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How To Mix Your Hair Color At Home

6 Professional Tips For Home Hair Color Mixing 

     1) It is perfectly fine to mix two hair colors together.
     2) Most hair color is mixed equal parts with the developer .
     3) The preferred and most often used developer is 20 volume peroxide. Higher volume peroxide increases the risk of brassiness. 
     4) Pour the developer in first. To 2 oz. of developer, mix 2 oz of total hair color mixture.  i.e. 2 oz peroxide would be mixed with: 1 1/2 oz of one color + 1/2 oz of second hair color.
     5) Make the measuring simple. While a measuring beaker is a professional's choice, a kitchen measuring cup with clearly marked ounces is also acceptable.
     6)  A whisk, while not absolutely necessary, dissolves the hair color molecules within the mixture. Once thoroughly mixed, you may pour the mixture into an applicator bottle and begin application.
  1.       1) The first step in mixing your hair color is to determine your desired color result. Reference it to your present hair color.

2) Avoid hair color disappointments. Review and be cognizant of how undertones affect each shade of hair color. A strand test only takes a few minutes but the return is priceless.

3) Most permanent hair color is mixed equal parts or 1 :1 ratio. Two exceptions to this rule are high-lift and demi permanent hair color. Both of these hair colors are mixed 2:1 or two parts developer to one part hair color.

4) The higher the number (or level) designated to the color, the greater its' lightening ability.

5) When mixing 2 colors at different levels, the higher level color will lighten while the lower level will add depth-helping to avoid  brassiness. 

6) When mixing 2 hair colors together, a simple mathematical formula to determine your resulting hair color level is: 


"Add" your natural hair color "level" to the level of the hair color you are using

                   For example: your natural level is a 5 (dark brown). 9 is the level of the hair color you are using. ( Level 5 + level 9) = 14. 

                   Then "divide" the sum total of the 2 levels (14) by 2. 

                   14 divided by 2=7.

(**The undertone of level 7 is orange.  Orange therefore is the "tone" you will be working with. Because Robyn wants her hair to be bold copper, there is no need to neutralize that orange tone. (Orange =copper.) However, had Robyn wanted a lighter "natural" brown, the hair color formula she mixed would have had to contain tones to counter the orange undertones-most notably "ash" or "beige". A strand test will help you answer your formulation questions.)

Robyn, , has just landed a job at a very eclectic graphic design firm. She wants her hair to "shout" her creativity in a vibrant copper 

Her natural hair color is medium brown, (a level 6). 

The copper she has chosen is actually only one shade lighter, (a level 7) but the tone is of a totally different color family. Follow along to discover how to mix this hair color to achieve this final result. For this color, we'll be using :

L'Oreals' Preference LiquidCreme hair color is ideal for home hair color "mixologists". As a liquid, precise measuring is easy and potential dripping is negated with its "creamy" consistency.  It's available at Sally Beauty in single bottles to the general public which saves you money, and the ecology waste.  If you choose to  use these single bottles rather than boxed color, you will also need to purchase a bottle of peroxide. The peroxide is the "developer" and comes in strengths ranging from 10 to 40 volume.  To prevent brassiness and/or "hot scalp"  20 volume is the most recommended volume. 

Robyns Hair Color Formula

1 3/4 oz. 9.03 Light Golden Blonde (to sufficiently lighten her natural dark hair color while encouraging a golden tone)* with 1/4 oz .7.43 Red Penny (to add depth back to the formulation)  and more red/orange color-which equals copper.

2 oz. peroxide ( Note the total amount of formula-4 oz: 2 oz color, 2 oz peroxide.). 

The result: beautiful medium copper red hair color.(level 7).

Vanish The Orange!

Dark Brown (level 5)>Caramel Brown (level 7.5)

2 oz 20 volume peroxide.(I'm using a full mixture in order to change her entire color).

1 3/4 oz 9.1BA Extra Light Ash Blonde w/ a capful of 7.1B Medium Ash Brown 2 oz 20 volume pe-roxide. Orange  undertones  will automatically come forth at this level. The beige (b) and ash (a) in this formula will help to counteract the strong orange tones.(Note: Using the above mathematical formula: the natural level in this example is 5.5- slightly lighter than a dark brown. Level 9 is the applied color. 5.5 +9 =14.5. Divided by 2, =7.5. Level 7.5 is our objective.) Occasionally some hair is endowed with especially strong orange tones. In these instances, you may decide to choose to darken the color slightly (add a bit more of 7.1B) and add highlights to brighten the overall effect. 

    After coloring your hair the first time, decide if you would have liked it a bit more red (add more copper) or less (decrease the amount of copper add to your formula).       
When you've found your perfect formula, write it down and save it. 

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