How I Warmed Up My Blonde Without Going Yellow

The Wella color that made my hair a perfect, ever-so-slightly warm shade.
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The Wella color that made my hair a perfect, ever-so-slightly warm shade.

I've wanted to try dying my hair a warmer honey blonde for a while now. Don’t get me wrong--I love the white/ash grey that I usually end up with, but everyone craves a change now and then, and I can’t help but think a warm toner would work better with various shades of pink. 

The only problem is, I am absolutely terrified of anything that resembles yellow.

In the summer, I tan really darkly. I’m not quite sure why, but I think it has something to do with my 50% New Zealand blood. My mom tans darkly, my grandma tans darkly, etc. The downfall is that when I have blonde hair with even a touch of yellowyness (it’s a word), I end up looking like a real-life Malibu Barbie. For this reason, I steer away from any hair dye package marked “golden,” “honey,” or “warm.”

But this past week, I was feeling brave. The winter blues were pulling me down more and more each day, and I needed a change to bump up my mood. 

I headed over to Sally Beauty supply and combed the shelves for the swatch that looked the least like hay or McDonald's french fries. That’s when I found Wella Color Charm in Honey Beige Blonde.

Dexter didn’t support my risk, but I went ahead with it anyway

Dexter didn’t support my risk, but I went ahead with it anyway.

Also known as 10NG/1070, the swatch for this colour looks like a slightly warm pinky blonde, and it turned out pretty much identical on my hair (though the roots are a bit more golden because they weren’t pre-bleached.)

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I used a 20 volume developer to ensure the pink/non-bleached parts lifted enough, sat around for about half an hour, and then rinsed.

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The result was a lovely, slightly creamy beige blonde that complimented my skin tone perfectly. Not too yellow, not too grey, and just a touch of leftover pinkyness. I am so happy with the colour that I just had to tell you guys about it!

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What is your favourite hair dye/toner? Do you always use the same ones, or do you mix it up sometimes?