Stella Greenwood, head colourist at Raw Anthony Nader salon, is an expert when it comes to colour trends and treatments. She gives her expert tips on transitioning to your dream shade.
How to go from blonde to brunette
Going from blonde to brunette is always a big change for clients who have had light hair for a while and most of the time you can look a little washed out. So to help with this transition I suggest my clients get a tan before venturing to the darker side.
Blonde hair is achieved by using peroxide, which removes pigmentation from your hair. As a result, you have to start by filling the hair with red pigment (the strongest pigment) so it allows the hair to build a foundation for the brown colour to hold and lock in – this ensures it doesn’t go khaki green. After leaving the salon, try not to wash your hair for at least three to four days to let the colour absorb.
How to go from brunette to blonde
Going from blonde to brunette is a big job. It’s very rare this process can all be done in one day. I always like to give my clients at least two to three visits to the salon to allow a healthy journey for the hair to transition (patience is a virtue). Depending on the colour build-up on the hair, it may need to be stripped, followed by a full head of foils. I use a colour rebonder called Olaplex on my clients to maintain the condition of the hair and get failsafe results. When stripping the colour we are actually breaking the colour bonds and then reforming them again, and this is the cause of hair breakage. Olaplex rebonds all the singular hair strands that have been previously broken, allowing no further hair breakage. It will take a few visits to the salon to get that perfect clean blonde you are after, but it’s well worth the wait.
How to go red from brunette
A change from brunette to red is an easier process. Dark hair has red pigments and the first thing that happens when we strip the hair back is to see that red colour shining through, which is a great advantage for someone who wants to go red. After the hair is stripped, I’ll apply a rich red colour to enhance the red tones. Olaplex is also mixed in the colour to fill any broken bonds.
How to go from blonde to red
Blondes can achieve this look easily because when you fill blonde hair you always apply red pigment to it. After mixing up my desired level and tone of red colour, I apply it with Olaplex (always). Keep in mind that red colour washes out easily, so try not to wash your hair too often. You may have to pay a visit to the salon for a toner after three to four weeks to make your colour look richer.
As seen on elle.com.au