Brunette to Blonde at Home (Budget-Friendly)

I’ve always been a brunette, and over the years, I’ve pretty much explored the entire spectrum that brown hair has to offer. My hair has been dark brown, light brown, reddish brown, blackish brown, long, short, straight, curly, highlighted, ombred, balayaged, and all of the purplish, copperish, carmelish (even brassy) colors in between. The color brown had been fully expressed and well, I gotย bored.

So I went blonde (and I filmed it!) Here’s how I did it:

Feel free to leave questions below or on Instagram with the hashtag #TopNotchTuesday and please share with anyone you know that might benefit from watching this video!

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

7 thoughts on “Brunette to Blonde at Home (Budget-Friendly)

  1. I really enjoyed this video! I thought you did a great job going from brunette to blonde. I have very, very dark brown hair (lvl 3/4) and going lighter is such a pain for me. After watching your video I am tempted to try it again; however, I better not.. lol, it may result in disaster! j/k. Seriously, your hair looks beautiful. I wish you’d get more subscribers! I love your channel and even though I am in a totally different place than you in life (I’m a little older.. lol) I find your channel to be very sweet and inspiring. Keep up the great job!


    1. Aw thank you for leaving such a nice comment! I really love making my videos, so it’s nice to know that you’re enjoying them! Hopefully I’ll have more subscribers one day. I think if I keep working hard, people will catch on. It’s hard to break through but that’s why it’s good that I truly enjoy doing it. I would make videos and write blog posts even if no one watched or read ๐Ÿ™‚ And I know what you mean! I feel like I always wanted to go blonde, or at least lighter, right after I dyed my hair dark brown or black (when it’s the most difficult lol) I think highlights/ombre are good for us dark-haired girls. They can be really subtle at first but you can build on them over time and slowly but surely your hair color gets a lot lighter. It’s definitely a less “dangerous” way to go lol Thanks again for taking the time to comment and for watching my videos. Hope you have a nice weekend! – Nicole


      1. Hope your weekend went well! Yes, highlights are great for lightening the hair slowly. I’ve done the at-home cap all-over highlights with supplies from Sally’s. I’ve also tried foils on myself like you did in the video. Lol, it’s hilarious watching me because I always drag my husband in to help and he’s like, so sweet and trying to help me grab hair and keep other hair from being grabbed… it’s truly a sight! He’s such a good sport, and after seventeen years he’s so used to helping me with my shenanigans. I finally went back to my natural dark a while back and now I add red to give it a deep red hue to keep it interesting, but I am probably going to do highlights again eventually.
        What I enjoy about your youtube channel is that it’s very down-to-earth and you come across as very sweet and sincere. I love how you use many practical and affordable products. I also enjoy how your channel is very organized and has nice variety that include other topics such as food, fashion, and inspirational. Your Mindful Monday videos are often filled with really encouraging and practical tips, thoughts, and advice which I look forward to listening to. I think it’s great you enjoy making the videos and blogging, regardless of subscribers/readers. That’s what is truly important in life; to love what you do for you and no one else!


      2. I love that he helps you with stuff like that! That’s really cute ๐Ÿ™‚ And thanks! I really like the schedule too. I feel like I’d gotten into a good rhythm with it so I will be going back to that schedule as soon as I can. I could never not make videos. I used to only make one a week because that’s all I could do with school and work, but I would always be thinking about making videos– like, which ones to do next. I’m obsessed but I think that’s a good thing! The main reason I do sometimes think about the subscribers/view numbers is just because I want more people to see them! I want people to be able to use my tips or feel understood or get a good idea from one of my videos. I want to share with everyone! lol It’s truly a passion of mine. What are some of your hobbies? You’re a great writer. Ever consider writing a blog?



  2. Hey Nicole, I don’t know when/if you’ll see this (and I don’t mean to hijack this thread with something off-topic, but I didn’t know where to leave you a comment that you would get, I’m sorry); I’ve mentioned this before, but I don’t have a Google+ set up, so I can’t comment on your videos, but I wanted to say I admire your direction to step-back and recharge. I can relate to that on so many levels during many different times in my life. I’d love to tell you more, but not on a public forum ๐Ÿ™‚ lol. I am a pretty private person overall. Anyway, just wanted to wish you well! and keep up your energy for life and don’t let things get to you too much. I look at life like this, it’s a tunnel. A long tunnel. So cliche, but at the end of the tunnel is a little light. Not a bright light.. lol, but a little, just enough to give you all you need to get through the next tunnel. Every stage in life is like that. Also cliche, but life really is like the changing of the seasons, and this is a good thing. Nothing lasts forever and when you are going through times that are hard that’s one of the most comforting thoughts to keep in mind. I used to say that the only thing consistent about raising children is that they consistently change and I say that for pretty much everything in life. The only truly consistent thing in life is that life is always changing and taking us in different directions. Sometimes those changes are within our control and sometimes they are not. When they aren’t, you just have to close your eyes, take a deep breath and realize that every single person has felt how you feel right now at some point in their life and they somehow got through it and so will you. Anyway, hope this was encouraging.. lol. I’m not so talented as you in the inspiration department! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Sincerely, Cori


    1. Hey Cori, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this sweet comment. I really appreciate the encouragement and support! I have always wanted to share my experience with depression and it just felt like the right, most authentic way to share it was to sit down and be honest about how I was feeling while I was feeling it. I never want anyone who watches my videos to feel like I’m some know-it-all who has everything figured out. I want to be vulnerable and honest so they can relate and hopefully we can learn from each other. I give tips in my videos but comments like yours really help me too! More than you know, so thank you again and thank you for your support of my channel. I agree with what you said about change being a constant. Sometimes I find that notion wildly exciting, and others it’s utterly, exasperatingly tiring. I guess it’s like that for most people though. Right now, it’s helping to cheer me up and giving me motivation to keep taking care of myself so that I can be mentally and physically healthy enough to fully enjoy it. By the way, I think you’re wrong about not being good in the inspiration department! lol Thanks again for the kind words! I hope you’re having a nice Saturday! Best, Nicole


      1. Thank you, Nicole. You are very kind. I think it’s great that you are able to be vulnerable like that. I tend to be a very private person and I hardly ever open myself up to very many people. Your channel is great for everyday things and practical advice. You seem like the kind of person that is approachable, you know? I have never seen you as a “know-it-all” who has it all figured out. Instead, you seem like a simple gal, somewhere in her twenties whose taking life in stride and trying to figure it out as you go. This is what makes you approachable. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I, too, like some change. Change is a good thing. Positive or negative, it’s what keeps things going in life and keeps things from becoming too dull.

        To answer your question above (for some reason I cannot reply directly to your comment), my hobbies include reading, knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, hanging out with my boys and little yorkie, and mostly playing video games with my husband; we play MMOs and coop games. Lol, kind of a interesting mix.. right?! lol. My grandmother taught me how to knit and crochet when I was a teenager and I look forward to the day when I can teach my granddaughters when I have some in the future. I’ve actually taught my oldest son a little crocheting. He’s pretty good, too! I have considered starting a blog, but I get what I call writer’s remorse. Lol. I tend to regret things that I say publicly. I don’t regret my opinions, but I regret allowing others inside my heart to read them. So, I’d wind up being a blogger that writes, then deletes everything a few days later. Not necessarily the way to be when it comes to blogging. =) Thank you for complimenting my writing, though. Considering you are a journalist, I appreciate it, very much. Have a great weekend!


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