Just like your hairdresser will tell you when you visit the hair salon, lightening hair colour is a lot trickier than trying to make hair darker.

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If a client needs your model to have lighter hair, you want to change a photo’s hair colour to match his or her character or stand out from their environment - or you’re thinking of trying out a new colour yourself and want to see what it looks like first – this Photoshop tutorial will show you how.

Changing hair from brown to blonde

Fashion and burlesque photographer Tigz Rice talks you through how you can use the red channels - which stores most of the information about our skin and hair colour - to go from a deep brown to a dark golden blonde.

If that wasn’t enough, we’ve also included a couple of extra steps at the end showing you how you can use the same technique to achieve everything from red to purple hair, as well as creating Ombre styles using gradient masks.

Time to complete

5 - 10 mins

Software needed

Photoshop CS6, CC or CC 2014

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