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Ask a Hairstylist: How to Go Blonde When You Have Dark Brown Hair

The least damaging way to lighten.
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Q: I have naturally straight hair that is dark brown right now, but I want to go lighter—maybe a light blonde. 

Tiera wants to go from dark brown to blonde hair.

I've never been blonde and I really don't know what shade of blonde will look good with my skin tone. 

Tiera wants to know what shade of blonde would look best on her.

My other challenge right now is growing it! I feel like my hair has been the same length for a while now. Hopefully you can help me! — Tiera

Hair consultation - Tiera

Tiera also wants to grow her hair longer.

A: Tiera, you look so beautiful in these pictures but I can not see enough detail in your natural colour. These pictures are too fuzzy and your hair is not well lit.

What I am seeing is that the fine hair around your hairline looks lighter than your ends.

If these hairs are as delicate as they look to me, I would never use bleach on those strands. Bleach will melt them off or damage them beyond belief.

I have a rule that I will not turn dark hair to blonde EVER. I know there are many colourists that will do this for you, but I advise against it.

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When you see stars changing up their colour frequently, this is not their hair—it is usually wigs.

That said, I understand the thirst for change… so if you must, get a strand test done first. 

Do this on a piece of hair underneath, and see how light the colourist can get it without melting your hair. Get them to tone it if need be. If the outcome is to your liking, then proceed to add more.

Here are some examples of what might work for you:

Shay Mitchell Pretty Little Liars 100th Episode Celebration 2014

Shay Mitchell at the 100th Episode Celebration for 'Pretty Little Liars' in 2014.

Camila Alves Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Camila Alves at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards.

Lily Aldridge Victoria's Secret Fashion Show viewing party 2011

Lily Aldridge at the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show viewing party.

No bleach on your delicate hairline—only on the mid-shaft to the ends.

After you have the ends the colour you like, and don't mind the condition, then add more to the top as you see fit.

Jessica Alba Producers Guild Awards 2013

Jessica Alba at the 2013 Producers Guild Awards.

WARNING: If you do bleach your hair, you will most likely not be able to get your hair longer because it will be fragile and possibly break.

My suggestion is to leave well enough alone. Nourish your hair, grow it and enjoy your natural beauty.


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