How can I get from a honey/caramel blonde to a platinum blonde?

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Hi,

Two months ago I had a full head of foils done. The colour was blonde and it has now faded to a honey/caramel colour.

I now really want to go platinum all over. Will this be possible for a stylist to achieve with my current colour or will it all be different colours?

Thank you,

Hannah, Australia

Hello Hannah,

You have a few options, but I think the safest way would be to have a full head of foils, with as many of them being the lightest colour possible. After this I'd tone with an ashy-based toner to counteract any warmth that's left.

You should then get a professional strengthening treatment to give your hair a little added TLC.

Hope that helps and good luck!

Max Backshell, Senior Colourist and Stylist, Simon Webster Hair, Brighton

Converting your colour from foil highlights to a full application of platinum blonde is definitely one for the colour specialists! The process is a delicate one because you have to be careful not to over process the already blonde hair, but whilst achieving a light blonde shade on the natural strands. Remember that it is a high maintenance colour and your roots might need to be re-coloured every four to five weeks to minimise colour banding.

Plus the hair needs to be nourished with protein and moisturising products to keep it looking its best.

John Clark, Head of Colour at Brooks+Brooks, London 

Hi Hanna,

I am sorry to hear about your problem. What you could do is to still have a full head of highlights, back to back slices, with bleach on the roots only (6%) to lift the colour slowly.

A bleach bath should then be applied to the mid-lengths and ends until the honey and caramel tones are removed. The bleach bath will need to be one scoop bleach, one part 6% and one part shampoo. A toner will then need to be applied all over using 8/81 Colour Touch 1.9%.

Also use a good intensive treatment on your hair to maintain condition, such as Philip Kingsley's Elasticizer along with his moisture balance shampoo and conditioner.

Joseph Koniak, Artistic Director of Joseph Koniak and Eleven Hair

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