How To: Mahogany Dye

In this tutorial, we will talk about dyeing hair a mahogany color. This tutorial was provided by Mrs. Zahra Karimi.


Greetings. I am Zahra Karimi. I am a hairstyle and formula expert and instructor. Today I want to talk to you about mahogany hair dyes. Mahogany is a warm and beautiful color made up of red and brown. In some cases, the majority of the composition is made up of red and other times brown. The mixture of these two colors makes up Mahogany and in some cases, some copper color is added to the mix.

Today I have a few different dye products here at reasonable prices. I do not want to advertise them. I just want you to see how I will mix and use them. If you cannot buy or do not have access to imported brands or non-ammonia dyeing products, you can still purchase some of the brands I have here and you can dye your hair beautifully. When you have a client who asks for a Mahogany color, the first thing you should do is to present them with the color catalog. Each person has a different perspective and understanding of colors. Ask your client whether they want the color to lean towards red or brown.

You should also consider the client’s skin color and type before deciding on the dye. Although, warm colors are usually suitable for most skin colors and faces. Let’s say you have a new client with a natural color close to this hair that I have here. For this haircolor, you should use a suitable oxidant and dye. The result will probably be a darker Mahogany. The mixture I show you, for this haircolor, will give you this Mahogany dye. You can clearly see the purple, red, and mahogany background colors.

For an orange color or hair in level six, you will get this mahogany dye, which as you can see, is a little lighter. Now imagine you have a client with dark hair who wants to have light mahogany. You can easily achieve this by using a natural color level 10 with six percent oxidant to lighten the hair to this level first. Then wash the hair, rinse it thoroughly, dry it and then you can apply the dye that I will show you here to the hair to get the best result possible. I used this dye. The brand does not matter. I want you to see that you can get a good dye mixture using any brand.

It is the number five mahogany or chocolate brown number six. You can use the same color from any brand. Chocolate color number six is the same in every color catalog. Non-ammonia dyes are darker and dyes, which contain ammonia, are usually lighter in comparison. The dyes I use here today contain a small amount of ammonia. You can use a purple variation or purple dye. I usually avoid variations and I brought a purple dye number five. This is an imported product. If you want the dye to have a copper background color, you can use a small amount of copper dye in your mix as well.

I will mix my colors in proportion in my mixing bowl so you can see. If your client prefers a color with a higher red background color, you can use 4.66 colors from your catalog which contains a majority of red pigments. Otherwise, if the client prefers not to have red in their dye, you can skip using this dye. These are the colors we should use, and I showed you the copper color. Therefore, for a head of hair this size, you should use half a tube of mahogany color number five. Therefore, our basic or foundation color is mahogany color number five. We will use the same amount of chocolate brown color number six in our mix as well.

I used half of a tube of mahogany number five, so let’s add half a tube of chocolate brown number six. Now it is time for our purple color.

This depends on the client. If the color they showed you in the catalog contains purple, you should add in accordance. For example, in this dyed hair here, there is not much purple at all. Let’s add a small amount of purple and move on to the copper color. As I said before, it depends on you whether you like to have a copper background color in your hair or not which can also add some reflection to your hair as well. You can skip this color altogether. Here I will use a small amount of it.

Let’s move on to our red dye. If the client prefers to have red in their dye, we will use some red. Otherwise, if the client prefers a more prominent brown color, then you can skip red as well. Mixing color has its own rules. You cannot mix your colors, apply them to the hair and finish the job. A good hairstylist should pull the hair slightly after ten minutes of applying the color to the hair and covering it. After this, you should determine which spectrum of color you should add to the mix to get the exact result you want. I will some oxidant to my bowl, mix it, and apply it to the hair.

After ten minutes, check the hair and determine the color you need to add, if any,
For example maybe some purple, red, or copper. So in working with color mixtures, you can’t use a single bowl of color to finish the job and usually will have to adjust your mix. Mix the material thoroughly to get a unified mix. Make sure the colors do not stick to your brush. We can add the oxidant after mixing the product thoroughly. I want to use a six percent oxidant for both the dyeing and bleaching process.

As I said before, you can use your six percent oxidant to lighten the hair a few degrees as you see in our sample here. Wash, rinse, and dry the hair and then move on to applying the mahogany dye. I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. If you want to join our classes, please contact us at the numbers in the description. Until next time, goodbye.

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