How to Put Blonde Streaks in Brown Hair

Avril Lavigne is known for putting blonde streaks -- among other colors -- in her brown hair.

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If you want to see whether the saying "blondes have more fun" really is true, but just don't want to go all the way, you can put blonde streaks in your hair. This is a great way to try out a bit of blonde without going for a full-on color, and also adds dimension and depth to your pretty hair. You don't need to spend a ton of cash at the salon when you can color your locks on your own.


Brush out your hair out before applying any hair color. Coloring your own hair can be tricky enough if you're just doing it for the first time, but it's going to be pretty much next to impossible if you try to dye tatty, tangled hair.


Put on a pair of latex gloves. Usually these come included in a standard at-home hair coloring kit, but if not you can get them separately. This helps prevent you from ending up with dye-stained hands at the end of your coloring adventure. Mix the dye to prepare -- unless it comes premixed -- and pour it into the applicator bottle, which should come included in your hair coloring kit.


Take a piece of hair from the back of your head -- about 1/4-inch wide for smaller highlights and 1/2- to 1-inch wide for larger highlights. Put a foil strip underneath this piece of hair, spanning right from root to end. Hold one hand under this strip to keep it in place, and add color to the hair with a hair coloring brush.


Brush the dye onto the hair so all of the hair is saturated with dye. Fold the foil in half lengthwise to cover the hair, fold in the sides a bit to keep the hair from falling out, and then fold it in half lengthwise once more.


Take another piece of hair about the same size, next to the already dyed piece of hair. Color over this piece of hair the same way. If you plan to put more highlights in your hair for a more dramatic and brighter blonde look, keep the highlights closer together, otherwise place them about an inch apart. Keep highlighting new pieces of hair around your head, until you have as many pieces treated as you want.


Leave the dye on until the time is up. There should be a handy color shade chart on the box that you can use for reference here. Most at-home coloring kits offer this chart, which allows you to compare your starting hair color and determine how long you need to keep the dye on. This typically takes between 30 and 45 minutes to achieve a blonde color on brown hair.


Once the time is up, rinse out your hair and condition it. There may be a conditioner included in your kit, or just use your regular conditioner. The point is to help replenish any moisture lost from coloring your hair and restore luster and shine in your lovely locks.


Dry your hair and style it as desired. Once your hair is dry, you'll see the efforts of your hard work.

Things You'll Need


1.Hair brush

3.Home highlighting kit

5.Hair coloring brush

2.Latex gloves

4.Foil strips



Tips & Tricks


The paint-on highlighting kits are much more commonly used and, importantly, tend to be a lot easier for newbies. If you do go with a cap version, just put the cap on over your head and pull hair out from each of the holes on the cap and color those strips.

You can opt for a semi-permanent at-home color if you want the dye to come out after a few washes.

Always remember to read the instructions on a box of hair dye and prepare the hair dye accordingly. Different brands of at-home color offer specific instructions, so even if you have colored your own hair before, you should still read the directions first for the brand you purchased.

The longer you leave the dye on, the lighter your hair will go. Don't overdo it, because overprocessing your hair can cause breakage and even cause your hair to fall out.


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