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Learn how to color your hair the right way! What do the numbers on the package mean?

Learn how to color your hair the right way!  What do the numbers on the package mean?

Home hair coloring has long become a familiar procedure for millions of beauties. However, this is more of a lottery than an ideal option for changing the image. After all, it is often completely unclear how the hair will react to this or that paint. In addition, the numbers on the packages cause confusion among fashionistas.

Buy one shade and get a completely different one. How to be? Check out this stuff! In it you will find everything about the shades under the numbers on the packages. So…

What do the numbers in hair dye numbers mean?

In choosing paint, each woman is guided by her own criteria. For one, the brand’s fame becomes a decisive factor, for another – the price criterion, for the third – the originality and attractiveness of the packaging or the presence of a balm in the kit. But as for the choice of the shade itself, in this everyone is guided by the photo posted on the package. Last resort, on the title.

And rarely will anyone pay attention to the small numbers that are printed next to the beautiful (like “chocolate smoothie”) name of the shade. Although it is these numbers that give us a complete picture of the presented shade.

What do the numbers on the box say?

On the main part of the shades presented by various brands, the tones are indicated by 2-3 numbers. For example, “5.00 Dark Blonde”.

  • The 1st digit means the depth of the main color (note – usually from 1 to 10).
  • Under the 2nd digit – the main tone of staining (note – the number comes after a dot or a fraction).
  • Under the 3rd digit – an additional shade (approx. – 30-50% of the main shade).

When marking with only one or 2 numbers, it is assumed that there are no shades in the composition, and the tone is exceptionally pure.

Deciphering the depth of the main color:

1 refers to black.
2 – to dark dark chestnut.
3 – to dark chestnut.
4 – to chestnut.
5 – to light chestnut.
6 – to dark blond.
7 – to blond.
8 – to light blond.
9 – to very light blond.
10 – to light light blond (that is, light blond).

Individual manufacturers can also add the 11th or 12th tone – these are already super-lightening hair dyes.

Next – decipher the number of the main shade:

  • Under the number 0, a series of natural tones is assumed.
  • Under the number 1: there is a blue-violet pigment (approx. – ash row).
  • Under the number 2: there is a green pigment (approx. – matte row).
  • Under the number 3: there is a yellow-orange pigment (approx. – golden row).
  • Under the number 4: there is a copper pigment (approx. – red row).
  • Under the number 5: there is a red-violet pigment (approx. – mahogany series).
  • Under the number 6: there is a blue-violet pigment (approx. – purple series).
  • Under the number 7: there is a red-brown pigment (approx. – natural base).

It should be remembered that the 1st and 2nd shades are classified as cold, the others are warm.

We decipher the 3rd digit on the box – an additional shade

If this figure is present, it means that your paint has an additional shade, the amount of which relative to the main color is 1 to 2 (sometimes there are other proportions).

  1. Under the number 1 – ashy shade.
  2. Under the number 2 is a purple hue.
  3. Number 3 is gold.
  4. Under the number 4 – copper.
  5. Under the number 5 – mahogany shade.
  6. Under the number 6 is a red tint.
  7. Under the number 7 – coffee.

Some manufacturers designate color with letters rather than numbers (in particular, Pallet).

They are decrypted as follows:

  • Under the letter C you will find the color ash.
  • Under PL – platinum.
  • Under A – super lighting.
  • Under N – natural color.
  • Under E – beige.
  • Under M – matte.
  • Under W – brown.
  • Under R – red.
  • Under G is gold.
  • Under K – copper.
  • Under I – intense color.
  • And under F, V – purple.

It has a gradation and a level of paint fastness. It is also usually indicated on the box (only in a different place).

For example…

Under the number “0” paints with a low level of durability are encrypted – paint “for a while” with a short effect. That is, tinted shampoos and mousses, sprays, etc.
The number “1” indicates a tint product without ammonia and peroxide in the composition. These products refresh dyed hair and add shine.
The number “2” will indicate the semi-durability of the paint, as well as the presence of peroxide and, sometimes, ammonia in the composition. Durability – up to 3 months.
The number “3” is the most persistent paints that radically change the main color.

On a note:

  • “0” in front of the number (for example, “2.02”): the presence of natural or warm pigment.
  • The more “0” (for example, “2.005”), the more natural in the shade.
  • “0” after the number (for example, “2.30”): color saturation and brightness.
  • Two identical numbers after the dot (for example, “5.22”): pigment concentration. That is, enhancing the additional shade.
  • The more “0” after the dot, the better the shade will cover the gray hair.

Examples of decoding a palette of hair colors

In order to assimilate the information obtained above, we will analyze them with specific examples.

  1. Shade “8.13”, presented as light blond beige (paint “Loreal Excellence”). The number “8” indicates a light blond scale, the number “1” – about the presence of an ashy shade, the number “3” – about the presence of golden (here it is 2 times less than ashy).
  2. Shade “10.02”, presented as light light blond gentle. The number “10” indicates such a depth of tone as “light blond”, the number “0” indicates the presence of a natural pigment, and the number “2” indicates a matte pigment. That is, the color will eventually turn out to be very cold, and without red / yellow shades.
  3. Shade “10.66”, called Polar (approx. – Estel Love Nuance palette). The number “10” indicates a light-light blond range, and two “sixes” indicate the concentration of purple pigment. That is, the blond will turn out with a purple tint.
  4. Hue “WN3”, referred to as “golden coffee” (approx. – Palette cream paint). In this case, the letter “W” indicates a brown color, the letter “N” indicates its naturalness (approx. – similar to zero after a dot in conventional digital encoding), and the number “3” indicates the presence of a golden hue. That is, the color will eventually be warm – natural brown.
  5. Shade “6.03” or Dark Blonde. With the number “6” we are shown a “dark blond” base, “0” indicates the naturalness of the future shade, and with the number “3” the manufacturer adds a warm golden nuance.
  6. Shade “1.0” or “Black”. This option is without auxiliary nuances – there are no additional shades here. And “0” indicates the exceptional naturalness of the color. That is, as a result, the color turns out to be pure deep black.

Of course, in addition to the designations in the numbers indicated on the factory packaging, you should also take into account the characteristics of your hair. Be sure to take into account the fact of pre-staining, highlighting or simply lightening.

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