How can I match up Copper Roots to even brighter ends?

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I have a bit of hairdressing experience so am dying a friend's hair in a few days. Her hair is a lovely copper colour, a little darker than a 7.43, her base is about a 6 and her roots are showing.

I'm wondering how I go about matching up her roots and her ends, especially when she wants to make the copper ends brighter?

Any help would be appreciated.

Anon, Australia

Hi Anon,

If the ends are coloured, you may have to strip the colour to a lighter copper shade. If it's natural then I would choose the target shade with some base tone at the root and then work the tone with 30vol on the ends to keep them lighter.

Max Backshell, SWH Team Senior Colourist, Simon Webster Hair, Brighton 

If you are not a 100% confident in choosing a colour then maybe you should refer her to a colour specialist. This will save a lot of trouble if anything goes wrong. If you feel happy to go ahead with the service than I can only really recommend that you find out the colour that she has used before and see if that will work to create the shade she wants.

John Clark, Head of Colour at Brooks+Brooks, London 


If you want to go brighter with the colour you have two options. The first option is to put copper bleach all over the ends to make the hair brighter and then put the 7.43 on the roots and 8.43 on the ends, if you want them lighter. Your second option is to mix 6.43 with 7.43 as an all over colour and add copper bleach highlights.

Joseph Koniak, Artistic Director at Eleven Hair and Joseph Koniak, London

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