Your Guide to Wella’s Hair Color Charts
If you spend more time sitting in the salon chair than you do coiffing hair behind it, you might think your colorist simply glances at a hair color chart before choosing your next ultra-flattering shade. However, there’s a lot of knowledge behind every formula they mix, even if they make each decision, suggestion and technique look utterly effortless.
While we can’t lift the lid on every secret your stylist has up their sleeve, we’re giving you a little more insight into how the Wella hair color charts are used.
So, if you're wondering 'what color should I dye my hair?' or 'how do I know what color suits me?' you can find out with our color chart guide. Consider this your chance to demystify the salon experience, and your opportunity to 'try on' a hair color before you fully commit. Colorists, read on to brush up on the skills you’ve already expertly honed.
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For example, if you’re naturally a deep brunette 3/ but you want to add a few subtle highlights, lifting ribbons of hair to a 6/ will alter and brighten the underlying pigment, creating the perfect base for a deep caramel toner. Meanwhile, if you’re naturally a golden level 8/ but you’re craving a platinum ‘do, you’d need to be lifted to a very pale yellow 10/, before a toner is applied to counteract the yellow. That brings us to the next step…
For example, if blonde hair is yellow and warm but you want it to be icy and cool, you’d look to see which color is opposite yellow on the Color Circle. In this case, it’s purple. Then, a little bit of violet would be added to the hair formula to counteract the yellow tones. Only a dash is needed to subtly color correct.