How to Lighten Dyed Red Hair to Strawberry Blonde step by step

before it was red

  • If you want to lighten your dyed red hair to a strawberry blonde, you should do it in a professional salon.
  • You’ll need to do several bleaching sessions. Also, you have to choose the exact shade of strawberry blonde you need. Each brand offers different options.
  • If you have coloring knowledge and want to lighten your hair on your own, you have to evaluate the condition of your hair. Then, you can bleach it. Once you bleach it, you need to choose the perfect strawberry blonde shade. I’ll tell you about them.


From red-colored hair to strawberry blonde?

Are my eyes correct? Did I just read what I think I did?


If that’s what you want to achieve in your hair, I can’t tell you to go ahead without asking you to think twice.

It’s going to be a drastic and radical change for your hair.

It’s as radical as going from black to blonde hair. Do you know why?


 Red pigments, just like black ones, are the most difficult ones to remove. 

They’re so hard to remove that you’ll need to bleach your hair. I believe you know that’s an aggressive chemical process for your hair.

It’s so aggressive that only absolutely healthy hair can withstand it.


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Also, even if your hair is healthy and strong enough to withstand bleaching,  you must know how to bleach it properly. The idea is to avoid burning it during the process. 

And to top it all off, even if your hair is healthy, if it can withstand the various bleaching sessions, and if you know how to do it, you’ll still need to choose the right strawberry blonde shade.


Are you still there?

Are you still thinking about lightening your red-dyed hair to a strawberry blonde?


Then, stick with me because we’ll take it one step at a time.

What’s the first step?

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Before you lighten your red hair to strawberry blonde, you need to assess the condition of your hair

before applying dye

We already said you’ll need to bleach your hair. You can’t directly apply strawberry blonde to your red hair.

In most cases, you’ll have to bleach it several times according to the red shade.

  • If it’s a dark red (3.5, 4.5), you’ll need 3 to 4 sessions.
  • If it’s a medium red (5.5, 6.5), you’ll need 2 to 3 sessions.
  • If it’s a light red (7.5, 8.5), you’ll only need 1 to 2 sessions


Are you still there?

Good for you. It’s time to face reality.

What’s the state of your hair?


That’s what I’m going to help you find out right now.

  • Do you have frizz? You know, those short hairs that constantly stand up. They look as if you were sticking your fingers in the socket all the time. They don’t just magically stand up. They stand up because your hair is dehydrated and lacking essential fatty oils and protein.
  • Do you have dry or split ends? That’s another symptom of dehydration.
  • Does your hair feel rough to the touch? It’s a sign of poor health.
  • Detangling your hair is mission impossible? No message will explode, but I don’t have good news for you.


 If your hair shows any of these symptoms, you shouldn’t bleach it.  At least until you repair it.

When I say repair, I don’t mean just applying a hydrating mask once. You’ll need to invest several weeks to restore lost moisture to your hair.


Is your hair healthy and do you know how to bleach it?

Then let’s move on to step two.


How to bleach red-dyed hair to strawberry blonde

So, here you are, red-haired with the idea of sporting the much-desired strawberry blonde.

You know the road ahead: several bleaching sessions depending on the red shade of your hair.


And remember that between each of these sessions, you should allow at least three weeks. In the meantime, continue to nourish your hair with hair masks.

Yes, the road to strawberry blonde is definitely difficult. To bleach your hair you’ll need:

  • Bleaching powder
  • 30-volume developer
  • Plastic container
  • Hair dye brush
  • Gloves


With everything ready, let’s get started.

Let me tell you that the bleaching instructions look easy, but they really aren’t.


No matter how many videos you’ve seen out there, bleaching is complex.  You have to control the exposure times meticulously.  There are no magic recipes for that.

Every hair reacts differently. That said, let’s move on.


  • Comb and separate your hair into 4 sections from forehead to nape and from ear to ear, and hold each section with hair clips.
  • In a plastic container, place the bleaching powder and the 30-volume developer, mixing to blend. If you like, add a few drops of coconut oil to protect your hair.
  • With gloves on, apply the bleach from roots to ends. Repeat on each section. After covering all your hair with the mixture, put on a shower cap to maintain the temperature.
  • Leave the bleaching mixture on for 20-25 minutes. Do not exceed the time and monitor the color constantly to evaluate the process.
  • Finally, rinse your hair with plenty of cold water to slow down the heat reaction. You can use your usual shampoo to remove all bleach traces.


Once the bleach has removed all the red pigment, the long-awaited moment has arrived.


Which shade of strawberry blonde to choose

Here you are. One step away from achieving your dream color: strawberry blonde.

Remember that permanent hair coloring causes some degree of damage to the hair because it is applied with a 20-volume developer.

So, your hair may be drier and more dehydrated according to the number of bleaching sessions you’ve had. A word of advice?


Take it easy, wait a week,  apply an intensive moisturizing treatment, and then finally, apply the strawberry blonde hair dye. 

Now, which is the best strawberry or pink blonde?


Each brand has a different numbering for this color because it’s not a traditional one. Don’t go crazy. Here’s the best advice.


L’Oreal Paris Preference

permanent hair color

It offers two excellent quality and long-lasting permanent hair dyes:

  • 723 Rose Blonde
  • 823 Medium Rose Blonde


Garnier Olia

no ammonia

Two shades of rose blonde with the benefit that the kit includes a beneficial post-coloring treatment.

  • 20 Dark Rose Quartz
  • 22 Medium Rose Gold


Schwarzkopf Got2b

permanent color

Ideal if you’ve bleached your hair to a dark blonde 7.

  • M97 Rosa Dorado


Schwarzkopf Blondme

strawberry blonde

It’s a toner that allows you to regulate the intensity of strawberry you want.

  • T-Strawberry


Wella Color Charm

gel hair color

It’s an ideal hair dye if you’re looking for some more orange highlights in your strawberry blonde.

  • 7WV Nutmeg



Going from red-dyed hair to strawberry blonde is a complex process.

Therefore, if you’re not sure about the current state of your hair and have no coloring experience, the best is to do the color change in a salon.

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