This Strawberry blonde hair color formula combines two shades of boxed hair color, so hopefully it will be an easy formula to replicate and also to find in stores! Boxed hair color gets a bad reputation, but the formulas have come so far and you can not beat the ease of having everything pre-measured!
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 share step-by-step how I color my hair at home and how I’ve updated the formula now that Red Penny has been discontinued. I actually prefer the new results!
Two Important Things Before Coloring
1 | My hair is really grey, 95% at this point. My base color before going grey was a level 6 or 7. Your natural hair color will always affect the outcome of your dye. It’s best to try to stick within two shade of your natural color level. If you want to check your hair color level, read this linked post that goes into way more detail.
2 | The first 1-2 days/washes your hair will be slightly more red than strawberry blonde, but red will fade a bit, so by the end of week one you should have the perfect strawberry blonde.
I’ve found that if I use only 8RG on it’s own, I have the “perfect” shade of strawberry blonde right after coloring, however, the reddish tones fade too quickly for my liking within the first week. My preference is to have it slightly more red for the first couple of days, then, the rest of the month have that “perfect” strawberry blonde shade.
What You’ll Need for DIY Strawberry Blonde Color
I have very long hair now, so I used four boxes of color total. You can always scale this formula to your own hair length and thickness. I’ve done the math for you below, so you don’t have to 😉
L’Oréal Excellence Combinations By Ounce
Each box comes with:
On the side of your large capacity applicator bottle will be ounces listed vertically up the side of the bottle.
Add you color first, so you can get the exact ounce mix correct. Then, pour your developer into the larger applicator bottle until you get to the “total mix” ounce amount.
shorter length hair mix:
total mix for short hair = 5.63 oz
medium length hair mix:
total mix for medium hair = 11.25 oz
long length or thicker hair mix:
total mix for long hair = 16.88 oz
I used the longer hair formula and mixed three complete boxes 8RB and one complete box of 6R.
Because it’s a lot of ounces of color, I poured everything into that larger mixing bottle, shook it up, then divided back into the applicator bottles that come in the L’Oreal Excellence boxes. I really like the brush tip that comes in the Excellence box now, it made it easier to get the body and length of my hair colored evenly.
I like to have an extra set of my color formula on hand, just in case I need more. I rarely end up needing to mix more formula, but this way I have a back up just in case. And then, I’m already stocked up for the next time I color. I’d rather be prepared, instead of having sections that didn’t get color!
Step 1 | Open your bathroom doors and windows. Bonus points if you have a fan to keep the air circulating.
TIP | Check the back of the tubes just to make sure you have the right shades! They should have a 6R and 8RB printed on the back.
Step 2 | Add all you color tubes into the mixing bottle. If you are doing a custom color mix like me, it’s easier to see the ounces of color when you add them first.
Step 3 | Pour the developer from all your boxes into the large mixing bottle. Again, scale this amount if you are using less color than me.
Step 4 | Cover the tip with your gloved finger and shake for a solid sixty seconds. It’s really important that the two shades mix evenly, so you get even (not splotchy) hair color.
Step 5 | Now I divide the half the color back into the smaller L’Oreal applicator bottle and add the brush tip. Set this bottle aside for the length of your hair.
Step 6 | Using the applicator bottle with the slanted tip, I part my hair and start coloring the roots around my face, top of my head and back, and then the sides.
TIP | To make sure my hair gets fully saturated at the back, I part my hair and apply color all the way from the base of my hair to the top, then push into my roots with my fingers or a coloring brush.
Step 7 | According to L’Oreal’s instructions inside the box, I let the color sit on my roots for 20 minutes. Then, I add the rest of the dye to the middle and ends of my hair, using that formula in the bottle with the brush tip that I set aside and leave that on for an additional 10 minutes. Set the timer on your phone , I like to ask Siri to “set my alarm for 20 minutes from now” so I don’t have to do the Time Math.
I typically would leave color on a bit longer with other brands I use, but I wanted to follow the L’Oreal instructions perfectly. I got 100% grey coverage with 30 minutes total application time and no brassiness, so I’d stick with this 30 minutes total time schedule when I do the L’Oreal formula again.
Step 8 | 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. Once the water runs clear, shampoo (L’Oreal just added a shampoo to the Excellence box, nice touch) and then condition with the deep conditioner that comes in the Excellence box.
Like I said above, the color will be very vibrant for the first couple of days, but after a few washes it’s the perfect shade of strawberry blonde for me.
Here is my hair after one wash and blow out. I’ll add more pics throughout the month!
More photos to come!
Thank you for reading and being a part of the blog! – Molly