How can I safely go from brunette to blonde for my wedding?

Rachel Hayes

Renee Zellweger keeps it glam with her gorgeous hair color.
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Sometimes you just want a dramatic change for your big day to keep them guessing like red carpet hair chameleon Renee Zellweger. Want to take your hair from a dark brunette to a lighter blonde? We asked Zellweger’s “mane woman”, celebrity colorist Rita Hazan, to give us her expert opinion on how to get the look. Rita says:

“Going from brunette to blonde is a very complicated thing to do. If you have virgin hair (hair that is not currently chemically processed), it will be an easier process. Hair that is naturally brown will first have to undergo a stripping process where you remove all the color from the hair, then you can add the blonde color to it. If this is your first time taking your hair from brunette to blonde, give yourself some time – it takes a few tries to get the process just right. I would say starting the process 3-6 months before your big day is a perfect amount of time, depending on how dark your hair is and how blonde you want to be. Also, beware of any super dramatic changes before your wedding – wedding pictures are for life!”

Double-processing can be incredibly hard on your hair so be sure to show your locks some love with a rich, deep conditioner once a week. Rita recommends Shu Uemura Moisture Velvet Treatment, a luxurious conditioner made especially to soften, smooth and enhance the beauty of your hair .

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About This Wedding Expert: Over the past decade plus, Rita Hazan has established herself as one of the world’s most sought-after colorists, counting Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Debra Messing, Rachel Weisz, Keyshia Cole and Renee Zellweger among her exclusive clientele. Rita’s namesake salon on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan is a full service beauty mecca for fashion and entertainment’s A-list. Rita splits her time between her beloved Manhattan base and flying to Los Angeles at the request of her beloved celebrity clients. Gifted with a literal “golden touch,” Rita is world-renowned for her color processes and as the go-to expert for corrective color Rx.

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