How To: Understanding Mixing Colors

In this tutorial, we talk about colors, understanding them, and their mixtures. This video was provided by Mrs. Anousha Shafi’e. To join our classes, please contact us at 09375145783 and to order Val var products, please contact us at 02188850226.


Greetings. I am Anousha Shafi’e. I am a hairstyle and formula expert and instructor. Because of your constant requests and the experience I have had training thousands of hairstylists, I know that most students still have questions and problems regarding color mixes. Therefore, I want to devote this tutorial to this concept.

In all color catalogs across the globe, some colors are internationally constant and recognized. This category is the natural colors, which is denoted with N or 0.0 and is available in all catalogs. However, there are fantasy colors, which are presented with different numbers in different catalogs but with similar letters. For example, ash is always gray and N is always natural. Therefore, you should always study the catalog carefully and experiment with the colors yourself.

The number after the audit shows the parent color. It shows the overall tone of the color, whether the tone is olive or coffee, and if it is a combination of colors. When you see two or three numbers after a point, the manufacturer is trying to tell you that they have mixed a few colors together so you can get a tobacco or coffee color.

The catalog you see here belongs to Val var products, which provides 120-milliliter colors and provides beautiful and durable quality colors. For example, here the color bronze is denoted with number 7.46. Seven is the number of the color, which shows how light the hair will be after using the color and 46 shows that the color is a mixed one. As the hairstylist, you should study the catalog and find out what four and six mean in this catalog. Here, four means oak color and six means red. Reading the catalog, we realize this is a warm color with a red tone and we should never expect,
For example, to see green in this color.

The olive color is denoted with the letter M and 0.2 so we realize the number 2 after the audit means olive. It is a cool color, which is suitable for white and blond women. You should never expect this color to have a red tone because there is no red in this color. You should pay attention to the color you want to apply this dye to, and whether the majority of pigments are red, orange, or yellow. Therefore, the pigments in the dye container mix with the haircolor pigments and create a new color. It is wrong to mix different colors from different catalogs because you will probably get a bad color and the result will not be what you are expecting.

Even if you want to mix colors, you should always use the colors from a single catalog and brand because the number of pigments, the type and volume of oxidant in each brand is different and if you mix them from a different brand, nothing will be compatible and therefore the result will be disappointing. To my students and those of you with more experience working with hair formula I would recommend that when you want to use a new brand of dye, it’s much better to decolor a piece of hair and then experiment with the colors from the new catalog. This way you will see whether the majority of pigments are blue or red, and how much shine there is. It will also help you understand color mixes better.

This way is much better than experimenting on the client because your client does not expect you to experiment on them just like how you would not like that. What you see here is what one of my creative students has done. There are usually more than 104 different colors in a single catalog and you cannot test all of them. One of my students took some hair she cut from different clients sewed the top of the hair and after bleaching it, she tried different colors on the hair. For example, this one is 30.10, this one at the top is the bleached part, and the bottom is a mixture of different colors she has used such as coffee and color 7.66 from Valvar. The other one is 6.3, which is gold, and a mixture of tobacco.

The color of the year is live coral for which she has used one of Valvar’s colors. This is the bleached part and for the color, you can use 7.66 or 6.66 from Valvar catalog and you can mix it with copper color number 7 and use it on this level of bleach. On this level of bleach, we have some gray number 7 and chocolate number 5, which gives us a beautiful olive color on a bleach level close to seven or eight. Mixing colors does not mean mixing five or six different colors in mixing bowl and then applying them to the client’s hair. Mixing colors means understanding what color you will get when you mix your own dye with the pigments of the client’s hair.

The method I showed you can help you immensely with this issue. Don’t throw away the hair you cut at your salon because they are treasures. For you as a teacher and for salon owners, this is a great way to use to understand the colors you are using and understand whether the color contains more red or blue pigments. Colors and their rules are an expansive subject and cannot be limited to one branch or subject, but most hairstylists usually have issues with understanding and mixing colors, which we will try to resolve in our classes. In this short tutorial, I tried to help you with these methods to reduce some of the issues you have with colors and mixing. I hope you get to mix beautiful colors. Until next time, goodbye.

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