I Want To Go Blonde!

Hey guys. So back in May I dyed my hair an auburn color. It turned out awesome, I loved it! But now my roots are growing in and it's been three months since I've dyed it. I'd like to dye it that color again but I'm actually finding interest in going blonde.

However, I know that going blonde can be VERY damaging but I wouldn't want to go bleach blonde, I'd like to go a natural blonde color. I'd also want to do it professionaly because I don't want to risk it going green.

What can I do to maybe make it less damaging or is there a risk my hair can fall out from the bleach? Tell me all that you know!
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Eh, my hair is naturally darker brown but I started getting a couple highlights in like 7th grade.. each time i went back i got more and more blonde till it was...BLONDE. not bleach blonde, but very blonde.



it was sooo damaging. My hair would NOT grow for about 3 years. I started going curly about 1 year and a half ago (not seriously until a year ago), and dyed it back to my natural color last summer. It's finally healthy again. But it took a long time.



But I also straightened allll the time though, so if you're still staying curly it shouldn't be AS damaging. When I got my hair colored, I would have my stylist put a deep conditioner on and I'd go home with that on and leave it for a longgg time. I'd look like an idiot driving home, but that seemed to help quite a bit.

I was missing the blonde a little this summer so I tried to go back, not as drastic, but just lighten it up a bit. NOOOOPE, it turned orange. God is telling me to love my natural hair I think
Your hair should be in good condition to begin with and should never, ever, have heat appliances near it! I've been a bleached blonde for over 3 years and my hair is very healthy. But I don't blow dry, straighten, use any heat appliances, and moisturize like a fiend.
i doubt it is going to be worth it, ultimely it is ur decision but the damage and hair loss will not be worth it
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DON'T DO IT!!!!! I got highlights in my hair in July (blonde) and they have completely ruined my hair...It was a good hairdressers and they claimed the colour (bleach) was alot more gentle on the hair. I can barely get a brush through wet hair after it has been conditioned. Apparently bleach has this effect (which I found out after) I have just got 2 inches cut of the length to see if this helps, but I think I will need to get alot more cut off and try to grow these highlights out. It's a shame as i like the colour, however hair should look healthy first and going blonde will ruin your hair
Don't do it, my mom kinda forced me into blonde highlights and although it looked cute it totally screwed up my hair. (this was pre cg so its made it harder being natural for me)
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Thought about just highlighting your hair? Not a huge amount just enough curls to brighten up what you have already?

But if you want to be a blonde, I would go in stages, light auburn, strawberry blonde then just a pure blonde. Over a long transition so you can recover for a few months between lightening again.

And always condition condition and take your vitas and minis

Just a couple quick thoughts.
Another vote against this. Back in May 2008, I highlighted my natural brunette locks with blonde. My hair was almost instantly turned to straw. I fought it for a year before discovering this site and hoped the removal of shampoo would help the situation. It did only slightly.

I dyed my hair back brown (to cover the growing out highlights) earlier this week. My hair has been so soft. It looks great both curly and straight!! The best part is that it no longer looks fried, but healthy and shiny!
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although i agree with all the above I do also realise that no number of people telling you its a bad idea is going to put you off doing something you really want to do. lol. I myself am a redhead turned blonde - and thanks to my schoolday harrassment I am neeeeever going back - all I can say is, you WILL get some level of damage, over what you would have with the natural hair. obviously. but you can stave off the levels of damage with regular deep conditioning treatments.
protein treatments are also specifically concocted FOR damaged hair, so its useful to have a good quality one around (for the time being I have baltia & aleeza bio mineral oil, but I dont consider it a miracle worker myself... still, it plays its part) but some of us are protein sensitive and despite the damage your hair might simply resist it, so dont go too ape on collecting protein treatments until youve given it a bit of a try ;o)

Do NOT lighten AND straighten, because your hair will just pack its bags and leave (trust me!)

Moisture is your friend. keep the deep treatments and leave-in conditioners coming and youll be doing better... but you WILL get a bit of breakage here and there whatever you do... I myself moult like a mangey alsation... (sheepish grin)
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Any non-cone Leavein I can find (its not easy)
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I have the same type of curl, and I gradually went blonde, started with a few highlights, and worked my way up from there. It took awhile but I love how blonde I am now, bleach on the top and gradually darker towards the bottom. And at the start of the blonde highlights, the curls looked really defined, and grabbed your eye. As long as you keep good care of your hair you should be fine. I've never died my own hair or done it at home, only the at the saloon. Unlike the girl just before me, I haven't had a problem straightening my hair yet, and straight it alot least once every week and a half. I do agree with her on the protein and deep conditioning treatments help alot. Good luck!! Let us know what you end up doing!
Well, since you have auburn on your hair, to go blond you'd probably want to use a color stripper to take that color out. Its more gentle than trying to bleach out hair dye. I know I tried to bleach out black cherry with a 30 developer and ended up having to stripping the color. I damaged my hair a little with that mess. Under all the reds I'd been using for years, my hair was a honey blond. I freaked, and applied the usual red color. I had dry damaged hair. It hasn't turned to elastic but I had to get Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose and Aphogee 2 min Reconstructor to get it back into good shape. Think of what length you want to wear your hair. Above the bra strap or below it. If you want super long hair, give up on blond right now. If you're willing to keep it up around the shoulders, it could probably be done. I've turned my hair to elastic in the past trying to get the brassy tones out. I watched my sister do a big chop because she fried her hair going blond. She has hair shorter than my dad. Go to a salon to get it done and have the roots done in the future. Doing it at home, you get dye on parts besides new growth. If it starts to show real damage, dye it back its natural color and let it grow out.
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although i agree with all the above I do also realise that no number of people telling you its a bad idea is going to put you off doing something you really want to do. lol. I myself am a redhead turned blonde - and thanks to my schoolday harrassment I am neeeeever going back - all I can say is, you WILL get some level of damage, over what you would have with the natural hair. obviously. but you can stave off the levels of damage with regular deep conditioning treatments.
protein treatments are also specifically concocted FOR damaged hair, so its useful to have a good quality one around (for the time being I have baltia & aleeza bio mineral oil, but I dont consider it a miracle worker myself... still, it plays its part) but some of us are protein sensitive and despite the damage your hair might simply resist it, so dont go too ape on collecting protein treatments until youve given it a bit of a try ;o)

Do NOT lighten AND straighten, because your hair will just pack its bags and leave (trust me!)

Moisture is your friend. keep the deep treatments and leave-in conditioners coming and youll be doing better... but you WILL get a bit of breakage here and there whatever you do... I myself moult like a mangey alsation... (sheepish grin)
Originally Posted by Fluffy4eva
Agreed with the above - especially the bolded. I say go for it because it's fun but first make sure your hair is in good condition and you are healthy (I learned this the hard way from coloring after an antibiotic series - timing is everything) and then immediately get about repairing the damage when you finish. I immediately apply a protein treatment after my color, then after that, a moisturizing deep conditioner. And then, weekly treatments alternating between moisture and protein as needed. It only adds about 30 minutes to my routine (minimum depending on how much you want to do) but it makes a all the difference.

Also, consider lightening without bleach. My hair is very dark brown but I have lightened up to a honey blonde with a high lift color and a 30 volume developer. This might be an option for you, but it does not mean damage will not occur. As with any hair process, proper treatment is a must.
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Never ever do this at home, I did and then I went grey. Its ok now but I had to pay a lot to fix it soo...
I would do it because my hair is natural black and I have mine bleached every time I go an there is no problem but get it done at a salon. Before you go use rredken 'rescue force' to get it to top condition before you mess about with it again.

It depends what conditions your hair is in, for example, my hair has gone black-blonde-grey-blonde in two days from dye and it is ok, not great but its not falling out or anythign and its not too rough. But other peopls might fall out just from bleach, its a bit crazy how it works out.

I'd still do it though, just make sure you have the right shade blonde and your hairdresser know which it is because if it goes wrong you can end up looking very very very pale!

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