CHOOSING YOUR COLOUR
3 STEPS TO CHOOSE YOUR HERBATINT COLOUR
DETERMINE YOUR NATURAL LEVEL
A level is an exact measurement of the degree of lightness or darkness of each colour. The Herbatint System separates all the possible different depths of hair colour from darkest to lightest, and identifies them as 10 numbered levels. The lower the number, the darker the colour; the higher the number, the lighter the colour. Always check your natural level at the scalp and hairline.
Using the colour chart, determine the existing level by using the N series. It is essential to know the existing level so a starting point can be determined.
DETERMINE YOUR DESIRED LEVEL
Ask: Would you like your hair to be lighter or darker or just to maintain the same level but adjust the tone? Remember that due to its gentle formulation Herbatint respects the structure of the hair, and allows you to achieve a maximum of 2 tones lighter than your natural colour tone.
If you are a Natural level 6 and want to be:
- The same level, use level 6
- One level lighter, use level 7
- One level darker, use level 5
In case of doubt, you should always start from a lighter shade. You can always go darker, but once the colour is in your hair, you cannot easily lighten it. If your hair is porous from a previous colouring or perm or even dry from the sun, it will grab the colour more.
DETERMINE YOUR PERFECT COLOUR
Herbatint offers you a wide range of 36 shades from which to choose your perfect colour.
Herbatint uses a lettering system to identify the different colour series.
These are the natural shades that provide optimal grey coverage.
The base of the natural series is a natural brown made from a combination of yellow, red and blue at each level. Therefore, the darker levels have more blue, and the lightest levels have less blue, causing yellow to be more dominant.
Red - Golden - some of Flash Fashion shades.
These shades suit people with warm and neutral skin tones, while adding light and warmth to your hair. If your percentage of grey hair is higher than 30%, for optimum grey coverage, always use a portion of the Natural (N) series to combine with your chosen WARM TONE.
R = RED TONES
The red tones are a red-based colour with a small amount of blue added to prevent the finished result from turning orange. The result will be a rich, cool-based red, ideal for people with olive skin tones.
D = GOLDEN TONES
Golden beige tones are a compound shade mixed in approximate proportions of 2 parts gold to 1 part beige (or brown). The D series provides natural looking golden brown or blonde highlights.
FF = FLASH FASHION TONES (FF1-FF2-FF5-FF6)
Intense, vibrant and high fashion colours for trendy looks without compromising the natural aspects of the established Herbatint range. If you have more than 30% of grey hair or very light hair, we recommend using the FF tones in combination with a natural shade (7N with FF3 and 5N for all the other FF shades), otherwise the colour result could be brighter than expected.
Mahogany - Ash - some of Flash Fashion shades.
These shades suit people with pink, cool skin tones. Predominantly formulated with red and blue pigments, these series intensify your base colour.
M = RED BROWN TONES
A compound shade, this series is a mixture of approximately 1 part red with 2 parts brown. It is ideal for adding reddish brown highlights to dull hair. The M shades, which incorporate red with dominating brown, are ideal for experimenting with hair colour; just enough excitement, yet very natural.
FF = FLASH FASHION TONES (FF3-FF4)
C = ASH TONES
The base of the ash series is blue. It is often used to reduce and counteract undesirable reddish and brassy highlights, but make sure to mix it with the same number in the Natural Range.
FOR OPTIMAL GREY COVER
The natural (N) series (1N to 8N) provide 100% grey coverage of hair. In order to achieve total grey coverage with R, D, M, C fashion colours you must use some (N) with your chosen colour to achieve an even consistent colour result throughout the hair.
Note: Mix with equal amount of developer.
Percentage of Grey
Up to 30% - 20ml N series; 40ml of target colour
30% - 60% - 30ml N series; 30ml of target colour
60% - 90% - 40ml N series; 20ml of target colour
The higher the percentage of grey hair you have, the higher the % of Natural colour (N) you should use.