Tips for going from brunette to blonde

Aug 9, 2011 at 12:27 a.m. ET

Maybe you want to find out if blondes really do have more fun, or you want to camouflage those annoying little gray hairs at your temple a bit better. Whatever your reasoning, this is not a decision to be taken lightly. If not done correctly, the express train from brunette to blonde can derail at the intersection of muddy/green hair. Here are a few suggestions to help you achieve the look you want.

Brunette gone blonde

1Consider why you want this change.

Are you stressed out? Did you just get dumped for a blonde? Make sure you are doing this for the right reasons. If you enter this decision under pressure and it goes south, it may just push you over the edge -- and no one wants to see that. No one.

2Picture this.

Light hair washes a lot of people out. The last thing you need after making this switch is to have everyone constantly asking if you're tired. That's going to get annoying real fast. Consider a sassy new cut, or switch up your makeup. Maybe even think about a wig (or at least try one on to see how you look in that hair color).

3Ask the experts.

Consult a professional, or try an interactive hair color website to get recommendations.

4Be practical.

Be realistic about what level of blonde you hope to achieve, and understand that achieving it may take a few colorings.

5Assess your commitment.

Ask yourself how much energy and money you're willing to spend on upkeep. Dark roots are not sexy. Going from brunette to blonde is a real commitment in the maintenance department.

6Highlight first.

Streaks of blonde can give you that "I spend a lot of time out in the sun" look without a dramatic change. More highlighting around the face also can help you achieve a blonder look without a full-on color treatment.

7Nix the brassy look.

Brassiness, whether you do the color yourself or have a professional do it, is a common side effect of taking your hair from a dark shade to a light shade. You can purchase toners to mix into your shampoo that will tone down (as the word toner suggests) the orange/brassy color.

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