Colour Inspiration

Hair colours for blonde and brown hair

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Highlighting and contouring isn’t reserved for just your face anymore! You can also use your hair colour to help accentuate your best assets. When applied to just the right sections of hair, blonde highlights on brown hair can really flatter your features and give a subtle, sun-kissed look. Darker sections on light hair can give added depth and texture, especially if your hair is fine and needs the illusion of added thickness! So, if you’re ready to change up your colour, we have all the advice you need for blonde and brown hair! Update test.

How to get your hair blonde

We use the term ‘colouring your hair blonde’ but in fact, when we dye our hair blonde, we are doing the exact opposite. Most hair lighteners actually remove the pigment in your hair, rather than adding a colour to your hair. When trying to achieve the blonde look, the colour must be placed carefully to achieve a softer, more natural look and to accentuate your best features. Balayage and ombré can be a great way of getting a more natural blonde and brown hair mix. If you’re after some ombré inspiration, you can check out more in our article here.

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If you’re after a natural look, then it is important you keep close to the tones of your natural features, for example, your skin tone and eye colour. If you want to have natural looking hair, then you shouldn’t lighten your hair more than two shades lighter than your natural colour.

LIVE Colour Hair Dye from Schwarzkopf
LIVE Colour Hair Dye from Schwarzkopf

Colouring your hair for the first time

There are a few steps to take before you dye your brown hair blonde. Firstly, it’s important to make sure you perform an allergy test 48 hours prior to using any hair dye, even if you’ve used it before. Secondly, to ensure you achieve the results you are after, we always recommend performing a strand test to a small section of your hair prior to applying the dye to your full head of hair. You’ll find instructions on how to perform an allergy test in your Instruction Leaflet and can read about the strand test here. It’s also super important to keep your hair in tip-top condition with the help of conditioning and deep conditioning treatments such as Color Expert. If you’ve already got colour on your hair, this can affect the results you’ll achieve - for some personalised advice on this, give our advisory team a quick call on 0800 328 9214.

Root re-growth

If you are applying a lightener to hair that is already bleached/lightened, then you need to follow the root regrowth method. This method is necessary to avoid undue stress on the hair (stress that can lead to damage) and you’ll find instructions on how to do this on the Instruction Leaflet.

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Transitioning to blonde hair

Remember, if you’ve already got colour on your hair and especially if you regularly dye your hair, that colour will to some extent have an effect on your blonde colour result (sometimes even when it looks like it’s all washed out!). So that you don’t get any surprises, we’d advise that you grow out your existing colour or remove as much of it as possible before opting for a new shade. 

Brassy tones in blonde and brown hair

If you’ve coloured your brown hair blonde, you may find you have brassy or yellow tones. To help remove these brassy tones you can use a hair toner, such as our LIVE Colour Refresher For Cool Blondes to achieve a cleaner blonde. For more advice on hair toners, check out our full article here.

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Add some colour!

So you’ve achieved that cool blonde shade, now what? Well if you want to try out some vibrant colour, you can use our LIVE Ultra Brights or Pastel range on blonde hair and as these are semi-permanent shades, it is safe to apply them straight away after lightening your hair. This range is designed to last up to 15 washes depending on your hair type and history, so you can change it up every once in a while!

LIVE Colour Hair Dye from Schwarzkopf
LIVE Colour Hair Dye from Schwarzkopf

Hair colour for brown hair

If you’re after vibrancy on brown locks, but don’t want to pre-lighten, you can use our Intense Colour + Lift range. All of these shades have been developed to lift naturally darker hair by up to approximately 2-3 shades and then deposit the colour tone. This means that the lightening process that occurs is not as strong as it would be if bleach were applied and may be a better option if you’re looking for a one-step colour process or have concerns over lightening your hair. For added vibrancy, you can top up your colour using any shade within our semi-permanent LIVE Ultra Brights or Pastel range and apply whenever you need a colour boost!

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Of course, you may be looking to change up your naturally brunette shade with another colour in the brunette spectrum, in which case there are also plenty of brown and black shades in the LIVE colour portfolio to choose from.

We love to see your colour pics so whichever shade you’ve opted for, don’t forget to #LIVEColour on Insta or send your photo to our Facebook page!

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