Mixing Hair Color Shades

Have you ever wondered if it would be possible to add extra depth to your home-colouring like your hairdresser does? With NATURIGIN hair colours it is! Try mixing hair color shades!

Amanda from the blog Organic Bunny, mixed a Light Chocolate Brown 5.0 with 30 % Dark Coffee Brown – something that you can also do at home!

Why would I be mixing hair color shades, you might ask? First of all you will get a more individual look by mixing hair colours. Mixing the colours will also give you different colour shades in your hair and give your hair a lot more depth than if you stick with one colour only.

When choosing which colours to mix for your at-home colouring there are some important things to keep in mind:
You will get the best result if you pick shades that complement each other, rather than two totally opposite shades. This could for example be Extreme Ash Blonde 11.2 and Extreme Blonde 11.0.
A red shade and a brown shade would highlight each other and produce a rich, deep auburn colour. Black and blonde dyes should be avoided, as they are both very dominant colours that do not mix well
When mixing hair color shades of 2 blonde colours at different levels remember that the higher level colour will lighten while the lower level will add depth – helping to avoid brassiness

mixing hair color shades

When mixing hair color shades you should pour them in a clean bowl and make sure they are mixed thoroughly before applying to the hair. You can either return the mixed colour to the Activator bottle or apply the hair colour directly from the bowl with a tint brush.

For more tips on at-home hair colouring read this blog post about How to get the Best Result with Home Hair Colours.

Be your own hair artist and play mix and match with NATURIGIN hair colours!

natural hair colour review

Amanda Jo, The Organic Bunny. She has mixed 2 x 5.0 and 30% of 3.0.

Why did she mix those exact two colours?

  • When you mix a Light chocolate brown 5.0 with 30% of Dark coffee brown 3.0 your goal is to give the colour some depth when you make it a 30% darker.
  • If you mix half and half you will get a colour 4.0

Why should you be mixing hair color shades?

  • To achieve different shades of colours
  • Customize your colour to fit your individuality
  • Give the hair depth

How to choose colours:

  • It is best to pick shades that complement each other, when mixing hair color shades, rather than two totally opposite shades
  • A red shade and a brown shade would highlight each other and produce a rich, deep auburn colour. Black and blonde dyes should be avoided, as they are both very dominant colours that do not mix well
  • If you want to mix blonde colours: When mixing 2 colours at different levels, the higher level colour will lighten while the lower level will add depth-helping to avoid brassiness

Guideline when mixing hair color shades:

  • Make sure you mix them both very well in a clean bowl – mix it thoroughly!
  • For best result, do not wash your hair for 24 hours after dyeing
Browse Your Colours To Mix
… or …
Learn More About Us


  1. Maha 2016/07/19 at 04:45 - Reply

    I want to mix a medium blonde and medium auburn wat clor would it turn out to be

    • NATURIGIN 2016/10/13 at 08:44 - Reply

      Hi Maha

      Thank you for your question. I am not exactly sure which colour you mean when you write auburn? If you mix a natural medium blond with a red or cobber red, you will simply get a more light version of the red. So the red tones won’t shine through as much.

      Please let me know if you have any more questions.

      Michelle // NATURIGIN

  2. Sandy White 2016/11/08 at 15:08 - Reply

    I used Naturigin 3.0 dark coffee Brown for first time and my hair turned slightly red just at roots,did I do something wrong?S.White

  3. julie johnson 2016/11/19 at 19:20 - Reply

    Hi i want to mix 9 Natural light blonde with 10.2 light ash blonde as used 9 blonde firstand it went too gold so then used 10.2 ash blonde and it has gone too light on top so thought a 10.2 and 9 mixed might give me a toned down version.

    • NATURIGIN 2016/11/22 at 10:05 - Reply

      Hi Julie

      Sorry to hear that the colours didn’t give you the desired result. You wrote that 10.2 is too light on top – how about the rest of the hair? It could be that you left the colour in a bit too long on the top.

      We don’t have any experience with people mixing those two colours, but I don’t think it will be a problem, so if you think that will give you the exact colour you want, then you should try it 🙂 But we can’t guarantee anything!

      Michelle // NATURIGIN

  4. Sabrina 2016/11/29 at 00:10 - Reply

    If I mixed 1/2 7.4 & 1/2 9.0 will I just get a lighter version of the copper blonde? Could I add an inch or 2 of 6.66 with 6%? Or will it look more red than copper then? Thanks

    • NATURIGIN 2016/11/30 at 08:04 - Reply

      Hi Sabrina

      You can definitely try and mix 7.4 and 9.0, and yes, the result will probably be lighter if you add the 9.0. We haven’t tried this combination before, so we can’t guarantee anything, but we would love to see the result if you try it. In regards to the 6.66, we don’t have this colour in our selection, we only have a 6.0, so here I unfortunately can’t help you. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Michelle // NATURIGIN

  5. Lizzy 2016/12/27 at 10:30 - Reply

    What can I mix to get ash blonde

  6. Dana 2016/12/29 at 05:19 - Reply

    What color will i end up with if i mix 5, 8.11,( intense ash )and 11.2. Will i get a light ash brown color? I have brassy hair. Do i have to bleach my hair before to get this ash color ? I want to get rid of this orangy color .

  7. Lidz 2018/01/18 at 13:49 - Reply

    I need copper colour which colours should I m8x?

  8. Kim Power 2019/02/01 at 22:44 - Reply

    what color can I mix with a with 5wr to had a more gold and brn

  9. Rachael Jenkins 2019/03/04 at 16:08 - Reply

    Hi my hair currently is black with copper highlights I’m having an all over colour but don’t know whether to mix 01 black with a 05 or just a 04 all over? The end result I want to still be dark but to get rid of the copper. I don’t mind if it’s got some depth even blonde but not red.

  10. Rachael Jenkins 2019/03/04 at 17:07 - Reply

    I meant a 2.0 with a 5.0

  11. assunta townsend 2019/03/08 at 18:47 - Reply

    hi i mixed dark golden blonde and medium golden blonde together and got a very nice color . but i would like a little n i doless red tone , instead can i mix medium golden blonde with medium blonde?

  12. Anonymous 2019/03/08 at 22:34 - Reply

    i meant to say dark golden blonde mix with medium blonde would i get less red tone?

Leave A Comment

Permanent Hair Colours by NATURIGIN