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From Brunette to Blonde

Before I even began thinking about coloring my hair blonde, I browsed around online to see what similar stories I could find. I came up empty handed and decided I’d keep a video journal of my hair journey from brunette to blonde and share it with you guys.

First, I need to tell you a little about my hair back story before we get into the “going blonde” process.

I began box coloring my hair YEARS ago. It was cheap and convenient and it got rid of the grey. Never had much problem with it. That was, until I wanted to actually start going lighter with my color.

My hair has always been brown, with different variations happening every so often. I would be light brown, dark brown, auburn brown, but always brown. Then came the decision to go blonde. This decision was about 6 months ago.

I decided to get some info online and see what I could do at home on my own. I did research and from what I could find, women were saying Color Oops works great. Oh how I wish I didn’t listen.

They all said, it’s so easy to go blonde at home!

NO. Just NO.

So here’s what happened. I used the above mentioned brand thinking all of my hair problems would be solved. It was by far the worst smelling thing I’ve ever experienced. Oh, and it turned my hair really, really RED. Not only that, but the nasty, gross smell lasted for DAYS. The scent lingered in my bathroom for a good week. Even with windows open and the fan on constantly.

It seems the “OOPS” was me using this color remover! After I used that and it turned my hair extreme RED, I thought, well since I used this, a regular box color should work now! Right?! So I got the brightest blonde I could find in the store and proceeded to color my hair, again.

Did it work you ask? No. It did nothing but make my hair a little less red and my roots a weird orange color. That’s it.

You guys, I spent so much money on box colors and the color oops trying to get the red out of my hair and go blonde on my own and it ended up biting me in the butt.

I urge you to rethink the concept that you can do this on your own.

After many failed attempts, my hair was now looking cray-cray, I decided I needed to call the experts. I found an awesome hair stylist who gave me a quick consult and was happy my hair was still in decent shape!

She agreed to give some hair color remover a try on my hair and see if we could erase some of the many, many layers of box color I had going on. So the 1st visit after the consult consisted of hair remover and toner, which did a whole lot of nothing. I had no clue how hard getting box color out of hair would be. I really was oblivious to the damage it had done over the years.

We rescheduled for another visit to try a stronger color remover, and she almost backed out on me! Apparently hair dressers do not like dealing with box color and will avoid it at all costs. But I talked her into trying one last time.

For my 3rd visit, she used the stronger color remover, and it seemed to do the trick! After the first application, my hair was noticeably lighter and turned a crazy orange/yellow, which is good. But we needed another coat to get more of the red out. After the second coat, I was looking even more crazy. Yellow and orange everywhere. But again, that was good. That’s what we wanted.

After the 2 applications of remover, she applied a light, light brown color, I believe she called it “T”. And I left the salon with a very nice light brown color. We couldn’t do the highlights on that same visit. I had already done too much to my hair in one day.

We wanted my hair to stay on my head and not fall out! So I made yet another appointment for highlights and was so excited to finally be getting closer to my desired color.

When we started to approach highlight day, I got nervous and told her to not go super duper blonde, but to go warmer and keep it on the dark side. And she did.

Now of course, I wish I had just gone crazy blonde. But I mean, where I’m at right now is allowing me the opportunity to get used to my hair being lighter and I’m very happy with where it’s at right now.


Check out my youtube video here..

Have you guys ever gone from one color to a totally different color? Tell me about it below! Have you ever used box color on your hair and regretted it?

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  1. I don’t know but the red hair you hated is something I really like! You look great brunette as well. just my opinion anyways. I think you’d look dashing with darker hair though. Thanks for this post now I’m more enlightened with hair color removers!

  2. Wow, you look great but totally different. It’s amazing how a little hair color can change your entire look.

    1. I know, it really is crazy how much of a change it makes!

  3. Jennifer G

    You honestly pull them all off so well! I’m not just saying that. I always used box colour but honestly it’s been messing with my hair so badly for so long that I think I need a salon soon.

    1. Thank you!! I was the same way, it messed with my hair for so long. I finally dragged myself into a salon!

  4. Neely Moldovan

    You look fabulous with both! So fun. I cant pull blonde off sadly.

  5. lisa

    I’m brunette too and have thought about going blonde. Never made the jump but I think you look fantastic!

    1. Thanks so much! If you’ve wanted to do it, I say go for it! 🙂

  6. I have never tried changing my hair color. I am afraid of damaging it so I just keep the same hair color just as it was on the day I was born. Blonde looks good on you! I love how it made you look more radiant.
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    1. Thank you! Wow, you’ve never colored your hair?! That’s amazing. Your hair must be flawless 🙂

  7. Oh wow, what a journey. The color you ended up with looks really nice. I thought the red color looked pretty too though!

    1. Aww, thanks so much. I did love my hair when it was that dark brown/red color as well. But it was time for a nice change 🙂

  8. I used to do over the phone color corrections for a well-known haircolor brand, and you would not believe some of the stories I could tell you. I wish people would call BEFORE trying to do stuff at home. 🙂
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    1. Oh my gosh, I’m so ashamed. I should’ve asked for help before I tried at home, lol.

  9. I am about ready to start at least highlighting my hair. I don’t have the courage yet for full color
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    1. I’m kind of glad it was not an over night change for me. This happened over a few weeks. And multiple visits to the salon! Which made it easier on me 😉

  10. You honestly look so beautiful either way! Your eyes are gorgeous! <3
    I've never changed the color my hair before – I'm too afraid to try!

    1. Thank you so much!!!! I was afraid too but decided life is too short to not color your hair blonde at least once, lol

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