From Black to Strawberry Blonde

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I really want a change, and I've never died my hair before.
I'm completely natural, and I would love to have like a strawberry blonde hair color.
I think it would be cute on me, but i'm just scared that it might really damage it. Some people do completely find with hair dyes and bleaches. Since I've never done it, I would never know how my hair reacts to it.

If I dye my hair, and take care of it; will it be fine? or is that just too drastic of a change for my hair?





There is always a chance it could get damaged. But I color my hair, I make sure I do a protein treatment before and do more deep treatments afterwards. HTH

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Ive bleached and colored over my hair more times then I remember and never had my hair damaged beyond repair. You can look on youtube for tons of info, instructions and product reccomendations.
There is another thread in this section I think (or in General Discussion) with a lot of helpful tips. iroc started it and whe wanted to do a high-lift color as well.

I agree with the previous posters: I have been coloring my (naturally dark brown) hair coppery reds and caramel blonde for years and I make sure my hair is in good health before I do the process, I am careful to only use the volume of developer I need for the color I want, and I do a protein treatment before AND after the color, and follow up with a deep moisturizing treatment immediately after. The stuff you need can be easily found at Sally or other such store.

I also want to recommend against a box color. You never know exactly what developer you are getting. If I were you, I would go look at swatches at the beauty supply, and get yourself some creamy developer and gel color. I find that it is a little more gentle on my hair and others'. Also, after you mix the color well, add a few drops of argan oil serum (the kind with 'cones...trust me on this and the instructions for adding to haircolor are on the bottle now). It helps smooth out the application and protect your hair a bit during the process.

Read up on DIY haircolor and be confident. Go for it! You only live once! If you don't like it you can cover it with Jazzing of srome temporary color until it's gone, or you can color it a different color.
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Hello SugarFoot....

ok here's the deal: first of all, you should be expecting SOME level of damage. It is a good thing that you've never dyed your hair. Believe me, even if your hair doesn't get crazy damaged, it will never be the same. I remember my virgin hair ...lol

That being said, if you don't do anything extreme, there is no reason your hair won't be back on its feet with weekly Protein treatments and Deep treatments (i like interchanging them).

Now... I'm curious to know if you're gonna bleach first, and then dye or just straight dye? It might take since your hair is virgin..... but if bleaching will be involved, then more damage will be done...you shouldn't need it though....i think

all of this leads to: I recently did a lot of damage to my hair: bleached (from a dyed black) to dye it a brown, and I love my color, but it did horrible things to my hair (obviously) but my hair is now back!!! I brought it back with weekly protein and deep treatments alternating them each week. also stayed away from any kind of 'poo as much as i could.... just for a few weeks maybe..until you absolutely have to clarify...not sure if your cg or not. Also, if you can try to stay away from heat for at least two weeks after you do it....but again, if you're simply coloring, you should be fine with weekly pt/dt....

hope that helped!
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SugarFoot if your hair is black you may want to lighten your hair in stages and the best advice i can give you either way is get a professional stylist to do something that drastic...ive always been told rule of thumb is if you want to lighten or darken your hair more than 2 or 3 shades beyond your natural color, your best bet is a professional and im not sure if even they may need to do it in stages...as for damage if your hair is "virgin" hair it may not be as bad but with bleaching there is always some level of damage, especially on curls I find---i just highlighted my hair 2x over the course of 8 months (im a 3a/b) and i found my curls were not the same...i cut some off though and dyed back brown recently and hair is looking a bit healthier already! Im sure you will be fine either way--trust me ive colored my hair from my medium ashy brown to blonde highlights to darker brown to reddish brown so many times over it's amazing i still have hair! LoL Let us know how it comes out as im sure you'll look beautiful!
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Try L'Oreal Excellence Hi-Color from Sally Beauty Supply. The Hi-Colors are created for lightening dark hair in one step without all the stripping and pre-bleaching. Sizzling Copper mixed with Shimmering Gold would probably make a gorgeous strawberry blonde.

My hair is naturally darkest brown/black, but I've always colored it everything imaginable. I even had it platinum blonde. It's been damaged, but never damaged beyond repair, and it's unlikely that one coloring would cause extensive damage to any hair.
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I took my jet black (natural color) hair down to a Paul Mitchel 7G back in May and I am ready to go back to black! I didn't bleach and I went to a professional stylist. He used a two step process, using the 20 or 30 developer and I'm happy that bleach was avoided! I wore my natural curls in the summer and I do feel they lost some of their body and my hair was more damaged, even though I still cowashed. My tight spiral curls just lost their umph!

It's hard finding CG friendly colored hair products also or at least that was my experience.

Now that it's winter, I straighten my hair and even using a heat protectant my hair still breaks. I wash probably wash it and blow dry it every 2-3 weeks, and I do a deep condition and still not satisfied with the texture.

While there isn't any MAJOR damage. I would say its fun, but not for long term and I'm currently researching how to go back black with minimal damage.
cleopatra_j - You can easily darken hair, as long as you make sure to use a low number developer (otherwise it will lighten your hair more before adding color). You could use semi-permanent color as your hair grows out, and it should all blend in together. (Herbashine and Natural Instincts are inexpensive and sold at drugstores.)

Hair colors with low volume developers (semi/demi) deposit color on hair, but they cannot give hair lighter shades.
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Last edited by gardencurls; 12-03-2011 at 10:43 AM.
I really want a change, and I've never died my hair before.
I'm completely natural, and I would love to have like a strawberry blonde hair color.
I think it would be cute on me, but i'm just scared that it might really damage it. Some people do completely find with hair dyes and bleaches. Since I've never done it, I would never know how my hair reacts to it.

If I dye my hair, and take care of it; will it be fine? or is that just too drastic of a change for my hair?





Originally Posted by SugarFoot
You could but you would have to keep it kinda short or leave it natural..I 4got the lady's name from bad girls club,her hair was kinda long and it was golden blonde but I think her natural color was dark brown not black..
Ask a colorist and let them do it..if you try ur hair might turn orange..I dyed mine light brown from black and it turned auburn..it looks nice even though that's not what I intended

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Ive bleached and colored over my hair more times then I remember and never had my hair damaged beyond repair. You can look on youtube for tons of info, instructions and product reccomendations.
Originally Posted by curlykristx
Didn't it turn orange and could you keep it long by bleaching?

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