Hair Color Mixing Chart. The Easy Guide To Mixing Colors!

Do you ever find yourself wondering what colors to mix together for a specific hair color? Are you lusting after a shade that’s not quite brown and not quite blonde? Do you fancy purple hair with more of a red undertone? Sounds like you need to learn all about the hair color mixing chart.

In this blog post, we’ll explain all about color mixing, how to mix hair color and the ratios of each shade needed to create your desired look.

Hair color combining is a fun and creative process that can also be confusing.

From finding the right shade to mixing hair dye colors, there are so many steps involved!

This blog post will help you on your journey by giving you a complete guide of what you need to do when creating your own hair color masterpiece.

How do you make sure your color comes out exactly the way you want it to? What if it doesn’t come out right?!

Don’t worry – we have got this covered for you. Our guide will take away any confusion or stress about making up your own custom color.

We’re going to show you the basics of mixing hair color so you can achieve the perfect hue for you. Let’s begin!

Hair color mixing calculator.

Need help working out your color/developer amounts by ratio and exactly how much you need? Just use our hair color ratio calculator!

Enter the ratio and hair color or developer volume you already know and let the calculator fill in the blanks!! Its easy!

Hair Color Ratio Calculator

Ratio Volume(oz)

Can I mix 2 hair colors together?

Mixing more than one hair color shades together is a sure-fire way to get a more natural look.

Off the shelf box dyes are fabulous for topping up your color but with one problem – the color on the box is the color you’ll get.

And that might be ok!

But if you want a touch lighter, or darker, cooler or warmer, pinker or purplier, that’s when you’ll need to add in another color.

If you think about it, when you get your hair colored at a salon, your hair colorist will take into account things like your skin tone, your natural hair color, your undertones and even your eye color.

As well as the cut and condition of your hair and if your hair has been colored or bleached before.

They use all of this info to make the perfect blend of colors just for you. It’s an art!

Hair colors you can mix together

  • Red and brown
  • Red and purple
  • Blue and black
  • Red and black
  • Brown and purple
  • Ash blonde and silver
  • Pastel lilac and silver
  • Light and dark blondes
  • Light and dark browns

What hair colors go together?

Now we get down to what hair colour shades go together. This is where the science comes in.

You want to choose colors that complement each other right? It’s easy! Follow the steps below:

  • Start off by choosing your primary color. This is the base shade you’d most like your hair to be. It should be as close as possible to the color you’d really like.
  • So if you want to be light ash brown, your primary color would be ash brown. If you want to be strawberry blonde, your base color would be blonde. You get the idea!
  • Next, you choose your secondary color. This is the color that will add another dimension or hue to your primary color.

It can be a darker or lighter shade of your primary color. It can cool it down or warm it up. Or it can add a subtle color to accentuate the primary tones.

Don’t forget to take your current color into account too. It makes all the difference!


Make sure the colors you blend together are from the same cool or warm color family!

What hair color suits me?

Can I mix ash and warm hair color?

Ash is a cool color so it won’t mix well with warm colors. They’ll just cancel each other out and you’ll end up with a head full of meh.

It’s all to do with color theory and the hair color wheel.

This is a good hair color mixing chart. It shows us what colors neutralize each other and which compliment each other and work well together.

For instance, warm red and orange tones can be color corrected with ashy purple and blue tones as they are opposite on the hair color wheel.

hair color chart

What is a hair color mixing ratio chart?

A hair color mixing ratio chart is a guide that shows you the perfect proportion of colors to mix together to create a certain shade.

They’re essential if you’re planning on doing your own hair color at home, or if you’re a professional colorist. Mixing ratios can be tricky to get right, so a hair colours chart or hair color scale takes the guesswork out of it.

Plus, it can be really helpful to have a visual guide when you’re trying to achieve a specific look.

There are tons of different hair color mixer charts out there, so you can definitely find one that suits your needs.

And if you’re ever unsure about what ratio to use, err on the side of caution and go for a more diluted mix. Better too light than too dark!

hair color mixing ratio chart from pinterest

How do you combine hair color?

Combining hair color is as simple as grabbing your chosen colors and stirring them around together – a bit like paint. OK, there’s a bit more to it than that!

  • If you want the primary color to be really strong, mix 3/4 of the primary hair color with 1/4 of the secondary color.
  • If you want a perfect balance of the two, you can blend 1/2 primary color and 1/2 secondary color.

How do you mix two hair dyes at home?

Right now, there are so many on-trend hair colors that can be achieved at home by combining two box dyes together.

Simply pick one box of your primary color and one box of your secondary color. Try and pick two hair dyes from the same brand if you can.

And get either both semi-permanent hair dye or both permanent hair dye too!

Make up the separate hair colour formulas as per the hair dye instructions using the developer and dye.

Be careful when measuring the formula out.

The ratio of the color and developer is really important. That’s why it’s best to get two of the same brand. Then get mixing!

It’s best to blend the colors in a hair dye bowl, just like a professional. DO NOT try and mix them together on your hair!

There’s a bit of a risk involved as you won’t be able to see the resulting color until it’s on your head.

That’s why we advise ALWAYS do a strand test beforehand to check what color potion you’ve made!

But if you can relax with your color turning a little lighter, darker, ashier or warmer than you’d really like, you can have some fun experimenting!

Watch and learn: How to mix hair dye colors.

Here’s a great video that shows you step-by-step how to mix hair dye to create the perfect hue.

Mushroom Brown

mushroom brown hair color instagram

Mix together:

1/2 Ash brown and 1/2 Natural brown on a blonde hair or medium brown base.

Mahogany red

deep mahogany red hair color instagram

Mix together:

3/4 chocolate brown and 1/4 rich red on a dark hair or brunette base

Strawberry blonde

strawberry blonde hair color instagram

Mix together:

3/4 Honey blonde and 1/4 light auburn on a blonde base

Midnight blue

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Mix together:

3/4 Electric blue and 1/4 deep black on a medium to dark base

Chocolate cherry brown

chocolate cherry brown hair color instagram

Mix together:

1/2 Chocolate brown and 1/2 cherry red on a dark-haired base.

Can you mix levels of hair color?

Yes you can! What happens is that quite often, you’ll want your hair to be a shade in between two different levels of color, or you’ll want to blend in grays with a specific shade.

So mixing from the levels above and below make sense.

Don’t try to go up or down any more than 1 or 2 levels than this as it’s unlikely you’ll get a good result. Color can’t lighten color!

Here’s a useful hair level chart that will help.

hair level chart infographic dark to light hair levels 1-10

How do you dye your hair multiple colors at the same time?

Dyeing your hair by fusing multiple colors is a talent that’s really best left to the professionals!

You might do this if you want a shade that’s a blend of two levels, but you also want to counteract some undertones by making it warmer or cooler.

Adding hints of red or gold are common ways to tone and tune up hair colors.

But it’s a complex process to get right if you don’t work in a salon!

Two tone hair color is also a job best left to a colorist. Check out our two tone hair color ideas for inspiration!

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So now you know how to use a hair color chart to mix hair colors.

Use it wisely! It can take a few tries to get the hang of mixing the right colors.

But once you’ve found your inner alchemist, there’s stopping you!

Every hue, shade and tone of hair color ever will be at your fingertips (and hair roots!) with our top tips.

What are you waiting for??

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Nicola Freeman

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With over two decades of passionate hair dyeing experience, I've experimented with nearly every shade imaginable. My journey began long before blogging; as an award-winning copywriter in London and New York, I shaped narratives for iconic brands. However, when friends sought advice during Covid for at-home hair dyeing, I realized my true calling. Beyond being your hair color expert, I'm a mom of two girls, wife to artist Tony, and an avid soccer player!