Hair colour mixing chart. The easy guide to mixing colours!

hair colour mixing chart

Do you ever find yourself wondering what colours to mix together for a specific hair colour? Are you lusting after a shade that’s not quite brown and not quite blonde? Do you fancy purple hair with more of a red undertone? Sounds like you need to learn all about the hair colour mixing chart.

In this blog post, we’ll explain all about colour mixing and the ratios of each shade needed to create your desired look.

Hair colour combining is a fun and creative process that can also be confusing. From finding the right shade to figuring out how to blend them, there are so many steps involved!

This blog post will help you on your journey by giving you a complete guide of what you need to do when creating your own hair colour masterpiece.

How do you make sure your colour comes out exactly the way you want it to? What if it doesn’t come out right?! Don’t worry – we have got this covered for you. Our guide will take away any confusion or stress about making up your own custom colour.

We’re going to show you the basics of mixing hair colour so you can achieve the perfect hue for you. Let’s begin!

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Can I mix 2 hair colours together?

Mixing more than one hair colour together is a sure-fire way to get a more natural look.

Off the shelf box dyes are fabulous for topping up your colour but with one problem – the colour on the box is the colour you’ll get.

And that might be ok! But if you want a touch lighter, or darker, cooler or warmer, pinker or purplier, that’s when you’ll need to add in another colour.

If you think about it. When you get your hair coloured at a salon, the colourist will take into account things like your skin tone, your natural colouring, your undertones and even eye colour. As well as the cut and condition of your hair.

They use all of this info to make the perfect blend of colours just for you. It’s an art!

Hair colours you can mix together

  • Red and brown
  • Red and purple
  • Blue and black
  • Red and black
  • Brown and purple
  • Ash blonde and silver
  • Pastel lilac and silver
  • Light and dark blondes
  • Light and dark browns

What hair colours go together?

Now we get down to what colours go together. This is where the science comes in.

You want to choose colours that complement each other right? It’s easy! Follow the steps below:

1.Start off by choosing your primary colour. This is the base shade you’d most like your hair to be. It should be as close as possible to the colour you’d really like.

So if you want to be light ash brown, your primary colour would be ash brown. If you want to be strawberry blonde, your base colour would be blonde. You get the idea!

2.Next, you choose your secondary colour. This is the colour that will add another dimension or hue to your primary colour.

It can be a darker or lighter shade of your primary colour. It can cool it down or warm it up. Or it can add a subtle colour to accentuate the primary tones.

Don’t forget to take your current colour into account too. It makes all the difference!

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Make sure the colours you blend together are from the same cool or warm colour family!

Can I mix ash and warm hair colour?

Ash is a cool colour so it won’t mix well with warm colours. They’ll just cancel each other out and you’ll end up with a head full of meh.

It’s all to do with colour theory and the hair colour wheel. This is a good hair colour mixing chart. It shows us what colours neutralize each other and which compliment each other and work well together.

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How do you combine hair colour?

Combining hair colour is as simple as grabbing your chosen colours and stirring them around together – a bit like paint. OK, there’s a bit more to it than that!

  • If you want the primary colour to be really strong, mix 3/4 of the primary hair colour with 1/4 of the secondary colour.
  • If you want a perfect balance of the two, you can blend 1/2 primary colour and 1/2 secondary colour.

How do you mix two hair dyes at home?

Right now, there are so many on-trend hair colours that can be achieved at home by combining two box dyes together.

Simply pick one box of your primary colour and one box of your secondary colour. Try and pick two hair dyes from the same brand if you can.

And get either both semi-permanent or both permanent too!

Make up the separate formulas as per the hair dye instructions using the developer and dye.

Be careful when measuring the formula out. The ratio of the colour and developer is really important. That’s why it’s best to get two of the same brand. Then get mixing!

It’s best to blend the colours in a hair dye bowl, just like a professional. DO NOT try and mix them together on your hair!

There’s a bit of a risk involved as you won’t be able to see the resulting colour until it’s on your head.

That’s why we advise ALWAYS do a strand test beforehand to check what colour potion you’ve made!

But if you can relax with your colour turning a little lighter, darker, ashier or warmer than you’d really like, you can have some fun experimenting!

Watch and learn: How to mix hair colours.

Popular hair colour mixes.

Mushroom Brown

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Mix together:

1/2 Ash brown and 1/2 Natural brown on a blonde or brunette base.

Mahogany red

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Mix together:

3/4 chocolate brown and 1/4 rich red on a dark-haired base

Strawberry blonde

strawberry blonde hair color instagram

Mix together:

3/4 Honey blonde and 1/4 light auburn on a blonde base

Midnight blue

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Mix together:

3/4 Electric blue and 1/4 deep black on a medium to dark base

Chocolate cherry brown

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Mix together:

1/2 Chocolate brown and 1/2 cherry red on a dark-haired base.

Can you mix levels of hair colour?

Yes you can! What happens is that quite often, you’ll want your hair to be a shade in between two different levels of colour. So mixing from the levels above and below make sense.

Don’t try to go up or down any more than 1 or 2 levels than this as it’s unlikely you’ll get a good result. Colour can’t lighten colour!

Here’s a useful hair level chart that will help.

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How do you dye your hair multiple colours at the same time?

Dyeing your hair by fusing multiple colours is a talent that’s really best left to the professionals!

You might do this if you want a shade that’s a blend of two levels, but you also want to counteract some undertones by making it warmer or cooler.

Adding hints of red or gold are common ways to tone and tune up hair colours. But it’s a complex process to get right if you don’t work in a salon!


Parting words.

So now you know how to use a hair colour chart to mix hair colours. Use it wisely! It can take a few tries to get the hang of mixing the right colours.

But once you’ve found your inner alchemist, there’s stopping you! Every hue, shade and tone of hair colour ever will be at your fingertips (and hair roots!) with our top tips.

What are you waiting for??