Hello, Strawberry Blonde friends!
In this post, I mentioned that I get my favorite at-home color for strawberry blonde hair by combining two shades of L’oreal Excellence, “Reddish Blonde” & “Red Penny”. I got a lot of questions about it, so I wanted to go a bit deeper into how I color my hair at home. Hopefully, it’s really clear and helpful!
Also, I have started my own line of clip-in extensions, with a special shade for Strawberry Blondes! You can find them here: www.girlgetglamorousHAIR.com and they are super easy to clip in and style yourself.
I have an updated Part 2 post on how I get my hair color at home, I have switched formulas! You can read that here.
TWO IMPORTANT THINGS
1 | My hair is really grey, probably 80-90% at this point, so my color with come out more “sheer” at the roots/regrowth than if you have no grey. I will post a close up photo at the bottom, so you can see exactly what I mean by sheer.
2 | The first 1-3 days/washes your hair will be slightly more red than strawberry blonde as you can see at the end of the video, but red does fade quickly so by the end of week one you should have the perfect strawberry blonde.
I’ve found that if I have the “perfect” shade of strawberry blonde right after coloring (by just using the Reddish Blonde color), it fades SO quickly within the first week that I’m left with more blonde than red hair for three to four weeks until my next color. So for me, I prefer to have it slightly too red for the first couple of day to a week, then have the rest of the month the perfect strawberry blonde shade.
What You’ll Need
- Box of L’oreal Reddish Blonde
- Box of L’oreal Red Penny (discontinued – check out my updated formulas here)
I like to buy four boxes total, two boxes of each shade, in case my hair is taking a lot of color, just to make sure I have enough to saturate my hair. I only mix two up at first, but I like to have extra on hand, just in case. If you have long hair, you should probably do this too. If you don’t end up using the boxes, then you’re all stocked for next month! But this way you are prepared at least in case to boxes isn’t enough.*
- Old towel.
- Timer. I use my phone.
- Large mixing bottle and parting comb
How I Get Strawberry Blonde Color At Home
1 | Open your bathroom doors and windows. Bonus points if you have a fan to keep the air circulating.
2 | Check the back of the tubes just to make sure you have the right shades! They should have a 7R and 8RB printed on the back.
3 | Pour the developer from both boxes into the large mixing bottle.
4 | Add the color tubes from both boxes into the mixing bottle.
5 | Cover the tip with your gloved finger and shake for a solid minute. It’s really important that the two shades mix evenly, so shake for 30 seconds past when you think it’s fully mixed.
6 | *Start your timer now.* This will help you avoid brassiness. I try and work fast, it takes me about 5 minutes to get all the color on. I leave my color on for 40 minutes starting from the second I start. You will only need to leave your color on for 30 minutes if you don’t have grey hair.
7 | I start coloring with the hair around my face, then I do my center part, top of my head, sides, and back.
8 | Let the color sit for 25-30 minutes (for greys). Then add the rest of the dye to the middle and ends of your hair. If you have no grey hair, let the color sit 20 min from when you started applying, then pull the color through for the last 10 minutes.
9 | Shower time! Run the water at medium heat through your hair and massage the color from scalp to ends to rinse it out of your hair.
10 | When the water runs clear, I take the conditioner from the box, and “shampoo” my hair with it for 30 seconds then rinse it all out. Then I add conditioner to the bottom half of my hair and let that sit for 3-5 minutes.
Like I said above, the color might be slightly too red for the first couple of days. I just wash my hair every day or every other day until it’s the right shade of strawberry blonde for me, then I got back to washing it twice a week and using dry shampoo every day.
Here are some pics of my hair from the day after coloring to a week and a half later.
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Thank you for reading and being a part of the blog! – Molly