How to Transition Blonde To Strawberry Blonde Hair

by Molly Gardner

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 more lovely ladies were wondering the same thing.  Going from blonde to strawberry blonde can be done, just prepare yourself for a slow transition.

The first time a hairdresser told me I couldn’t go from almost black hair (yep) to bleach blonde (yep) in one color, I was confused.

What is this “transition” you speak of? LOL!

I just wanted to be blonde-y blonde again.  The stylist explained that for the most natural look, it’s better to gently transition your hair from black to medium brown to dark blonde to light blonde over the course of a few months, going lighter each time you color.

Well, I was fairly young at the time and very impatient and didn’t love the idea of waiting too dang long for anything.  But somehow, I listened.  And my hair came out great.

Then…

I was a blonde-y blonde and decided it was time for brown hair again.  And this time, there would be no transition.  Well, it did not go well.  My hair came out brown with strong green tones.  And a few extra light blonde pieces came out straight up green.

I definitely learned my lesson.  Transition time = is time well spent.

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-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.

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

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Then the next time you color, add half of a tube to Titian Blonde.  Then the next time you color, add 3/4 of a tube to the mix.  This way you gradually ease the red into your color.

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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.

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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

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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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More Strawberry Blonde Hair Posts |

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I hope this helps!  Please let me know how your color comes out.  Thank you for reading and being a part of the blog.

 

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17 comments

Karen October 13, 2015 - 4:51 pm

Thanks Molly, sometimes I do enter than my hairdresser and going to try this myself! Sounds exactly what I need and am looking for, your expertise in strawberry is much appreciated. You are a beautiful person too.

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Girl Get Glamorous October 13, 2015 - 7:18 pm

You are so sweet to say that, thank you!!!

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Kalena October 21, 2015 - 8:14 pm

First off: love love love your hair! My natural is a deeper reddish brown and gets very light. Since I am now housing more white hairs that don’t dye, I have been trying to get lighter. But I don’t want to go too light all at once as I have fair skin as well. Your color technique is awesome and I was wondering if you could recommend a mix? I have been using the Wella (thank you for that too!) 7W caramel with a blonde. Not really a difference. I love how yours is reddish and would love to do that. Do you think that would be possible? I know you aren’t a hair dresser but you have given me more advice that works than any hair dresser I have ever talked with. So any input would be great! Thanks!

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Girl Get Glamorous October 28, 2015 - 7:02 am

Hey girl! Yes, check out the “Strawberry Blonde Part 2” post, I think the Wella combos might be what you are looking for. And thank you about my hair and the advice, I really appreciate both comments!!

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Girl Get Glamorous November 21, 2015 - 2:13 am

Hi Kalena!

So glad this all is helpful to you! I have found the Wella titian and golden blonde combo is my most consistent color that I love and get good grey coverage with. I have been adding a 1/4 oz of the sunlight brown blonde to the mix lately and like it so much that I think I will do a whole separate post on it. Also, if you dip a cotton swab in your developer and apply to the super resistant greys, it’ll help them get more coverage. I apply this just for a few minutes while I’m mixing up my color, then add the color formula over it. I hope this helps!

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Rochelle February 19, 2016 - 5:52 pm

So glad I read the comments – I needed help with resistant grays. I just tried your Wella combination this week (although I wimped out on the Titian and only added a quarter tube since my hair pulls red so easily – didn’t realize that I was using your “transitional” formula, ha!). I’m only 5-10% gray, but the color didn’t take on those pesky grays! It sucks getting old… I’ll try the developer trick the next go around!

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Girl Get Glamorous February 29, 2016 - 11:18 pm

It makes a big difference! I forgot to do it this time touching up my roots and noticed that the greys around my face didn’t take as well to the color…

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Nakeshia July 20, 2016 - 10:30 pm

OK I got all these wella colors except liquid. .my will the formula still be the same??

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Girl Get Glamorous July 20, 2016 - 10:35 pm

Yes, I just found with the liquid versions my grey didn’t get as much coverage so the end results were much lighter for me. If you don’t have any grey/white hair this shouldn’t be a problem for you. But if you do, I’d try the gel formula next time 🙂

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Jessica Morgan August 29, 2016 - 8:49 pm

Hey molly! I love all your posts and I used your formula minus the 7G on my light blonde hair and it turned out well, aside from my mid shaft to ends turning slightly pinkish. I used 1/2 oz of red blonde(too much for the first time I think). For the next time I color, would 1/2 oz of the red blonde and a 1/4 oz of 7G added to a full tube of 8G help with the pinkish color? Thanks for your help!!

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Denise Miller September 20, 2016 - 11:26 pm

Hi Molly! I’m new here and reading all your blogs. I’m going to try your combination on how to transition to strawberry blonde this weekend!! I usually get in a rush when I go from blonde to red and it just doesn’t last very long and turns out too red. And red fades so quickly!! Can’t wait to try your formula. So glad I found this blog! My husband will be glad I switch to a strawberry blonde too instead of straight red as he claims that I get an attitude when I have red hair 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Girl Get Glamorous September 22, 2016 - 7:12 pm

LOL, we all need a little redhead attitude, don’t you think 😉 Haha, so glad you found the blog! Looking forward to hearing how it goes for you!

xo Molly

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Kate March 23, 2018 - 8:40 pm

So… what do we do if we are now the proud owners of pink hair? I had ombre hair and now my roots look wonderful and my tips look sorta peachy-pink. Will it get better when I dye again next time, or will it get worse? I sure wish I had seen this post first!

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Allie Jessing December 19, 2018 - 10:34 am

My hair is currently bleached pearl blonde and roots are dark ashy blonde. I want a single step color that will work to lighten my natural hair color a bit as it grows out so that the ultimate color is a couple shades lighter than my natural. Will this happen if I just use a toner?

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Amy T January 20, 2019 - 6:15 pm

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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Ingrid Alum March 1, 2019 - 9:50 pm

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!

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Cailey September 15, 2019 - 6:22 am

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?

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