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

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: 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.*

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.




Thank you for reading and being a part of the blog!  – Molly

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Friday 5th of January 2018

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

How To Get Strawberry Blonde Hair At Home: DIY Guide Part 2 - GirlGetGlamorous

Thursday 18th of February 2016

[…] 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, […]


Saturday 9th of January 2016

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!!!!


Wednesday 28th of October 2015

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

Wednesday 28th of October 2015

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 :)


Friday 9th of October 2015

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

Saturday 21st of November 2015

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

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