Understanding Color Codes
Confused by the numbers and letters you see on the boxes? Find the right hue for you with our color chart!
Typically, each hair color uses a code made up of a number and a letter according to the salon industry standard system. The number refers to shade level, darkest being 1 and lightest being 10, and the letter represents color category (see below). Please keep in mind that your final color results will depend on the current color, thickness and overall condition of your hair.
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These shades are ideal for keeping your natural tone.
Pro-tip: N is best for covering gray hair and giving a natural-looking result. Since gray hairs have lost their natural pigment, they soak up dyes more steadily. That means that brighter color and reds won’t always look natural. If you prefer warm or red tones, mixing with the Natural (N) will give your hair a more uniform, result.
Since they have more yellow and some orange pigments, these tones add warmth to your hair.
With primarily orange pigments, these are vibrant shades.
To achieve a red hue, pick from these red-pigmented shades.
Ash tones are cooler.
Pro Tip: To counteract brassiness, choose from this line and mix with an Natural (N) tone.
Mahogany (M & I)
For more purple and red pigments, use this line to get a red-violet tint.
Add warmth with these deep brown colors.
The colors displayed on your screen may differ slightly from the actual hair color sample.
You can go as dark as you like in one treatment. But you can only lighten one or two shades at a time. Wait at least two weeks between lightening treatments. For example, if you’re a current level 5, lighten to a 6 or 7. Then in approximately two weeks, lighten to a level 7 or 8.
We recommend only lightening within a two-shade range of your current color. More than that can often create unwanted brassy tones.