How to mix dyes to get an ashy blonde


Blondes are the most looked for tones of all. Be it ashy, copper or platinum, everyone wants a good blonde that will make our hair pop.

They are excellent spring-summer tones, as well as when balayage and California streaks were in style.


Blonde is a universal tone, since they look good with all styles and we never stop falling in love with them.

Today, I’m going to teach you how to mix the dyes to get an ashy blonde look that will be the envy of the whole world.


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What blonde tone to choose according to your skin

First and foremost, keep in mind that if your tone base is very dark, you will need to bleach first. It’s best to change the color gradually, instead of a sudden change that you may not like.


To choose the blonde tone that goes best for you, you should keep in mind the tone of your skin.

  • If your skin is darker, you can apply a dark blonde, blonde or médium blonde which are tones that give a special lightness to darker skins.
  • If your skin is lighter, you can choose between light blonde or extra light blonde, which look better with lighter skin.


Mix the dyes for an ashy blonde

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To apply an ashy blonde, first, we have to familiarize ourselves with the color palettes.

There are universally assigned numbers to know the right tone. These go from 1 to 10.

1 being black and 10 being extra light blonde.

Now, these number indicate the color, per se, meaning 1 is black, 5 is brown, and 8 is blonde.


To get an ashy color, we have to keep in mind the highlights of the color, which are the numbers that we see after the primary tone. For example, ashy blonde would be an 8.1, 1 being the ashy highlight.

The range of basic highlights is 1 ashy, 2 golden, 3 copper, and 4 mahogany.

This way, when you choose an ashy color, the highlight, or secondary number, should be 1.

  • If you are looking for gold, it should be 2.
  • If you are looking for copper, it should be 3
  • If you are looking for mahogany (red) it should be 4.


 It’s important to be clear about the highlights and secondary tones, since that is what is going to give us the ashy tone.  


To mix dyes and get the tone you are looking for, the formula is the following:

Dye tone + Dye tone = result/amount of dye.


It seems difficult, but it isn’t. Here’s an example.

7.1 (medium ashy blonde) + 9.1 (light ashy blonde)= 16.2/ 2= 8.1 ashy blonde.

It is very important that you try to get all the dyes to be .1 which is the ashy highlight.


How to prepare the color and apply it to your hair

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Once we define our blonde tone, we prepare the mixture.

We are going to use 8.1 as an example.


  • We mix in a plastic bowl half a tube of 7.1 tone and half a tube of 9.1 tone.

We add the 30-volume peroxide. Remember to never to use more volumes because it can cause major damage to your hair.

Mix until we get a homogenous consistency.


  • Separate the hair into sections and apply the mixture all over the surface from the roots to the ends.

We can use a thermal hat so that the process is even.

It is normal to feel heat and burning on the scalp. If you feel extreme itch or burn, rinse quickly.


  • Leti t sit for 40 to 60 minutes.


  • Rinse with abundant, warm water. You can use your regular shampoo or simply apply a rinsing cream.

Dry you hair and there you have your ashy blonde.


Tips to keep in mind:

It is important to point out the base color before dyeing.

If your tone is dark (3 or 4) you should bleach your hair first.

If your tone has orange or yellow highlights, you can apply a toner. The toner is a pure tone to get rid of the highlights that stay in the hair. You can find it in any hair salon or pharmacy.


How to maintain the ashy blonde so it looks radiant for longer

To maintain your color like it’s the first day, you should follow these steps.


  • Don’t wash your hair every day. This will get rid of the natural grease in your scalp and weaken the growth.
  • Use a sulfate-free shampoo. Sulfate is a chemical that makes our color fade quickly and can make the color look dull after a short amount of time.
  • Don’t abuse cream baths. While they are an excellent tool to reconstruct our hair, in excess, they can make our tone fade.
  • Use a toning shampoo. There are a wide variety of colors, in this case you should use an ashy color toner. Don’t use those that contain blue or yellow dyes, because they can radically change your color.


 Always remember the tones that you used. I recommend that my clients write a note with the numbers of the dyes they used.  

If you decided to go to a salon, talk to your stylist! I’m sure they don’t bite.

Ask them what tone of blonde they are applying and what amount of volume the peroxide has. Remember that more tan 30 is damaging to your hair.


Hair growth is individual and you can decide if you want to leave 1 cm of roots or apply the dye right to base. If you do, you should apply the dye every 3 to 4 weeks.


Blondes are beautiful, and they let us play with highlights as much as we want.

They go with everything and light up your look while giving your face a nice frame.


Now you know how to mix the dyes to get an ashy blonde that will be the envy of all your friends.

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