There’s no one-size-fits-all formula for creating strawberry blonde hair. The shades, volumes and levels of pre-lightener needed all come down to the base color you’re working with. If you’re going strawberry blonde from brown, expect a few turns in the salon chair, while natural blondes may find one session is enough to reach the juiciest tint.
1. Going Strawberry Blonde from Brunette
This is the trickiest shade to turn strawberry blonde. For brunettes, all-over lightening is a must, as it’s not a color that tends to blend well with copper balayage. For this, colorists should use Blondor Multi-Blonde Powder until they reach a pale yellow hue, which may take a few salon sessions and plenty of our bond-strengthening system, WellaPlex.
Then, tone using a hair-kind, permanent formula, like Koleston Perfect. Not only does it deliver our purest pigment yet, but it also gives you less hair damage color after color* - ideal after such high volumes of lightener.
2. Going Strawberry Blonde from Red
If you’re working with copper hair, you’re in luck; going strawberry blonde is a simple process, made easier with ribbons of our freehand pre-lightener, Blondor Freelights. Apply in root-to-tip blonde highlights or try a balayage technique, concentrating golden blonde hues through the mid-lengths and ends, while the roots of the hair are left that little bit deeper.
For hair that’s naturally a darker red, up the number of lightened sections, leave some of them blonde, and tone others with a soft copper hue, like demi-permanent Color Touch 8/43. The effect is beautifully multi-tonal.
3. Going Strawberry Blonde from Blonde
For light or medium blonde hair, there are so many ways to wear the strawberry blonde trend. Our favourite? In a sheer, all-over, almost-peach tint with hints of gold sparkling through. On a blonde base, try adding a scattering of semi-permanent Color Fresh CREATE lowlights, mixing Nu-Dist Pink with a drop of warmth, like Uber Gold or Hyper Coral for a strawberry hue.
Best of all, our Color Fresh CREATE pigments always pastelize true to tone, so the strawberry tint still looks fresh and bright through the fading process. The dream for first-time redheads.