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.
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.
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