How to Use Wella Color Charm

Updated April 17, 2017

Wella Color Charm hair colour comes in a wide variety of colours and two consistencies. Liquid colour is ideal for applications using a colour bottle. Creme colour is perfect for tricky brush application techniques during which the colour needs to stay put. The most popular and easiest type of colour to apply is liquid colour. Each bottle of liquid Color Charm contains 56.7gr. of colour. The colour is activated once it is mixed with colour developer.

Pour the entire contents of the Wella Color Charm bottle into the colour bottle. Add 59.1ml. of 10-volume, liquid developer to the mix, screw on the lid and shake vigorously until the mixture is blended throughout. Put on the gloves.

Apply the colour to the front hairline by squeezing a small amount of colour directly onto the hair and working the colour into the hair using your fingers. Continue applying colour to the circumference of the hairline until both the front and back hairlines are covered.

Create a part directly down the centre of the head using the tip of the colour bottle. Apply colour to the part, and work the colour into hair on both sides of the part. Continue the part down the centre of the back of the head, and apply colour to this area as well. Create similar parts on both sides of the head, directly above the ears. The hair is now divided into four sections.

Apply colour to the hair one section at a time using ½-inch horizontal partings. Section off ½-inch of hair, apply colour from the base of the section to the tip and place the section over the top of the head. Create another section directly underneath the first section and repeat. Continue until the entire section is complete before moving onto the next section. Apply colour until all of the hair is completely saturated.

Set the timer for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, rinse hair until the water runs clear, shampoo and condition.


If you wish to use Wella Color Charm creme colour, mix the colour according to the directions above using creme colour and 10-volume creme developer. Mix the colour in a colour bowl, and use a colour brush to apply the colour in the same manner as liquid colour. The only difference between these two colour types is the consistency. You can apply creme colour using a bottle, but you must enlarge the hole on the tip of the bottle for the colour to pass easily through. If you are colouring your hair a lighter colour, do not place the colour directly against the scalp initially. Apply the colour ¼-inch from the scalp and throughout the length of the hair shaft first. Once all of the hair has been saturated, retrace your steps and apply the colour to the hair closest to the scalp. The heat from the scalp will cause the colour to develop more quickly in this area. Developer selection is extremely important. Ten-volume (strength) developer is used to deposit colour only. To cover grey or lighten the hair one or two shades, use 20-volume developer. Thirty- and 40-volume developers are used to achieve high lift (three to four shades). It is not possible to lighten hair more than four shades with hair colour alone. Colour does not lift colour. If you have previously coloured your hair and wish to go lighter, you will need to remove or pre-lighten the existing colour using lightener or colour remover.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid colour
  • 10-volume (strength) developer
  • Colour bottle
  • Gloves
  • Timer
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
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