A few years ago (and a few years ago before that), I got a bug up my butt and decided I wanted to go blonde. Granted, I’m pale as a ghost and have natural nearly black hair, but I thought blonde would look just super on me. Based on my 2 completely disastrous experiences, here are the reasons why going dark to blonde should be left to the professionals.
First of all, if you’re going blonde, you need to search for the right color blonde to suit your skin tone and natural highlights. If you have natural dark highlights, you need blonde dyes with cool tones, reddish highlights to your hair are better suited for warm tones in your dye. Since most (if not all) hair dyes bought in the store are designed to lighten already blonde or very light brown hair, 9 out of 10 times you dye your hair yourself you will end up with canary orange hair and white roots. Lovely.
You also have to dye your hair for a long time. It took me 6 hours and 3 boxes of hair dye to get to the ugly canary orange (though my roots were see-through white), and my hair was fried. Not wanting my hair to fall out after my third attempt at dyeing my hair blonde, I called my aunt (who does hair) and she agreed to see my damage and try to repair it before I had to go to work.
Turns out she had to put purple in my hair to offset the orange, wash that out, and had to put light brown roots back in my hair to make them look more natural. Then she put in a bunch of cool undertones in dirty blonde, light blonde, and dark blonde to accomplish a more “natural” looking blonde on me. She also had to blow a fan on my head since my hair dyeing adventure led me to nasty 2nd degree burns that made her hair dyeing process burn like the dickens. Which leads me to another point as to why you should not dye your hair blonde at home- you WILL damage your skin and burn yourself over processing your hair.
My last point for not dyeing your dark hair to blonde at home? There’s just no way, unless you yourself are a professional hair stylist, that you can possibly come close to making the color look anywhere near natural. You have to put in light roots, add layers of highlights that complement one another, and due to cost and time you actually save money (and your hair) by just letting the pros do it.
If you have a thing for canary orange hair and freakishly white roots, go for it. If not, see the stylist and shell out some dough for a truly amazing dark to blonde hair style.