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Should you use ash brown hair color to avoid red tones?

Updated April 17, 2017

Ash tones are based in blue or violet colour, and the hair colour products are commonly labelled as "V" or "B." Ash tones deposit the violet or blue colour to neutralise orange and red tones when applied over orange or red-toned hair.

Neutral Tones and Gray Hair

Gray hair already has an ash tone to it. To avoid exacerbating the grey, a red-toned brown can be used, though a neutral tone hair colour is recommended. Neutral and neutral beige tones, labelled as "N" and "NB," provide a neutral base when covering grey hair.

Bottom Line

Ash tones in hair colour effectively counter red tones, though neutral tones are best to use when colouring grey hair.

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Jennifer Van Leigh began writing short pieces in 2007. With over five years in the hair industry, Van Leigh has contributed articles at Atlanta Salon & Spa and is certified as an extensions stylist. She studied scriptwriting and creative nonfiction in Gallery 37, a Chicago youth arts program.