 to 20 minutes, and then rinse it out. Then do step two...

Step 2: A high lift cool blonde. After you rinse out the lightening bath, use this to do the roots (you can also get it at beauty supply stores).

Any questions, just let me know.

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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