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Demystifying Hair Levels: How to Determine and Change the Shade of Your Locks (2023)

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hair levelsLooking to lighten up this spring? We get it – after a long winter, you’re ready for a fresh start.

Determining your hair’s underlying pigment is step one to becoming a blonde bombshell.

Going brighter usually requires multiple processes, so be patient. But once you’ve reached your perfect sunny shade, maintaining it is a breeze with toner and purple shampoo.

Trust us, there’s no better feeling than stepping out with fresh, radiant locks. Now go give those dingy greys the boot – your sun-kissed strands are waiting!

Key Takeaways

  • Hair levels range from 1 (black) to 10 (the lightest blonde). Only 2% of people have natural platinum blonde hair.
  • Determining your natural hair level involves assessing it in natural light. Professional advice can help you determine it accurately.
  • Lightening hair gradually creates a natural look. Avoid overprocessing to prevent damage.
  • Darkening hair is a gradual process involving multiple sessions with custom color mixes.

What Are Hair Levels?

What Are Hair Levels
You’ll want to know your hair’s level to help determine the right hair color for achieving your desired look. Hair levels indicate the darkness or lightness of your shade, like a scale from 1 (black) to 10 (lightest blonde).

A level chart helps you assess where your hair falls. Understanding your hair’s and tone (warm, neutral, cool) is key for picking flattering hair dye colors.

Going lighter usually requires lightening your hair’s base pigment first. Darkening hair can be more gradual. Compare your current hair to level swatches to help decide how many levels to shift up or down.

A pro colorist can analyze your hair in person, but the level system gives DIYers a helpful guide for hair color experiments.

How to Determine Your Hair Level

How to Determine Your Hair Level
Your natural hair level is determined by holding strands against the level chart, with most falling between levels 6-8 before coloring. Statistics show only 2% of people have natural platinum blonde hair, making levels 9-10 rare without lightening.

  1. Examine your hair in natural light, not fluorescent lighting.
  2. Select strands from around your head for an accurate reading.
  3. Hold the strands against the level chart and match to your shade.
  4. Have a friend help look at the back of your head.
  5. When in doubt, seek professional advice for an accurate assessment.

Getting your hair level right is crucial for selecting the ideal shade and tone for coloring. Consider visiting a trusted stylist for a consultation, as they can expertly analyze your natural level and make personalized recommendations for flattering hair color results.

Lightening Your Hair Level

Lightening Your Hair Level
Shiftin’ your hair level up one or two tones with Liqui-Creme Color’ll lighten you gradually for a natural look. Determine your current level with a pro colorist usin’ a hair color chart. Once you know where you’re startin’, sunlight exposure an’ chemical lightenin’ can safely shift you a few levels lighter.

But take it slow! Overprocessin’ leads to damage. Use color-focused products between appointments for level maintenance.

Remember—hair health over everythin’. That natural dimension an’ shine? Worth the patience. Keep track of your progress an’ goals with your colorist. You got this, girl! No matter where you begin, rockin’ the hair level you love takes some care.

Darkening Your Hair Level

Darkening Your Hair Level
Goin’ darker takes time and patience, hun. If you wanna take your hair to a deeper, richer level, we gotta take it slow and steady. See, hair color pigments build up gradually with each application – you can’t just slap dye on and expect a drastic change.

Think of it as a journey, not a destination. I’ll walk you through the process, mixing custom colors to subtly deepen your tone over multiple sessions. With the right techniques, we’ll have you rockin’ those sultry, mysterious locks in no time.

But this is a gradual transformation, doll. Together, we’ll coax out that inner bombshell hiding in your strands, bringing her out to play one shade at a time. Just trust the process – and trust me – and I promise you’ll get where you wanna go.

Now let’s get mixen’!

Choosing Your Hair Tone

Choosing Your Hair Tone
When determining your hair level and selecting the right shade, it’s crucial to consider both the darkness or lightness of your current color and the tone that flatters your complexion. Maintaining your hair’s vibrancy involves using color-safe shampoos and conditioners between salon visits.

Determining Hair Level

Folks, understanding where you’re starting sets you up for achieving your color goals.

  • Look at the level chart for darkness/lightness.
  • Each level has a natural tone.
  • Consider the desired tone (ash, gold, etc.).
  • Seek professional help for determining your level and any changes.
  • Use products to maintain your vibrancy.

Knowing your starting point is key for targeting your color dreams.

– Selecting Hair Shade

You gaze at the palette, charting the hues that sing to your soul. Cooler ash tones tend to complement fair, pinkish complexions, while warmer golds and coppers flatter olive and darker skin. Selecting the right shade involves assessing your hair’s level, skin tone, and desired effect.

Ultimately, hair color is personal, so don’t be afraid to experiment until you find your perfect match.

– Maintaining Hair Color

With understanding comes wisdom in selecting tones that bring out your beauty. After your perfect shade is achieved, maintaining your color’s vibrancy and longevity requires commitment to color care. Use sulfate-free, color-safe shampoos and conditioners to prevent fading. Limit washing to 2-3 times per week and use cool water.

Protect hair from sun exposure with hats or products. Regular trims remove dry ends where color fades first. Your colorist is an ally in scheduling touch-ups before your shade drifts. With a thoughtful regimen, your beautiful hue will continue shining.

Getting Help With Hair Level and Tone

Getting Help With Hair Level and Tone
Your stylist gently suggests subtle shifts for brighter strands. Let a color pro illuminate your level and tone during a consult. We examine each hair, noting variations you may miss. Our trained eyes see undertones, potential.

We want to highlight your natural beauty. So we analyze your baseline level and tone. Then we suggest enhancements to transition you to radiant reflections. With an expert assisting, you can confidently embrace luminous locks.

We know how to shade and shine so your hair complements your complexion. Our knowledge transforms hair while our care transforms outlooks. For hair that makes you shine, trust a color pro to skillfully shift your shade’s level and tone.

Maintaining Your Hair Color

Maintaining Your Hair Color
After colorin’ your locks, keepin’ that vibrant tone and level fresh requires usin’ color-safe shampoos and conditioners.

To keep those gorgeous hues lastin’ longer:

  • Use a sulfate-free shampoo at least every other wash. Sulfates strip color.
  • Condition every time ya shampoo. Conditioner seals in moisture and color.
  • Limit heat styling to preserve color. Allow hair to air dry when possible.

Regular trims keep split ends at bay too. And touch up roots when new growth appears to maintain your perfect tone and level. With proper care, ya hair color can look salon-fresh for weeks. So treat those tresses right and flaunt that fabulous, fade-resistant hue.


Darlings, beware the folly of those claiming fast fixes! Change must come gradually, lest you damage your tresses. Embrace the gradual deepening or lightening towards your true level. Consult the experts, for they comprehend the mystical arts of hue.

With time and care, the shade desired shall imbue. Remain patient; let change wash over you.

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