The only way to get your color to lighten is by using bleach. Using a lighter hair color does have some bleach in it to lighten, just a lower level of it. If you were to use a hair color (and you'd have to use either a medium or light blonde haircolor) you would probably only lighten to a dark strawberry blonde.

If you want actual blonde highlights you would definitely need to bleach it first. It may even need 2 bleach processes and you'd most likely need to leave it on for at least an hour

Also remember that any time you lighten or highlight, yyou will need to repeat this process once roots grow in.

I'm totally a DIY hair colorer, but even I would suggest going to a salon if you're going to do highlights.

Good luck!

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Originally Posted by iroc
thanks for replying, that's super helpful. yeah im reallyyyy into DIY but i might have the salon do it the first time and see if they can get it right lol. HOWEVER first im gonna try all-over lightening using honey. (ha) i just want it a couple shades lighter with some extra-blond streaks for definition. so maybe ill use honey and THEN get highlights, or i may just stop at honey (if it works.) has anyone tried honey? and how light can you get, is there a limit? cuz ive only seen really subtle results...has anyone kept at it and achieved SUPER light hair color?