Hair Color Number Guide
Hair Color Levels, Tones and Shades
What is a Level?
Levels refer to how dark or light a hair color shade is (regardless of whether it’s dyed or not), ranging from Level 1 (Black) to Level 10 (Lightest Blonde) for naturally occurring shades. Level 11 (High Lift Blonde) is not naturally occurring and offers our lightest blonde without bleach.
What is a Tone?
A variety of neutral, cool, and warm tones are used to describe shades beyond just light to dark—natural, ash, beige, golden, copper, and mahogany are some of the tones you’ll find in Garnier’s wide shade offering. Similar to levels, each tone is assigned a number, listed in the chart below.
What is a Shade?
A hair color shade is the combination of a level and a tone, and is listed in number format on Garnier Hair Color’s boxes.
UNDERSTANDING HAIR COLOR LEVELS AND UNDERTONES
When lightening hair, these warm undertones become exposed and may need to be neutralized with cooler shades and anti-brass treatments. For the most natural results, choose a shade that is either 2 levels lighter or darker than your natural, uncolored hair.
UNDERSTANDING HAIR COLOR TONES
Hair color tones are all about how warm or cool a shade is, with natural tones being a middle ground that is neither too warm or cool. Each tone is represented by a number, as shown above.
- Gold tones (3) add radiance and warmth to your complexion
- Ash tones (1) counteract brassy hair and downplay redness in skin
- Reds can be cool, like Violet/Burgundy (2) or warm, like Copper (4) and Auburn (6)
- Natural or neutral tones (0) aren’t overly warm or cool and let your hair’s natural highs and lows show through
UNDERSTANDING HAIR COLOR SHADE NAMES
UNDERSTANDING THE ULTRA COLOR NUMBERING SYSTEM
Designed to deliver vibrant results on dark hair, without bleach, Nutrisse Ultra Color has a unique numbering system.
Each shade name is an abbreviation of the color result (V = Violet, IN = Indigo, BR = Burgundy) plus a number. Use the shade name plus the picture on the box to understand how dark or light the shade is and whether it has a warm or cool tone.