- If you have no coloring experience, I recommend that you don’t mix hair dye with a 30-volume developer.
- The resulting color could be a disaster and, what’s more, you could severely damage your hair.
- With this in mind, I only recommend mixing hair dye with a 30 volume developer to scale levels on the numbering system. Also, if you want to dye your dark roots on your very light blonde 9 or extra light blonde 10 hair.
- I don’t advise mixing dye with a 30-volume developer to just touch up your dark color on blonde roots.
I may be old-school, but when it comes to hair experiments, I prefer to go slowly.
Think of just one thing: what do you want to achieve?Why do you want to mix dye with a 30 volume developer?
From then on, analyze each answer. To be honest, there’s no single answer. It’ll depend on what each person is looking for with their hair.
Yes, I know.
It’d be easier to tell you that your hair will lighten four levels or that you’ll go from black hair to blonde hair by simply mixing hair dye with a 30-volume developer.
But sadly, that’s not the case.Actually, if you mix dye with a 30-volume developer, you’ll lighten your hair as you color it.
You probably already know that permanent dyes are applied with a 20-volume developer because it’s enough to color your hair without unpleasant surprises.
What do I mean?
I’ll give you some examples:
- If your hair is black 1 or dark brown 3, and you want to touch up the color with hair dye and a 30 volume developer, your roots will be reddish. To prevent it, coloring kits include a 20-volume developer.
- Alternatively, if your hair is very light blonde 9, and your roots are blonde 7, and you mix the dye with a 30-volume developer, your roots will be white. The 30-volume developer will remove all the pigmentation.
I don’t intend to lecture on colorimetry because it could you hours to read concepts to end up even more confused.
It’s easier than that.
Let’s divide the topic into two parts:
- Cases in which you can mix dye with a 30-volume developer.
- Cases in which you shouldn’t mix the dye with a 30-volume developer.
If by the time you finish reading this post, you don’t feel you can relate to any of the cases or situations, I’ll give you some old-school advice: go to the salon and don’t experiment with your hair.
That said, let’s get started.
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When can you mix hair dye with a 30-volume developer?
Before we begin, I want to give you a warning.The 30 volume developer generates a strong lightening action to your hair.
That’s why before using the 30 volume developer, you should make sure your hair is in good condition.
What does this mean?
Look at and touch your hair.
- Are your ends split? In that case, trim your ends at least two inches before applying the hair dye with a 30-vol.
- Do you have frizz, feel your hair very dry, or have trouble detangling it? Before using the 30-volume developer with the dye, repair your hair for fifteen days. You can use keratin masks or natural oils.
That said, let’s move on to the analysis.
Mixing hair dye with a 30 volume developer to scale levels in the numbering system
When you mix your dye with a 30 volume developer, you lighten your hair up to four levels. For example:
- If your hair is very dark, black 1, or dark brown 3, and you want to go to light brown 5 or blonde 7.
- If your hair is brown 4, light brown 5, or dark blonde 6, and you want to switch to light blonde 8 or very light blonde 9.
- If your hair is blonde 7, light blonde 8, or very light blonde 9, and you want to go extra light blonde 10.
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Mix dye with a 30 volume developer to lighten the roots
If your hair is very light blonde 9 or extra light platinum blonde 10, and your dark roots have grown out, you can mix the 30 volume developer with your hair dye next time you touch up your hair.
The roots are virgin hair with no artificial coloring or previous mistreatment. So, lightening them is easy.
So, when you apply a light dye with a 30-volume developer, the roots lighten easily and evenly.
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Mix dye with a 30 volume developer for a radical change from dark to red
In my salon experience, when women spend more than five or six months wearing black 1 or dark brown 3 hair, they want a radical color change.
Their first choice for that change is almost always red. It’s an intense, mysterious, deep, and unique color.If you want to go from dark to red hair, you can apply red permanent dye with a 30 volume developer. The lightening power of the 30 volume developer will remove the dark pigments and deposit the red ones.
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In those cases, I find it safer to mix the dye with the 30-volume developer.
Now, let’s move on to what you should avoid.
When shouldn’t you mix dye with a 30 volume developer?
In this case, there are no gray areas.
The results could be a disaster. No exaggerations.
If you want to touch up dark colors, you shouldn’t mix hair dye with a 30-volume developer.
If it’s time to touch up your dark hair color, you should do it with the developer included in the kit. It’ll be a 20-volume developer.
It’s easy to lighten roots because it’s virgin hair.Otherwise, if you apply the dark dye with a 30 volume developer, your hair will have two different colors.
As the lightening power of the 30 volume developer is very strong, it’ll lighten the roots very quickly. For example:
- You’ll get reddish roots and your lengths will be black 1.
- Or, your roots will turn orange and your lengths dark brown 3.
You shouldn’t mix hair dye with a 30 volume developer to your light roots when you color your hair extra light blonde.
Many women have naturally blonde hair and still want a lighter blonde. So, they dye their hair with extra light colors.
The problem is that their roots are also light.
Can you imagine your blonde roots if you applied an extra light hair dye?
- Your blonde roots will lose all their natural coloring and turn completely white.
- Your hair will look gray at the roots.
- You can damage your hair because naturally blonde hair is fine and delicate. The 30-volume peroxide is too strong for this type of hair.
Can you relate to any of the above situations?
If you can mix hair dye with a 30-volume developer, you need to assess your hair health before application.
Alternatively, if you know that you shouldn’t mix hair dye with a 30-volume developer go to a salon. A hair stylist will help you find an alternative without ruining your hair.