Step 1: Color Remover

The question I am asked the most often is how to lighten dark hair to a light blonde color? Let me take you through the steps...

The first thing you should do to lighten dark hair, is get as much black (or dark color) out of your hair as you can. You may have to do this process a few times.  Color remover, like “Color Oops,” works by entering the hair shaft and removing the artificial color molecules.  It does not remove any of the natural pigment in your hair.  Because of this, this step will not work on hair that has not been previously colored.

Color remover will not return your hair to the same color it was before dying it.  

The end result of using color remover is going to be a brassy color.  You can tone this color and live with a more desirable tone of hair for a few weeks.  Since the color remover may cause some damage, spend time reconditioning your hair.

The question I am asked the most often is how to lighten dark hair to a light blonde color? Let me take you through the steps...

2 Comments on How to Lighten Dark Hair to a Light Blonde Color

  1. Emily
    May 4, 2017 at 3:14 PM (3 weeks ago)

    Hi Hollee, Love your blog 🙂 I’m wondering, will a toner work on a drugstore box dye? I used to use Garnier nutrisse in chamomile and got tons of compliments but I always felt it was wayyyy too warm and brassy. Wondering if a toner would work on that?

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    • Hollee Wood
      May 4, 2017 at 3:17 PM (3 weeks ago)

      Thank you so much for the kind words and question! It should work because toners just deposit pigment to counteract the color you don’t want. It isn’t going to lighten your hair at all, but will help cancel out some brassy tones. My best advice, if you want to do it yourself, would be to go to Sally Beauty Supply and talk to someone (make sure they are experienced with hair color) about the best tone to use. Hope it helps!! 🙂

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