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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 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.


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.


-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, 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.


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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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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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!!

Allie Jessing

Wednesday 19th of December 2018

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?


Friday 23rd of March 2018

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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