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How To Get Curly Blonde Hair At-Home Without the Damage

All the details on keeping your curls in tip-top shape while going lighter.
13 Dec 2023
If you’ve ever considered sporting curly blonde hair, you’re not alone. Blonde hair dye can work on naturally curly hair and the good news is, there are dozens of blonde hair color ideas to choose from. If you want to DIY your blonde hair dye, keep reading. We’re talking about everything you need to know before getting curly blonde hair, from how to choose the right blonde hair dye to a step-by-step guide to dyeing your curly hair at-home. Read on to learn more.

How to choose the right blonde dye for your hair?

When it comes to at-home hair dye, there are primarily two types: permanent and semi-permanent. If you want curly blonde hair that lasts only for a short time, opt for semi-permanent hair dye. If you want a blonde hair dye for long-term, or until your hair grows out, permanent hair dye is for you.

It’s also important to note that if you have naturally dark hair, like dark brown or black, permanent hair color is the best option. Since permanent hair color penetrates through the cortex of the hair strand, it’s best to choose when lightening or lifting your natural hair color.

Bottom line: Unless your hair is naturally a light color (think sandy brown, blonde), in order to have curly blonde hair, you need a permanent blonde hair dye (and hair bleach).

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How to prep your hair before dyeing?

Since dyed curly hair, especially curly blonde hair, requires lifting the natural hair color, there are a few steps you should take before applying the hair color to your hair.

Apply a deep conditioner

You don’t want to shampoo your hair before applying your blonde hair dye because you want all the natural oils you can get to prevent your hair from becoming damaged. Instead of cleansing your strands, apply a moisturizing deep treatment. The Born to Repair 60-Second Moisture Treatment With Shea Butter is a great go-to. It works in just one minute and helps to balance the pH levels in the hair and gives curls a boost of moisture.

Load up on moisture

Like we said, moisturized hair is important when avoiding hair damage in the hair coloring process. If you know in advance that your strands are particularly at risk, we recommend adding a dime-sized amount of the Goddess Strength 7 Oil Blend Scalp and Hair Oil to your hair every night for a week before you color your hair. This not only moisturizes the hair from the inside out, but it helps to strengthen the hair, too.

How to dye curly hair at-home

If you want to master dyed curly hair at-home, you’ll need to be prepared. While totally doable, this process shouldn’t be done without proper care and attention. Here is your step-by-step guide to using blonde hair dye on your curly hair.

1. Choose your dye

Since you are doing this hair process at-home, it’s best not to go from dark brown or black hair to a platinum blonde hair color. Instead, stick with darker blondes that are closer to your natural hair color. If you have black hair, choose a caramel blonde. For chocolate brown hair, try a honey blonde hue.

2. Start with dry, unwashed hair

While this may sound so wrong, it’s so right. Like stated above, washing your naturally curly hair before applying blonde hair dye can result in irritation of the scalp, dryness in the hair and even breakage. Instead, leave the shampooing for a few days before your hair dyeing process.

3. Apply your color

Following the instructions on the dye box, mix and apply your color from root to tip. Be sure to read the instructions thoroughly before beginning. This isn’t a process that can be easily undone, so taking your time is key. To ensure the color is distributed evenly, massage the color into the hair. Then let the color sit for the allotted time set out in the instructions — set a timer if you think you’ll forget.

4. Cleanse, condition and style

Once the time is complete, wash and style your hair. Choose a sulfate-free cleanser and hydrating conditioner like the Born to Repair Sulfate-Free Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner combo. It repairs weak strands and helps to keep hair smooth and moisturized. To layer on extra moisture, apply a dollop of the Born to Repair Defining Leave-In Cream with Shea Butter post-wash.

How to take care of blonde naturally curly hair

Blonde curly hair requires more maintenance than undyed hair, but if you stay on top of it, your new blonde curls will flourish. Here’s a few easy-to-follow pointers.

Don’t stop moisturizing

Since curly hair is naturally dry and dyed hair is even drier, you’ll need to stay on top of your moisturizing game. From oils to hydrating styling creams, the options are endless and in most cases, you can’t really over moisturize your hair.

Keep shampooing to a minimum

Since blonde hair tends to go brassy or yellow, only shampoo when you absolutely need to. Reach for a conditioning wash that gets rid of dirt, debris and excess oils or a sulfate free shampoo that’s gentle and colored hair-friendly.

Apply a weekly hair mask

Remember that moisture we talked about? Adding a deep treatment to your weekly hair routine will help to restore moisture levels in the hair on a routine basis. The Goddess Strength Repairing Cocoon Mask is formulated with castor oil, ginger and wheat protein to lock in moisture and protect against breakage.

FAQs About Dyeing Curly Hair

Still hesitant about the process of getting curly blonde hair. Here are common questions that may help.

Will blonde hair dye damage my curls?

The answer to this question isn’t so simple. There’s actually a lot of gray area when it comes to applying blonde hair colors to curly hair. There are many factors like the health of your hair, the blonde hair dye formula you choose, how light of a blonde color you choose. If done properly on healthy hair, blonde hair dye shouldn’t damage your curls, but it certainly isn’t guaranteed with an at-home dyeing process.

To keep things as safe as possible, make sure your hair is healthy and moisturized before dyeing your curls, choose a blonde hair color that is reasonable for an at-home process (remember, no platinum here), consider choosing a hair dye made specifically for curls and natural hair and take all the necessary steps to keeping your hair healthy post-blonde hair dye, too.

Will dying my hair ruin my natural curls?

If done properly, no hair color should ruin your natural curls, but you may find that they act or feel differently than your previously non-dyed hair. This is due to the process of applying dye or a chemical to the hair strand. Your dyed hair may feel drier, stiffer or even limper than your hair previously did. If this happens, it’s best to take a break from hair dye and visit a professional for help.

Can dark curly hair go blonde?

Yes, dark curly hair can go blonde, within reason. When dyeing your hair at-home, you want to play it safe. Like mentioned above, stick to the caramel, honey and bronde-type blonde hair dye. These colors look more natural and don’t require as much expertise to apply. If you want to go ash blonde, platinum blonde or light blonde, leave it to the professionals.

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