Step 4: The Final Plunge

After enough rounds of highlights, it should be pretty easy to lighten the rest of your hair to the same level without causing excessive damage.

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...

Remember that this process should occur over many months.  You lighten a little bit at a time, and let the hair recover in between processes.  That is the best way to lighten your hair without damaging it beyond repair or having bright orange hair.

Your Turn: Did you learn anything new?  Have you ever taken your hair from dark to light?  I’d love to read your feedback in the comments section below…

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?

    • 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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