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The Ultimate Hair Color Chart

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Hair Color Charts

Are you tired of spending hours on the internet searching for the hair color charts from the major brands?

One of the reasons we first built this site was because we found it so difficult to find a definitive collection of hair color charts online. All of the big cosmetic companies have released specific hair color charts for their own product ranges, which meant trawling through each individual website before you could find a color that you loved.

One of the main aims of this site was to make hair color easier, and that meant putting all of the hair color charts in one place. So, you will be pleased to know that we have done this legwork for you, and below you will find the color charts from each of the major brands.

If you’re not sure of the level or tone you want to go for, start by reading our hair color shade selection guide

Color Chart Quick Guide

ClairolNice ‘n EasyNice ‘n Easy Foam Nice ‘n Easy GrayNice ‘n Easy Perfect 10Natural Instincts
GarnierNutrisseNutrisse Ultra-ColorHerbaShineNutrisse Nourishing Color Foam
John FreidaPrecision Foam
LorealExcellence CrèmeRecital PreferenceFeria
RevlonColorsilkLuminista
SchwarzkopfLive XXL ColorIgora RoyalEssensity
WellaWellaton

Clairol Hair Color Chart

Clairol has one of the largest and most diverse ranges of color products, with a product to suit every need and a wide variety of colors.

Clairol Nice ‘n Easy – Clairols ColorSeal technology delivers 6 weeks of non-stop color with 100% coverage

Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Color Blend Foam – The Color Blend Foam gives tones and highlights with 100% gray coverage, and because it’s a foam it lacks the drip of other formulas

Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Gray Solution – This range offers Salon-quality gray coverage (even on the most stubborn grays!)

Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Perfect 10 – This range provides high gloss hair color in just 10 minutes

Clairol Natural Instincts – The Natural Instincts is a semi-permanent range which will enhance natural color and cover up to 50% gray. The antioxidant-rich, ammonia-free formula leaves lasts up to 28 washes and leaves no visible roots.

Garnier Hair Color Chart

Garnier products are designed to give great color results while leaving hair healthy-looking and shiny. Intense, natural, subtle or bright, whatever your desired color result, whether you want to cover grays, enhance natural color or go for a complete hair color make-over, Garnier has a solution for you.

Garnier currently have 4 ranges of hair dye available:

Garnier Nutrisse Color – Garnier Nutrisse is the only permanent haircolor creme that nourishes with grape seed and avocado oil. The nourishing color creme enriched with fruit oil concentrate, penetrates deep into hair fibers to nourish and condition your hair so it takes color better and holds it longer, root-to-tip.

Garnier Nutrisse Ultra-Color – Nutrisse Ultra Color is exclusively designed to transform darker hair with visibly reflective, intense tones, while providing triple nourishment of avocado, olive & shea for richer, shinier, silkier hair.

HerbaShine – Garnier Herbashine is the only hair color product to be made with Bamboo extract, which helps improve the condition of hair by fortifying the hair cuticle. The luscious cream wraps the hair in a radiant shine that leaves hair with a vibrant color that looks and feels stronger.

Nutrisse Nourishing Color Foam – Nutrisse color foam is the latest in hair color innovation. Enriched with nourishing triple fruit oils – avocado, olive and shea – this is the first foam to nourish while it colors. This product gives you fresher, brighter, permanent color results, with 100% gray coverage.

John Freida Color Chart

John Freida has recently stepped into the hair color market, and as expected their products are of a very high standard with a focus on achieving salon results at home.

Precision Foam Color – This is the first ever premium permanent home hair color that uses foam technology to deliver salon-quality results at home. With 20 flattering shades to choose from, achieving flawless, natural-looking results at home has never been quicker or easier.

Loreal Hair Color Chart

As ever, Loreal is one of the brands leading the way in high-quality hair-colors with three great ranges

Excellence Crème– Excellence Creme is Loreal’s 1st hair color enriched with Pro-Keratin and is made to condition and replenish hair, and rejuvenate color.

Recital Preference – Find your show stopping color Are you looking for fade resistant, high shine hair color? Preference’s colorants lock into the hair, ensuring a luminous and long lasting color which covers up to 100% of gray hair.

Feria – Do you dream of a vibrant, multi-faceted color that doesn’t fade? Discover Féria by Préférence for a fade resistant intense, vibrant color and up to 6 weeks of high shine!

Revlon Hair Color Chart

Revlon have two fantastic color ranges, firstly the ‘Revlon Colorsilk’; a fantastic range of colors offering a radiant look, and a long lasting finish.

If you are feeling a bit bolder and want a more vibrant look, the ‘Revlon Colorsilk Luminista’ range is a selection of bright colors designed for dark hair.

Both ranges have been made with a specific focus on leaving your hair in a fantastic condition.

Revlon Colorsilk Color Chart

Revlon Colorsilk Luminista Color Chart

Schwarzkopf Hair Color Chart

Schwarzkopf have long been the leading name in professional standard hair color products, and many experienced Colorists swear by the brand as the leader in quality. It’s great news then that the German brand is release more and more home hair color products that you can buy straight off the drugstore shelf.

Live XXL Color – The Live XXL range consists of four collections of high intensity, extra rich, permanent colors full of healthy shine. These collections are Color Intense, Hot Reds, Luminance and High Gloss. If you are bold and daring than the XXL range might just be for you.

Igora Royal – The IGORA Royal collection was launched by Schwarzkopf to represent a new, total approach to color products and services. They designed the range from a colorist’s perspective, aimed at unleash true color talent. This sends us one step closer to achieving a salon quality color in your own home.

Essensity – The Essensity range offers a breakthrough in ammonia free hair color, giving 100% color performance with 0% compromise. The collection supports a ‘free from’ philosophy, with ALL products being free of artificial fragrances, silicones, paraffin-/mineral oils and parabens.

Wella Hair Color Chart

Wellaton – Wellaton with Serum with Provitamin B5 is a home hair colorist’s dream. Recommended by celebrity stylist and international Wella Expert Sascha Breuer, its nourishing ingredients replicate the silky softness and shine of uncolored hair. Discover a vast palette of shimmering shades complete with the Serum with Provitamin B5 and dazzle with intense color and healthy-looking shine.

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    Thank you so much for this, so helpful.

    It would be great if you could get the best products from each brand and make the ulitmate blonde/brunette hair color charts! :-)

    Thanks

    Wendy

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    Hi Wendy,

    Glad you have found the info useful. Love the idea of having ultimate charts, leave it with me.

    Susie x

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    Was delighted to find this site, thanks for this great collection of info. However, your link for Hydrience produces a page of server error output. I hope you can get that fixed soon – that’s the one I especially wanted to look at!

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    Thanks for letting me know Terry, it’s hard to keep up with these cosmetics companies! ha. I will get on it now, it should be fixed very soon.

    Susie x

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    Hey Terry, bad news I’m afraid… The team at Clariol have confirmed that the Hydrience range has been discontinued. The are recommending the Nice ’n Easy range as the best replacement, as the products contain the ColorSeal Conditioning Gloss that keeps your new color looking healthy and shiny.

    Hope that helps :-)

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    Hi, Thanks for the helpful info. Do you know off hand what the best produck is for going from dark brown dye to a dark honey blonde or caramel brown?

    XXL do a couple of dark to red/violet colourants and im sur ethey used to do a dark brown to light brown but i cant seem to find it anywhere.

    Also do you know much about colour remover? I bought a kit but i’m scared to used it! lol

    Grateful for any advice.

    :)

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    Hey Nicola,

    In regards to your color remover, I would have a read of this article before you use your kit: http://www.haircolorcode.com/hair-color-removal It’s written by Anthony who has 25 years experience, so he knows a thing or two!

    Any questions just let me know.

    In regards to going for a caramel brown (great look btw), it would really depend on how dark your hair is, and what you used to get it that color.

    Trying to dye dark brown hair lighter has a tendency to bring out the red shades (which might explain why XXL are pushing dark to red/violet colorants), so you need to tread carefully. This might be one of those occasions where taking advantage of a free consultation with a Colorist might be worth it…

    Let me just say, you CAN color your dark hair a lighter brown (I’m living proof!), but just be careful.

    Let me know how you get on!

    Susie x

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    Thank you so much for this, so helpful.

    This is Korea. Thank you very useful information.

    여기는 한국입니다. 정말 유용한 정보 감사드립니다.

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    Hi, I need some advice here pls. I have natural black hair, and i went to a salon to bleach my hair until it is kinda light blonde now. Nearly 1 month have passed, and i want to start using dye instead of bleach. Can anyone recommend me any product that is good for my situation? I have very short hair, mohawk to be exact, mainly the top of my head only is going to be dyed. Thanks!

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    Hi Bryant,

    Sounds like an awesome style! If you’re looking at going for an extreme color for your mohawk I would definitely recommend checking out the colors at http://www.manicpanic.com/ or http://www.idyemyhair.com/

    What color are you thinking of going for?

    Susie x

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    Hi susie x,
    Im would love to have blonde hair, but not quite sure light blonde or dark blonde at this moment. Maybe gonna try different blonde shade every month from now.My hair is kinda like yellow,orange now maybe due to bleaching for the first time a month ago. Im going to the salon again next week, is it recommened to bleach my hair for 1 more time or can i just ask the hairstylist to dye my hair to blonde? Sorry, im new to hair colouring, especially i have natural black hair but want to be blonde. :)

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    Hey Bryant,

    If you’ve got a meeting booked with a salon Colorist, I would recommend waiting to then and asking them to color it blonde for you. It’s really difficult to get black hair to a natural looking blonde, but it can be done, and it does look fantastic!

    Talk to your colorist, and with their knowledge and experience they should be able to get the perfect shade for you (my personal recommendation for a mohawk would be to go for a bright white blonde, if you’ve got the guts that is! ha)

    I can’t wait to hear how it goes, please let me know. :-)

    Susie x

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    hi, great page of information – just wish I had found it before dyeing my hair :)
    Advice needed if you are able to … I’m naturally brunette but as more grey started to grow I started highlighting my hair until I had the popular 2 toned hair style, ie, underneath at back brunette, top and side blonde (T line/half head). I have been like this for a few years when I had the idea to go back to my natural brown, which I did at my local salon; turned out quite nice, but it faded after a few washes, so to be dramatic I dyed my hair LIVE XXL Midnight Red – it sure does look dramatic, and is a stunning colour BUT, and Im sure you have guessed it, I want to go back to the blonde look (as its less obvious when the grey comes through)!! Any advice?!? (other than shaving it all off lol) :)

    Thank you x

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    Hey susie x
    You mean platinum blonde?!? I definately got the guts to do it. But just worry about wether my school will allow it or not :) But anyway, if i were to go for platinum blonde, all i need to do is to go to the salon and get my black root and the rest bleach everymonth right? If its only just bleach, then i do not need to pay extra $ to dye it if i were to maintain normal blonde. Am i corry to say that? My hairstyle is kinda like david beckham fauxhawk top, but at the side and back i cut it to the shortest length, so it will be my natural black colour hair and would normally bleach my half of my back hair. Do you think i would look like a freak with black, platinum blonde hair, tanned skin? Hahahaha

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    Hey Bryant. It would definitely be worth checking with your school before you spend any $ having the color done. I had some awesome red streaks in high-school that lasted 2 days before I was ordered to take them out. I’m hoping that your school is a little more fun! ha

    In terms of the style, I think it would look great. I am thinking something like this (but with dark sides). I would ask the Colorist at your salon for their advice too, as they will be able to judge your skin tone, eye color and general style to make sure it’s going to suit you.

    Good luck, please please please let me know how it goes, and add a pic to our Facebook!

    Susie x

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    Hey Jade. Thanks so much for the kind words.

    Wow sounds like you’ve been through quite a few transformations recently, I love it! :-)

    This is going to sound like the boring answer, but I would recommend chatting with a Colorist before attempting to go light again. Going from red to blonde can be tricky (even the slightest remainder of orange can look nasty), and as you’ve had a few different colors recently, there is a risk that you can damage the hair.

    The difficult think from red is it’s a hard color to gradually bring lighter, as you can end up with pink and orange tones, so it usually involves changing to blonde in ‘one big swoop’, which is always risky.

    Personally, I’d say this is one of those occasions where spending fifty bucks at the Salon will be worth it’s weight in gold.

    Susie x

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    Do i have to tone/dye after bleach? Or just bleach is enough?

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    Depends, if you are going for a platinum blonde, you will need a little extra work after bleaching. It would still look pretty cool just bleached though, so that’s an option if you’re thinking of saving on Salon bills.

    S xx

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    hi Susie

    Thank you for your info/advise…think, like you say, this is one for the salon – and a good one at that :) If it wasnt for a bad highlighting experience, at a supposedly good named salon, where they burnt my hair I probably wouldnt have thought about going back to my original dark tresses!!!

    Maybe I should just opt for pink – thats certainly not one I have tried, or even a fasionable silver/grey…now that certainly would disguise the grey hair coming through…..but then I guess I would only moan about the natural brunette roots showing – cant win….gosh…wheres that shaver??!!!! ;)

    thanks again Susie for your reply…..will update with results…although pink highlights in the black red idea is growing on me lol

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    Hey Jade, I love the thought of fighting fire with fire and going for a full on grey look! ha

    I can’t wait to hear how you get on, good luck! :-)

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    Hello Susie, you’ve proven to be quite knowlegdeable with hair dyes. Could you please help with my dilemma? I have afro carribean hair, and it’s quite short. I got some nice hair extensions, and I intend to dye both my natural hair and extensions red. For a nore natural look, in case I’d wanna pull up a ponytail. What do you think would be the best hair dye to achieve this?

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    Hey Joy, sounds like a great look! The dye you use will be dependent on the brightness of the red. If you are looking for a ‘tint of’ look, then you should be okay with a higher quality product from the grocery store, however if you want to go for a brighter red then you may need something stronger than the 20% peroxide products you get off the shelf (this would mean a trip to the salon). What kind of shade where you thinking about?

    Susie x

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    Hi Susie B, Loving this site, am going to recommend this to a few friends.. My problem is I am trying to find a fringe hair piece for my hair but cannot find the correct colour chart number .. I currently use Clairol Perfect 10 number 6R but there dosen’t seem to be a matching hair piece colour. Can you advise please??? I am stressing out here lol

    Thank You
    Sherri

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    Hey Sherri. It’s really hard to find an exact match extension or fringe piece. Personally, if I am buying extensions I get them in the lightest blonde possible, and then dye with the same product when I color my own hair.

    Alternatively, if you try and find a fringe piece close to your natural (or current) color, and again dye it with the same product when you color your hair.

    This will help you get a near exact match to your own new color.

    Let me know how it goes.

    S x

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    Hi!
    I was wondering if live xxl luminance have disconitinued – as i cant seem to find it anywhere!? And if yes, the next best option as i have dark brown natural hair and found it to lighten my hair nicely and the red took well.

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    Hey Crissy, I really hope they’re not discontinuing it, it’s one of our favs! I know it’s still on sale here in the UK, and you can get it from Amazon (although you might have to spends a few bucks more than usual to get it shipped). I will contact the team at Schwarzkopf and try to find out their plans. I can’t imagine they would discontinue it without a replacement, it’s really popular with a lot of people we speak to on here.

    I will keep you updated.

    Susie x

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    Hey!
    i was just wondering if yu know which brand is the best to die my hair frm honey blonde to light blonde?

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    Hey Charlotte,

    It can be daunting when there are so many different brands to chose from. All of the brands we have on this page we recommend and they are all used globally. There are some brands like Schwarzkopf that are used more for extreme hair color changes, however brands such as Loreal, Garnier and Clairol that will have a wider range of shades of blonde to chose from.

    My personal favourite when dying my hair lighter blonde is Clairol Natural Instinct 10, Sunkissed Blonde. This isn’t the same for everyone in the office but it worked for me.

    I hope you find the color you are looking for!

    Susie x

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    Hoping you can help. I want to convert from Clairol Professional 6RN/31R (Dark Red, Neutral Blonde/Sunny Auburn), using 20 Vol developer to Schwartzkopf formula equivalent. Can you direct me to where I could get this information? Thank you.

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    Hey Jane, have you tried using the Schwartzkopf shade selector, it helps you find the Schwartzkoptf equivilant of your current shade. It’s not an exact science, but it’s pretty cool. If you’re looking for an exact match to your Clariol shade, I’d recommend booking in to see a Colorist at a Schwartzkopf licenced salon. It’s not cheap, but the training their Colorists go through is some of the best in the business and I’m confident they’d get a pretty much exact match for you.

    Good luck. Susie x

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    Hi wounded if you could help I dyed my dark blond hair a platinum blonde but it has gone kinda orange in places can I just re dye it a darker shade of blond

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    Hey Stephanie, sorry to hear your color didn’t go to plan.

    In theory, covering up some orange patches in a platinum blonde color is totally possible, however there are a few things to consider:

    1. How dark is the orange (if it’s just a tint and still quite light, there shouldn’t be a problem, however if it’s a darker deep orange, than even a darker blonde might show up patchy)

    2. What kind of product did you use? If it was a bleach, then I would advise to tred carefully before applying more product, of it was a gentler product then you should be okay. I’m guessing that you used a bleach though if you went platinum blonde, in which case it might be worth consulting a Colorist to check there is no damage to the hair

    All in all, I think you will okay if you use a good quality hair colorant off the shelf (ideally something with subtle mixed tones), however make sure you are confident before you take this route.

    Good luck! S x

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    Can I purchase the Color Seal Conditioning Gloss on its own (in Canada)? I absolutely love it and would like to have more than the amount that comes with each Nice N Easy color box.

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    Hey Helen,

    Yep, I know that you can buy the color sea conditioning gloss on it’s own, personally I bought mine from ebay. You might have the spent a few extra dollars getting it shipped to Canada, but it’s such a great product that it’s probably worth it :-)

    S x

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    Hi
    I have bleached blonde hair and want to dye my hair a deep burgundy but my roots are coming out if i dye my hair like it is now do you think the color will come out uneven?

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    Hi Steph,

    Unless your roots are black (or a really dark brown), you shouldn’t see any real issue when going a deep burgundy. The only problem you would have is if you were expecting some of your hair to go lighter, and some to go darker, in the same color. If that is the case, it might be worth either returning to a medium tone first, or getting a consultation with a Colorist.

    Good Luck! xx

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    Hi Susie,
    I dyed my hair black and my roots are coming in a lil, they’re a dark brown. I want to dye my hair the deep burgandy from revlon colorsilk. Will my roots be lighter than the rest of my hair?

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    Hey Olivia,

    When you say black, do you mean level 1/2 black? Has this color faded at all or is it still pretty prominent?

    I love the deep burgundy, good choice :-)

    Susie x

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    It’s 36 midnight black from natural instincts and it’s still pretty prominent :/

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    Hey Olivia,

    You shouldn’t see a major color shift with the deep Revlon burgandy, although you might be able to tell on very close inspection.

    Personally, I wouldn’t worry, the color will be pretty even and as it’s quite an eclectic shade that catches a lot of glimmer, any slight tonal differences will be very hard to spot.

    Good luck!

    Susie x

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    Hey I need help finding what color should I dye my mohawk since my hair is already black I just want a classy and smooth look so can you help me out figuring out what color to get my Mohawk please. Thanks

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    Hey Jamal,

    The mohawk look is one that can look great with extreme color, so it’s just down to how far you want to go. If your hair is black you would need to bleach the mohawk first if you wanted a really vibrant color, but after that it’s down to how brave you are feeling. Blues, reds and even white will look great, but if you wanted something a little more reserved then a copper color will look great too.

    So it’s all down to how wild you want to go?

    Susie x

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    i have been coloring my hair forever….changed to a light auburn when I was 16, and everyone thought it was my natural color. Still using Loreal, Ezcellance creme #67, but now that the top of my hair is quite grey….I seem to come out two-toned which isn’t natural looking. Any suggestions as to what can be done to eliminate this. Thanks, I’ll be grateful for your help.

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    Hi Judee,

    Sounds like you really found a great color that suits you and that you love, which a lot of people struggle to find!

    My tip would be to leave the color on a little longer than normal when dying to try and get a deeper coverage.

    I hope this works and hope you let us know how you get on.

    Susie x

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    hi Susie,

    I have got dark colour hair like dark brown/black. As i wanted to change the colour of my hair to mahogany brown i am using Wella Koleston Perfect, Medium Brunette Mahogony Brown code no. 4/75 mixing with Kolestone Perfect,Medium Brown code no. 4/0. I am not sure whether i am using the right colour to mix. shall i use Kolestone Perfect, Intense Medium brown code no. 44/0 instead of Medium brown? Please help. Thank you.

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    Hi, I usually use Clairol Nice n Easy colour in 114 Natural Light Ash Brown but find that the colour fades quite quickly. Is there another alternative brand that will last longer – I’ve looked for a comparison website that will show me all the colours from all the different brands. Is there such a thing?

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    Hi Elaine,

    There is the option to use a different brand… One we can recommend is Loreal Paris Preference in Light ash blonde. It is one of the most popular products.

    Another option is to try techniques to prolong the hair color. You can use specialised hair products such as shampoo/conditioner/treatments for blonde/colored hair.

    I hope this helps and good luck!

    Susie x

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    Hi Susie,

    I have black hair and want to do few highlights of red color. could you please recommend which brand should I use that will last for a longer time?

    Thanks,

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    Hi Nikita,

    A very popular brand for highlights of red color is Loreal Feria. It creates such a vibrant color and lasts.

    Try using color enhancing tricks like using hair color treatments. They help to make the color last longer.

    Susie x

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    Hi im currently dyeing my hair live colour xxl 00b for about a year and now want to go a darker blonde similar to John Frieda natural blonde 8N which is about 2 shades lighter than my natural colour is it possible to go darker? Without going brown?

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    Hey Charlie,

    Of course it is possible to go darker, it is usually easier to go darker than lighter. It may take a couple of dyes to achieve the perfect shade but it should work just fine.

    Let us know how you get on!

    Susie x

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    Will I need to use a brown colour or can I just use a dark blonde? Don’t all blonde dyes lighten your hair?

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    I have always used nice`n easy 6.5G Lightest Golden Brown but in Clicks stores in cape Town I have been told that this is no longer available if this is so then what is the closest to 6.5 G Lightest Golden Brown
    Thanks Marge C.T.SA

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    Hey,

    I’ve got bleached hair at the moment, I’m naturally mid-brown, and am sick of the blonde. Have bought a box of XXL Midnight Red (896), but am not sure if I can use it on bleached hair? The instructions say to contact customer services, but they’re closed!!

    I really need to do it today as I have a job interview tomorrow and don’t want to go with brown roots showing!!

    Any help would be amazing!

    Thanks! :)

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    Hi Charlie,

    You can try a darker blonde, it just might not show up as light as you would like at first. This may take a few attempts.

    Dark blonde will lighten hair but it does depend on your previous hair color and how well your hair takes to the product.

    I hope this helps.

    Susie x

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    Hey Marge,

    Isn’t it a shame when the product you love is no longer sold!

    You could try L’Oreal Paris Excellence Hair Colourant Light Golden Brown 6.30. I would suggest having a look at the color first before buying as it won’t be the same shade as you are using now, however this could be a nice alternative for you.

    Good luck and let us know how you get on!

    Susie x

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    Hey Siobhan,

    How did your interview go? So sorry we didn’t get back to you in time about this. Have you changed your color?

    The bleach in your hair would affect the result you get so I would recommend applying an undertone first. You can apply a hair color in level 6 with a warm tone (see our page on hair color shades – http://www.haircolorcode.com/hair-color-shades). Then you should apply the XXL Red.

    I hope this helps, let us know how you get on.

    Susie x

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    Hi Susie,
    Just wondering if you can offer some input/opinion. I was getting allover highlights, until just recently they’ve all kind of finished getting my natural medium brown out, and now I’m just an allover blonde ( very much like some 9n, some 10n). I’t naturally throws some orange/red, which is why we took so long to lighten. Now though, I’m frustrated, because my stylist won’t stray from what she thinks is right, which is just to keep highlighting then toning every six weeks. I’d prefer to go an allover color, and I’m wondering, if I could do it at home? I don’t want to be so very different, maybe more of a medium blonde? Ideally, it would be something of an 9na. Do you think it’d just go grey? I’m reluctant to do anything other than dye at home because it’s too expensive to have my stylist not do what I’m after.

    Thanks in advance!!

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    Sorry! There was meant to be “I really love 8g, but am afraid it will just go yellowy or worse, the dreaded orange. ” any ideas?

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    Hi Katie,

    Sorry for the late reply!

    Dying your hair blonde by yourself can be difficult. As a professional your stylist may be worried about possible damage to your hair or the possibility that you may not get the result you want. However, as a customer it is your choice and there is no harm in being more assertive with your stylist. There isn’t much harm they can do and if the result isn’t what you want then you can always change it.

    You may have already sorted this issue by now but if not please come back and I will try to find a resolution for you.

    Susie x

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    Hi. I’m so happy to find your site. I’ve just learned that there are plans to discontinue the brand I’ve been wearing for about 2 years Garnier Herbashine 565 (Medium Auburn)…I’ve received so many compliments on my color so I really need to find the closest alternative. Yes, I suppose I can always find it on Ebay or Amazon, but I’d really like to find something that’s easily accessible on the store shelf. So Does anyone have any idea what else I can get in the place of Garnier Herbshine 565 Medium auburn??

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    Hey Dianne,

    I am so glad you have found our site and sorry to hear about the discontinued product you use!

    Although you might find an exact match, you could try Clairol’s Nice n Easy Perfect 10 Medium Auburn. This is a great product and a gorgeous color.

    I hope this helps and good luck!

    Susie x

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    Hi Susie, great website for home colourists… Hoping to get some thoughts on my current work in progress. I’ve been dying my hair in various shades of dark brown for years, and ended up with a too dark shade and nearly black over processed ends, which I started to really hate. I really want to lighten up to an lighter/medium brown on the cooler tone scale. In the darker brown shades the iced/cool browns suit me better. (though my hair will grab the red tones even from dark brown shades.) I have fair to pinkish toned skin and hazel brown/green eyes

    Last week I took the plunge and lightened it all over (ends first!) with a Schwarzkopf Nordic Lightener L++. I knew I would get the golds and red tones… and I did. Then I applied Loreal Excellence Creme 8.13 Beige Blonde to tone it down, which it only did marginally. I’ve also applied a purple toner, which also helped. The level is now noticeably lighter which is good, but still a bit warm in the red/gold. I’d call it mid auburn I suppose. Not horrible by any means, bit it is a tiny bit blotchy and not all that flattering to my colouring. The ends are lighter, but still darker than the rest, but I’m OK with that, as they aren’t black anymore.

    My hair is thick and strong and in good condition, and I’m thinking I’ll stop torturing it for a while with permanent colours and use a combination of colour building shampoo (De Lorenzo Cool Natural which is supposed to tone out brassiness in brown hair), purple toners and maybe a colour mask (Schwarzkopf Live Colour in Hazelnut) to build on the brown and reduce the red/golds. This is an interim measure to kill of the red/golds before I hit it again with a permanent colour. Ideally I like to get to a shade close to Loreal Sublime Mousse 6.0 (link below)

    http://www.lorealparis.com.au/hair-colour/all-over-color/sublime-mousse/60-pure-light-brown.aspx

    I don’t mind if this takes a bit of time an effort, but if you have any thoughts on how to get there more effectively then I’d love to hear them. I’m a bit reluctant to dive right in because even medium browns tend grab and end up very dark on me.

    Thanks for your time..xx

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    Hey Dina,

    It sounds like you are quite the pro already!

    With issues such as this we really recommend showing your hairdresser to see what they (without seeing and getting a feel of your hair it is hard to advise).

    Personally I think you should continue with what you are doing until you start to see your hair becoming more of an even tone, then bravely take the plunge and get your hair to the brown you desire!

    If there is anything else you need please ask.

    Susie x

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    Hi Susie,
    I am naturally a dark mousey brown and always coloured my hair black but I had my hair lightened by a hairdresser using a Loreal product (in a pink sachet?) and some highlights put through it it went a nice light brown colour, slightly ginger. I have continued to have highlights so now my hair is blondey on top and medium brown underneath but I hate that I have constant roots and find the upkeep hard so I am considering dying my hair ‘Nice ‘n Easy Color Blend Foam 6.5G Lightest Golden Brown’
    I am just wondering what kind of colour to expect and if this will look okay over the bleached hair? Any advice would be great

    Many thanks
    Danielle x

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    Hey Danielle

    In essence the color on the box should be the color you end up with and a permanent hair dye would be stronger.

    If your hair is still lighter in areas then you can use what’s called a ‘toner’ which will tone down the highlighted areas.

    Clairol is a great brand and I don’t think you will have any issues in covering all the hair and the result being a nice golden brown color.

    Good luck.

    Susie x

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    Thanks for the advice Susie. I’m pretty much there now. I evened it out after a couple of weeks with a John Frieda 6.1 Ash Brown, and am at a lovely even medium chocolate, with high and low lights – which is I think nicer than the lighter brown I wanted! I still need to tone regularly though. I’m quite pleased – it’s my first advanced self colouring!!

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    Hi Susie

    I have been dyeing my hair for some time and have tried all products.
    My hair tends to be take well and ends up darker than the colour on
    the box. The last product I used was Schwarzkopf bitter sweet
    chocolate hoping that it would go a chocolate brown but it is more a
    Black colour do you know of a colour that would lighten my hair to a
    Chocolate brown colour. Thanks Denise

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    Well done Dina and you are more than welcome!

    Susie x

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    Hey Denise,

    Sorry to hear your color didn’t turn out as you hoped.

    Do you want to stick with Schwarzkopf? I can recommend other brands that will help you achieve a chocolate brown color.

    For example, Loreal Excell 10 5.5 Chocolate Brown is a great dye with positive results.

    Susie x

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    Hi Susie,

    I recently went through a major hair change. I’ve been dying my hair black (blue black/blackest black) for years and I got tired of it. So i wanted to go back to my natural ashy light brown hair color. I went through the bleaching process and ended up with very light hair a the top of my head and reddish undertones that even a toner did not get out. I want ONE color in my hair and not multiple shades of blond (ranging from platinum to ash blond). I am considering dying my whole head with the Loreal Paris #62 light chestnut brown because on the box the color looks closest to my natural color but I am unsure of what result that will give me. I am not sure if it is dark enough to cover the red and just bring the whole color into a unified all-over light brown tone. Any advice would be appreciated.
    Thank you

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    I’ve been using Garnier Nutrisse #67 Ginger Spice. It’s a wonderful color for me–looks natural as so many other reds don’t. But it’s getting harder and harder to find it. Their site can’t even supply it online.
    SO what I really wish you would do is make a grand combination color chart showing what colors in other brands might give me the same shade or at least a close one. Thanks. This is a great site.

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    Hi Susie
    I am so please to have found this website, i am having trouble trying to find the hair colour that i love and have been using for many years, Loreal Casting Champagne/Ash blonde semi permanent without ammonia.
    I would be really gratful if you could please help me find a replacement, i feel quite nervous about just trying different ones and getting it wrong.
    Many Thanks

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