Black to Blonde – Expert Hair Colour Advice

Last month at the Oscars we gasped at actress Margot Robbie’s gorgeous transformation from long raven waved hair at 2014 red carpet event to a golden blonde bob a year later.

Today Kim Kardashian followed suit when she unveiled a dramatic new platinum blonde look.

Like her or loath her, Kim seems to set trends. So ahead of the rush of Kim fans looking to go from dark to blonde, we thought it would be helpful to give a professionals guide to changing hair colour…

A. Seek professional advice. If you have dark hair, don’t expect to go blonde in one visit. This could result in severe breakage, which may only be reversed by a very short haircut.

B. Hair history. The condition of your hair, natural colour shade and colour history (whether it is already coloured etc) will all have an impact on the process of changing from dark to light. Colour consultation appointments are free of charge at Sutherlands and we definitely recommend talking through a big change with an expert before booking an appointment.

C. Gradual is best. Although it is possible to go from dark to blonde in a day, it’s healthier for your hair to take things slowly. It may take a series of colour appointments to achieve your desired shade. Kim’s transformation was much quicker than Margot’s and some orange tones are still evident. We bet that she will be using toning treatments on a regular basis and a few more hair care appointments will still be necessary.

D. Picking the right shade.
Pick a blonde shade based on your natural hair colour and skin tone. The darker you are, the more golden and warm tones you’ll have. If you’re more of a natural dark blonde or light brown, then you should go for more of a cooler, ashier tone Look for inspiration on people who have similar eye and skin coloring.

E. Bring a picture. It helps to bring a reference picture with you to your appointment. If you’re not a hair professional, it can be difficult to describe the shade you’re looking for. Technical terms like ‘ash’ or ‘warm’ can be interpreted differently.

F. A haircut will be on the cards. Notice how dry Margot’s hair looks in the auburn in-between stage. Her tousled bob puts pay to damaged ends. Kim too has gone for a chop with a shorter, layered do. Bleach can cause a lot of damage, so in order to keep your hair as healthy as possible a cut will be necessary. This will also prevent the hair from breaking.

G. Caring is key. Use a salon recommended shampoo and conditioner at home. Deep conditioning treatments should scheduled once a week. A toner can be used between colour appointments to keep the hair looking shiny and prevent unwanted tones from shining through. Make sure to use a heat protector when blow drying your hair or using heated tools to style your hair. Your colour technician will be able to advise you on the best way to care for your hair.


Sutherlands Hair and Beauty are experts in professional hair colour. Based in Newport-on-Tay our hair salon is ideally located for clients in Dundee, St Andrews, Cupar and Broughty ferry.