By Jean Asta

If your red hair color is too dark, you can take a few simple steps to lighten your hair to a more pleasing shade of red or strawberry blond. The original dark red hair color will become a lowlight color, and the lighter hair will be a kind of highlight. Or, you can choose to lighten your entire head of hair. The good news is that this process is easy and inexpensive, so you can continue lightening your hair until it is the exact shade you want.

Lighten your red hair gradually

Step 1

Pour the 3% hydrogen peroxide solution into the dark colored spray bottle. Label it with a piece of masking tape and the pen so that you know what is in the bottle in the future.

Step 2

Spray your red hair with the hydrogen peroxide. Separate small sections of hair around your face and the crown of your head. Spray them with the hydrogen peroxide and brush or comb it through the section so it is evenly spread to give you highlights. Or, spray your entire head of hair with the hydrogen peroxide and comb it through from root to tip, so your entire head of hair will be lighter.

Step 3

Allow the peroxide to dry. If you want much lighter hair, you can also go outside and expose your hair to the sunshine. The sun will act as an additional lightening agent.

Step 4

Shampoo and condition your hair as normal. If you are not satisfied with the amount of lightening, repeat steps 2 and 3 until the desired color is reached.