How to Get Strawberry Blonde Hair At Home | the DIY Guide

by Molly Gardner

Hello, Strawberry Blonde Babes!

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: 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.}


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

*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.  I SWEAR I am wearing a towel in this video, just the cropping looks a bit weird.  I did not want to post the video, but am posting it for the greater good of mankind and redheads of the world, even though I look cray-cray!
  • 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.


The team!

The team!

Right after rinsing color out and blow drying.

Right after rinsing color out and blow drying.

Day after coloring. 1 shampoo and hair blown dry.

Day after coloring. 1 shampoo and hair blown dry.

10 days after coloring. Hair has faded to my desired shade, but with some "sheerness" at roots.

10 days after coloring. Hair has faded to my desired shade, but with some “sheerness” at roots.

10 days after coloring.

10 days after coloring.



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Candace February 6, 2014 - 6:34 am

This is SO cute! I’m so proud of you!!!
xoxo C

Bell February 11, 2014 - 7:36 pm

I love your hair color. What was your natural hair colore before. I have a med brown and am wondering if mixing those two boxes would lift it?

Reply February 11, 2014 - 9:32 pm

My hair was light brown with red tones before, but I started going grey at 20 years old, so now it’s mostly grey! It’s worth trying these shades, it might not be a super bright strawberry blonde, but will lighten your hair and definitely give it red tones. If you want to try it, sometimes I snip a tiny piece of hair from the middle of the back of my head (just a 1/4 of an inch -teeny tiny, you can have a friend help) then tape that down to a plastic bag (so your counter doesn’t get ruined), and apply the dye to the piece of hair to see how the color turns out before you do your whole head. I know it seems scary at first to snip a little hair, but if you do tiny enough you can’t tell at all. Then you can see the results you’ll get before you do your whole head. I hope this helps! Let me know what you decide or tag me on Instagram so I can see a before/after! My Instagram is: girlgetglamorous

JCF June 19, 2016 - 11:06 pm

I’m more than a little late this post-but as a born redhead now almost 50 I’ve found one additional trick to lasting color-about 8 weeks w no fading at all- I do a clear coat glossing treatment. I use the ion clear brand w the same brand of developer 1:1 and 30 mins later I rise and then do a deep condition. Hair looks model in the magazines under bright lights shine perfect. And it lasts. A very long time.

a wonderful blog. Thanks for this.
Would you ever do strawberry blonde ombré? Id love to se that done well.

dariarutkowski nitsch September 18, 2016 - 11:49 pm

Hi I am totally new to dying my hair, can you tell me what the exact name of the ION Clear brand is? and if there is color which color red? When do you do this part of process, after you dye it with the Loreal? Do you need to wait? Sorry if they seem like obvious questions, but I really would like to find a way to make it last a long time as I swim in pool and I am concerned it will not last as long.

Allison Solin October 30, 2016 - 3:24 pm

I’m also curious about the clear coat process. Do you do it the same week after you color?

Melissa Richardson September 10, 2016 - 2:29 am

I cannot find red penny anywhere 🙁 ice been to 4 drug stores

Girl Get Glamorous September 10, 2016 - 8:19 pm

I could only find it online. Here is the link:

Also, check out the Wella Formulas I posted also, they are easier to find in stores. 🙂

Bell February 22, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Thanks girly for all your help!
I’m gonna try it 😉

jewelflip March 4, 2014 - 8:40 pm

Thanks for the tips! I have been trying to find the right balance between copper and blonde. Mine is sitting at a bit more saturated copper than yours. I’m going to let it fade out and then perk it back up using your blend.

Reply March 7, 2014 - 8:43 am

I’m glad they helped! I tried some new shades as well (all in the name of blogging-lol!) and mine is a bit too red right now. Will have to go back to my blend too.

Anne March 27, 2014 - 11:36 am

Molly, I tried L’Oreal 8RB and I love it. The color works perfectly on my pixie cut! In the summer I will combine both colors. Many thanks for the suggestions.

Reply March 28, 2014 - 7:02 am

I’m so happy it worked for you! I think L’Oreal’s color line is incredible, so glad you like it too!!

Molly April 24, 2014 - 10:48 pm

Hi,I was so inspired by your hair that I am now sitting waiting for it to process. I didn’t use what you have but I think it will be close. I used myhd 8.44 intense copper blonde 2/3 plus 7.46 copper red with 20 developer, cause I have a lot of grey too. Hope it works.

Reply April 25, 2014 - 6:56 pm

So exciting! Glad I could inspire you. How did it come out??

Julie April 25, 2014 - 11:59 pm

LOVE this color!! I’m a blondie blonde and have ginger daughters….would love to match them. Do you think I would be ok doing this on my own??

Reply April 26, 2014 - 7:26 am

I think so! If you are a super light blonde you might not even need to add the Red Penny. I’d try the Reddish Blonde first on it’s own and then if it’s not strawberry-red enough for you, then next time you color do the Red Penny and Reddish Blonde combo. Let me know if you try it. Also, I am praying that I have kids with red hair, I think it’s the absolute cutest, lucky you!!

Linda April 28, 2014 - 2:25 pm

I have rro7 red copper on my medium brown hair and I love it but iam due for hair color m roots on top is showing I use loreal will the mixture red penny and reddish blonde look good get back to me as soon as you can thanks

Reply April 28, 2014 - 6:12 pm

I think you could do this, but the Red Penny and Reddish Blonde will be lighter than what you have you your hair, so your roots will come out a bit lighter than the rest of your hair the first time you do it. The second time and on it will probably be more blended looking. I hope this helps!

ladyjayne May 16, 2014 - 2:43 am

Molly have you tried the Revlon Strawberry Blonde if so what do you think? Do you know if there are any good semi permanent SR colors that you would recommend? They keep discontinuing SR colors too that’s a shame. I loved natural instincts Desert Sunrise cannot get it anymore.

Cindy June 11, 2014 - 2:26 am

I wanted more strawberry blonde which was my natural color years ago got any suggestions…love your s just want lighter not so red

Reply June 11, 2014 - 7:00 am

For more of a blonde-than-red strawberry blonde, I would try the Reddish Blonde shade on its own. The color is really beautiful!

Angelica June 11, 2014 - 4:21 pm

Your posts are marvelous! You’re like the Harvard University graduate school of Strawberry Blondness! I have the same “sheer” problem of greys making their presence known as color fades so… what I do: as I am doing my makeup, applying my bronzer over my foundation, I then (don’t call me crazy) apply my powder bronzer directly to my “sheer” roots with a smaller sable brush and it works like a charm (til you shampoo, of course!) My favorite drugstore brand bronzing powder is Wet ‘n Wild Coloricon bronzer in shade # 739 Ticket To Brazil. It’s better than Guerlin, Lancôme, Bobbi Brown, you name it! AND it’s around $4! PLUS it’s a real decent match for my hair color which is L’Oreal Preference 9GR. Hey girl, thanks for all your posts!

Reply June 18, 2014 - 4:10 am

Thank you for the compliments! I will try this, nothing sounds crazy to me at this point! Love it, thank you for sharing!!

marierogers June 17, 2014 - 5:34 pm

hi..ive been looking for a strawberry blond color (currently light blond which is NOT good for me) going to try loreal 8rb..will keep u posted marie

Reply June 18, 2014 - 3:56 am

Let me know how it turns out! 🙂

lori July 12, 2014 - 9:04 pm

Hi, I tried to do strawberry blonde at the salon and it keeps coming out too dark. I want to try your mix, but now that my hair has already been colored (reddish, but too dark), how long should I leave this combo on the rest of the hair after I start the roots? I really appreciate the help, i’m trying to get the perfect color at home bc i’m now on tighter budget. Thanks again!

Amanda October 2, 2014 - 7:52 pm

Hi! Thanks for the great post your hair is lovely! I’ve been using the loreal reddish blonde for about a year now and love it but the red does fade so fast! This will be great for when I get the itch for a more red.
I was wondering though, my hair length is about the same as yours in the video you did and you said you use 2 boxes of color. So when you use 2 boxes of the same color do u mix and combine the 2 into one big bottle or make them up separately? My ends don’t really pick up the color and tend to stay more blonde, so maybe if I used 2 boxes more dye could penetrate the ends? I just got my hair trimmed today so that may help too maybe. Any thoughts? Thanks!!

Girl Get Glamorous October 2, 2014 - 7:58 pm

Thank you, that’s so nice of you to say about my hair! Here is a post that I think will answer the mixing question:

Let me know if you have any more questions about the dyes and I’ll do my best to answer! 🙂 Molly

Shannon December 14, 2014 - 3:20 am

Hey 🙂 am a natural strawberry blonde, but as I am aging its just getting duller. I use to get it professionally done and it was gorgeous but it was a hard hit to the pocket book 😉 Any suggestions on just one type/brand of colour? I don’t want to have to play around with the dye at all (my hair is too precious!) I am in Canada and it seems impossible to find reddish blonde / strawberry blonde anywhere!! Help a girl out :))

Girl Get Glamorous December 27, 2014 - 11:14 pm

Hi Shannon,

One of my Instagram followers said she found the Wella Color Charm strawberry blonde shades at a place called Please let me know if this works out for you!!

xo – Molly

Rebecca February 2, 2015 - 9:52 am

It looks gorgeous never thought to mix dyes before. Can I do this on my dark brown hair would I have to bleach it first? x

Girl Get Glamorous February 2, 2015 - 7:58 pm

Depending on how dark brown it is, you might have to go in stages so it doesn’t get to orangey. Maybe go for dark strawberry blonde first, then medium strawberry blonde, the light strawberry blonde. I hope this helps!

Karen February 3, 2015 - 5:15 pm

Hi Molly, Just found your wonderful web site on hair and make-up. I just love the “How to color your hair Strawberry Blonde…..It seems to be the best information I have come across so far on strawberry blonde hair…I just tried the L’Oreal color and just love it, I maybe go a bit more red and try the Wella Color Charm…. I am so glad I found you! Do you have any information on platinum blonde hair? My daughter needs some good tips on getting the color and not frying her hair…. Thanks again for all your wonderful information….


Girl Get Glamorous February 4, 2015 - 6:41 pm

Hi Karen,

Thank you, so glad you are liking the blog! I haven’t done platinum blonde hair in a while, but my best advice is to use a violet tinted shampoo once a week to keep the platinum blonde more white than yellow. Also, if she gets it done in a salon, there is a new product called “Olaplex” that reduces coloring damage to the hair. It’s only available to stylists though. I hope this helps!!


Karen February 4, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Hi Molly,
Thank you, I will let my daughter know about the violet tinted shampoo and the other product Olaplex if she gets it done in a salon….
Thanks again,

Margaret March 27, 2015 - 1:04 am

I’ve never colored my own hair before. Your instructions and video make me much more confident about trying. My natural color was strawberry blonde. At 30, my color faded and I started getting it colored. Now, I am 51 years old and have been letting the stylist do as they please. I have very curly hair and have been getting highlights and lowlights. Medium to light brown with sandy blonde highlights. I really want the strawberry blonde again. Can I just go over my current color?

Girl Get Glamorous May 6, 2015 - 5:26 am

Hi Margaret,

It depends on how faded the color is…I get nervous with super blonde highlights, because they can turn pink with red color placed over them. It might be better to have a stylist take your hair strawberry blonde first, then keep up the color yourself from there 🙂

I hope this helps!

Txbrat April 28, 2015 - 12:31 am

Hello Molly, i just recently found your site, and I’m so impressed with your knowledge and your willingness to share with us Strawberry Blonde red heads.
I’ve always been a red head, but due to aging my hair is not only graying, but the red is fading as well.
I read with fascinating interest all your suggestions for achieving the right color, And I wanted you to know that I tried the Wella Creme colors 8rg and a few drops of 7r and the color came out perfect! I couldn’t be more pleased, and I’m absolutely indebted to you for sharing your tips. I thank you ever so much for your help and your amazing kindness.
I so look forward to reading your future suggestions and tips.

Girl Get Glamorous May 6, 2015 - 5:28 am

Hi Arleen,

I’m SO glad the formula worked for you! I love hearing that and that’s so great that you found a color that works for you. Thank you for taking the time to let me know, I really appreciate that 🙂


stickyfingerswolf June 1, 2015 - 7:06 pm

Hi Molly, thank you so much for this! It’s so helpful and thorough and I just love your hair color. I have dark blonde hair and will be using all of your suggestions to go strawberry blonde.

I do have a question for you. My hair is quite long, maybe six inches longer than yours, and it has never been colored before. In the two videos I just watched above, I see you applying color to your roots, and in one of them I also see you applying extra color to the shafts and twisting/curling strands up. Is this second step all I need to do to apply color to the entirety of my hair?

Girl Get Glamorous June 4, 2015 - 2:44 am

Hi there, so glad this is helpful to you! And you are correct, for first time color, just apply the dye all over your hair, from roots to ends in one step. Then leave on for 30 minutes (40 if you have greys). I hope you love it!

Kaya June 15, 2015 - 5:23 pm

Absolutely love this, thank you for all the help, it looks amazing! I’m going to be colouring mine tomorrow with these – will let you know how the results turn out! Do you have an instagram i could follow?
Kaya x

Girl Get Glamorous June 15, 2015 - 6:39 pm

Thank you! I hope yours comes out amazing!! My instagram is: @girlgetglamorous

bobbie July 23, 2015 - 9:42 pm

Hello ! Oh thank you so much for the information you put on your site! I am 68 and mostly gray but not willing to be “gray” My hairdreser is supposed to be doing my color as a strawberry blonde but it is too dark and I am tired of asking for MY color, not what he thinks. Anyway, I have one concern. My hair in light is a reddish light auburn but since my roots are going to be gray I am terrified, and I mean terrified, of having my roots come out pink or something. Do I have to worry about that using the combination you use? I am a female disabled vet and the money I am paying for stylist for the coloring and cut (longish pixie) is hurting our budget badly. Have to make a change but want to do it right and want to still have the perfect color (like yours) thanks sooooo much

Girl Get Glamorous July 27, 2015 - 4:16 am

Hi there! My hair is 95% grey and I don’t get any pink, but if you are nervous, I would do the Wella combo and start out with using 1 full tube of Golden Blonde and only 1/2 a tube of the Titian Red Blonde, so that you can gradually build up the red each time you color to the desired level of strawberry blonde. I hope this works for you, I can use this formula and color my hair for under $15 each time. 🙂

Bobbie July 27, 2015 - 11:15 am

Then use the Wella rather than the Loreal?

Girl Get Glamorous July 27, 2015 - 5:54 pm

I feel like it’s easier to tweak and personalize the Wella formula, whereas the Loreal formula is better for people new to hair coloring. I hope this helps!

Erica Porsch September 10, 2015 - 5:14 pm

Love your hair!! I am a light sandy blonde currently but the ends are quite blonde because I have been growing the blonde out for months. I’d say I’m over 6 months of not dying my hair and really want to use the mix you show, any suggestions for the bottom of my hair? it’s about the same length as yours and my natural hair ends at about my jaw line. Below my jaw is quite blonde but thanks to the sun this summer, my natural red undertones have come out.

K September 16, 2015 - 1:59 am

I used to use L’Oreal light reddish blonde, but then I became pregnant and had to go back to my natural color (dark ash blonde). In order to do this I started using Garnier Nutrisse because it didn’t seem to have the same harsh chemicals like L’Oreal and others on the market. I continued to use the Garnier after, because it didn’t make my hair smell so bad after coloring. Unfortunately, Garnier does not carry a reddish blonde color anymore. Do you have a suggested ratio of regular natural blonde and some sort of reddish hair color from the Garnier line I could try to achieve my desired shade of light reddish blonde. I’d really hate to have to go back to the chemical smell of L’Oreal.

Girl Get Glamorous October 1, 2015 - 3:55 am

I haven’t used Garnier since college, but I do know that L’Oreal INOA is ammonia-free. It smells a lot better than most dyes. I checked out the Garnier website, and Olia 8.31 – Medium Golden Blonde looks like it would be a good start for a more blonde look or Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme 643 – Light Natural Copper also looks pretty but might be a bit intense red, but might look pretty mixed with Color Creme 73 – Dark Golden Blonde (Honeydip). I haven’t tried either, so Im not sure, but I hope this is somewhat helpful 🙂 I always look for tones that aren’t too far apart (Level 6 mixed with level 7, etc) to get the best blend. Garnier levels are the first number of the color on the box, so #643 and #73 could blend nicely. Let me know how it goes!

Rosie October 3, 2015 - 6:07 am

Have enjoyed reading your blog on strawberry blonde … it is a quest!.

Have you ever tried 9RG L’Oreal Light Golden Reddish Blonde? I also have a base of mainly gray hair, and thinking of doing this, but my usual color is 80 Ash blonde or a natural blonde.

Girl Get Glamorous October 6, 2015 - 8:31 pm

Hi there! I haven’t tried the 9RG from L’Oreal. I think it might have been introduced after I switched to Wella. I love the L’Oreal reddish blonde shades but found that they did fade very quickly. This seems like it could be a pretty ultra light strawberry blonde.

sabrina October 9, 2015 - 8:59 am

Sorry I know this is an older post but I just read your blog on extensions(awesome awesome awesome btw) and I didn’t see anything about it on this site.. I’m about to try tape..I reeeeally want to put them in my bangs to achieve the grown out look but I’m not finding any videos where people extend bangs..only clip in fake ones..any thoughts on it?

Girl Get Glamorous November 21, 2015 - 1:37 am

Hi Sabrina,

Sorry for the delayed response!! How do you wear your bangs? You could put tape ins in the front to help while your bangs grow out, but they would have to be installed horizontal on the sides of your head so that could stay covered with the top layer of hair. Also, you would have to not touch the front of your hair much. I know some people don’t play with their hair a lot, but if you are then it might be tricky to readjust your habits, as playing with the extensions would loosen the tape. It’s definitely do-able though and a good way to get instant long hair while your bangs grow out. I hope this was helpful, let me know if you have any other questions! Molly

Manda October 28, 2015 - 2:19 am

Thank you so, so much for sharing your color story! You saved my hair and my wallet. I was in the middle of a horrible hot roots disaster and decided to go with the copper instead of fighting it. I found very little information out there on going Strawberry and I didn’t want to go back to my medium auburn after working so hard last winter to get it blonde. Then like a gift from the Red Head Gods I found your posts! I did some mixing of the L’Oreal colors you recommended plus I added a little 8 natural blonde. I was able to tone in my roots and I now have a beautiful head of Strawberry Blonde Ombre hair. Love it! Thanks so much….

Girl Get Glamorous October 28, 2015 - 6:27 am

I’m SO glad I could help!! It’s truly so satisfying when you can get a color you love that you can do anytime, right? Glad you got a great color 🙂

Molly January 9, 2016 - 12:40 am

Hi from one Molly to another! I use these same two colors and love the results. I am 54, and almost all grey. It will lift the brown, darker hair to a reddish brown. You are adorable – great color for your beautiful hair and pretty skin tone.

Thanks so much for sharing – great instructions!!!!

How To Get Strawberry Blonde Hair At Home: DIY Guide Part 2 - GirlGetGlamorous February 18, 2016 - 5:01 am

[…] you are new to the blog, hi!  Welcome and glad to have you here.  I am referencing {this} post for L’oreal and {this} post for Wella.  If you are a part of the blog normally, also, […]

Lisa January 5, 2018 - 10:57 pm

I don’t get it? How do you mix the two colours together or use them separately to create highlights?


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