Customise your hair colour - a guide to mixing colours for your perfect shade

Customise your hair colour - a guide to mixing colours for your perfect shade

When it comes to colouring your hair, the possibilities are endless. Dreaming of mermaid ocean blues? You’ve got it. Purple sunset ombre? The sky’s the limit! Peach perfection? Peachy keen.

The best thing about getting creative with your hair colour is that you’re not limited to the colour you see on the box, semi permanent hair dyes are perfectly suited to mixing together to form your perfect shade. 

Follow these tips to get you started.

The first step is to test! 

Repeat after me: I solemnly swear I will strand test my hair. Checking how the colour turns out on your hair before applying the colour all over means you can see if there’s anything you want to change about the colour and you can make the adjustments.

Hot tip: even if you’ve dyed your hair before we still recommend doing a strand test, because it might be in a different condition or have a different base colour to the last time you dyed it.

Want a lighter colour? Add conditioner.

Mixing white conditioner with the semi permanent dyes will lighten the colour, turning down the intensity and taking it to more of a pastel vibe. 

Just be aware that it can also mean the colour might fade more quickly. Keep the colour for longer by avoiding heat styling and using moisturising hair masks to keep your hair hydrated.


Want to turn up the volume on the colour? Leave the dye in for longer before you rinse it out.

Image source: Rich Tran


If in-your-face colour is what you’re after, leave the dye in for longer before rinsing it out over the sink. You could leave it for half an hour or longer to get that full on intense colour hit! 

We use an ammonia free, paraben free, gentle and conditioning formula, so leaving the dye in for longer won’t damage your hair. Your hair will be smooth and shiny and ready to turn heads. 

Leaving the dye in for longer does increase the staying power of the colour, so get ready to rock that hair colour for a few weeks or more! 

After a darker colour? Try mixing colours together.

Brite semi permanent hair dyes in mixing bowl purple pink grey

Mixing two (or more) of the dyes together tends to deepen the overall colour. Go for similar colours, put them into a bowl and mix them together before you apply to your hair, adding the most of the colour you want the final result to resemble more closely.

Dreaming of a slightly different shade? Get creative with mixing to customise your own colour!

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Let your imagination guide you and play around with colour combinations to find your perfect shade. You can mix in conditioner as well to lighten the colour and achieve a more pastel look.

Maybe it’s pastel pink with a dash of silver for a dusty pink look, or half red, half purple for a deep maroon violet. The sky’s the limit!

If you get stuck for inspiration there’s lots of styles from creative Brite customers on our instagram.


Happy colouring!