White Blonde Hair: How To Achieve It and Take Care of It

I have been trying to achieve the white blonde hair look for years now. Only recently I have felt that I’ve got to a point where I am actually happy with the colour! It’s true, it can take years to get your hair to this colour. It has taken me about five years to get here, which can sound scary, but I have gone through tons of ups and downs over this process.

WARNING: This post contains many low-quality embarrassing pictures of me from my scene phase! Please be kind, I didn’t know any better then!!

My Journey To White Blonde Hair 2009 – 2014

My natural hair colour is strawberry blonde (cue the ‘LOL just say you’re ginger’ comments) and I had this colour up until I was around 12 years old. At the age of 12, I had my hair dyed for the first time, to a lighter blonde shade. Nothing too dramatic! Then, when I was around 13/14 I got my hair dyed to a very light yellow-blonde, earning me the nickname ‘sunny’. This was around my scene phase so at some points I had purple patches in my hair, and also blue. Literal patches. Tragic.

Those colours faded quickly, and when I got to around 15 I had the bright idea to dye my hair brown. Originally, I wanted a light, caramel brown, kind of like this. However, this is not what the universe had in mind for me and the dye went very very dark; like the darkest brown before black. It was a huge change, but I loved it for a while. As time passed, I started to really miss my blonde hair, but I knew there was no way I’d be able to get my hair back blonde at home, so I went to the hairdressers to see what they could do for me.

The hairdresser decided the best way to go would be through gradual highlights. Below is the progression of highlights – sorry about the terrible picture quality! I used to love taking pictures on my laptop webcam.

The time between these pictures is May 19th 2012, and October 7th 2013, visiting the hairdresser usually every 6-8 weeks.

*Note: There’s lots of different lighting in these pictures, so apologies that the colours aren’t very clear! The pictures are in chronological order – far left being May 2012 and the far right being October 2013.

My Journey To White Blonde Hair 2014 – 2018

In 2014, I was happiest I had been with my hair for a while, but because I didn’t treat it properly, after a while my hair would inevitably go a bit on the yellow side.

Between 2014 and now I’ve mostly focused on growing my hair. Having it dyed so much meant that I had a lot of breakages and often needed a good trim to keep it looking healthy. In 2015/16 I was low on funds and my hair desperately needed my roots touching up. Stupidly, I decided to put a box dye on my hair. It worked but made some areas of my hair patchy, meaning that the next time around I had to spend extra to bleach my ends and try to sort out the patchiness as well as having a toner put through it all. Not worth it.

Note: I used to wear hair extensions all the time at this point to satisfy my desire for long hair. The picture on the left below is the real length of my hair at the time.

Most people won’t have noticed much difference between my 2014 and 2018 hair, but when it’s your own you notice everything that goes wrong. I’ve had troubles with tangles and knots; at one point you couldn’t even get a brush through my wet hair! In the future, I’ll make posts on how to care for damaged hair, or how to make your hair grow faster. If this is something that interests you, let me know in the comments!

Advice & Haircare Tips For White Blonde Hair

Trying to achieve white blonde hair can be a hugely long and tedious process, but if you really want it you have to stick it out the whole way! Here’s the best advice I can give you based on my experience.

  1. Get your hair bleached by a professional hairdresser! I literally can’t stress this enough. Bleaching your own hair without the correct tools or knowledge can ruin your hair. Especially if you bleach your hair multiple times if your hair is darker. If you’re still not convinced, check out Brad Mondo on YouTube. He reacts to bleach and other dye fails and is a professional hairdresser. Some of the bleaching videos are horrific. This video is the worst I have seen.
  2. Be prepared to spend a lot of money. Getting your hair professionally bleached is expensive. It’s not a one-and-done process. Even when your hair is white blonde, you will still need to pay for your roots touching up every 6-8 weeks. I spend £34-48 on my treatments depending on what I need doing and compared to some other prices I’ve heard of, this is kind of a bargain.
  3. If for some reason you can’t pay for a hair appointment, wait until you can. Don’t use a box dye! As I mentioned before, using a box dye made my hair super patchy and wasn’t worth it in the end. If your roots are particularly bad, tie your hair up! It looks much better compared to leaving it down.
  4. Treat your hair with the correct products to avoid going yellow. When I wash my hair, I use silver shampoo and conditioner to stop it from going brassy. Once a week, I use an intense toning shampoo to completely eradicate any yellowness.

Products I Recommend For White Blonde Hair

PRO:VOKE Touch of Silver Colour Care Shampoo

PRO:VOKE Touch of Silver Colour Care Conditioner

PRO:VOKE Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo

All the products listed above are cruelty-free and vegan. The Touch of Silver Intensive Conditioner is unfortunately not vegan but is suitable for vegetarians. I personally do not use it.

Questions For You Guys…

  1. What is your current hair colour?
  2. Would you ever consider going for the white-blonde hair look?

I hope that you found this post useful and informative! If there is anything you want to know that I have not covered in this post, feel free to ask in the comments or direct message me on any of my social media channels.

I hope you’re all having a great day, and that you will be back for more posts in the future. If you want to read more beauty-related posts, click here.

Love, Flossie 

12 comments so far.

12 responses to “White Blonde Hair: How To Achieve It and Take Care of It”

  1. Katheryn says:

    Love this post! I tried doing this on my own and completely RUINED my hair. After spending money on my own hair color supplies, I had to turn around and pay a professional anyway to do a correction. I agree that the best way to achieve is by doing gradual highlights and it gets very pricey. I also love your recommendations on products. I love purple hair products to maintain the white/silver blonde!

    • stylebyflossie says:

      Thank you so much for reading! I think we all make silly mistakes with our hair, especially at such a young age like I was and thinking I know it all. Although it is expensive, it’s far better than paying the price of your hair falling out! I think the cost of it all is majorly overlooked by a lot of people who decide to go blonde. I hope your hair has recovered now!! ♡

  2. Your hair is beautiful! I used to have mine this color – I had it for over a year and it was incredibly healthy -, but then I went to a different hairdresser who completely ruined it. I eventually let it grow back to its natural color, which is how it is now, but sometimes I miss having white hair! It makes you feel so special 🙂

    • stylebyflossie says:

      Thank you so much! I can’t believe that other hairdresser ruined your hair. They’re someone you’re supposed to feel like you can trust to make that not happen… Yikes 🙁 At least you can rock your natural colour! I guess there are always wigs you can buy for an instant white hair fix without any dangers! ♡

  3. Nichole says:

    It really does take a long time to achieve the white blonde look. I have been working on it for a while and finally figured it out. And finally found a hairdresser that could do it. But I love it! This is a great post!

    • stylebyflossie says:

      Thanks for reading! I’m glad you’ve finally found someone capable of giving you the hair you want ♡

  4. Nicola craig says:

    I always used to use the purple hair care system for my blonde bits. Always kept them looking less brassy. Your hair looks in amazing condition now. Its beautiful

  5. Laura says:

    I LOVE the throwback pictures! I have brown hair, but I have been blonde before and was concerned over the maintenance! Now I’m considering going back reading this post!

    • stylebyflossie says:

      Hahaha, there’s nothing better than a good throwback picture! I’m glad you found this post helpful – if you decide to go through with it please send me pictures when it’s done!! ♡

  6. azzama says:

    the only thing I am not confident about when it comes to colouring my hair is damaging it or not being able to take care but I really want to colour it blue or a fire like ombre. thanks for sharing your tips

    • stylebyflossie says:

      Those colours sound so amazing! If you really want to do it, I would go to your hairdresser and ask for some advice. Definitely don’t do it yourself if you are not confident! ♡

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Style By Flossie is run solely by Antonia, a.k.a Flossie! This is a personal blog 'just for fun' with an emphasis on cruelty free/vegan fashion and beauty, as well as lifestyle and travel.


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