Can I adjust this box of warm hair color to make it a cooler shade?
February 9, 2014 8:49 AM   Subscribe

I've been using a certain brand and shade of home hair color for a while with good results. Lately I've decided the color is a little too warm for me. I have an unopened box of the now too-warm shade and don't want to waste it. Can make it useable by adding something to make it more neutral/cooler? Details within.

I've been using L'Oreal Feria in this shade for a long time with very good results. I still like the level of lightening but I need to go a little cooler, I think. Not that the color turns brassy but that it's a little too "golden" to begin with. I'd rather not to waste this box I already had stashed. I suppose could color my hair with it and then use blue Shimmer Lights conditioner every few shampoos to neutralize the gold tones. However if there's a toner or corrector I could add to the color mixture before I dye, that would be great. Any ideas? Thanks, all.
posted by sister nunchaku of love and mercy to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Walla toner 050 is meant for just that. I've personally only used it to dye my hair gray, but it's intended to be used to cool dye colors.
posted by (Over) Thinking at 9:03 AM on February 9, 2014 [1 favorite]

That looks perfect! Thank you!
posted by sister nunchaku of love and mercy at 9:11 AM on February 9, 2014

There is a red-gold corrector I used to buy at Sally. I'm remembering a little squeeze capsule you put into the color and peroxide, but my searches are not turning that up, but it is bringing up several others that I guess you can add to anything, including shampoo.

You might ask at your beauty supply. I used to use it to cool my browns without having to use an ash, which turns green on me.
posted by Lyn Never at 10:09 AM on February 9, 2014

I wound up getting the Wella 050 toner at Sally's and added 2 capfuls to the Feria mixture. My haircolor turned out great, a much cooler dark blonde. Thanks to you both for your input and time!
posted by sister nunchaku of love and mercy at 4:15 PM on February 9, 2014

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