GIRL, please.

No need to buy box color. Watch our easy tutorial!

In this quick tutorial, we’ll show you how easy it is to mix your own hair color at home. I’ve never had good results using box color, and frankly, there’s never enough dye to accommodate all of my hair.

I feel like a lot of people are intimidated by the idea of mixing their own color. For those of you who might think it’s a skill reserved solely for licensed cosmetologists, think again!

Plus, there’s a bunch of added benefits to whipping up your own color. For example, I like to add in 2 packets of Ardell Red/Gold Color Corrector to my dye. It eliminates the red undertones which naturally appear in my hair. When you buy box color, you never really know what you’re getting. I’ve found that a lot of box dye actually intensifies the red which I’m trying to eliminate. Uh, I’ll pass. In addition, I’ve found that mixing my own color lasts an entire 3-4 weeks longer before it fades.

Does this apply to everyone? Probably  not. Everyone’s hair is different. But I’d like to share what works for me and encourage you all to take a break from box color!

Here’s what I used in the video:

  • Wella Color Charm in shade 2N (Very Dark Brown)
  • Wella Color Charm cream developer in 20 volume
  • Ardell Red/Gold color corrector (2 packets)
  • Sally’s mixing bowl & color applicator
  • Latex gloves


  • Mix 1 part color to 2 parts developer
    • I used 2oz of color and 4oz of developer
  • Add in color corrector
  • Divide the hair into 2 sections
    • Thoroughly apply color to the hair, making sure to brush it through during the process. I like to start at the ends and work my way upwards.
  • Leave on for 30 minutes (25 if this is your first time coloring)
  • Rinse out