By Rupinder Dhillon

Colorists at hair salons can mix hair dyes together to create almost any color imaginable. Unfortunately, getting your hair dyed at a salon is usually a costly experience. Luckily, you can mix your own custom colors at home using hair dye from the drugstore or beauty supply store. If you want to make a color darker, mix it with a darker hair dye from the same brand and product line.

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Mix cream hair dye colors in a bowl with a brush.

Step 1

Put on a pair of latex or vinyl gloves.

Step 2

Put half, two-thirds or three-quarters of the light hair dye in a bowl if you're using a cream hair dye. Put the dye in a mixing bottle if you're using a liquid dye. If you want the final color to be considerably darker than the light hair dye, use half of the light hair dye.

Step 3

Put half of the darker hair dye in the bowl or mixing bottle if you used half of the light hair dye. Use one-third of the darker color if you used two-thirds of the light color or one-quarter of the darker color if you used three-quarters of the light color.

Step 4

Mix the colors together with a brush if you're mixing cream hair dyes. Shake the bottle if you're using liquid hair dye.

Step 5

Add the developer, sometimes called the activator, to the hair dye according to the manufacturer's instructions.