Hair Color Levels: A Detailed Guide 2024

Hair Color Levels

Do you need help understanding the statement your hairstylist made? If you’ve just visited the hairdresser or are curious about the hair color levels, let me walk you through everything in detail.

In this blog, you’ll find answers to all your questions about hair color levels.

What Is the Hair Color Level System?

What Is the Hair Color Level System

The hair color level chart or system is made to recognize the natural tone of your hair. It has numbers from 1 to 10, where the darkest shade is placed at 1st and lightest on the 10th. (More on that later.)

What Is the Use of Hair Color Level?

What Is the Use of Hair Color Level

Hairdressers, colorists, cosmetologists, and hair color manufacturers use this hair color level system to standardize the color chart. If you had your hair colored before, you know choosing a hair color isn’t a cup of tea. One single mistake can ruin your look. Here the hair color level system comes into use.

How Is It of My Use? Why Should I Know About the Hair Color Level?

Know About the Hair Color Level

Knowing the hair color level will be helpful in today’s current scenario and seeing the future, where everyone will be busy enough to visit the salon. Many of us prefer to color our hair at home (even now). So, help yourself not to fall into the tragic dilemma of selecting the wrong color for your hair.

How Do I Know Which Hair Color Level Is Mine?

How Do I Know Which Hair Color Level Is Mine

Yes, it is pretty confusing to know one’s own natural hair color. How would you do that? Don’t worry, we have a solution for that too. Here are steps on how to know your hair color.

Step 1: Take a small section of your hair and make sure you have an access to the natural light. (Hair layered on one another seems darker, hence a small section of hair)

  • Tip: Take hair from the farthest section of the hairline, as the hair color tends to be lighter on the crown part than the rest of your growth.

Step 2: Have a close look at the hair, and try to determine the color.

  • Tip: Natural hair color is the color of hair you are born with!

Step 3: Now look for the shade in the color chart, you may be able to point out the exact shade of your hair. Don’t worry! If the shade turns out to be slightly lighter or darker.

  • Fact: Many hair color manufacturer companies have rolled out their own hair color chart!

Which Are the Hair Color Levels?

Which Are the Hair Color Levels

You already read about the hair color levels and the order of their name darker at the top and lighter at the end. Now it’s time to refer to the hair color level chart. Here in this section, you will find the numbers and colors assigned to them.

I said, many companies have made their own hair color level chart, but the distribution is almost the same except for the numbering. Here we are taking the L’oreal Paris’ hair color level chart for reference.

  1. Black
  2. Darkest Brown
  3. Dark Brown
  4. Medium Brown
  5. Light Brown
  6. Dark Blonde
  7. Blonde
  8. Light Blonde
  9. Very Light Blonde
  10. Lightest Blonde

FYI: It’s a rule of thumb, whenever you are getting a hair colored stay one or two levels up or down for easy maintenance.

Which Are the Hair Tones?

Which Are the Hair Tones

Hair tone is the finish of the shade. Like whether it is in the warm, cool, or neutral tone, umm… just like our skin tone. But hair tones have three categories for their finishes.

Let’s see which are they

1. Warm tone

Following shades are considered a warm tone:

  • C – Copper
  • G – Gold
  • O – Orange
  • R – Red
  • RB – Reddish Brown
  • RO – Reddish Orange

2. Neutral tone

Colors that have an equal amount of warm and cool tones are considered as a neutral tone. I consider having a neutral tone is a blessing, you can opt for hair color without much hesitation.

3. Cool tone

Following shades are considered as the cool tone:

  • A – Ash
  • B – Beige
  • BB – Blue
  • G – Green
  • V – Violet

Now you know everything about the hair color level and tones, it is the right time to decode the shade names once your colorist recommended you.

Decoding the Shades Name

Generally, in a particular shade name, the numerical refers to the hair color level and the letter refers to the tone. For example, RB7 – here RB is the tone – Reddish Brown and 7 is the hair color level – blonde.

  • 5R – Light Red-brown
  • G4 – Gold Medium Brown
  • 6RC – Dark Red Copper Blonde
  • 7RR – Intense Red Blonde
  • 7RB (cool tone) – Red Beige Blonde

FYI: You might have seen your colorist using a hair color wheel, it is for getting you a perfect selection of color to get.

Wrapping Up:

So this was all for hair color levels, that you should know. Now you can color your hair at home without much hassle. Know your hair color level and tone and then select the ideal hair color.

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