Blonde is one of the most Googled hair colors out there. TV Series like Game of Thrones featured protagonist Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) with an eye-catching, head-turning platinum blonde. Other shades like ash blonde, honey blonde, and ice blonde offer endless possibilities for a new look.

As a hairstylist, countless clients may have come to you wanting to go from their natural dark locks to blonde hair. It’s understandable why blonde is so popular. Now, the question is, how do you perfect your coloring process?

This is what today’s article is all about. We will tell you everything you need to know about taking locks from brunette to blonde.

Hair Preparation

The hair needs to be in good condition ahead of the color-changing process. To be in its best condition, it should undergo routine regular masking and when styling it, go with a process that uses less heat. Use an ultra-hydrating line of products, preferably a combination of a vitamin-packed, moisturizing Shampoo and a replenishing Deep Nourishing Mask. Make sure that, when hair is wet, you use a larger-toothed comb than traditional hairbrushes and apply smoothening oil to temper brittle ends.

How to Go from Brown to Blonde Hair


Before lightening locks, discuss with your client the kind of highlight placement they’re looking for. Do they want balayage? An ombre effect? Or all-over blonde highlights? These techniques can be tailor-fit depending on their desired look. And by tailor-fit, we mean anything is possible. They can choose from soft and subtle to bold and dramatic.


One of the keys to a successful transition from brunette to blonde is to lighten brown hair. For that, you need an excellent pre-lightener. Blondor is a great product to achieve this, with a selection of hair-lightening products, from Blondor Freelights to Blondor Soft Blonde Cream. Just apply it to the hair in the chosen technique and remove it when you’ve achieved the right level of underlying pigment.


Next, you need to apply a toner. Toner is similar to a topcoat to your pre-lightener. You can use it to personalize the shade of blonde, opting for a semi-permanent Color Touch or permanent Koleston Perfect. Both offer up a whole host of luminous, light-reflective blondes.


It’s important to note that if your clients do not like the shade of blonde they choose, that can easily be replaced. However, in order to do so, we have to wait around six weeks before you repeat steps two and three. 

Final Words

Blonde is a pretty interesting hair color for anyone. As a hairstylist, your clients might appreciate it if you could help them choose which shade would suit them best. Cooler blondes, like ash, ice, or platinum, would complement well if they have pinky tones, blue veins, and cool eye colors like blue, gray, or cool brown.

If they have yellow or golden tones, green veins, and warm eye colors like gold and hazel, then warm blondes—honey blonde, dark blonde, and bronde—will be more of their style.

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