Going from a dark hair color to platinum blonde is a laborious process. It usually involves multiple rounds of bleaching and one or more toning sessions.
But going from golden blonde to platinum blonde is a bit different – the process is easier and less damaging. If you want to know how to make this color transition at home, you’re in the right place.
In this article, we’ll tell you exactly how to get platinum blonde hair from golden blonde strands with minimal damage and no wasted time.
Table of Contents
- 1 How to Get Platinum Blonde Hair from Golden Blonde
- 2 Step-By-Step Instructions for Going from Golden Blonde to Platinum Blonde
How to Get Platinum Blonde Hair from Golden Blonde
There are many ways to go platinum blonde, but the best way for you will depend on the color you’re starting with. If your hair is already golden blonde, you don’t have to lift it with bleach first.
You can simply use a platinum blonde hair dye and tone your hair if necessary. This will be much less damaging to your hair than bleaching would be.
Step-By-Step Instructions for Going from Golden Blonde to Platinum Blonde
Learning that you don’t need to use bleach is likely a relief. But you may be wondering how exactly to go platinum from golden blonde. The process is actually pretty simple and can be done at home with the right products.
Here are the steps you need to take:
Gather Your Supplies
There’s nothing worse than starting the dyeing process and then realizing you’re missing an essential product. So, before you start, make sure you have everything you need from the get-go, including:
- Platinum blonde hair dye – You can use a box dye or a professional dye. If you choose a box dye, it has everything you need in one kit. If you choose box dye, confirm what’s in the kit before buying any of the items below.
- Purple Toner (optional) – You may or may not need a toner, depending on the platinum blonde hair dye you use and the undertones in your hair. You won’t know if you’ll need a toner until you’re done dyeing your hair. We recommend a toner that doesn’t require a developer – it’ll be gentler on your hair than chemical toner.
- Gloves – You should always wear gloves to avoid staining your hands and nails. It’ll also guard against skin irritation. Plastic ones will do just fine.
- Old towel – To protect your clothing and surfaces from hair dye stains.
- Bowl and tinting brush – You’ll need these to mix the platinum blonde hair dye and apply it to your hair.
- Hair dye beaker – To measure out the developer.
- An old shirt that you don’t care about – Chances are, you’ll get hair dye on your clothing at some point. So, it’s best to wear an old shirt that you don’t mind ruining.
Prepare Your Space
It’s important to set the stage for the dyeing process. Doing so will reduce your chances of staining your floors and furniture.
Here’s what you need to do to prepare your space:
- Lay down some newspaper on the floor around your dyeing station.
- Put on your old shirt and gloves.
- Gather all of your supplies and put them within reach. You don’t want to have to get up in the middle of dyeing your hair to grab something you forgot.
- Cover your table or sink, where you’ll be working, with an old towel.
Examine and Prepare Your Hair for the Dyeing Process
Slapping dye on your hair unprepared is never a good idea. You won’t achieve your best results on unprepped hair.
Here’s what you need to do first:
- Ensure that your hair is clean enough for the dyeing process. You don’t want to dye gunky, greasy hair because the color may not take well. If your hair is on the greasy side, shampoo it (don’t condition) and then color your hair after at least 48 hours have passed.
- Separate your clean hair into at least four sections. The more hair you have, the more sections you’ll need. This will make it easier to apply the platinum blonde hair dye evenly throughout your hair. Use clips or rubberbands to secure each section.
- Slather Vaseline or any other barrier cream along your hairline, right in front of your hair. Doing so will keep the dye from staining your skin. You’ll also want to apply the cream to the tops of your ears.
Dye Your Hair Platinum Blonde With Permanent Hair Color
It’s time for the fun part – dyeing your hair platinum blonde! You may think that this part will be difficult, but with the instructions below, it couldn’t be easier!
Here are the dyeing steps you need to follow to get the best results:
- Mix up your dye. If you purchased a platinum blonde box dye, mix it up according to the instructions on the box. If you’re using professional hair color and developer, mix the dye according to the instructions on the hair color. They will tell you how much developer you need to use. In most cases, you’ll be instructed to mix one part dye with two parts developer. Use your tinting brush to mix it up well.
- Apply the dye. Release one of the sections of hair and begin applying the dye from mid-lengths to ends with the tinting brush. Once you’ve done that, apply the dye to the roots.
- Set your timer and wait for the color to process. In most cases, you’ll need to wait anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes for the color to process. Go by what the manufacturer suggests on the package instructions. Check your hair from time to time to ensure that it reaches the appropriate lightness.
- Rinse and Condition. After your hair is finished processing, it’s time to rinse. Rinse your hair until the water runs clear, and then treat your hair with a hydrating conditioner. Most at-home box dye kits contain a conditioner to bring your hair back to life after the dyeing process.
Tone Away the Brassiness (Optional)
If your hair looks yellow in any areas, toning is the next step. Apply your toning conditioner to your hair, starting with the yellowest/most brassy parts, and leave the product on for a few minutes before rinsing it out.
Many see a huge difference in their hair after toning it.
Say Hello to Your Platinum Blonde Hair!
Once your hair is dyed and toned, give yourself a pat on the back and say hello to your new platinum blonde hair! Now, you can style it as you see fit.
But we recommend taking a few precautions to keep your hair color vibrant:
- Stay away from hot water. It can cause platinum blonde hair to become brassy over time. Use cold water when you wash your hair.
- Avoid using hot tools as much as possible. Heat tools not only cause your hair color to fade, but they also cause damage to your hair.
- Limit how much you wash your hair. Washing platinum blonde hair too often will cause your color to fade. Try washing your hair once or twice a week max with a color-safe shampoo and conditioner.
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So, there you have it! With these simple steps, you can go from golden blonde to platinum blonde hair at home – no sweat.
Be sure to follow the instructions carefully and take care of your platinum blonde hair afterward. We wish you the best with your fresh, new hair color transformation!
Kenneth Byrd holds a BS in Accounting and Management Information Systems and an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a serial hair blogger that has been writing about hair care since 2008, when he co-founded Curl Centric and Natural Hair Box. Curl Centric is a website operated by a husband and wife team that encourages healthy hair care.