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The Hair Color Wheel: 5 Steps To Your Most Beautiful Hair Color      

 

How To Use The Color Wheel To Formulate Your Perfect Hair Color     

Ever wish you had your own personal stylist standing beside you as you color your hair? Coloring your hair can feel scary. The color wheel can help. Designed to visually show how primary, secondary and tertiary colors interact with each other, it also shows how warm and cool colors complement or neutralize each other. When coloring hair, the hair color wheel is like a road map to formulating your salon beautiful home hair color. 


 
  As with all journeys, you must first know your destination in order to get to where you want to go. When coloring hair,  "underlying pigments" appear as hair lightens. The chart above clearly shows the natural hair color levels and their corresponding underlying pigments. While not a "traditional" color wheel, the chart makes it easy to see how, as hair lightens to particular levels, specific undertones appear. In other words, if you lighten your dark brown hair to light brown, orange tones appear. (Note: I disagree with several* of the corresponding underlying pigments in this chart. From my experience, with level 8 hair, orange, not yellow tones come forward. To find your underlying pigments, strand testing is always recommended. The few extra minutes it takes to do a strand test will give priceless results.)
  To make this a little easier, the levels of the hair to which it is lightened and the underlying pigments that come forward at that particular level are written out below. Also shown are the descriptive names given to the hair colors to neutralize the underlying pigments.

1 & 2  Very Black      
 3 Black Red Ash
 4 Black Brown  Red          Ash    
 5 Very Dark Br  Red         Ash 
6 Dark Brown Red/Orange Ash/Beige
7 Med Brown Orange       Beige
 8 Light Brown         Orange       Beige
 9 Med Blonde Gold        Beige             
10 Light Blonde Light Gold    Yellow/Beige
12 Very Light Bl       Yellow           Platinum
 
Contrarily, underlying pigments can also be taken advantage of. If you desire a bold medium copper hair color, the need to neutralize your undertones disappears. Simply choose a copper hair color and apply. (Ooops- but not before strand testing.) 

Using the color wheel (or my version of the color wheel) takes a little practice. Coupled with strand testing, it's the perfect accompanist to home hair coloring.  

 More details on formulating your perfect hair color:
 How To Mix Your Hair Color
 Undertones










  



   1) Determine your natural hair color shade- in hair color lingo, shades are referred  to as ."levels". Reference the chart below. (When in doubt, think darker rather than lighter). 
   1) Determine your natural hair color shade- in hair color lingo, shades are referred  to as ."levels". Reference the chart below. (When in doubt, think darker rather than lighter). 
   1) Determine your natural hair color shade. In hair color lingo, shades are referred  to as "levels". Reference the chart above. (When in doubt, think darker rather than lighter). 

   2) Determine the level of your desired hair color. Learn the level attached to that particular color by referring to this same hair color chart. Not sure how to find your ideal hair color levels? A strand consultation will answer that question for you.
   1) Determine your natural hair color shade. In hair color lingo, shades are referred  to as "levels". Reference the chart above. (When in doubt, think darker rather than lighter). 

   2) Determine the level of your desired hair color. Learn the level attached to that particular color by referring to this same hair color chart. Not sure how to find your ideal hair color levels? A strand consultation will answer that question for you.
   1) Determine your natural hair color shade. In hair color lingo, shades are referred  to as "levels". Reference the chart above. (When in doubt, think darker rather than lighter). 

   2) Determine the level of your desired hair color. Learn the level attached to that particular color by referring to this same hair color chart. Not sure how to find your ideal hair color levels? A strand consultation will answer that question for you.
   1) Determine your natural hair color shade. In hair color lingo, shades are referred  to as "levels". Reference the chart above. (When in doubt, think darker rather than lighter). 

   2) Determine the level of your desired hair color. Learn the level attached to that particular color by referring to this same hair color chart. Not sure how to find your ideal hair color levels? A strand consultation will answer that question for you.
Black (1&2)                         Red
Very Dark Brown (3&4)    Red Orange
Dark Brown (5)
Medium Brown (6)
Light Brown (7)
Dark Blonde (8)
Medium Blonde (9)
Light Blonde (10)    
Black (1&2)                         Red
Very Dark Brown (3&4)    Red Orange
Dark Brown (5)
Medium Brown (6)
Light Brown (7)
Dark Blonde (8)
Medium Blonde (9)
Light Blonde (10)    
Black (1&2)                         Red
Very Dark Brown (3&4)    Red Orange
Dark Brown (5)
Medium Brown (6)
Light Brown (7)
Dark Blonde (8)
Medium Blonde (9)
Light Blonde (10)    


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