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Achieving Cool Hair Color On A Warm Hair Base

by Saumya Rawat on May 05, 2023

Get all the pro tips on achieving cool hair color on a warm hair base! Learn how to neutralize red tones in hair & get ready to go from red to blue in style.

"Hey, why ain't this blue dye showing on my brown hair? And why did it turn out purple on my pre-lightened locks?” If these Qs ring a bell, then listen up! This blog's got all the deets on how to neutralize red tones in hair for a dope, cool hair shade transformation.

Cool Colors vs Warm Colors

Portrait of three women flaunting their warm and cool toned hair colors

When it comes to hair color, it's essential to understand the difference between cool and warm tones. Cool colors are blues, greens, and purples, while warm colors are reds, oranges, and yellows. Choosing the right, best hair color that complements your skin tone can make a significant difference in your overall look. 

Here are some of the cool colors list from Paradyes that you can try:

Understanding Hair Base Color


The hair base refers to the underlying natural hair color of an individual. It is the starting point for any hair color transformation. Hair base is important to consider when trying to achieve a cool hair color on a warm hair base, as it affects the final outcome of the dyeing process. 

Follow this color chart for reference.

Also Read: Hair Color Levels: Everything You Need To Know!

What Cancels Out Red Orange Hair Color?

The opposite of red on the color wheel is green, which means that green can cancel out red tones in the hair. However, it's essential to note that adding green to your hair will result in a brownish color. To achieve a cool shade, you should use a blue shampoo over a warm hair base. What does blue shampoo do? Blue cancels out orange tones and gives you a cool base for further color applications.

How To Remove Red Tones From Brown Hair?

If you have brown hair with red tones and want to achieve a cooler shade, you'll need to remove the red tones first. Here are some steps to follow to achieve cool hair color on a warm base:

  • Pre-Lighten: Pre-lightening is important to achieve a cooler hair color because it removes the underlying warm pigments from the hair base. Without pre-lightening, the warm pigments can mix with the cooler dye, resulting in an unwanted warm or brassy tone. Pre-lightening also helps to achieve a brighter, more vibrant cool color.

Note: The number of rounds of pre-lightening required depends on the starting hair color and the desired end result. It can range from one to multiple rounds of pre-lightening, and it's best to consult with a professional hairstylist to determine the best approach for your hair type and color.

  • Toning: How to tone down brassy hair? After achieving the desired hair base (preferably level 9+), wash your hair with a blue shampoo, like the Paradyes Fine Tone Toning Shampoo, to neutralize brassy undertones that can bring out warm yellow or orange pigments.

Note: To apply toning shampoo to hair, squeeze a small amount of toning shampoo into your palm and lather. Apply it to your wet hair, focusing on the areas where the unwanted warm tones are most prominent. Leave the shampoo on for a few minutes to allow it to penetrate the hair shaft and neutralize any brassy tones. Finally, rinse the hair thoroughly with cool water to remove all the shampoo residue. Avoid leaving it on for too long, over-toning can be damaging.

How To Go From Red To Blue Hair?

 

 

If you have red hair and want to go to blue, it's essential to remove the red tones first before adding blue. Directly applying blue dye over red hair can result in a purple or brownish hue. Here are some steps to follow:

  • Allow the semi-permanent red hair dye to completely fade. To expedite the fading process you can wash your hair with warm water using a clarifying shampoo. 
  • Wash your faded or pre-lightened hair with a blue shampoo to tone down the red tones in your hair. Or use a toner.
  • Apply a blue hair dye to your clean, dry hair. Let the color deposit for 20-30 minutes and then rinse it out without shampoo. Condition, style, and slay!

With a little know-how and the right products, cool-toned hair on a warm base is achievable. Neutralize red tones with blue and choose cool hues. Pre-lightening, blue shampoo, and toners can reduce brassiness. Follow these steps for head-turning, cool-toned locks!

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