The colorful hairstyles everywhere make me smile, and I wanted to get in on it.

After much research, I’ve gone from dark brown to lavender hair at home, and I’m sharing it all here. If you’re not into Lavender, you can totally switch it up to gold, platinum, or pink! Whatever your heart desires.

DIY DARK BROWN TO LAVENDER HAIR

Being a total DIY, Budget-Friendly girl, I knew I was going to go from dark brown to lavender hair at home rather than pay several hundred bucks at a salon. I wasn’t down to drop that kind of cash on hair, so I did my research (Pinterest, Youtube, Google) for weeks to be sure I knew what I was getting into. And so, my adventure began. Pack your patience and a helping hand, because you will need it. My boyfriend helped me out – total win. Check out the Before and After shots.

DIY DARK BROWN TO LAVENDER HAIR

DIY DARK BROWN TO LAVENDER HAIR

There are Lavender, Violet, Silver, Gold and Rose tones weaving through my dark brown hair, and I can’t believe it turned out so well. I’m definitely enjoying this new ‘do.

 

Tools to Go from Dark Brown to Lavender Hair at Home

(or Gold or Platinum or Pink, etc.)

DIY DARK BROWN TO LAVENDER HAIR

Preparing Your Hair for Bleaching

Even if your hair is in excellent condition, I recommend prepping your hair a week or two before the bleaching process. You’ll see later that bleaching even one time on perfectly healthy hair can do tremendous damage.

I prepared by not washing my hair for a week and applying Grapeseed Oil to the bottom half of my hair. I knew I was only going to color the bottom half, so I didn’t need to worry about the top part. Now, you don’t have to go the whole week without washing if you can’t, but I recommend not washing your hair and putting product in it at least 2 days before bleaching. This will help coat your hair with protective oils to prevent excessive bleaching damage.

If your hair is looking too greasy, comb it back and put it in a neat ponytail or bun. I went to work, and not a word was said about my hair. People don’t really care about that stuff.

Bleaching Dark Brown Hair

Since I’m not a professional, I kind of went with feeling on this part. I’ve dyed hair before – mine and other people’s – but this was bleach, so I took my time. I suited up (used a towel the first time, since I didn’t get the cape yet) and mixed my bleach concoction.

  • 1 packet of Quick Blue
  • 2 oz. of 30 Volume Creme Developer
  • 1 tbsp of Grapeseed Oil

I parted my hair in 4 sections and clipped them out of the way. Working with one section at a time, I took about an inch of hair and brushed bleach onto the ends in a V-shape, higher at the edges to create a blended balayage look.

DIY DARK BROWN TO LAVENDER HAIR

After I applied the bleach all over, I set my timer for 30 minutes and kept checking in 10 minute increments until I was happy with the color. For the first time, you won’t get a complete lift of color. It might still be brown, it might be orange. Don’t worry. This is a process. It’s going to take some time, so don’t rush, or you might damage your hair more than you need to.

Toning Bleached Hair

I washed out the bleach and shampooed with Baby Shampoo (gentle and acidic), careful not to tug at my hair, because it was weakened by the bleach. After towel drying my hair, I mixed up the toner concoction and applied it to where I applied the bleach, only this time, I applied it a little higher. I’m not sure if this makes a difference to the blending effect, but it can’t hurt, right?

  • 1 oz. Toner
  • 2 oz. 20 Volume Creme Developer

Since the toner box said to leave it on for 30 minutes, I did and washed it out afterwards. My hair was looking a lot less orange (thank goodness).

DIY DARK BROWN TO LAVENDER HAIR

After first round of bleach and toner

Once again, I towel-dried my hair and mixed up my purple dye/conditioning concoction to help get rid of the brassiness even more. You can change up the proportions to get varying effects on your hair. If you have hair like mine (stubborn), you won’t see a huge difference until the 2nd Round.

For a more Silver tone,

  • 1 part Manic Panic Ultra Violet
  • 3 parts Hair Conditioner

For a more Rose Gold tone,

  • 1 part Manic Panic Ultra Violet
  • 2 parts Hair Conditioner

For a more Lavender/Violet tone (like my final result below)

  • 1 part Manic Panic Ultra Violet
  • 1 parts Hair Conditioner

I mixed this up and massaged it into the bleached parts of my hair and blended it up higher as I did with the toner. After 30 minutes, I washed my hair and let it air dry, excited to see the results!

There’s no picture here, because there wasn’t that much of a difference. My hair was a little lighter, but not as drastic of a change as I expected. I had to wait a week for Round 2.

Second Round of Bleach and Tone

So I waited a full week and repeated each step a second time. This time, these were my results. Check it out.

DIY DARK BROWN TO LAVENDER HAIR

After 2nd round of bleach

DIY DARK BROWN TO LAVENDER HAIR

After 2nd round of toning

DIY DARK BROWN TO LAVENDER HAIR

After 2nd round of Purple Conditioning (1 part Conditioner to 1 Part Ultra Violet)

With much patience, I’ve gone from dark brown to lavender hair at home, patiently awaiting Round 3, because I’m crazy, and I want even lighter hair. I’m excited, because even now, it looks so awesome!

DIY DARK BROWN TO LAVENDER HAIR

DIY DARK BROWN TO LAVENDER HAIR

DIY DARK BROWN TO LAVENDER HAIR

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