A Blonding experience. (Part 1 + GIVEAWAY CLOSED!)

It would be a general disservice to you all if I didn’t start this post with one very important omission..

My choice (like many impatient choices I’ve made) to go from black to blonde in one foul swoop was not a wise one.

Thanks to Lacy it turned out exactly how I wanted it, but it could have been a disaster.
Further more it did damage my hair. Any lightening of your hair will do that so all logic and reason would suggest that an abundance of lightening on hair that has basically been painted with coats and coats of black ink for 7 plus years….well, a little damage would be impossible to avoid.

So if damage scares the begeeses out of you but you are still dying to go lighter… take this route:

Have an incredibly talented and confident stylist lighten your hair in stages. Where she artistically chooses what to lighten when. It should take about 6 months and if she is good it will look pretty at each stage.

As many folks told me prior to my switcharoo – that’s the safest option & the smartest option… but as opposed to what most people told me it isn’t your only option.

If you have access to a rockstar stylist who is willing and able to participate in what will surely be an experiment in which your hair may or may not survive and the final product may or may not leave you with crack hair where shiny dark hair once was but could possibly leave it the color you’ve been dreaming about… do what I did.

Cause, I don’t really like rules and when someone tells me that something I want is impossible…it kind of makes me want to do it even more.

I've been dying my hair black for 7 years  and went back to my blonde roots!


Without further ado, I give you Lacy…

Cara’s Blonde Hair Recipe:

Doing hair color isn’t like baking cookies where you can use the same recipe and it turns out pretty much the same. I have to customize my color formulas for each client because of different textures, colors, and previous colors. Please keep in mind just because you use what I used on Cara or take the same steps it may not look the same.

1. We used the Vanish color remover and then used the Goldwell color remover. This is the least damaging way to get previous pigment off the hair and will most likely lift it to a redish orange color. I was hoping it would have lifted it more than it did, but was happy some of the color pigment was off

2. Because it still wasn’t  light enough, we did a bleach shampoo cap. Where I mixed a little bleach and 10 vol with shampoo it lifted it a little more but still not enough…

3. I applied her base color and combed it Down 3 inches. The base Color was a level 6.1 ( each color line is different and in the color line I used  a 6.1 has beige and ash tones). We were extremely happy with how the base color turned out.. ( hope was restoring)


4. We were happy with the base color, but even with the color removal and the first bleach application I didn’t think it would be light enough to get it the tone she wanted. At this point we had been able to keep the integrity of the hair pretty well. We had two options bleach it once more so we could tone it perfectly, but risk the damage or we could just do the level 6 all over. Which would still have been 6 levels lighter… She really wanted the lighter, which as a stylist you can use your better judgment and say no, but since her hair still felt pretty good we decided to go for it.


5. Staying away from the root and base color that had already been colored I foiled and balayged every piece of hair. And she was a blonde… A very copper red blonde that is.

WE lovingly named this sexy stage "stawberries & Crack"

(we lovingly named this sexy stage “Stawberries & Crack”)

6. The hardest part was trying to decide what to tone her with. Once you’ve lifted the hair so many levels and have some really light and some bright orange, it’s hard to know what to do. Some of the pieces that were really blonde I put them in foil with conditioner to leave some of the bright blonde pieces. I use Redken Shades for my toners. For the top I mixed 9t, 6t and 8n. The middle portion I did 8n and 9t. I completely left it off her ends. ** 9t looks completely grey and ashy. (that’s how it cancels out the red and orange) when washing it out I mushed it through the ends for a quick min and then we washed it out!

Adding the blonde extensions also give it the look of more blonde than it was before then.

(find those beautiful things here)

I am so completely happy with how it turned out.
For stylists and clients, we want you to know that a corrective color price usually **starts** around $300-500. We did do it in a house (with our kids) no dryer for processing, no shampoo bowl so it obviously took us a lot longer than it would have in a salon. But it did take us a full two days to finish. I did that on purpose to get more time with Cara before she left me.

– Lacy

For girls who went back but wanna go back, here's how I did it! for girls who went black but wanna come back, here's how I did it!

I will call this post Part one because there is SO much info I couldn’t pack it all into one post, next I’ll tell you about my makeup changes (including brows!), my new love (extensions) and answer any of your questions that this post may have inspired…



Since we have been telling you a bunch about going lighter we figured it was only fair we giveaway the damage fixing mask which I am pretty convinced is made with pure gold.

Karastase Nutritive
Hair mask miracle GIVEAWAY!

To enter like lacy on Facebook HERE

and for one more entry

follow her on instagram – username: lacedhair

Comment and let me know that you entered and how many times:)

290 thoughts on “A Blonding experience. (Part 1 + GIVEAWAY CLOSED!)

  1. Liked and followed!! Love the blonde! Lacy is one talented girl! Cara, you look ridiculously beautiful as always! Great job ladies!

  2. I Liked and Followed. I am IN LOVE with your hair! That is what I am doing next month. BUT I don’t have black hair mine is a mousy brown :) Love your page!!!

  3. I seriously can’t get over what a great job she did! I tried blonde once and it took 3 stylists and I STILL looked orange! This is just perfection for real. It just wasn’t meant to be for me haha, it washed me out anyway. I can’t wait to hear about the makeup changes! You look gorgeous! :)

  4. Liked and Followed! I have been blonde blonde my whole life and your post has inspired me to go a slightly darker more natural shade of blonde! It looks Sooo beautiful!

  5. Liked and followed! I did the same process about 5 years ago… and lo and behold, I’m back to black. But it just suits me better! You pull off both with flying colors.

  6. Liked & Followed

    Love the new do ya Blonde Bombshell!! My hubby has been wanting me to go blonde for a while now… Maybe now I’ll actually do it! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

  7. I liked her on facebook & followed her on instagram! What a fabulous giveaway! I’m planning on blonde for Summer & am so excited to show this to my hairdresser!!

  8. Liked and followed! My hair is blonde already, and will probably stay that way for eternity since I have blonde eyelashes and it’s kind of hard to work with those things. But I am trying to grow it out really long after some neglect, so all of your tips are really helping! Thanks!

  9. I liked Lacy’s Facebook but don’t have an instagram to follow her. I have black Asian hair and tried bleaching my hair once…it was a scary experience…

  10. Liked and Followed. You are a blonde beauty!! I recentley made the change too. Was blonde all of my childhood years and as I got older it kept getting darker….Missed the blonde!!!

  11. Liked and followed! Cara it is amazing how you can look so beautiful with two totally different hair colors! Lucky girl!

  12. Liked her on Facebook and followed her on IG. Thanks so much for all the fantastic information. Cara’s hair turned out AH-mazing.

  13. I’ve been kicking myself for damaging my hair after bleaching it from black to blonde (well, as blonde as I could get it, so far). I liked your Facebook page and you are my new go-to for advice because I can totally relate! Good thing you did it the healthiest way possible, staging it out! I can’t wait to have healthy hair again one day!

  14. Liked and following! My hair is dark like your and I’ve dyed it black for years and believe me I’ve made lots of “boo boo’s” trying to make it lighter! Would love to go light like yours but I always end up dark in the end!
    Your hair looks great!
    Oh and I used your mommy makeup tips video and my hubby loves it, thanks!!

  15. Love you as a blonde!!! I just went to a light brown from blonde.. i entered to win i had to cut my hair shorter than i wanted because i colored it so much! Need hair mask haha

  16. Oh liked on FB and also following on Instagram.. maybe someone on here will know, do you have to be a licensed cosmotologist to take her hair extensions class? Im in college and that would be a good side job to have cuz i love hair!

  17. as a stylist, i was very excited to read this post! thanks for sharing the details i love to hear other peoples color formulas for ideas. might have to check out that titanium line in shades…i use an ash-violet with some N alot of times in these kind of situations. and THANK YOU for tellig people how much it really costs/labor intensive it is to do a transformation like that!! i also liked on fb and followed on instagram. ive never tried kerastase! out of my budget :)

  18. You look beautiful with both colors! I totally agree with the Kerastase Nutri-Thermique mask. I regularly highlight my fine hair and I swear it would be completely fried and dried without the mask and the Ciment Thermique

  19. I have a friend and you two could seriously be twins. Every single feature of your face is exactly the same, except for coloring. About the giveaway, I liked on facebook and followed on instagram.

  20. Love love love your hair! Mine is so damaged right now I could totally use a mask;) i followed both of her instagram accounts and liked on facebook!:)

  21. Liked on FB and Instagram. I am LOVING the Blonde on you. I’ve been in the process of getting back to blonde as well so it’s no secret my hair could use some extra loving!

  22. I liked and followed!! Your hair is gorgeous! A few years ago I went from black to blonde and I’m still paying for it, hellooo damaged hair. :(

  23. I like and followed! I’ve done so many bad things to my hair from going from red to blonde to brown to blonde with pink streaks back to just blonde then to black and back to blonde. Literally. Currently I am taking a break from the dye and enjoying my natural hair color since I’m trying to grow it out as long as yours! But both black and blonde hair colors suit you so well! Love the blog


  24. Love love love the blonde. I went through a similar phase a few years ago. Was black and had been using natural dye from the health food store. That’s a big no no. Had orange hair for awhile, but my stylist did her best and I was happy onec I got back to blonde. I’ve entered by following on Instagram. Don’t have FB though. Thanks! mrs_toth

  25. First, the hair looks great–I’m super impressed! (But, of course, Cara you always look beautiful, so that comes as no surprise! :) )

    Entered once (liked on FB, but don’t have an Instagram).

  26. Liked on FB and followed on IG! That was a brave and ballsy move with your hair, and it looks absolutely gorgeous!! Thanks for all your informative posts, they really do help and inspire! <3

  27. Just liked (I don’t have a instagram) I had a bit of separation anxiety over the weekend about your hair. I have naturally black/brownish hair. BUT YOU SO LOOK GORGEOUS!!!! And you have inspired me to change up the “kim kardashian” dark look. LOVE LOVE it!

  28. Liked on FB and followed on Instagram :). She did an amazing job, your hair still looks very healthy and the extensions are impossible to distinguish from your other hair!

    I loved the black but change is so much fun, especially after 7 years! Last year I got bangs which was the first time my hair style changed at all in 17 (!!!!!!!) years… Crazy right? I am 31 and last time I had bangs I was 13, so basically a child… I was terrified of the change but I love that I did it and even though it’s been 7 months since the change, I still get excited and feel like it’s “new” every time I see my bangs in the mirror. Do you feel giddy every time you see the mirror?

  29. Wow Lacy is so talented! Your hair looks beautiful by the way. I liked her page on facebook and am now just wishing she was here in Colorado to do magic on my hair!

  30. I liked on facebook and followed on instagram. Your hair is so amazing.. I have serious hair envy! I would love to hear more about how you styled your hair here and what products you used because your hair looks so healthy and shiny!

  31. Entered twice! That’s exactly the color I’ve been thinking about going to (closer to my natural) but have been too scared! Maybe I will this spring :)

  32. I also liked Lacy on Facebook, I think the blonde color is awesome, I am naturally a blonde myself but suddenly dyed my hair auburn once and it has taken almost four years for me to get it back the way it used to be. Your hair looks so good, I wish I knew Lacy’s tips back then!

  33. I LOVE this color! You’re gorgeous as a brunette AND blonde… how is that even possible??
    I’ve entered twice. My hair could use the moisture, for sure 😉

  34. Oh my goodness! I would absolutely love this giveaway! I entered twice! Liked(loved) her Instagram page and I liked her Facebook! My hair would thank you one million times for this hair saver. My addiction to curling and coloring my hair isn’t the best. Ps your new hair is gorgeous!!

  35. I liked her one FB, I don’t have an instagram, but I am DYING to do blonde! Don’t think i can manage the upkeep though :(

  36. Liked. I have that dirty blonde natural hair as well and I just talked to my hairstylist today about going black. She told me noooooo. She said that it would be very hard to get me back to my natural color if I ever decided I wanted too. Funny how you post this today.

  37. I liked and followed. :) Also, why’d you have to go blonde and make it look SOOOOOO good?!? As a life long brunette, I’m for the first time tempted to do it too! But I don’t think I could make it look as good as you do.

  38. Entered on FB and IG. I love Cara’s hair both black and blonde. But the blonde Is perfect timing for spring/summer.

  39. I liked and followed Lacy on Instagram. I am lightening my hair and trying to keep it healthy too! The Kertase would be a lifesaver!

  40. Like and followed! Love the hair, love the blog, love the Cara! :)
    I’m a broke college student with some damaged blonde hair haha! Kertase would be so helpful!

  41. Liked & followed on FB and Instagram! Love your hair…looks so amazing! Are you going lighter and what level is your natural for the re-growth? Just curious how hard your maintenance will be? I do my own and it’s platinum right now. Slightly damaged and pretty high maintenance…my natural is abt a 5…so not sure how long I’ll keep this going. 😉 Thanks for all the info!!

  42. Your hair looks great! I’ve always been cone but want to go brown. This is what i needed to make the change! Liked lacy on fb.

  43. Clearly Lacy is a rockstar. I can’t tell you how much I love your hair. Entered n followed. My hair is thirsty; here’s to hoping I win this.

  44. Liked and followed! I too switch between dark and light every few year and I love it! I feel like a new girl. Pretty sure I did the ombre trend before it was a trend due to me dying my blonde hair dark and having the grown out highlights peek through months later. Keep up the good work :)

  45. THANK YOU for this in depth article. I’m a hair stylist and have had many clients that thought you could go from black to blonde by simply slapping some hair color on there, but it is such a long and tedious process – and sometimes impossible to achieve. I will totally save this to refer people to, to understand the process better. Thank you!

  46. I love you blonde!!! Turned out so pretty! I liked on fb and following on instagram… do we get extra points for following the lacedhairextensions too ;). I love your blog Cara! P.S I am from So. Utah… my sis-in-law grew up in Hurricane and moved to Las Vegas and sure she would hate it… she told me over the Holidays that she would never move back, she love it there. Good luck! <3 <3

  47. Liked and following on both of her Instagram! After seeing your hair I emailed her asap to talk about the extensions. She got back to me right away and also followed up with more information! She seems like such a sweet person and told me to call her so we can discuss extensions. I’ve never thought about going blonde, but after seeing your hair.. I need a change as well! You look awesome!

  48. I have been thinking about going blonde and this post has inspired me even more to do so! You look so gorgeous as a blonde and also as a brunette! The blonde turned out wonderful. Oh and I liked Lacy on FB :)

  49. I liked Lacy on Facebook and followed her on Instagram. As a natural(-ish) blonde, I can’t wait to see how you change your makeup with your new hair! Absolutely love it! :)

  50. Liked & Followed.
    Ahhh what an awesome stylist she is! I am a cosmetologist myself and she is one of those stylist I would LOVE to shadow for a day or two because she is AMAZING!! Loving the blonde, I want to go blonde..someday but I have always been dark so it kind of makes me nervous :) Love, love, love your blog!

  51. I liked Lacy on Facebook. :) I love your blonde hair! It actually is inspiring me to lose my red and go blonde instead! Why not, right?

  52. Liked on Facebook. Didn’t follow on Instagram as I don’t use it. Your hair looks incredible. Wish I could also go lighter without it looking crazy but I’m naturally that dark.

  53. I liked her on fb and followed her on Instagram! I always dye my dirty blonde locks a dark chestnut color but you’ve motivated me to go back to my roots!! You look gorgeous!

  54. Love the blonde! i am feeling the same stuck feeling with my hair…I doubt i could pull off blonde (dark dark eyebrows) but i was thinking ombre! you’re inspiring! btw.. love the mask! liked her on facebook and instagram!

  55. Instagrammed. Your hair looks amazing. I feel like I owe you my life for the smokey eye tute and convincing me to use eyebrow pencil.

  56. I entered on IG and FB. I love the Kerastase line, it has saved my hair from certain defeat (cutting) many many times. Thank you so much for the tips you give on your blog and for introducing me to Barefootblonde.com! She also gives great hair tips and now with Lacy I will have even more long hair info!

  57. I liked her on FB & I’m already stalking Lacy on IG, she’s doing my hair in Houston soon! I need this so I can get my hair ready to go from dark to light in one setting!

  58. I liked lacy on Facebook and insta! LOVE her work and your hair is gorgeous! I can relate I did the same exact thing last summer, went from dark brown to a blonde melt! It was scary but I loved it! Great post I love reading them :)

  59. I liked on FB and am following on IG! I’m usually partial to dark hair, I think it’s more dramatic, but I am LOVING your lighter locks. You truly pull both off wonderfully!

  60. I liked and followed! You look absolutely gorgeous! I was thinking of dying my blonde hair dark, but you convinced me to stay lighter!

  61. Liked on Facebook and Following! This post was so nice to read! I have a problem with going lighter in the summer then getting annoyed with the upkeep then going back to brown in the winter. But this is great! Thank yuo so much!

  62. Cara! I followed and liked her page! I love your hair. I have been wanting to change my hair for so long but now I finally have the confidence to do it! I’m getting a melt next week… so excited!!! It’s been a long time coming! :)

  63. I liked on facebook and followed on instagram! I love your hair. I want to go lighter also, but I’m naturally a dirty blonde. ! :)

  64. Following on Instagram (sorry no fb account for me). The color is absolutely beautiful and having gone from dark red to blonde several “ahem ” times with varying results Lacey is a very gifted stylist and talented artist.

  65. Loving the color! She did a wonderful job. I have liked and followed :) I recently went from my natural light brown dark and now my hair is orange. Definitely going to try and go back to a lighter shade soon!

  66. Liked and followed. lacy did an amazing job! And i love ur new lighter hair:) i too just did a color change up and am rockin some strawberry locks. Love it:) thanks for all ur awesome posts, i love reading them

  67. I liked and followed!! Your hair looks awesome, and she did a spectacular job:) I love your blog so much!!! Thanks for all your wonderful tips and suggestions.

  68. O.M.G you look GORGEOUS!! You can rock both colors!! But you look stunning as a blonde!! You just gave Lacy TONS of new business!! I literally just emailed her to book an appoinent! She’s genius!! What kind of hair extensions did you use here?? Were they glued in or sewed or clip-in?? Again, LOVE your new look!! 😉

  69. I liked lacy not just for the contest but because I need to buy the ombre extentions that she makes and wanted to be sure I remembered where I saw them.. I am dying to go Blondel and went black after following your blog… now thinking Blonde could work..looks amazing!!!

  70. I useally don’t comment on your blogpost(which i want to do more though 😉 ), but i just wanted to say it looks absolutely amazing!

  71. Cara-I’ve just recently got my hair highlighted-I went from black hair to an allover highlight of caramel- Which I LOVE- it was SUCH a huge difference for me since I’m SO boring and never change my hair. However, I got it done at Aveda and I bought Aveda Shampoo/conditioner. But, for some reason my hair seems to be SO dry and I just can’t seem to get the protein back in my hair. What kind of conditioner/DIY/Home remedy do you prefer?? Please PLEASE let me know! :)

  72. Kinda curious… what product and color was your hair before? I am actually thinking of going dark. The natural mousey dirty blonde light caramel brown dull is just not doing it anymore. Kinda scared of going dark dark but … why not! I love the pop it created with your blue eyes! Hope to hear soon! thanks!

  73. Your hair is absolutely beautiful!! (both ways) I love that your blog is filled with positivity! I do have one question, what is the hair color that you used with your dark hair? It looks healthy and beautiful! My hair naturally pulls red, but when I saw this.. it’s the exact match to what I’ve been wanting.

    Thank you!!

  74. I want to go light brown , i used to have highlights but then i dyed it light brown i loved it , but after a while i went to dark brown how can i go back to light brown

  75. Question! Why did you apply the level 6 base color to her roots before foiling in the bleach? Why not put it in between the foils?

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  77. I recently did the same thing {in one sitting too} but went from a dark red to blonde! Similar to yours! Yours turned out great, btw! I’m curious if you have or if you did the vinegar & purple food coloring on your hair afterwards to cut down any brassy- orange coloring? I love the ideas so am wanting to try this soon!! Thanks!!

  78. I like the honey warm blonde color but I feel the color still could use more ash tones to get the color less brassy looking. I am doing this technique at home and my hair is naturally dark brown. I am only doing slight balayage highlights and so far it’s pretty dark and orangy. I toned it with a blue toner and the next day it looked a lot better. It’s not at the desired color I was going for and I need to get it at the pale yellow color during the bleaching process but I want to wait at least 2 weeks before doing this process again so my hair can get back to a healthier state. I did slight damage to the ends so next time I plan on having my hair deeply saturate in coconut oil especially the ends off my hair since they take the most damage. Do you recommend I do anything else during the process of bleaching my hair and to tone it to a nice ash blonde to contrast the warmer tones. I don’t like to use Wella toner it really damages my hair. Is there another safer toner I can purchase online or at Sally’s beauty supply. I have been using food coloring with vinegar which works sort of. It’s still a bit brassy…

    Thank you,


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