How To Get Your Best At Home Hair Color | My Strawberry Blonde Formula + Grey Coverage Tips


I’ve been getting a ton of questions on my current formula and tricks to covering greys.  This has been my most requested post topic lately and I’m really happy to be able to share the info!

I filmed a whole tutorial and had this gorgeous red lipstick on in it and was all ready to rock n’ roll with that tutorial …. except, when I went to go edit it, the entire end of the video was cut off.  Frustrating, but what are you going to do?

So before filming it again, I touched up my color and added my color to the bottle in a different order than how I had been.  And my color came out the BEST, in my personal opinion, that it’s ever come out. I’m so glad that other video didn’t turn out right because this new one has all the info and tips for getting this exact shade.

I also included a ton of info, for all hair shades, that are my best tips for at-home color.  I’ve been dyeing my hair now for 16 years, crazy!

The video is pretty detailed.  I really hope it’s helpful.

I wanted to do a summary of the points in the video for quick reference. So you can watch the video now and bookmark this page for the next time you color.

Tips for Great Color:

1 | Best Bottle in the Biz

I’ve tried so many bottles when it’s come to color. Within one use I knew: the plastic was too hard to be able to squeeze it enough to get the color out, the nozzle was too small, or the bottle wasn’t big enough to hold all the formula.

This bottle is the best.  Nothing but net, baby!  (aka, it’s a slam dunk, haha!)

2 | Order Matters

Maaaaaan, oh man.  I wish I had figured this out way sooner, but that’s the process of trial-and-error.  Putting the red dye in first has controlled the outcome so much better!

3 | Best Brush in the Biz

A pattern has emerged.  I truly thought all color accessories were created equal when I first started coloring my hair.  Oh how wrong I was.  This brush parts my hair in the cleanest lines, which makes sure the color is evenly placed and I don’t miss any spots.  The brush helps push the color into the roots, which helps cover any greys and helps the color come out richer.

Grey Coverage:

1 | Use a Gel formula.  They cover greys much better than liquids!

2 | Dip a q-tip into your developer and brush a small amount over resistant greys.  Leave this on for an extra minute or two, before you add the dye to your roots.  It will help those greys fade/blend more naturally.

Strawberry Blonde Formula:

My exact formula and order goes like this:

1 | Apply coconut oil to 2-3 inches on ends of hair

2 | Put on plastic gloves (if you leave the excess coconut oil on your hands, it becomes a mini deep conditioning treatment for your cuticles)

3 | Add 4-5 drops of 7G, Sunlit Blonde to applicator bottle.

4 | Fill to the 1.5 ounce line (exactly) with 8RG, Titian Red Blonde.

5 | Add 2 ounces of 8G, Golden Blonde to the bottle.

6 | Add 7 ounces of developer, Level 20, to the bottle.  Wella Color Charm is a 2:1 formula, so you add twice as much developer as you did dye.

You will have 3.5 ounces of color and 7 ounces of developer in the applicator bottle, for 10.5 ounces total.

Shake it up until the formula is totally mixed.  This part is really important.  You don’t want any pockets of unmixed color to get onto you hair, so really shake the bottle up.

7| Apply to roots for 30 minutes and then the ends for 4-5 minutes.

Make sure to watch the video for the last point and explanation of “A.B.T.”

These are the size of the drops I use for the 7G shade:

drop size drop size

Shop the Formula:

I get everything from Sally’s Beauty.   I generally buy 2-3 boxes of each shade, just in case I need extra.  Then I have it ready for next time.  I’ve used dye from an open tube for up to 4-6 weeks.  As I don’t use the full tube of each shade, I always store the tube for the next color, for up to 6 weeks, then after that I toss it out.

Wella Color Charm:

Shade 7G

Shade Titian Red Blonde 8RG

Shade 8G

Level 20 developer

Applicator Bottle

Hair Divider Color Brush

Coconut Oil

Plastic Gloves

Inspo Pics (Pin them for later!):

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Added a few pieces of extensions to make the braid extra long and thick!

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Thank you so much for watching + being a part of the blog!  I really hope this is helpful and answers a ton of questions on at home color and the strawberry blonde formula I’ve been using.

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  • Corinne
    November 1, 2016

    Your hair color is just gorgeous. I have light brown but highlighted hair (and some greys) and I keep thinking about trying this combo but am unsure if it would work on my hair. Thanks so much for sharing your formula!

    • Girl Get Glamorous
      November 2, 2016

      Hi Corinne!

      I think it would, I would just transition it, using the steps in this post first, to make sure the blonde highlights don’t turn pink.

      Let me know if you try it!
      xo Molly

  • Cath Millen
    November 1, 2016

    Molly, I have to admit, this color is insane! Really tricky shade to pull off, even by the total pros. Kudos!

    • Girl Get Glamorous
      November 2, 2016

      Thank you, Cath! I appreciate that! I still don’t feel like it’s perfect, but I do plan on trying little tweaks every time until I can get it perfect.

      xo Molly

  • sarahme1
    November 6, 2016

    How would you tweak the application for virgin hair? I colored for 30 years before letting it go natural.

    • Girl Get Glamorous
      November 7, 2016

      For virgin hair, you can apply the formula all at once, all over your hair, not just to the roots first. Then leave on for 30 minutes or 40 minutes if you have grey hair.

      xo Molly

  • Bonnie
    November 8, 2016

    Molly, thanks so much for posting this!! I absolutely LOVE this color and I have been using the old formula you posted a while back. I can’t wait to try the new one. I used to use the dreaded box dye before I found your videos and I could never get the red color I wanted…it was always too dark or too red! I even tried going to many different salons and it always came out completely different from what I wanted. Now I get the strawberry blonde shade I have always wanted! I also appreciate the detailed steps and instructions! I need them! It’s good to know I can save the unused tubes of color. I didn’t know if you could save them, so I have been throwing them out. Thanks! 🙂

  • Samantha Marie
    December 6, 2016

    Hi Molly –
    I LOVE your hair & blog. I so greatly appreciate you and everything you have shared with us!
    I believe in another one of your articles, I saw that an opened tube of Wella Gel only lasts a month long. So, I guess my question is to just confirm that… How will the opened tube last before it expires and I shouldn’t use it on my hair anymore? I color every 3 weeks, and do the 5-6 drops you prescribe above. Sounds like you have to purchase a new tube every other time you color for just the couple drops?
    Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Meagan
    April 11, 2017

    Help! I used 8rg + 8g because 7g was sold out. And as (I now see) you mentioned in some other posts, this can result in peachy hair! It didn’t help that there was a very little bit of blue staining.

    My hair was ombred, so it’s this perfect ginger on the top, and this sort of rose gold color on the bottom.. I wish it looked great, but It looks really weird.

    Would you add a color similar to 7g over top of the peachy bits?

    Any help would be super appreciated!

    • Amanda
      May 8, 2017

      I would actually love to see how your hair turned out! Do you have a pic? Also, what color was your hair before coloring it? Thanks!

  • Erika Knight
    July 4, 2017

    I tried this color combo lastnight and love it! Strawberry Blonde is my natural hair color and I’ve been wanting to go back to it! I had the ombré wth blonde! This color matches my roots perfectly! Thank you so much for sharing! They told sell my color in a box!

  • Rose Martin del campo
    August 13, 2017

    Hi Molly – I wanted to share my experience. I dyed my hair last night following your directions above. I forgot to take a “before” picture. Shame on me! My roots had grown out about 5″ and my natural hair is a dirty blonde with a few greys around my temple and side part. The rest of my hair was previously dyed a strawberry blonde/copper which i had gotten dyed at a salon back in March.

    So to start: I applied some developer on those greys a few minutes before applying the dye. I then started to apply dye around my face and side part. Then I applied dye to the rest of my head until saturated. I waited 30 minutes then rinsed out, shampooed and conditioned.

    Final result: Lighter roots around scalp and a slighter darker ends, think ombre-ish. Which I totally don’t mind! The ends turned out darker where my previously dye hair was but at least it’s all somewhat the same color.

    I did take some “after” pics if you’re interested to see.

    I’m going to wait and see how my hair turns out after a few washes to decide if I’ll tweak the formula any for next time.

    Thank you for posting your journey and your directions. They helped immensely.


  • Melissa
    August 16, 2017

    Help, how can I cover my strawberry roots without using hair dye? I am going through fertility treatments and we have to avoid chemicals. Right now I use 100% of the 8RG Tahitian Red but the finished product looks very much like Molly’s hair. Bright strawberry red/blonde, my natural color is dark blonde. I tried the Madison Reed Auburn root touch up powder but it was too dark. Wondering if there is an eyeshadow out there that would work?

  • jess
    September 9, 2017

    Ahhhh! I finally got it right!! I’ve tried your formula before and it came out way too red, then way too peachy pink but this time I followed this order exactly and my 5 inch gone out roots came out the most perfect strawberry blonde! The rest of my hair was a slight pink color and I could see the band of color, yuck, so I mixed up another batch in your exact order but used 7 drops of 7g this time instead of 4 drops to try and get the bottom half to match the roots and it worked perfectly! Thank you so much! I’m so freaking happy to have FINALLY found a shade of red that looks good on me!

  • Maria
    October 31, 2017

    Hi, I love this color! I wanted to know if it will turn out if I used it on my medium brown hair?
    Thank you,

  • Emily Furr
    December 22, 2017

    I tried this formula and really liked it, but would like to go more auburn. Do you have a suggested formula for a lighter auburn? I’m scared to jump in and start mixing colors when I’m not experienced enough. Thanks for the post!

    • Melissa
      December 22, 2017

      Hey Emily, I don’t use any blonde to tone down the red, I just use 100% of the 8RG Tahitian Red. No color mixing needed. It comes out a really pretty natural strawberry blonde auburn for me.

  • Amanda
    December 27, 2017

    I love your color! Strawberry blonde is such a tricky color. I have naturally medium brown hair and I’m wondering if this would work for me or if I would need a 30 or 40 developer. What do you think? What color is your hair naturally?

  • AMY D Ashford
    January 22, 2018

    For those of you with light neutral or golden blonde hair (like the 8g or 9g color swatch) this is what I use to achieve the same strawberry blonde (after lots of trial and error, oh and I have a ton of hair, so I mix up a lot).

    7G – 10 drops
    8RG – up to the 1oz line, so just under an ounce
    8G – 3oz, or a tube and a half

    I add a bit more of the 7G because my hair fades out super quickly. This allows it to be redder for longer, and adds a nice depth instead of it being too peachy.

    God’s speed my strawberry sisters!

  • Kimberly Weitz
    February 6, 2018

    Hi Molly,

    Thank you so much for posting your formula! It’s so kind of you and I’m truly grateful. I’m going to try it soon and I’ll let you and the community know how it goes.

    I was just wondering what v10 developer you would suggest for a refresh? I just don’t want to damage my hair with the v20 all the time, because it’s already pretty fried. Also wondering if you always put color throughout your hair vs. just a root touch up?

    Any recommendation on a hair product to help restore condition hair would also be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks so much for your time and help!

    • Amy Ashford
      February 7, 2018

      I use a level 20 each time, level 10 for me just washed out too quickly. I put the color on my roots for 25 minutes, then pull through for the last 15 minutes.

  • Donna
    March 15, 2018

    Thanks for your formula!
    My hair was (colored) med-dark auburn. I wanted it more strawberry blonde like yours & used 8G/light golden blonde-2 oz, 7WR/tan blonde-2 oz, mixed with 30 volume developer. I did the hair shaft to ends for 20 minutes & roots for last 10-15. It came out great however, I would like it a bit lighter. I also have a bit of grey which it didn’t cover to well. What would you suggest to use to lighten it ? Should I try a 9G or 9NG with 30 volume developer? Thanks so much !

  • C. M.
    March 19, 2018

    Hi! Thank you so much for this formula! It’s been perfection (and a financial windfall). Yay! Quick question-have you ever tried a 9rg / 9g combination? Or 8rg / 9g? If not, what do you think? Thank you again!

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