How to Get a Light Brown Hair Color


A light brown hair color is the lightest shade of brown, and directly precedes shades of blonde. This makes it a great hair color for people who don't look their best with blonde hair, but would still like a fairly light shade of hair. Light brown hair is a good compromise and will suit most people regardless of whether they have light skin or a darker complexion.

Shades of light brown hair color

Light brown isn't really a hair color; it is a depth of hair color. At the light brown level, you have the full range of tones to choose from, and a light brown hair color can be anything from an ash brown to a golden or copper brown.This flexibility allows you to dye your hair light brown and still be able to match your hair to your features. When hair is matched to your skin tone and the color of your eyes, it will look much better in comparison to a color that does not match.

The many different shades of light brown hair color include:

  • Light ash brown
  • Light natural brown
  • Light beige brown
  • Light golden brown
  • Light copper brown
  • Light red brown
  • Light violet brown

These shades can be further divided into mixed shades that incorporate both a primary and secondary tone. As such, you can have a golden copper brown, which has a predominantly golden tone, but features copper reflects to add more interest and a unique flair to the color.

Beige shades are the best example of this. A light beige brown is actually a golden ash. The gold tone is the primary tone here, but the added ash helps to tone down that gold and create a hair color that is in between a natural or gold shade. Choosing blended shades like this can help to give you the exact light brown hair color you want, and even help match a desired tone to your skin by incorporating tones that match your features into a shade that normally wouldn't.


Cool light brown

Cool light brown hair color is a nice match for anyone with cool toned features. A lighter complexion with a pinkish skin tone will generally always look best when matched to a cooler light brown shade like ash, pearl, or natural. Ash is the coolest shade available, followed by pearl, which is a softer ash. Natural shades are on the slightly cool side of neutral.

You also may be able to pull of a beige brown if you have a cool skin tone, because the ash tone present in beige helps tone down the golden color and makes it less of a warm shade. Fashion shades incorporating violet or blue tones are also highly compatible with your features and considered cool toned shades.


Warm light brown

Warm light brown hair color is on the opposite side of the spectrum, featuring shades like golden brown, copper brown, and auburn. These shades don't usually look very good on anyone with cool toned skin. For those with golden toned skin however, any of these shades will generally match very well and help you look more radiant.

Red and violet brown

Red and violet shades are a bit of a misnomer when used with the level system. A light brown is a level 5, and this relates to how dark the shade is. In this case, Fudge Headpaint 5.22, for example, is as dark as a light brown, but the color is certainly not what anyone would consider to be brown. This color is an intense purple color, and the light brown designation is used to help describe how dark the color is compared to other shades.

Other shades can also have a more subtle red or violet tone, as is the case with a light burgundy brown. This shade is primarily brown in appearance, with red and violet tones. To avoid making mistakes when you use a light brown hair color incorporating red or violet tone, use a hair color chart to get an idea of how the particular brand has formulated that shade. This will allow you to visualize how much of these tones translate into the final color and whether they are a subtle tone in brown hair, or a vibrant fashion shade.


Choosing a shade

To choose the best shade of light brown hair color, choose a shade that matches your skin tone. Hair colors that match your skin tone will look much better compared to a color that clashes because like and like go together. If you have cool toned skin, you will look best with a cool toned brown. If you have warm skin, you will look best with a warm brown.

If in doubt, you can use the chart below to help determine whether a particular shade is warm or cool. It will also tell you the dominant tones present in the color that give the shade it's actual appearance. This may prove helpful where you know you want to avoid a particular tone, like gold, but still want a warm color, for example. The chart should arm you with all you need to know to match colors to your features.

Light brown shade
Cool or warm
Dominant tones
Ash brown
Pearl brown
Blue, violet
Natural brown
Beige brown
Slightly warm
Gold, ash
Golden brown
Copper brown
Auburn brown
Red brown
Violet brown
Burgundy brown
Slightly cool
Violet, red
Your hair color
Dye or bleach
Almost black
Dark brown
Medium brown
Dyed hair

Dyeing dark hair light brown

If you have dark hair and want a light brown hair color, your hair will need to be lightened first. Depending on how dark your hair actually is, and whether you have dyed it before, you may be able to achieve this by using a light brown dye itself and accomplish the task in one step. This is possible for anyone with virgin hair that is either a medium or dark brown.

If you've dyed your hair in the past, or if your hair is black however, you will need to pre-lighten it with bleach. In this case, the bleach preparation needed is quite mild and the color is fairly easy to reach. This kind of lightening causes minimal damage, but you should still only use bleach on hair that is in good condition.

Using light brown hair dye

If your current hair color is a medium or dark brown and you haven't dyed it in the past, you can use a light brown hair dye to achieve the light brown color that you want. This is achieved by mixing the hair dye with 20 vol or 30 vol peroxide, which will give you lightening as well as color deposit. If you have medium brown hair, you will be using 20 vol developer, whereas if you have dark brown hair, you will need to use 30 vol developer.

You should also be using a shade that is slightly cooler than your desired result. The reason for this is that when you lighten hair, the warm base color underneath is revealed, and if you use the exact color you want, it will end up warmer than your desired shade. A slightly cooler shade is required to neutralize this underlying warmth. If you wanted a natural shade, for example, you would be better using an ash or natural ash blend to reach your desired color.

Instead of choosing a slightly cooler color, you can also mix some of the equivalent ash shade into your desired color and use the shade as is. In this case, the added ash tone you've blended into your desired color acts to counteract the excess warmth so that your color turns out the shade it should.

When doing this, use approximately 10 - 25 percent of the ash tone. This would mean that if you wanted a light golden brown, your total mixture would be up to one part 5A, to three parts 5G for a total of four equal parts. If you don't do this, your light golden brown would turn out somewhat orange instead of golden.

Once you've mixed up your dye, apply the dye to your hair and allow it to develop for the recommended development time for the particular brand you're using. Colors mixed with higher volumes of peroxide need to develop for longer than colors using 10 vol developer because the extra time is needed for the lightening process. The manufacturer outlines the differences in their color manual, and usually includes these instructions inside the dye tube's box.


Bleach and tone

The bleach and tone process is commonly known as a double process, and is most commonly used for dyeing dark hair blonde. This same procedure is highly important if you want to dye black or dark brown hair to light brown too, because the level of lightening required is beyond that of a standard hair dye. Using a hair dye in this circumstance would lead to a color that is still too dark, and is extremely orange or even a rusty red color.

You should also use a double process if you've dyed your hair in the past. Hair that has been dyed can't be lightened with more hair dye. Bleach is entirely necessary for lightening dyed hair in this case and you will see next to no change if you attempt to use a dye.

To perform a double process, prepare bleach by mixing bleach powder with 20 vol developer. Apply this to your hair, quickly and evenly. The quicker you apply the bleach, the more even the results will be once it lightens. Dividing your hair into sections is the easiest way to do this and will dramatically increase your speed and benefit your results.

Once the bleach has been applied, allow it to lift until your hair is a bright orange color. Bright orange is the base tone for light brown hair, and it is at this stage of lightening that your hair can be toned to any shade of light brown. Rinse out the bleach thoroughly and you'll be ready to tone it.

Schwarzkopf Igora Royal Colorist's Color Creme Tube 5-1 Light Ash Brown
Schwarzkopf Igora Royal Colorist's Color Creme Tube 5-1 Light Ash Brown

Igora Royal is one of the leading professional salon dye brands, offering great results. A salon dye like this is crucial to achieving beautiful hair color. You can use Igora 5-1 to tone your light brown hair.


Now that your hair is a fantastic shade of orange, all that stands between you and your desired light brown hair color is to tone that orange to the shade you want. This will be done with a light ash brown hair dye.

This dye should be mixed with 10 vol developer and allowed to develop until your hair tones to the desired shade. You do not have to allow it to develop for the full development time. You can rinse it out as soon as it is the color you want. The idea here is that you're using the ash tone to counteract the excess warmth tone.

If you are intending on reaching a cool light brown hair color, you will need to leave the ash dye in for longer than you would to reach a lighten golden brown or copper shade. As the dye develops, your hair will shift from orange, through to golden, eventually reaching a natural shade, then will go cooler towards ash. When you rinse it out is entirely up to you.

Dyeing blonde hair light brown

If your hair is lighter, rather than darker than light brown, a light brown hair color must be pursued slightly differently. Blonde hair, whether natural or dyed, lacks copper tone, which is the base tone for light brown hair color. Without this copper tone, your hair lacks the depth required to be dyed with a darker color.

The most startling problem that this presents is that your blonde hair can turn weird colors when you dye it with a light brown dye. Although you may use a light ash brown, you don't actually end up with light ash brown hair. In this case, you end up with green-gray hair, which is certainly not what you're after.

The same thing happens when using an auburn color. Your hair turns out more of a bright violet shade instead of a natural looking auburn brown. You can avoid this by compensating for the missing base tones in light blonde hair.

If your blonde hair is anything between a level 6 - 8, you will need to add copper back in. Do this by either using a dark copper blonde dye before you use a light brown shade, or by adding a little of the copper light brown shade to your chosen light brown color. This will prevent ash brown from turning green, and will keep your other colors looking the way they should.

If your blonde hair is anything between a level 8 - 10 however, it is also missing a lot of gold tone. This should be added back into the hair before dyeing your hair light brown, especially if you're using a red shade. Without the missing gold tone, a lot of red shades end up a bright purple color, and golden shades look dull. Return the missing gold and copper tone to your hair and your light brown hair color will dye properly.

There is also another way to go about this process, and you can use a natural shade to add balanced color back into your hair prior to dyeing it darker. In this case, use a natural dark blonde dye to return the missing red and yellow to your hair and produce a neutral base that is easy to dye over.

Maintaining light brown hair

Once you achieve your light brown hair color, you'll need to maintain it just like any other hair color. Many light brown shades are low maintenance, like auburns, golds, and beige. Others like ash, natural, reds, and violets require more work to keep them from fading and becoming dull.

The easiest way to keep your brown hair looking great and prevent brown hair from fading is to use a color refresher shampoo when you wash your hair, instead of your normal shampoo. De Lorenzo Cool Natural is one such shampoo that helps tone brown hair and keep cool browns from becoming warm over time.

De Lorenzo Violet or Fire Red can also be used in the same way to maintain violet or red brown shades, and you can use their golden and copper shampoos to tone other shades of light brown. There are other brands of shampoo that can be used to tone brown hair, but De Lorenzo usually can't be beat in this regard.

Other than this, a semi-permanent color is the best way to counteract significant fading or to make your color look like new when you need a boost. Igora Expert Mousse is one such product that can be used after shampooing your hair to maintain color, or on dry hair for dramatic toning. The best part is, the color itself is not damaging and is easy and quick to apply.

Both of these methods will keep your color looking like new for as long as you care to keep it, allowing you to have a color that looks great every day.


Do you have a question about dyeing your hair light brown or about brown hair in general? Leave a comment for tailored advice and share your insight with other readers.

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Melissa 2 years ago


I used a color remover and it removed a lot of color from my hair but it still has to be lightened to achieve the light brown color I want. I purchased Wella Powder Lightener and 20 vol. developer to lighten. After I reach a light orange color I am going to rinse and apply my color to tone out the warmth. I purchased Wella 5A Liquid Permanent color in a light ash brown and 10 vol. developer, which I will rinse once I see the desired shade. I also purchased neutral protein filler to put on before lightening. Will this help? Should I put this on before the toner? Skip it all together?

Hopefully, this works out for me.

Melissa 2 years ago

Maffew, can I tone with a light ash brown colorant? Or do I need a Wella Toner? I did not see a light ash brown in a toner box, just a color.


Melissa 2 years ago

Should I be using a demi or semi permanent color, instead of a permanent?

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Maffew James 2 years ago Author

Hi Melissa,

You've got the process correct. As for the toner, toner and dye are prettymuch the same thing. The only exception is when you use a demi-permanent pastel toner. Use a permanent light ash brown to tone your hair. You need it to be permanent so that the tone doesn't all simply wash out.

Maria 24 months ago

This didn't work for me. I bleached my long dark hair twice to get to a light orange. When I toned it with a medium ash blonde it turned dark brown with a hint of red/orange. Now I am right back where i started except my hair is damaged : (

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Maffew James 24 months ago Author

Hi Maria,

What brand of dye did you use, and which exact shade (The shade code)? Some brands aren't true to shade, especially if you used a box dye. An overly dark result is common with box dyes.

You'll find that it will mostly all wash out after a few shampoos, especially if you use clarifying shampoo. Apply a protein treatment like Redken Cat or Joico Reconstructor twice a week for up to a month and this will deal with the damage and restore your hair back to good condition. After it fades with a few washes, apply a dye from a brand like Igora Royal, Matrix SoColor, or Wella Koleston to colour it properly.

Also, this is light brown:

This is dark blonde:

This is medium blonde:

This is how dark a dye of one of those shades is meant to turn out. You may actually be after more of a dark blonde without realising it, depending on how light you believe a light brown is.

Maria 24 months ago

I use john frieda 8a medium ash blonde. It was foam. I no have lots of options where I live so my friend tell me john frieda is the best one. I will use the shampoo and find the protein. You make me feel better already thank you. My husband laughed at me. Im gonna fix it with one the dyes you said after it gets a nicer : ) thank you

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Maffew James 24 months ago Author

Everyone makes hair colour mistakes Maria, so no sense getting too down over it. Just think of it like a small delay on the way to the colour you really want.

John Frieda is certainly not the worst brand you could have used, and it's actually strange that it turned out so dark considering it is quite a light dye. This might indicate a porosity problem, which means your hair really soaks up any colour you put on it. If this is the case, you'll see the dye you put on wash out very quickly because whilst porous hair soaks up colour, it doesn't hold onto it very well afterwards. Bleaching can often cause hair that is porous to become even more porous for a while after it has been bleached. Because you bleached your hair twice, that could have increased the condition and really primed your hair to absorb the dye.

The protein treatments will actually help with porosity as well as repair any damage, because protein acts to equalise porosity and prevent the hair from reacting to colour like yours did; it fills in gaps in the hair structure. If you get the Redken Cat treatment, I'd suggest also applying it 5 minutes before you apply a dye and this should help keep your hair from ending up dark again.

Once the dark colour washes out and you're ready to dye it again, I'd be happy to recommend a precise shade and explain how to apply one of the dyes I mentioned. The process is a little different with salon dye because you have to mix and apply it by brush, though you can buy a shake bottle if you find that easier.

Kathryn 23 months ago

Hello Maffew,

Thank you for creating such a great site! Please, I need you help. I recently bleached my hair blonde for a film. I think the hair stylist did not know very much what she was doing, though, because my hair turned a very bright yellow with a little bit of patchy orange. Now I would like to return to my natural light brown hair color. If my hair is already very warm with yellow, do you think I can use a light brown ash dye right away? Or do I still need to fill in with a copper red? My skin tone is cool, so I would like a nice ash brown. Please help me understand what I need to tell the hair stylist. I am worried if I don't know more specifically what to tell her she will mess up the brown color the same way she has messed up turning my hair blonde.



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Maffew James 23 months ago Author

Hi Kathryn,

Sounds like you have a fun job! The problem with using a light ash brown is that the ash tone is strong and can become too dominant when applied to a lighter colour. Filling isn't absolutely necessary, but it will always give you the most reliable results. I'd recommend you fill with a copper blonde before applying the light ash brown.

Alternatively, you could use a natural light brown with 25 percent light ash brown mixed in. Although the natural is a neutral shade, the lack of warmth in your hair will lead to a more ashy neutral. The small amount of ash mixed in helps give a cool result without it turning blue or green.

Also, keep in mind that your hair can often be porous after bleaching and will really grab onto any colour applied. This means it could end up a little darker than light brown. If this happens, don't worry too much as it will fade out after a few shampoos.

Good luck with your colour and feel free to ask if you have any further questions.

Kathryn 23 months ago

Dear Maffew,

Thank you so much for you response. My dilemma is this: I don't trust the hairstylist to mix the dye correctly, so putting 25% light ash mixed in with a neutral shade makes me nervous. And because the production has pre-paid for the dyeing process, I do not know if the amount will cover for her to dye my hair copper blonde and then again light ash brown. So if I only get one shot to make my hair a normal color again, would you say my best bet is to dye it golden brown or copper brown?

Thank you so much. I can't tell you what a relief it is to be able to ask you for your advice.



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Maffew James 23 months ago Author

Hi again Kathryn,

If you can only perform one process, use a light natural brown. That's the next best option after filling.

Kathryn 23 months ago

Thank you so much Maffew! My appointment is for tomorrow afternoon. I will try first to see if she will dye my hair copper blonde and then light ash brown. If that doesn't work, then I will go for the light natural brown. Thanks so much! You are like an internet hair color angel. :D



p.s. Yes, my job is very fun. :)

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Maffew James 23 months ago Author

Good luck Kathryn, be sure to let me know how your colour turns out!

Suzanne 20 months ago

you are a life saver!

Hi! btw, I had bleached my hair, turned white, yellow and light orange (lovely!) And I want to go light brown, so I put in a copper colour, turned gold and pale orange.

Now, is it ok to put in a light brown over it?? Thanks .

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Maffew James 20 months ago Author

Hi Suzanne,

It's definitely fine to put the light brown over it. Just be careful if you have porosity after the bleaching. The colour could turn out darker than you actually want.

You can always test on a small amount of hair first. If it's too dark, use a dark blonde dye instead.

Suzanne 20 months ago

Yes, I've just done a test strip, the white went darker than the orange.. So it seems to leave it over 30min to get everything at least near an equal shade for darkening both the orange and white...! Wish me luck doing the whole head!!

Thank you :)

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Maffew James 20 months ago Author

Hi Suzanne,

Good luck with your colour, and feel free to let me know if you run into any problems with it or have any other questions.

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aNice127 17 months ago from CT - NY

Hi Maffew! Quick question... if you could recommend a brand of warm, light brown that appears closest to what the swatch displays, and also just is the better brand of product, what would you recommend?

I've typically always stayed with Wella because I started with it and learned to know it's colors and how they show up on me (non-virgin hair).. but I'm starting to wonder if there is a better option.. I recently went darker (about a 3rv), and then after a while used Loreal HiLift Soft Brown to lift a few levels. It worked, to maybe a level 5 warm brown.... a little too warm/red toned for me but real issue is I totally didn't realize my virgin roots would lift. They became a 7ish Strawberry blonde! So instead of just risking the roots.. I bleached my entire head to the beautiful orange you refer to... to go back to a light brown. Success.

Then I added 1/2 Wella 6A and 1/2 Wella 6NN (worrying for too much ash.. it always scares me!).. on just the top half of my hair to start. It looks okay, def a level 6ish very light brown, wish some ash aspects. Basically my natural, mousy gross color. The bottom half is still orange (really because I ran out of 10vol. devl, GRR!).... so I'm planning on doing the same 6a/6nn combo just to even out. BUT THEN, I'd like to eventually get to a nice rich 6neutral, but I really do look best in warmer tones. So... I am looking for a perfect level 6 warm golden brown to put on top of it ALL.

So basically I guess I'm asking..

1.) best brand/type of dye to then achieve a warm light golden brown on top of my 6ish-ash base... (and anything else necessary to know ie: vol. developer, adding warmth/ash tones to achieve, etc).

2.) .. and also if that's even possible? Can you dye a level 6 on top of a level 6 and just change the tone without darkening/lightening?

3.) My hair is still very healthy and moist... did I screw up by doing this in sections ... and I'm open to bleaching it all again (say, in a week to maintain health)... and just being sure I have like 3 bottles of dye worth to do my entire head AT ONCE. I really just want it all one color base so then I can play with highlights/ombre this summer.. etc.

Please advise when you have a moment. Any help you can offer is much appreciated!!

(By the way, if there is ANY way I can help/you are allowed to advertise your Hubs or another page you own, I WILL BE GLAD TO HELP. Literally, since I found your hubs 6 months ago... you are my GO TO on hair advice. Whether I am just reading your fantastic articles or asking questions which you actually respond to quickly. SERIOUSLY... you rock. If you aren't making a ton of money somewhere as a top stylist YOU SHOULD BE!) :)


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aNice127 17 months ago from CT - NY

Maybe I should add... I cannot stand how some images online show a level looking TOTALLY lighter/darker than others. Here is a good idea of what my top half looks like now that I consider level 6...:

More or less. Mine has a little more warmth/less ash tone but is this level.

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Maffew James 17 months ago Author

Hi aNice,

Thank you for the kind words; I'm glad to be of help. That's thanks enough and you definitely don't need to feel obliged to do anything in return. Also, it's good to hear that you're still trying new colours and having success.

Onto your questions:

1. If you're most familiar with Wella, you'll get the best results using it. It's an excellent brand and it can give you the colour you want without needing to try another brand. If you do want to try another brand though, there are other high quality brands I can recommend

2. You definitely can dye at same level. Even if just changing tones though, you get a very slight darkening because it works by adding colour. It won't be enough to take you to a darker level in most cases, but expect some darkening whenever you deposit colour. It's like if you bleach your hair and then apply ash to neutralise the warmth. Your hair becomes slightly darker once fully neutralised because cool tone is deposited and there's more colour in your hair overall. When applying tone-on-tone like this, use 10 vol with permanent dye, or a weaker developer with demi-permanent dye.

3. You only need to bleach it if you want it to be lighter. If you're happy with how dark it currently is, and don't mind gaining up to half a level during dyeing (It won't necessarily gain this much, but expect this much as a possibility), there is no need to lighten. If you want to keep it closer to the same level, dye using 20 vol as the developer to lift out some of the colour in your hair. This will give warmer results though as you're removing some of that ash tone that is keeping it cooler. The loss of that ash tone plus the warm tone you add will be warmer overall than just adding warm tone without any lightening. You can always mix a warm shade with the equivalent natural shade to compensate though.

As for the warm golden brown you want, you may want to try Wella's 6/37. This is a mostly golden shade, with a brunette secondary base. Brunette shades in Wella are a mix of all warm tones and a small amount of violet tone to give warm shades that have a lot of depth. Having a small amount of this base in the golden dye you use helps give a richer brown result, whereas just applying gold tone on top of ash hair tends to look flatter. As ash in brown hair is blue to green based, gold doesn't neutralise it, it just sits on top so your hair can end up looking ashy with a gold tinge. The small amount of copper and red in the brunette shades will help warm up ash by neutralising it properly.

Let me know if you need any clarification on any of this or have any further questions about it and I'll be happy to answer.

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aNice127 17 months ago from CT - NY

Maffew- thanks again for always helping this regretfully non-professional hair artist ;)

So while sparing you my reasoning.. In between my last post I attempted to put a Wella blue violet toner on to reduce the warmth a little... But remember I ran out of 10vol dev. And COULD NOT HELP MYSELF TO WAIT.. (Stay at home mom of 2 under 2 so I couldn't just run out to the store and as you can tell my hair coloring is an addiction that I can't always resist lol).. So I used 20vol. And immediately saw it lifting so I rinsed. But now I'm def back into a warmer predicament. LOL.. I am about a level 6-7 very warm copperish light brown. No more ash whatsoever :/

So your advice was PERFECT. But now.. Once I get my 10dev. tonight lol.. What shade/neutralizing do I need to bring me to a light 5-6 brown.. Warm OR ash? I am open to either. I am not blonde but not "orange" so not sure which advice on your hubs to follow!

Or of course I can lighten again to orange.. And then follow your advice. :) which route do you suggest? Sorry to can be as brief as necessary! :)

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aNice127 17 months ago from CT - NY

Hi again, sorry for mass posts. LOL just so you know.. I ended up doing a blend of 1.5oz 6N(Neutral), .75oz 6NW(Neutral-Warm), .75oz 6A(Ash), and .75oz 7N(Neutral) with 10volume developer.

Sparing you again the long details as to why I chose that formula, it came out a PERFECT warm level 5/6 light brown, with some golden tone to it. The small portion that was very light (level 7 golden blonde) turned a perfect 6neutral, which is why I added some warmth in.. worrying it would be grey/green.

I am happy, and it's really thanks to taking advice from MANY of your articles combined, lol! So thanks again, no need to respond to my last post!

melina 17 months ago

hi maffew.. I have a client which I dyed her 8/73 Koleston.. about 2 months ago.. Her hair has faded into a light coppery color with blonde bleached ends . She now wants to go BRONDE! A light warm brown ... What color will i have to use to achieve BRONDE! I was thinking of using WELLA ILLUMINA Color 7/81 pearl ash... But, i am worried it will turn too ashy and muddy. :( Also thought of using 7/03 and 7/81 mixed. I don't know what to do... She has shown me pictures of jennifer lopez s hair... where she has a light warm brown and blonde highlights.. The highlights are not a problem but that BRONDE color on wshed out coppery hair worries me.. what colors would u use ???

melina 17 months ago

i am looking for a beige brown level 7... slightly warm/ash to achieve on already light copperish level 8 hair with blonde ends

melina 17 months ago

here is a picture so u can see the brown color i am looking for

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Maffew James 17 months ago Author

Hi aNice,

I'm glad you've ended up with a nice colour, and apologies for my late reply; I've been quite busy these past few days.

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Maffew James 17 months ago Author

Hi Melina,

Apologies for the late reply. That does sound a little tricky. As you're aware, applying the 7/81 is going to turn out ashier than you're hoping for. The fact that her hair is lighter is going to intensify the effect of the ash tone from a darker dye. Mixing it with the natural gold shade may be the way to go because this is going to darken more effectively and it will soften the effect of the ash. If you find it easier, you could tone it afterwards to modify the colour closer to what you want; especially if she wants a very close match to the colour in the picture. Ie, focus on darkening the colour to the level you want it to be and then tone further if necessary for more control rather than trying to darken and achieve the exact colour she wants all in one step.

keeley neville 17 months ago

Hi im wondering if any one can help me !i have a client whi has coloured her hair in permanet 2 weeks ago she has used a base of a 5 and has chosen a warm brown tone wich throws of a hint of red , her ends are slighlty darker as they have a build up on them. she wants to me colour her hair for her in about 2 weeks time and she prefers a golden brown tone on the base of a 5 rather then the red tone she has now .am i right in doing natural root with just a 5 and then with ends mix a 5 and a 5a together for the enda to counter act the red so as the end result is a base of a 5 but a golden brown ? Or can you advise aome thing else .

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Maffew James 17 months ago Author

Hi Keeley,

Apply the golden shade that is desired with a small amount of the same level ash tone mixed in, or a dash of ash concentrate/booster/intensifier depending on brand. Eg, light golden brown 5G plus about 25% light ash brown 5A. The golden shade will serve to emphasise the golden tone you want, whilst the ash mixed in counteracts the red.

As for the root area, is there regrowth at all? Lighter, darker, same level? Adjust as necessary; eg, if the regrowth was lighter, it'd be better to apply a mix of natural and gold so that it darkens properly while still taking a golden tone. If it was darker, increase the amount of ash to deal with the underlying warmth as it lightens. On same level, adjust as necessary depending on how much red tone is present or what other tones are present.

Lastly, the ends sound like they may be somewhat porous. You may want to consider pulling the colour through to there last so that they don't take more of the dye and end up even darker or drab looking. Of course, it depends on whether there is just a buildup of dye because the ends have been dyed more being older hair, or whether porosity is causing dye to grab.

Stella 17 months ago

Hey Maffew,

I've been weary to attempt a colour correction. I hesitate when it comes to ash tones, hopefully you can help!

2 months ago I decided to change from my level 2 dyed hair. Ion brilliance intense medium brown. I used color fix twice and it came out a light/medium brown with heavy golden tones. This was expected...

I then toned with blonde brilliance toner and left it for 2 days. I ended up bleaching with ion. Just once and for about a half hour. Then I went ahead the next day and used (I believe), wella 7nn, also adding a hint of ash intensifier. Well....I've been sitting at a level 6/7 for 2 weeks now, with bold golden tones with hints of underlying faint red. I have cool toned skin, so needless to say I want this gone!!

I know that base can't really cover a base, eventually the gold will come through again. Is this true? I was thinking to get wella 7nn and 7a to mix. But I just don't know now. The last thing I want to do is drop more money to end up with rich golden hair.

What are your immediate colour choices for a neutral light brown with a very slight ash?

Thank you so much!!

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Maffew James 17 months ago Author

Hi Stella,

If you'd find it puts your mind more at ease, you could use Wella Color Touch to test the colour for yourself first. Because this is a demi-permanent dye, most of it will eventually wash out so you can get a better idea of the colour you want before using permanent dye. Otherwise, mixing an ash shade at the same level into your natural tone is going to increase the amount of cool tone and push it towards a cooler colour result.

For the best neutralisation and to ensure both the red and gold tones are softened though, use a mix of Wella Koleston 7/2 and 7/1. Approximately one quarter of this at most should be the 7/2 because it is green-based ash. You only want a little to neutralise the red. Mix it with 10 vol developer, apply, and rinse once the colour is corrected to your liking.

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Wilderrose 15 months ago

Hi there! Thanks for the information, but I could use a little clarification please and thank you in advance :)

In the beginning you say "Once the bleach has been applied, allow it to lift until your hair is a bright orange color. Bright orange is the base tone for light brown hair, and it is at this stage of lightening that your hair can be toned to any shade of light brown. Rinse out the bleach thoroughly and you'll be ready to tone it."

Near the end of you say "Now that your hair is a fantastic shade of orange, all that stands between you and your desired light brown hair color is to tone that orange to the shade you want. This will be done with a light ash brown hair dye."

My sister has dark brown almost black hair that will be lightened to reach the orange level, some grey sprinkled throughout, she would like to achieve something between a light to medium golden brown shade.

Can we use a neutral light brown and a light brown beige to achieve this or should we use a straight ash brown instead? Or maybe a light golden brown with a neutral?

Also should we use a level 6 or a level 7...I heard that after bleaching one should tone with a shade or 2 lighter than the desired outcome. Is this right?

Any advice would be great and appreciated!

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Wilderrose 15 months ago

I thought a picture with the desired color would help. How would we reach this?

Thanks again!

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Wilderrose 15 months ago

Damn! Sorry for not consolidating my questions in one post. I am doing the Oh, *^% I meant to ask this and this. We plan on using the Igora Viviance line of demis to tone once we reach the orange stage.

The color chart if about halfway down. If you have the time of course to take a look can you give us a recommendation?

There are so many variations of golden brown of all colors. Something like the shade in the pic. previously attached, though not as reddish... OR something like this would be nice as well.

We can't wait to hear from you!

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Maffew James 15 months ago Author

Hi Wilderrose,

You need the ash to neutralise the warmth that is revealed during lightening. The way toning works is by neutralising the tones you don't want, and emphasising those you do. To achieve this, a complementary colour is used to neutralise, and you can add colours you do want to enhance them. In this case, ash is added to counteract the orange tone; or more specifically, blue is used to counteract the orange.

Using ash itself should be perfectly fine because the colour you want is closest to a light natural brown, with a slight gold tinge. If you apply a lighter ash, such as a 6A and allow this to process until the colour is near neutral, this will work fine. Alternatively, you can use 5A mixed with 5G to not only neutralise the copper tone, but also add extra gold tone at the same time. As your desired shade is closer to neutral though, this option is less optimal.

In regards to using a lighter shade of ash, it's perfectly fine to do this. Right after bleaching, hair can be porous and will soak up more dye than usual. Overall, you want to base it on the results you want though. When porosity isn't an issue, ash at the same level will tone to an ash or neutral to ash result; whilst ash at a level lighter will tone to more of a neutral to slightly warm. Lighter than that and there's often very little change. When hair is porous, this all still applies, but the levels used are lighter (Eg, 1 level lighter for an ash result, 2 levels lighter for a neutral result).

Also, with the grey hair, how much of this is present? Is there only a little, to the point where it's barely noticeable? If there is a lot of grey hair, you need to either fill it or use a natural tone with whatever shade you're actually using for it to darken up to match and to prevent it from grabbing onto the colour excessively. This would require modifying the colour used to adjust for the natural shade. Eg, if you were originally using 6A for toning and had to mix it with 6N, you may want to do it as half 6N, one quarter 5A, and one quarter 6A; or half 6N, half 6A, and a dash of ash concentrate...etc. It just depends what you're using. The natural tone is most effective for covering grey, but it will dilute down the ash if mixed with it, forcing you to compensate for that.

Lastly, whilst the Igora demi can definitely be used, it isn't optimal. For the colour you want, 6A is going to get you to it more reliably. You can use a 5A in this situation, but do realise that the colour will change much quicker because of the more concentrated pigment, and you will need to rinse it sooner. If you're working with porous hair you may even want to go with something lighter than the 6A, which again, is hard with Igora's demi permanent dyes because there's a gap between 5-1 and 9,5-1.

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Wilderrose 15 months ago

Thank you! You are so helpful and nice to provide advice for free :) to newbies. I never realized how technical this all is...hairdresser make it look so easy and of course some have no business being behind a chair but I digress...

Pease bear with me because I have a few more questions.

My sis is about 30 % grey, so grey coverage is important or at least blending it. Instead of confusing things let's say she wants to achieve this color :

Can you recommend a demi line and perhaps a formula using said line?

Also the whole light brown vs. dark blond thing is confusing! Please see link for reference.

The 2nd dark blonde picture looks darker than the 1st light brown picture, which to me looks like it would fall into the light golden brown family not dark blonde.

Is it just a matter of how someone chooses to describe a color? Because these depictions are all over the place.

Now if my sis decided she would rather try to achieve the color in the 2nd blond pic in that link, which is what she talked about tonight would we bleach it past the orange phase and would you be so kind as to recommend a formula for that too (along with the color line & taking into account the grey?

Please Maffew J, we would be MOST grateful! Have a great night or day depending on where you are :)

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Wilderrose 15 months ago

Ha! My burst, I did the same thing adding another picture of a different color, so it goes....

Sona 15 months ago

Very, very helpful, thanks a million for this post!

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Maffew James 15 months ago Author

Hi Wilderrose,

On the subject of dark blonde vs light brown, they can look very similar because all brands aren't going to be the same. Some light brown shades are lighter than those in different brands, and vice versa for dark blonde shades. If it makes it easier, think of it based on the colour that is underneath. If you're bleaching your hair, it's bright orange at level 5 for a light brown, but it's a golden orange colour at level 6 for a dark blonde.

Also, Google finds pictures based on factors like the article that the picture is found in, and what people say about a picture when they share it. As you've noticed yourself, with the amount of confusion people have between the two shades, if someone is calling a picture of light brown hair 'dark blonde' and Google picks this up as dark blonde, that's what you'll see when you search for it, even if it may not be the case. Your best bet to see the actual difference between the two levels is to look at the difference between the two levels in the same brand if possible.

Matrix Color Sync is one line of demi-permanent you may want to use. The brand you use should be based on what you get and what you find comfortable to use though. If you have a particular brand in mind, I can look at the shades available for you.

As for the grey hair, this can be dealt with one of two ways:

1. After bleaching to the depth of the colour you want (Golden orange for level 6, or orange for level 5), fill the grey hair with the same colour so that it's all that golden to orange colour before toning.

2. Alternatively, use half a natural shade mixed with ash. The natural will add depth in to darken the grey hair properly, whilst the ash still tones the warmth out.

Option 1 above is really only available to you because you will have revealed the base tone. When regrowth grows in, you'd be using a natural tone to dye the grey hair instead.

Lastly, for the picture you've mentioned, yes it's closer to a dark blonde, so you want her hair to be at that golden orange stage, rather than orange. As for a formula, if you're using Color Sync, you could use half 7N and half 7A after lightening to both tone and also deal with the grey hair. (The shades are a bit lighter to account for the porosity after bleaching, as well as because you're using a demi; more colour will be absorbed right after bleaching, and a demi tends to deposit more pigment anyway). If you fill the grey first, tone using 8A. The reason you're using an even lighter ash shade in this circumstance is because the ash is used by itself rather than in a mix. That 7A mixed into the 7N isn't as strong because it's diluted down by the natural shade.

When you apply, process until the grey has darkened up and the tone has cooled down. You can actually watch this happen so that you can rinse it just as it gets to the exact shade you want because it will change from golden orange, to a coppery golden brown, to golden brown, then to softer gold before it reaches a natural tone. After that it will cool down further towards an ash shade. For results like the picture, you want to rinse it when you see an ash tone with just the slightest hint of golden tone peeking through.

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Wilderrose 15 months ago

Thank you so much! This has all been very informative and helpful.

We went to Sleekhair to see about ordering Matrix Color Sync, but they do not have a 7N....

Another line we are looking at is Goldwell Colorance, they seem to have a nice variety of shades.

So Mr. James please share your thoughts on what colors we could get from what is available from Matrix and Goldwell (if you don't think it a shoddy brand that is :)

If the color my sis settles on is light brown then we should stay within the colors that say light brown correct? Or should we go up a level to dark blonde because of the porosity after lightening? Following the same theory as using a 7 to achieve a level 6.

On a side note what are your thoughts on using coconut oil on hair prior to lightening it? I've read a number of blog posts recommending it, saying that it doesn't interfere with the process and helps protect the integrity of the hair as well as the scalp.

Look forward as always to hearing from you!

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Maffew James 15 months ago Author

Hi Wilderrose,

Apologies for the late reply. Goldwell is a quality brand and you should have good results toning with the 6A. This is a dark blonde shade; you can use the darker 5A in Goldwell's permanent line if desired, but this will have a much more intense effect, especially on porous hair.

As for the coconut oil, it can reduce dryness and this helps decrease damage a little, but it's not a very dramatic benefit. Most of the damage is to the protein your hair is made out of, with dryness compounding this by making the hair weaker and more brittle. If you keep it more conditioned during bleaching, it's kept slightly stronger.

Sammy 13 months ago

Hi Matthew! Thank you for this blog it's so helpful! Can you please further assist me with dying my hair at home? I've previously went to the salon 3 times and they were all bad experiences. So now I'm attempting to dye my hair at home.

Right now my hair consists of a few different colors. The bottom of my hair is a darkish/medium blonde from a outgrown ombre, the middle of my hair is a light brown but with a lot of redd-ness which I absolutely dislike, and the top of my hair are my natural growing roots which are a dark brown. As you can see my hair is an absolute mess at the moment.

I want to dye it all one color, a shade of light brown, my skin tone is cooler so an ash light brown. So should I just bleach all of my hair and apply the light brown, or just bleach the dyed part of my hair?

Tracey 8 months ago

If I have light to medium gold brown hair and I want to tone down the gold, can I use Delorenzo Cool naturals for this?

Johnathan Skot 6 months ago

Hi Maffew: First, let me tell you that I love your pages, you really provide a valuable service to the hair coloring community. I asked this question before but I put it in the High Lift section, which may have been the wrong place. I'm hoping I've asked this question in the right place and that you'll find the time to answer it. I trying to get a level 4 hair with no grey to a very light, brown almost a dark blonde. I've used Schwarzkopf Igora High Power Browns in B2 mixed 1 to 1 with Igora 40 volume developer and processed for 45 minutes, light ash brown. And I definitely did get a light cool brown, but I'd like it just a bit lighter, one shade at most. I think I'd be able to achieve this by mixing in some of the BB brown booster, but I can't find any directions on how much to mix in. Is it 1/2 the formula or 1/3 or 1/4 the formula for one additional level of lift? Also, can BB be used alone, and if so for highlights and full head, or just highlights. Thank you for your time and the work that you do.

Bean 5 months ago

Hi, Maffew. My hair is naturally level 3. I put a high lift on my hair and it lifted my hair color to my desired level. The problem is my hair then looks orangey, transparent, and fake under sunlight. What should I do if I want to stay in the same level but with solid color and less warmth?

Thank you

Pam 5 months ago

Hello Maffew. My hair is probably closest to a medium brown. If I had to guess probably a 3 or a 4. (previously dyed) I've been reading how to dye my hair to a lighter shade of brown. Your articles have been very informative for me. I have a silly question.....I can bleach my hair to an orange color, then immediately dye it the brown that I would like to achieve? I would also like to put in some highlights after. I assume I would need to wait some time before I can highlight. If you are still monitoring this post, I hope you will respond. Thank you so much for great information.

Janeh1 5 months ago

Hi ive had my hair lightened from black to brown bleach bathed. Then 5.1 & 6.1 ash colours mixed and applied at a salon. Im not happy with my hair as its showing lots brassiness esp in the light & sun. Any suggestions What could i use now to get rid of brassiness at home. Thankyou

Swit-swu 5 months ago

How can you get a lighter shade of brown and with ash no copper, no warmth. There's plenty of brown but even the lightest they didn't compare to what I need. Just want light brown, again no red. No warmth. 20 brings to much copper and that's red, no matter who says no. It really is and I don't want red or copper. Come on. Just light brown.

Janeh1 5 months ago

What colour/ shade medium or light? would ash colours 7.1 & 8.1 make mixed together ? & also what shade of brown is ash colours 6-1. & 7.1 mixed. Or if unknown what colours are they on their own

Mary 5 months ago


So I had my hair dyed 7 gold beige (from being highlighted blonde level 9 ) at the salon and it worked really well. It's faded a bit and my highlights at the ends are showing through. I want to refresh it back to the color I dyed it. How would I do that and also be able to cover my highlights that have faded through? I'm guessing a semi permanent dye; however since my hair is a faded from level 7 could I just find a level 7 gold beige box dye and use it? Or would I have to use a cooler shade? Or a warmer shade?

MsWonderland 5 months ago

Hi i bought all this colour as my hairdresser friend was going to help me....but it hasnt happened and i need aome advice pleaseeee bad hair makes me sad :(

I have natural brown hair but look sick with it as i am porcelin white. Its about a four. I had blonde hair about a 10 but my hair was stuffed so wanted to go darker. The reds i used wouldnt stick as the ends were too damaged so i used colour remover which took it to a light copper red about a 7.something.

And bleached the roots to match. Im so over the red it reminds me of wheb my blonde has gone wrong. My hair throws off lots of red and orange when bleached. To get it blonde with 30vol takes about an hour at least.

So i wanted to go dark blonde with highlights as i wear tape hair extensions and can then bleach less of my hair and give it a chance to recover..

So adviced by lady in hairdressers i bought colour royale 7.0 and 7.1 intense blonde and ash blonde.

I trialled it on some extensions. The 1:1 was too dark so i mixed 7.0 3 parts with 7.1 one part and an equal amount of mostly 20 vol 30 on roots.

The colour is not too bad but its much darker than i had wanted and still bit too warm.

I have yellow 9.21 very light violet ash blonde to tone it after highlights.

Should i use that 1:1.5 with 20 vol to lighten it and tone it down a bit or will it not tone as hair isnt blonde yet?

Or use decolourant or would it have to be bleached to go lighter?

I guess im after a natural blonde which in my mind is about an 8.0 but its tricky to colour as its also referred to as dark blonde or light brown in different colour ranges. I want the natural blonde adults grow uo to have that is often a dark blonde/light brown with natural ash sun made highlights

Please advise what would be the least damaging option. Btw my hair is too stained red to just hope enough will wash out to lighten it it needs some ash in their too. Ta

MichelleS 5 months ago

Hi, I'm hoping you can help me on my search for the illusive perfect warm brown. I am a natural level 4 and have been using Wella Illumina colors for at home coloring for about 2 years now and like the results. The last time I colored I found a formula online that made sense --- equal parts 7/81 and 6/16 --- and was pretty, but has faded (4 months) to a pretty Wella 7 level that still has bit too much red/orange. I like the level, but want to lose the red/orange cast. Is it best to use just 7/81 which is mostly blue with a secondary ash to tone out the orange and red, or Wella Koleston perfect 7/1 , which is a blue/green ash? Or even mix some 7/2 in with either of those?? So many blue and green options, which is best? I think I need more green that the 7/81 contains, but I don't know the ratio in it. Is the 7/1 a balanced amount of blue and green? THANKS!

Kat 5 months ago

Hi Maffew,

I am in desperate need of your guidance. I have thick, almost waist length dyed dark brown hair that is somewhere between levels 2 and 3, with the former more prevalent than the latter. It has both red and gold tones through it due to the abuse of box dyes -- I always say never again, but then do it anyway. And my natural color, just for the record, is between levels 1 and 2 with reddish tones to it. Anyway, I'm planning use Loreal Effasol Color Remover before bleaching it, just to see where it will take me beforehand because I don't want to take it too far with bleach if I don't have to. And after I bleach it, I plan on toning it with Wella Color Charm to mute the brass, which leads me to my real question: after I tone it, will I still need to use a demi-permanent ash before applying my permanent color to tone down the reds & oranges even more if I'm going for a warm- red brown? The color I'd like to achieve is somewhere in the realm of these three: , , I was thinking of using Wella Color Charm Liquid Permanent Hair Color 356/4R Cinnamon Brown, but I'm slightly color confused. Do you have any suggestions for achieving this look? I would greatly appreciate any help you can offer me. I'm planning on this being my birthday present to myself since I unfortunately can't afford to visit a salon any time soon.

Emma 4 months ago

I want to colour my hair light light brown

I have never dyed my hair before so my hair is virgin. My hair colour is a dark black.

what should I fo?

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Maffew James 4 months ago Author

Hi Emma,

Whilst this is possible using light ash brown with 40 vol as the developer, bleach is the much more reliable option due to how dark your hair is. The dye will lighten your hair significantly and has the potential to lift to level 5, which is light brown, but this isn't a guarantee, especially if your hair turns out to be rather resistant.

Ideally, you need to bleach your hair to light orange, then dye with light ash brown to tone it. As you've never dyed it before, you might not be overly comfortable doing this because you will need to ensure you can apply the bleach quickly and evenly to avoid patchiness and other issues.

Jordan 4 months ago

Hi Maffew!

I have dyed medium brown hair that has faded a bit since I've been using a clarifying shampoo to get the dye out. I want it to be a neutral light brown, which isn't too far from where I am now. Since the color kit I'm using has hydrogen peroxide in it, wouldn't that lighten the color without having to go through the bleaching step? What about using a color remover like Color Oops instead of bleaching? Also, do blue/violet shampoos work instead of toner? Any clarification would be great!

Crystal 3 months ago


Help please!? After going to the salon twice & not achieving what I wanted if decided on take matters into my own hands. I wanted a light brown or dark blonde color but ended up with orange. So I decided to just bleach my whole head, ending up with yellow & orange tones with some white. Not liking that I decided to dye it, I was told by a lady at sallys to use a light ash brown (mistake). Though my hair is the light shade I want, it has a green hue of it. Do you know what I can do to help fix this while not making my hair darker?

Wendy 3 months ago


Please help I have dark brown hair with streaks but I want my hair light broen :( but no salon knows what do to ! Please help

Michelle 3 months ago

Hi Maffew

I have a friend who's hair is natural level 5 but she put box colour on it and it's purple /aubergine she wants to go back to natural light brown.

I was gonna use 3/4 tube of 5N + 1/4 of 5.3 (light golden brown ) to bring her back to a natural brown. She doesn't want a Matt flat finish or red or orange tone. I need your advice as she doesn't want to bleach out her purple.

What you think the results will be f I use this formula on her purple hair ?

What level of developer shall I use as in not gonna be lifting it ?

If this is not gonna work what shall I do to get her back to a nice light brown.? Her hair will be porous I'm sure especially on the ends. The reason she isn't wanting to bleach out her purple is coz she is scared to use bleach and she is pregnant only 4 weeks till birth

Please help so I can help her. I'll be using matrix, I've not used before

Thank you in advance.

Jen 3 months ago

Hi, i dyed my hair black with box dye for the past 6 months. I then bleached my hair to get rid of the black because I want to highlight my hair blonde again as it was for years. My hair is a dark orange color now. Would a medium brown hair dye cover the orange color?

Thank you.

Sandra 2 months ago

I use a dark brown hair dye & every time I use it my eyes get red , itchy & watery for weeks after. Any suggestions what to do would be appreciated.

Thank you.

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leah 2 months ago

Hi My hair is black and I used Color Oops from Loreal. The first time I did it, it did lighten up my hair. However right after I dyed it to a medium brown but it brought my hair back to black!!!

I hear that you can use color filler to fix this from happening. Does any one know about this?

caro 6 weeks ago

Hi Maffew!

I have black, virgin hair and I want to achieve this color:

9 years ago I dyed almost this exact shade with 40 developer but now reading through numerous websites it seems that is a horrible idea!!! Is bleach the only way i can achieve this color? I have extremely thick hair if that makes a difference!

Garo 6 weeks ago

Hi, in fact thanks is not enough 2 say 2 u 4 this v gd article, which people need it since along time ! ,at first my english is not quite good (Germany) so when u reply me plzzzz in simple english ,anway ,i died my virgin black hair by box dye ( Garnier extra hellblond 110 ) then my hair became 2 awful orangy brassy blonde which i hate it so much & i need 2 get a colour which cool light brown & the darkest blonde at the same time without all these brssiness which i have now so would u plzzzzzz help me 2 get that colour which i wanna, and how i will follow the roots when they grew up 2 be the same , by the way i dont know about all these things which is related to the dye ,filler ,pigment ,semi or demi permenant and all these things so would u plz tell me ordinally step by step what should i do by sayyin the brand , name , numbers 4 each thing which i will use 2 can order online coz i undestand nothin with them so im waittin ur answer !!!! Plzzz & thanks a lot in advance !!!

Garo 6 weeks ago

i fogot 2 tell that i mixed a half of (extra hellblond 110 Garnier with a half of 40 vol as the developer ) thank u so much

Lorigirl 6 weeks ago

I have been reading A lot of your posts and you seem to be very knowledgable about hair color so I decided to write to get your opinion. I have dark brown hair that naturally has red tones that I can't stand. I have dyed my hair dark brown for many years, sometimes boxed dye. I went to a salon with a goal in mind of light ash brown with a grey violent tint thinking that would totally cut the red out. 2 bleachings within a 2 week period, using olaplex and really trying to take care of it, it was lifted to a very light yellow almost white at roots. The toner was put in and my hair was completely grey. Not a nice grey. It was charcoal gray with blue and green. I waited one week because the hairdresser didn't have time to see me. The next visit she did a bleach wash with shampoo to get the grey out and put in a natural light brown. I hate my hair and now it's reddish blondish grayish brown. And very dry. I definitely want it a darker brown but I don't want to go back to salon and want to do it myself. What do you suggest to get it a light brown with no red? I plan on using a protein reconstructor, organic white vinegar, and organic coconut oil. I really hate it I'm sorry I ever started this process and I'm sick of wearing hats. I might have to get a wig! Help please ...........

Lorigirl 6 weeks ago

This is my hair when I started this process (dark brown). And my hair now (ugly mousy color)

This is the color I was attempting to get to

Donna recinos 4 weeks ago

I did some highlights on a friend but they are to light so I need to tone them down can I use a brown beige color

Andreea 10 days ago

Hey, my natural hair is an ashy blonde color and I want to go a fee shades darker for the winter season. This is my first time. After I dye it will it be necessary for me to retouch my roots? Or is there a way I could leave them natural?

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