Is there a way I can rid my hair of its ginger tone and make it baby blonde all in one step?

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At the beginning of last year I had fiery red hair but decided I wanted to be blonde, so I stripped it myself which turned my hair pink. I then went to a salon where they put a full head of foils throughout several times.

My hair is now mostly blonde with a slight ginger tone. I was wondering if there was a way to get rid of the ginger tone and achieve very light baby blonde hair in one step?

Would it also help if I cut my hair shorter?

Thank you, all advice will be very appreciated because I really hate my hair at the moment!

Christina, Bury

To achieve light blonde hair that has been previously coloured, the only way to go about it is to bleach the entire head. It is a big process and not to be done at home! If your hair is in good enough condition then you should be able to achieve this colour.

Cutting most of the hair that was red off will also enable you to create a more even tone throughout the head. Make sure you look after the colour with intense moisturising shampoos and conditioners.

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

Hi Christina,

Don't panic; most of the work has already been done! What I'd do is go through the hair and add another full head of highlights, adding a tint in between to counteract the warmth you have and cleaning up the colour.

I'd also recommend a treatment straight afterwards to seal in the colour and improve the condition, correcting any damage and making your hair feel great.

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

Hi Christina,

I am so sorry to hear about your problem. I think it would be a good idea to cut your hair shorter because your hair has gone through a chemical process. Google some hairstyles of different cuts that you like for inspiration.

As far as the colour's concerned, all that has to been done is one scoop of bleach, one part of 6% 20 vol and one part shampoo. This is called a bleach bath which should be left on until the hair changes colour. A toner should then be applied to the hair (186 pearl violet) Colour Touch Relights by Wella. I strongly advise you to go to a reputable salon to have this done.  

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

Hi Christina,

From the way you wrote your question I assume your hair is long. Cutting it into a really great style does absolutely no harm and will improve your hair's condition.

Going from a fiery red to a light blonde is a big stress factor for any hair type. Most things are passable on very good conditioned hair so the outcome will depend on your hair's thickness and condition. Usually, the thicker the hair is the better the colour result.

If your hair is in very good condition, it could be lifted until it reaches a very light platinum blonde. Using a toner from there to get rid of any yellowing should give you the blonde colour you desire. However, I would like to warn you about over bleaching which could break your hair, or/and make it very porous, dry and dull in appearance and touch.

I definitely would not try this procedure at home, it could turn into a disaster and tears. Maybe go back to the salon where you had your highlights done and ask them to lift the hair and take the ginger out.

I always advise my readers as well as our salon clients to bring magazine cuttings with styles and colours they like. It is by far the best way to make communication a success with your stylist rather than a failure.

If your hair is long, say shoulder length, I would suggest a sharp classic bob which is big fashion this year. This will help get rid of dry ends and help the colour application to be a success.

Personally I do not like block colours, meaning the same colour all over. Natural hair is never the same colour all over. Many celebrities who look blonde usually have very fine painted on variations of blonde so subtle you can’t see it. It’s just enough to give the hair colour more shine and lustre, so when they are under the spotlight the hair never looks dull. To achieve this effect it will take time and can cost more than just a normal colour application, but it is well worth it.

I hope this helps you Christine and you achieve your beautiful blonde soon.

Pierre Alexandre of Pierre Alexandre, Manchester

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