How to Transition Blonde To Strawberry Blonde Hair

 

I get this email a lot asking if it’s possible to go from blonde to strawberry blonde at home.  I wanted to do a post, instead of answering the emails individually, in case more lovely ladies were wondering the same thing.  Going from blonde to strawberry blonde can be done, just prepare yourself for a slow transition.

The first time a hairdresser told me I couldn’t go from almost black hair (yep) to bleach blonde (yep) in one color, I was confused.  What is this “transition” you speak of?  I just wanted to be blonde-y blonde again.  The stylist explained that for the most natural look, it’s better to gently transition your hair from black to medium brown to dark blonde to light blonde over the course of a few months, going lighter each time you color.

Well, I was fairly young at the time and very impatient and didn’t love the idea of waiting too dang long for anything.  But somehow, I listened.  And my hair came out great.

Then…

I was a blonde-y blonde and decided it was time for brown hair again.  And this time, there would be no transition.  Well, it did not go well.  My hair came out brown with strong green tones.  And a few extra light blonde pieces came out straight up green.

I definitely learned my lesson.  Transition time = is time well spent.

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Blonde to Strawberry Blonde:

To transition from all over or highlighted blonde to a strawberry blonde shade, start by adding just 1/4 a tube MAX of Reddish Blonde color to a full tube of Golden Blonde, then add slightly more of the red shade each 4-6 weeks you color, until you are at the Strawberry Blonde shade you want.

I recommend trying the following formula and tweaking it to best fit your color:

Mix one full tube of your blonde shade, preferably Wella 8G Light Golden Blonde.

with:

One quarter of a tube of 8RG Titian Red Blonde (and add your developer.)

Then the next time you color, add half of a tube to Titian Blonde.  Then the next time you color, add 3/4 of a tube to the mix.  This way you gradually ease the red into your color.

Too much red over blonde color ends up pink.  Which is a cute color, but unless you were going for pink hair, most people do not want pink hair.  So I think adding in a very small amount of reddish color into your blonde color formula each time is a good way to gradually make your way to strawberry blonde at home, while minimizing the risk of getting pink in your hair.

If your hair starts to go too peach or too pink, you can also add 1/2 oz or 1 oz of Wella 7G Sunlit Blonde Brown into the mix of 2 oz golden Blonde and 1/2 oz of Titian Red Blonde.  This should give it a bit more depth.  I’ve been adding a little of 7G (1/2 oz) to my formula lately and really liking the results.

Too Red?

The reverse of this, is that if you hair came out too red and you’d like it to be more blonde, just subtract a bit of the Titian Red Blonde from your formula each time you color, until you get to the exact right shade of strawberry blonde for you.

I am not a stylist and even if I was, it’s too hard to recommend an exact formula for each person without seeing their hair in person.  So this is a good starting point, but if you have a colorist you like, it might be worth checking in with them for at least one of these transition sessions.  If you don’t have a go-to stylist, use this as a general guide and adjust the colors to best suit your complexion and hair.

Here are a few more strawberry blonde inspo pics!  I feel like I haven’t posted hair pics in a while, so here we go with a few recent fav styles:

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I hope this helps!  Please let me know how your color comes out.  Thank you for reading and being a part of the blog.  You can find me on Facebook // Instagram @girlgetglamorous // Youtube  // and Pinterest.  If you try this color combo at home, please tag me in your Instagram photos so I can see your new color!!

 

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12 Comments
  • Karen
    October 13, 2015

    Thanks Molly, sometimes I do enter than my hairdresser and going to try this myself! Sounds exactly what I need and am looking for, your expertise in strawberry is much appreciated. You are a beautiful person too.

    • Girl Get Glamorous
      October 13, 2015

      You are so sweet to say that, thank you!!!

  • Kalena
    October 21, 2015

    First off: love love love your hair! My natural is a deeper reddish brown and gets very light. Since I am now housing more white hairs that don’t dye, I have been trying to get lighter. But I don’t want to go too light all at once as I have fair skin as well. Your color technique is awesome and I was wondering if you could recommend a mix? I have been using the Wella (thank you for that too!) 7W caramel with a blonde. Not really a difference. I love how yours is reddish and would love to do that. Do you think that would be possible? I know you aren’t a hair dresser but you have given me more advice that works than any hair dresser I have ever talked with. So any input would be great! Thanks!

    • Girl Get Glamorous
      October 28, 2015

      Hey girl! Yes, check out the “Strawberry Blonde Part 2” post, I think the Wella combos might be what you are looking for. And thank you about my hair and the advice, I really appreciate both comments!!

    • Girl Get Glamorous
      November 21, 2015

      Hi Kalena!

      So glad this all is helpful to you! I have found the Wella titian and golden blonde combo is my most consistent color that I love and get good grey coverage with. I have been adding a 1/4 oz of the sunlight brown blonde to the mix lately and like it so much that I think I will do a whole separate post on it. Also, if you dip a cotton swab in your developer and apply to the super resistant greys, it’ll help them get more coverage. I apply this just for a few minutes while I’m mixing up my color, then add the color formula over it. I hope this helps!

  • Rochelle
    February 19, 2016

    So glad I read the comments – I needed help with resistant grays. I just tried your Wella combination this week (although I wimped out on the Titian and only added a quarter tube since my hair pulls red so easily – didn’t realize that I was using your “transitional” formula, ha!). I’m only 5-10% gray, but the color didn’t take on those pesky grays! It sucks getting old… I’ll try the developer trick the next go around!

    • Girl Get Glamorous
      February 29, 2016

      It makes a big difference! I forgot to do it this time touching up my roots and noticed that the greys around my face didn’t take as well to the color…

  • Nakeshia
    July 20, 2016

    OK I got all these wella colors except liquid. .my will the formula still be the same??

    • Girl Get Glamorous
      July 20, 2016

      Yes, I just found with the liquid versions my grey didn’t get as much coverage so the end results were much lighter for me. If you don’t have any grey/white hair this shouldn’t be a problem for you. But if you do, I’d try the gel formula next time 🙂

  • Jessica Morgan
    August 29, 2016

    Hey molly! I love all your posts and I used your formula minus the 7G on my light blonde hair and it turned out well, aside from my mid shaft to ends turning slightly pinkish. I used 1/2 oz of red blonde(too much for the first time I think). For the next time I color, would 1/2 oz of the red blonde and a 1/4 oz of 7G added to a full tube of 8G help with the pinkish color? Thanks for your help!!

  • Denise Miller
    September 20, 2016

    Hi Molly! I’m new here and reading all your blogs. I’m going to try your combination on how to transition to strawberry blonde this weekend!! I usually get in a rush when I go from blonde to red and it just doesn’t last very long and turns out too red. And red fades so quickly!! Can’t wait to try your formula. So glad I found this blog! My husband will be glad I switch to a strawberry blonde too instead of straight red as he claims that I get an attitude when I have red hair 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Girl Get Glamorous
      September 22, 2016

      LOL, we all need a little redhead attitude, don’t you think 😉 Haha, so glad you found the blog! Looking forward to hearing how it goes for you!

      xo Molly

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