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How to Transition Blonde To Strawberry Blonde Hair

I get this email a lot asking if it’s possible to go from blonde to strawberry blonde at home.  I wanted to do a post, instead of answering the emails individually, in case you were wondering the same thing.  Going from blonde to strawberry blonde can be done, just prepare yourself for a slow transition, here is what has worked for me for a color formula.


Blonde to Strawberry Blonde

To transition from all over or highlighted blonde to a strawberry blonde shade, I’d tweak my current formula to use less of the red shade initially.

I’d start by adding just: .5 ounces (1/4 a tube) MAX of Reddish Blonde color to a full tube (2 ounces) of Golden Blonde, then add slightly more of the red shade each 4-6 weeks you color, until you are at the Strawberry Blonde shade you want.

Initial Formula | .5 ounces 8RG + 2 ounces 8G + 5 ounces Level 20 developer 

Then the next time you color, increase to half of a tube (1 oz) of 8RG Titian Blonde.  If you want even more red, the next time you color, add 3/4 of a tube to the mix.  This way you gradually ease the red into your color.

Too much red over blonde color ends up pink.  Which is a cute color, but unless you were going for pink hair, most people do not want pink hair.

So easing in the amount of reddish color into your blonde color formula each time, is a good way to gradually make your way to strawberry blonde at home, while minimizing the risk of getting pink in your hair.

If your hair starts to go too peach or too pink, you can also add 1/2 oz or 1 oz of Wella 7G Sunlit Blonde Brown into the mix of 2 oz golden Blonde and 1/2 oz of Titian Red Blonde.

This should give it a bit more depth.  I’ve been adding a little of 7G (1/2 oz) to my formula lately and really liking the results.

Shop | Wella Color Charm

Too Red?

The reverse of this, is that if you hair came out too red and you’d like it to be more blonde, just subtract a bit of the Titian Red Blonde from your formula each time you color, until you get to the exact right shade of strawberry blonde for you.

Related Post | Help My Hair Came Out Too Red

I am not a stylist and even if I was, it’s too hard to recommend an exact formula for each person without seeing their hair in person.  So this is a good starting point, but if you have a colorist you like, it might be worth checking in with them for at least one of these transition sessions.

If you don’t have a go-to stylist, use this as a general guide and adjust the colors to best suit your complexion and hair.

Here are a few more strawberry blonde inspo pics!  I feel like I haven’t posted hair pics in a while, so here we go with a few recent fav styles.



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Saturday 19th of February 2022

Hi I was interested if you’ve had any comments on using a neutral protein filler on highlighted blonde hair as a treatment prior to coloring if your normal formula would work well? Thank you for your blog :)


Tuesday 3rd of August 2021

I used 3 drops of 7G Sunlight Blonde Brown, 1/2 oz 8RG Titian Red and 2 oz (full tube) of 8G Golden Blonde and processed for 30 min. Other than a tad peachy pinkish hue my hair is not very different. Going to wait a day or two to see how it turns out. Maybe my medium blonde hair was just too close to the Golden Blonde to see much of a difference. I think I’ll try again in 4 weeks with more 7G and more 8RG. Can’t wait to see what happens. I’ll keep tweaking it. :)


Sunday 15th of September 2019

Instead of going from blonde to strawberry blonde, I'd be transitioning from auburn to strawberry blonde - the opposite to you! Could you recommend a transition gradient for doing so?

Ingrid Alum

Friday 1st of March 2019

I tried L’Oréal reddish blonde and red Penney and loved it but my roots turned out strawberry pink. After two washings it looked better! I also bought your amazing extensions in Reddish blonde and they match! Thank you for helping me! I’m looking forward to looking at your site even more and learning how to do my eye brows properly like yours! Next time I’ll try your color charm colors on my hair! Thank you!

Amy T

Sunday 20th of January 2019

Your hair is gorgeous! I want to try this but I'm scared to use "permanent" color. Could you recommend what shades to combine in the Well ColorCharm Demi Permanent line? Thank you!!

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