It’s always an exciting time to change things up and experiment with a new look. If you’re naturally brunette – or have been dyeing it to this shade – it’s not unusual to periodically want to go to the other end of the spectrum.
At Hemisphere Hair, we often get questions about how to dye dark brown hair platinum blonde. While this may seem like a super-appealing thing to do, it doesn’t come without its dangers and risks.
In this piece, we’ll run you through what you need to know about going Legally Blonde.
Ultimately, when you’re changing your shade so dramatically, you have to cover up your natural hair colour first, and potentially whatever you have overlayed it with historically. We always recommend getting a professional to do this, as bleach and other chemicals can lead to damage, irritation and less-than-ideal results.
When you head into our salon, we’ll follow a process that looks a little like this…
How we dye dark brown hair platinum blonde
Step 1: Prep the Hair by Shampooing and Conditioning
Shampooing the hair is done to clean out the dirt, product buildup, and sebum from the scalp. Conditioning then helps hydrate the hair and prevents breakage caused by coarse hair strands.
We wash your locks with lukewarm water (or cool water for people with a dry scalp). The goal is not to open up the pores of your scalp or strip natural oils from your skin, so this step needs to be carried out carefully and gently; we want to loosen up any dirt that has built up without drying out your hair.
The amount of time we spend washing your locks varies on how oily/greasy your head is, but three minutes is a good starting point for most people.
Step 2: Apply a Hair Toner to Cover Brown Parts
Even though we are putting a dye over your brown hair, we still need to cover up the existing colour, especially where it shifts in tone from one part to another. To help with this, we may apply a hair toner to aid the process.
Using a tint brush, we apply the colour by taking the brush dipping it in the toner, shaking it off, and then applying from root to tip. Essentially, we want to make sure it’s 100% covered to make the final result consistent and even.
Step 3: Lightening
This process is time-consuming and requires patience, especially if your hair has been damaged in the past or coloured many times.
In this step, you’ll also see us grab supplies like:
– Bleach supplies (or alternatives)
– Bowl of water
– Tub of conditioner
– Plastic cap for hair.
We’ll then distribute the product evenly, wrap it up according to (if needed) and give it time to develop.
Step 4: Rinse Your Hair and Apply a Purple Toner
We generally do this for about 15-20 minutes to neutralise results until you’re satisfied with the colour overall. However, this step also depends on the condition of your hair, so we’ll always provide you with advice around this before proceeding.
The toner will be applied to the hair until it’s dry, then shampooed and conditioned as usual.
Step 5: Style Your Hair and Finish Your Transformation
This step is to style your hair and make sure you look good. We’ll smooth any kinks, blow-wave your locks and add some magic product to ensure your new colour looks a million dollars.
You are now done! Step back and embrace the motto: “Blondes have more fun.”
A note on why you should use a professional hairdresser
If you choose to do this whole process yourself, you are vulnerable to risks associated with cheap bleach kits and box dyes.
Choosing a professional hairstylist to create your look for you gives you many benefits, including insights and advice that you may otherwise not have considered.
Ultimately, we know how to transform the look and feel of any type of hair. With the knowledge and skills to give clients the perfect haircut, colour, and style, we can ensure you achieve the best result. If we feel that going from brown to platinum blonde is not a good path to take, we’ll also provide you with advice on what to do next.
Call Hemisphere Hair now to book a consultation with our experts. We can help you go from dark brown to platinum blonde without sacrificing the quality (or look) of your gorgeous locks.
Want to read up on how to keep your new look fresh? Check out our article on how to care for your blonde locks?