So today I've decided I want a change. I've never done anything with my hair other than dye it every few months. I'm naturally a dark blondish/mousy brown colour but I've always dyed it black or blue-black (it's currently black with a bit of regrowth and fading brown). Have never even been to a hair dressers since I was a kid (not once even for a trim). I'm trying to decide if I should go a really light blonde, like platinum blonde. Can this be done or will my hair just go yellow or orange? Or worse, fall out?
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10-03-2014 14:39 #1
Going black to blonde
10-03-2014 14:54 #2
I went from very very dark brown (everyone said it was black but I was adamant that the packet said "darkest natural brown") to blonde. However, I did it over about 6 months. I started off getting my hair stripped and dyed a medium brown. It had a bit of an orange tinge but wasn't a terrible colour. It will be pretty unhealthy from getting stripped so you might want to stay brunette for a while to let it recover. Then I just kept getting a full head of blonde foils and a treatment about every 6 weeks.
Go slow and let your hairdresser know that you want to go slow or you will either get a not so great colour or severely damaged hair.
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10-03-2014 14:56 #3
You are best off going to a hairdresser as there is a risk of it going orange. I have been told however you should be able to VERY gradually if you're game.
10-03-2014 15:27 #4Senior Member
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To take your hair from dark to light will be a long process. Due to many layers of pigment the bleach needs to cut through you will find your hair will lighten slowly and will be along the orange/yellow tones, though yhere are toners that can tone down such colours. By seeing a hairdresser, they can properly advise you as to your specific needs. Taking hair too light too quick will result in damaging your hair or even risk it breaking off near the scalp.
I am in my 3rd year of a hairdressing apprenticeship and I myself have gone from dark to blonde over a matter of months. It really is best to speak to the professionals, most salons will give advice happily before you decide what you want to do.
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10-03-2014 15:50 #5
I'm a similar natural colour to you and I've gone from black to blonde twice in my life, however i prefer ash blonde rather than platinum. It doesn't happen instantly, it's a bit of a process and you do have a couple of weeks of orangish hair but you just get creative and wear hats and buns for a couple of weeks. To tell you the truth it's only ever been a couple of weeks that I've ever had orangey hair before my hairdresser has achieved a colour I'm happy with so don't let that stop you. Just make sure you have good quality hair treatments and tons of toner.
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10-03-2014 15:51 #6
I went from black to a medium/dark brown, and the only option I had was getting a scalp bleach. I have been dying my hair for nearly 10 years. I went from mousy brown, to red, to brown then black and now back to brown. My hairdresser said usually after a scalp bleach the hair is very unhealthy but mine was still very healthy. I go back every 6-8 weeks to have the colour redone.
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10-03-2014 16:36 #7
Thanks for the advice. I'll definitely be going to a proper hairdresser if I decide to, and will have a chat first. Bit disappointed to hear it will take awhile, would be nice to be able to do it in one sitting. I'm hoping the dark dye won't be too hard to get out, it usually faded pretty quickly as it doesn't seem to hold to my hair very well anymore. Maybe I should wait for it to grow out and fade naturally? As I think my natural hair couloir would bleach easily.
10-03-2014 17:30 #8
I have very dark hair naturally and went to go blonde. My hairdresser nearly died when I suggested it and talked me out of going as blonde as I wanted to go (mainly due to my colouring) but...the colour she put in was all in one sitting. She lightened it then put in blonde streaks:
Original colour here:
She also insisted I had no existing dye in my hair. Now she says I could go lighter if I like but I quite like it where it's at.
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10-03-2014 17:42 #9
My hair was a dark brown and I have it done blonde. All in one go and my hair hasn't suffered at all. Do it at a hairdresser and don't try to do it yourself though!
10-03-2014 17:55 #10
There is a massive difference between taking someone who is a natural dark brown or minimally colour treated hair to blonde and someone who has been dying there hair blue black for years. Your literally trying to go from one end of the spectrum to the other.
Your hair will be brassy (orange or red), it will be damaging, it will require at least 3 visit over as many months to achieve a decent result.
They will either strip your hair and put a demi/possibly some foils over the top or perhaps go slower with full/half heads of foils.
You will need to commit to a weekly at home treatment regime to keep your hair in a different state.
Im not trying to be rude, simply giving you the same advicr I would to a client in my chair that I've learnt over my 8+ years in the industry experience
Tbh if anyone tells you they can get you ash or platinum blonde in one go run. a . mile!
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