Hola! Bonjour! To all my international redhead friends, this post is for you.
I get tons of emails and questions on how to get Strawberry Blonde hair at home, in countries that don’t sell Wella Color Charm. First of all, it’s so exciting to have so many Strawberry Blondes from all around the world here as part of this blog community!
Second, it is actually fairly easy to find a similar color match overseas. The key is knowing what to ask for, so I wanted to put together a (hopefully) clear explanation.
My Wella Color Charm Formula:
My current combination of Wella Color Charm is 2 ounces of 8G “Light Golden Blonde” / 1.5 ounces of 8RG “Titian Red Blonde” / and .5 ounces of 7 G “Sunlit Blonde” with a Level 20 developer.
Color Charm is a 1:2 formula, meaning for every 1 ounce of dye you use, you use 2 ounces of developer. So if your dye was 4 ounces, you would add 8 ounces of developer to the mix, for a total of 12 ounces of formula.
I started adding the 7 G to the formula because my hair is all grey now and the 8G + 8RG on it’s own was starting to get a little peach colored. You may or may not want to add a bit of 7 G to your formula, definitely try to experiment for your best look.
If you are living in a country where you can not buy Wella Color Charm, I would ask at your beauty supply store if they carry any Wella formulas, Koleston seems to be the most mentioned line people ask me about. That’s my first choice, my 2nd choice is L’Oreal, but I do find the L’oreal fades faster.
From any brand, ask the sales person to help you find:
a Level 8 “Golden Blonde” shade, with a gold base.
a Level 8 “Red Blonde” shade, with a red – gold, or red base.
If you are very grey or very blonde, you might want to add a bit of:
a Level 7 “Blonde” shade, with a gold base.
*Screenshot this ^ and bring it with you to shop!
for 8RG Titian Red Blonde: Koleston 8/04
for 8G Light Golden Blonde: Koleston 8/03
for 7G Sunlit Blonde: Koleston 7/03
Definitely check with a sales person who knows the color line before purchasing, but those are the substitutions I would make. I’d do the same ounces of each Koleston shade as I’m currently using in the Color Charm.
Also, Amazon has Wella Color Charm, not sure what their shipping policies are, but it’s worth checking out!
Shameless plug: I started a hair extension line that has a beautiful shade for Strawberry Blondes, matched directly off my color. I’m wearing them in the pic above. The entire line ships internationally and the website is www.girlgetglamorousHAIR.com. End of shameless plug, haha!
I really hope this helps!! If you find a great store in your city or country or online, please leave it in the comments below, I’m sure it could really help someone else out who is searching. And if you try this combo from the Koleston line from Wella, definitely please leave a comment and tell us about your result. I’m sure that would be very helpful and reassuring to other gals!
Also, where is everyone from? I’d love to know!
Thank you for reading!