[HAIR] From Brown to Blonde

Yes you read the title, brown to blonde. Not on my hair though. 😛
One of my best friends, she always wanted blonde hair and had decided that during the week I was back at university, that she wanted to become a blonde.
She’s never dyed her hair with permanent hair dye before so her hair is very healthy and no damage. She uses semi-permanent hair dye. She is naturally a brunette. Back in June, she asked me to dye her hair with a semi permanent hair dye in a dark red, burgundy colour. Came out a lovely colour burgundy colour in the end.

So the week I was down, she asked me to dye her hair blonde. She had hair lightener, blonde hair dye and brown hair dye (just incase it went wrong).

This was my first attempt at dying someone’s hair from a dark colour to blonde. So here we go!

This was her colour before it turned blonde:

 Beautiful colour. The semi-permanent hair colour has faded and her roots are coming out.

The first step was to lighten her hair especially the hair dye which was still there even though it has faded. The hair lightener, which is also a form of bleach, Garnier Nutrisse Blonde Pre-Lightener was used and left on for around 40 minutes and here were the results:

Her hair turned ginger, which is normal, but her roots came out blonde. Perfect! But, we do need to turn this fierce colour to match the roots.
Hair will turn ginger when dying dark hair to light. There’s a thing called hair levels at which you hair will go though and show the undertones at each hair colour. Red hair dye is hard to get off.

So we decided to lighten her hair again. This time, I used Schwarzkopf hair lightening (can’t exactly remember which product). This did lighten the ginger. It wasn’t as fierce. This was done the day after.

Since her hair was still ginger, we decided to go for the harder stuff, Jerome Russell B Blonde Cream Peroxide 12% 40VOL and B Blonde Powder Bleach 100G. It said to use one packet of the powder bleach with one bottle of the cream peroxide. Here is the mixture which contains two of each since one wasn’t enough:

This is a blue mixture because this will counteract with the ginger and brassiness of the hair (think contrasting colours ;)). The previous hair lightener products used were white mixture.

Used this product twice. The first round, it got rid of a lot of the brassy, ginger. The image below shoes the mixture applied on. This is the second round of using B Blonde:

As you can see, her hair is like a gradient.

This image is the after using the B Blonde twice:

Hair turned yellow blonde with a tiny hint of ginger. Nearly even colour.

Decided to leave her hair to rest since it has been bleached often, 4 times in the space of 5 days.

After a week of deep, deep, deep conditioning, dyed her hair with a permanent hair dye. Used Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme in Ash Blonde. Using a hair dye with an ash colour in it will counteract with the golden, warm hair tones like the image above.
Here is the final result:

Now, even colour, no brassy or ginger. She’s blonde now. Voila!

This was the process we went through:
Day 1 – First hair lightening session using Garnier Nutrisse Blonde Pre-Lightener.
Day 2 – Second hair lightening session using Schwarzkopf hair lightening.
Day 3 – BREAK, deep condition.
Day 4 – Third hair lightening session round 1 using Jerome Russell B Blonde Cream Peroxide 12% 40VOL and B Blonde Powder Bleach 100G.
Day 5 – Forth hair lightening session round 2 using Jerome Russell B Blonde Cream Peroxide 12% 40VOL and B Blonde Powder Bleach 100G.
Deep condition everyday.
Week later – Dye hair with Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme in Ash Blonde.

Been an adventure. 🙂
When her roots grow, I’m dying it according to her. Lol.

I dyed my roots today and revitalised my hair. My family said that my hair is lighter. I disagreed but I think I’m blind. Haha
Mum said that my hair has golden undertones now and before it was redyed, it had red undertones. So I guess it has. I used the same hair dye and gave me a slight different outcome. However, I like the colour even though I still think it’s the same. HAHA


  1. 4th September 2010 / 2:38 am

    wow nicol you did a fantastic job helping your friend! that is a nice smooth colour transition and she looks great as a near-platinum blonde 🙂

  2. 4th September 2010 / 2:53 am

    Wow! I wish I could perform such a wonderful job at hair dying, but sadly I've never dyed my hair before…I should come to you when I decide to though…

    <33 Rena

  3. 4th September 2010 / 3:16 am

    Wow it seems like alot of work!! But good job there!!! Your friend looks lovely with her new colour 🙂

  4. 4th September 2010 / 1:04 pm

    looks good !! 🙂

  5. 4th September 2010 / 3:46 pm

    Wow, you did an AMAZING job! ♥
    The colour looks great on her too~

  6. 4th September 2010 / 6:00 pm

    that is a loooong process but good job! It really looks fantastic and lovely! She looks gorgeous blond AND burnett! You're just awesome 🙂

  7. 4th September 2010 / 10:43 pm

    OMG. Seems like so much hassle for the perfect colour! I would've died if my hair turned out ginger, even if it was only temporary. T__T But the colour really is gorgeous now! looks like she was born blonde! So natural!

  8. 5th September 2010 / 2:30 am

    Wow, her hair turned out great! You did an awesome job!

  9. 5th September 2010 / 5:46 pm

    Looks great. I've done this far too many times and still hate it when it gets to the 'ginger' stage!

  10. 5th September 2010 / 7:56 pm

    You are an awesome hairstylist Nicol! Your friend looks fab with blonde hair. She looks so different, in a good way! Thanks for commenting on my blog, I will definitely do a room tour post as soon as I can 🙂

  11. 5th September 2010 / 10:09 pm

    Oo interesting! I dont even know anything about hair dye etc.. hehe. her hair turned out beautiful =D. XX

  12. 6th September 2010 / 11:23 am

    hey Nicol! it's Vvn =p
    I used to use that bblonde stuff, it really killed my hair! then again, I used it like 3 times in 1 day, but then I found out this 'toner' that basically gets rid of all the ginger from dying it blonde without destroying! my hair is still dead though.. sighhh

  13. 7th September 2010 / 12:58 pm

    her hair looks really nice with the new hair colour~

  14. 16th September 2010 / 11:53 pm

    OOOOH that's how you do it! XD I've basically got your friend's natural hair colour (but is a little less red) and I tried lightening it, but only twice, it came out butter color and I was so nervous about going out like that that I just coloured over it with a brown again. I'm going to start all over again very soon ^.^
    You've just saved my day! I really want mka olsen hair and hopefully I can finally get it 😀

  15. 29th September 2010 / 5:52 am

    wow its a great look for her=D

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