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How to color level 6 hair


How can I color my hair level 6 dark blonde?

Ugly Duckling has several level 6 colors.

Here are some of the results that you can achieve with them:


Hair Colored 6.7 Dark Chestnut BlondeHair by Kim

Hair with 6 and 6.4

Hair colored with 6.7 and 6.4Hair by Elona Taki

6N and 6.7

Brassy Hair Color Corrected with 6N and 6.7 mixed. Hair by Kim


Hair Colored 6.7 Dark Chestnut BlondeHair by Kim

Why does level 6 hair turn orange when I lighten it?

This is normal, and is to do with the way hair works.

As you lighten hair either using bleach or oxidant, the hair gives off a secondary color.

In the case of level 6 hair, that secondary color is orange.

See chart below:

Lightening Levels

Hair Lightening Levels. Level 6 hair will have an orange secondary color.

2 ways to tone level 6 orange hair

When you have orange hair level 6, there are essentially 2 things you can do.

The first way would be to apply bleach and lift and lighten it some more, at least until level 9.

Then tone it with a purple based toner.

The second way (for those who do not wish to lighten any more) would be to tone over the level 6 orange hair.

Using either a brown based or a blue based toner.

We will go through both these ways now.

First way: lighten and lift the hair to level 9/10, then tone.

In order to lighten level 6 hair, you will need to use bleach.

We would suggest Brilliant Blondexx Bleach with Bond Protect.

It's a very fast acting bleach which can lift orange hair to level 9 using just 20 Vol developer.

At the same time it has Bond Protect built in to the formula.

Which means that the hair is protected as it lifts.

Brilliant Blondexx with 20 Vol Developer

Brilliant Blondexx with Bond Protect & 20 Vol developer. 

You can use Brilliant Blondexx near the root area as well as on the lengths.

Make a nice wet mix with your 20 vol developer (1 part bleach to 2 parts developer is good).

And remember to saturate the hair very well so that is is literally drenched in the bleach mixture.

Rinse when you get to level 9 pale yellow as in the picture below.

Level 9 Blonde

Level 9 Pale Yellow, Rinse when the hair turns this color.

Once the hair has been lifted you can lift with any purple based toners.

Toners containing purple will act to neutralize any remaining yellow in the hair and help you produce nice ash blonde results.

See pictures below for hair toned with 2 such toners.

Hair toned with Blondify 010V

Hair toned with Blondify 010V - a purple-based ammonia-free tonerHair by Elona Taki

Toned with Pearl Blonde 10V

Hair lightened and then toned with 10.2 Extra Light Cold Blonde.

Hair by Elona Taki

The above hair toner is .2, meaning it is purple based, It is one of the whitest toners on the market.

It should be used on pre-lightened level 9 hair.

Second way: tone down using blue based ash blonde colors

6.1b Dark Cold Ash Blonde

6.1b Blue Based Colr Ash Blonde

Ash Blue Additive

Ash Blue Additive

The second way is to cover over the orange hair using blue based ash blonde hair colors.

You can also add a dollop of ash blue additive (see above) to your mixture if you need additional blue.

This will help neutralize and tone down the orange hair.

Toned with 6.1b

Orange level 6 hair covered with 6.1b Dark Cold Ash BlondeHair by Kim


Hair by Elona Taki

About the author

Sally has been a hair colorist and trainer for many years in both the US & Europe. She currently does hair color training for Ugly Duckling. She also helps develop new & awesome products for the brand.



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