How to Dye Your Dark Hair Blonde

By Renee Gerber , last updated December 22, 2011

Dyeing your hair blonde when your natural color is dark can seem challenging. While blonde hair is beautiful, it requires quite a bit of work to get your hair lighter, unless your natural hue is a darker shade of the color, light red or very light brown. So, what about women who have dark brown or even black hair? You can certainly buy a package of blonde hair coloring to use at home, but the results will end up looking like a lighter, often reddish, version of your natural color. With dark hair, you will have to go the extra mile to achieve an actual blonde look. Fortunately, it is far easier to do this than you might think.

Selecting a Shade of Blonde

Before you go shopping for your blonde hair dye, you should determine which shade would look best on you. Every person falls under one of two skin tone categories: cool and warm. To that end, certain shades of hair tend to look great on individuals who fall under one category or the other. A person with a cool skin tone, for instance, will not necessarily look good with a shade of hair coloring that falls under the warm side. Generally speaking, if your skin tone lacks a reddish tint, you are considered part of the cool family. Reddish tones are considered part of the warm category and should avoid hair colors that are icy, such as platinum blonde. A warm color, which contains hints of red or gold, will flatter these individuals. Once you have figured out which category you fall under, you can shop for an appropriate shade of blonde hair coloring.


The first thing you have to do when you want to dye your dark hair blonde is to strip it of its natural color. To accomplish that, you will have to use bleach. Bleaching can be a tricky task, so if you have never done it yourself before, you should visit a professional hair salon or at least call a friend who has experience in the area to do it for you. It is necessary to strip out your hair's natural hue when it is very dark because blonde hair dye will merely redden or lighten just slightly on you. Of course, you can bleach your hair yourself if you feel comfortable enough to attempt the job. Be very careful, though, and make sure to never leave bleach in your hair for longer than 45 minutes. And, by all means, avoid getting the substance in your eyes. If you do, flush them thoroughly with water immediately!

Coloring with Hair Dye at Home

Once you have stripped your dark hair of its natural hue, you can use your favorite brand of permanent, or even semi-permanent, blonde hair dye. Many of the most popular package hair colorings are quite inexpensive, so you can buy them at your local drug store or supermarket. You will probably want to change your shirt so that you are wearing one that is old, worn and that you won't mind accidentally spilling dye on. Or, you can simply slip an old t-shirt over your clothes.

Carefully read the directions on the hair coloring's box, and follow them diligently. Time yourself as you wait for the substance to work, and make sure you rinse it out within the right amount of time so that it comes out properly. Let your hair air dry to protect your newly blonde coloring and admire yourself in the mirror later.

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