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    Old 07-18-2005, 06:09 PM   #1
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    Brown to Blonde?

    I have dark brown hair with blonde highlights. I would like to have my hair dyed blonde from my hairstylist. I am so afraid of how it would look on me and also if it would damage my hair. Need advice please.

     
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    Old 07-18-2005, 07:12 PM   #2
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    Re: Brown to Blonde?

    Don't do it! I did it earlier this summer and my once long, soft, beautiful hair looks like absolute s*it! Blonde hair will go out of style soon enough and you will be thankful you didn't ruin it.

     
    Old 07-18-2005, 07:36 PM   #3
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    Re: Brown to Blonde?

    I have dark brown hair and I have been getting caramel highlights for years and it is pretty much blonde all over now, except underneath. It is higher maintenence, and I couldnt imagine dying it all blonde. I like it the way it is, and I think you should just increase your highlights. Its much safer than just going all over. And the roots would be a nightmare!

     
    Old 07-19-2005, 08:28 AM   #4
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    I have to agree with the previous posters, I have seen medium to dark brunettes go blonde and the results are hideous. The eyebrows are a ton darker than the hair, and even if the chemical process doesn't fry the hair (which it usually does) they're left with awful roots. Even with touch-ups every two weeks, the roots are visible! I'm naturally a strawberry blonde and I go lighter- its enough work as it is.

    However, it is just hair- it grows back- and its your hair after all. Good luck in whatever you choose!

     
    Old 07-19-2005, 09:07 AM   #5
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    I'm brunette and went blonde a few years ago and hated the maintenance. My dark roots showed very quickly and I had to have it touched up a lot. I got tired of it and went back to brunette and I love it!

     
    Old 07-20-2005, 05:50 AM   #6
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    Re: Brown to Blonde?

    Hairdresses recommend only going 4 shades lighter or darker than your natural colour. Blonde hair in my opinion is ugly and is much harder to make the hair shine. The dye will destroy your hair as well, not worth the money.

     
    Old 07-20-2005, 06:35 AM   #7
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    Blonde hair in my opinion is ugly
    That isn't very nice

     
    Old 07-20-2005, 06:42 AM   #8
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    Re: Brown to Blonde?

    What about the people who are naturally blonde? I think it can be a beautiful color if it is done properly.

     
    Old 07-23-2005, 04:46 PM   #9
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    Re: Brown to Blonde?

    i go to school with a buncha brunette girls who all want to be blonde so they bleach their hair and everyone including boys think it looks disgusting because it's all dry and frizzy and it doesn't even look natural. and then your dark roots start showing so you have to go to back and pay who knows how much just to get a touchup. don't follow dumb media trends and even if it's just for yourself why would you want to ruin the good thing you already have? trust me, those girls who bleach their hair and make it look all gross look waaayyy better with their natural hair color. good luck in your decision if you havent made it already.

     
    Old 07-23-2005, 06:13 PM   #10
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    Re: Brown to Blonde?

    I would like to be a blonde sometimes, but personally, I don't think I would go blonde unless I had a real good hairstylist that made it look natural or made the dark roots not show. whatever decision you make, i hope it works out.
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    Old 07-23-2005, 07:19 PM   #11
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    Re: Brown to Blonde?

    I have alot of blonde from years of highlights (mostly on top) and it isn't a really light color, more of a caramel-y color (my natural color is very dark brown). It isn't damaged, but I take really really good care of my hair. It is shoulder-length and I condition every day and use a shine serum and my hair is very very soft. But like I said, I did not get all-over color, though my hair is mostly lighter now, and it isn't that gross bleachy light blonde that everyone gets. It is a nice compromise and my hair isn't fried. I think natural blonde hair is very beautiful, but I also like my brown. I figure by the time my grey comes in (im 29) highlights help to camoflage it. My mom had brown hair and she tried for years to dye over her grey, and it looked like crap. Finally she grew it out, and highlighted to blend the grey and remaining brown, and her hair looked the best it ever has. She is 53 now and has grey and blonde hair, and it is really pretty. I think it is fun to experiment with haircolor, but I always go to my hairdresser. I also get lots of trims and take really good care of my hair.

     
    Old 07-23-2005, 08:56 PM   #12
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    Re: Brown to Blonde?

    I've heard that you should only dye your hair two or less shades away from your natural color at home. People with medium to dark brown hair are probably going to look better with brunette hair color than they would if they went all the way blonde. Hillary is right that highlights are a great way to go because hair looks pretty when it's multi-tonal, especially if you take good care of it like Hillary does . I also think that you'll get the best, most natural looking results from hair dye if you choose a color close to what you had as a child. For instance, I had pale blonde hair as a little girl, which slowly darkened to dark blonde, with lots of blonde highlights especially in the summer, as I became an adult. I never dyed my hair at all until I was about 21, at which point I went from dark blonde about two shades lighter, to a cool medium blonde (it matched my cool ivory skin and green eyes). It's only a little bit darker and otherwise very close to my hair color as a child, and I think it looks pretty good. For roots, there is a spray-in blonde dye at drugstores that washes out completely after each use, usually by the spray-in crazy hair color in the hair dye aisle. It works pretty well--there used to be a foam that you could apply just to roots that made them blonder, but they stopped making it, unfortunately . Anyway, I would suggest that people considering going blonde stick to caramel/light brown highlights if their hair is darker than medium brown, that all wannabe blondes get highlights which make hair prettier and camoflage roots as they grow out, and that you consider coloring your hair the same shade it was when you were little. I also highly recommend Loreal Color Expert kits--I use the medium or light blonde ones which include both base color (for full head or root touch up) and a lighter color to apply as highlights. It works great, you can place the highlights exactly where you want with your hair styled as usual, and it's pretty reasonably priced if you only do it every few months, yet another reason not to go blonde if your hair is pretty dark naturally. So there are economical ways to be blonde, but it definitely requires more money and effort than maintaining your natural haircolor or highlights. And yes, it can cause damage, and I don't think it's always more attractive on many people than brown hair. It's important to match the undertone, warm or cool, of the dye to the undertones of your natural coloring and skin, or it won't look good. I think men perhaps liked my darker blonde hair better because it was more subtle and didn't attract as much attention to my face, but I like my blonde hair because it makes my skin glow and my face look very pretty, youthful, and angelic. Quite frankly though, I don't think most people care at all one way or another, so I'd only suggest dying your hair blonde if you want to and if you're only really doing it for you. I hope some of the advice you're getting helps a bit...good luck!

     
    Old 08-09-2005, 01:26 PM   #13
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    Re: Brown to Blonde?

    Go for it! Just be careful with your hair and do it gradually without using harsh products and make sure to be at a nice salon. It may cost a lot but if it is worth it to you then do it.. it's better than messing it up at home. My hair is brown, kind of medium brown, and I am going blonde! What I recommend is the highlights.. just got lots of them and do them little by little.. not too light at first. Mine blend well so my roots don't get bad surprisingly. My hairstylist told me when my hair is actually blonde (it is honey colored now I'd say).. then every other time I come in she will just dye the roots only.. then the opposite times do the highlights. Keep getting trims and condition your hair well I do flat iron my hair with the Chi.. and mine is healthy and NOT dry or damaged at all.. I just don't iron it every day. I'll do it a few times a week and wear my hair wavy other days or just up. It just takes time to get blonde.. you don't want to do it all at once.. that's when you are very likely to get weak damaged dry hair! Good luck and let me know if it works out I'm getting mine done again at the end of the month and I'm hoping to be lots lighter!

     
    Old 08-09-2005, 03:25 PM   #14
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    Re: Brown to Blonde?

    My natural hair color is dark brown. Wow I haven't seen that color for years, lol. In the past 4 years I have tried to get that "perfect blonde" and it just wasn't working.. I have put my hair through some crazy things and about almost a year ago my hair was so unhealthy, it wouldn't grow for anything and my hair kept breaking because I kept bleaching it..what was I thinking? So I finally cut my hair and dyed it brown. I finally went to my hair stylist 8 monthes ago and was gradually putting highlights through my hair every month and half, and for probably the last 5 monthes I have been just touching up my roots.. my hair is actually pretty, and its actually growing now and such a nice blonde-I actually get compliments now, so it's not impossbile..It takes time to get it to a blonde that you want when your natural color is brown..you can't just do it all in one process..no bleaching!

    so my advice from experience is run highlights through it gradually.. nothing to dramatic in one visit..every visit that you get your hair done just add a little more highlights...

     
    Old 08-09-2005, 11:30 PM   #15
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    Re: Brown to Blonde?

    I agree w/ you nicole27! That is exactly what I am doing I'm just waiting until the end of the month now to get mine done for the third time and my hairstylist says it should be blonde by this time! Can't wait

     
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