Permanent and semi-permanent hair color comes in literally thousands of different shades. Warmly toned hair dye, which includes auburn, golden and red, makes up just a fraction of the shades available. Reddish tones are best for people with warm skin tones, who sometimes have naturally reddish or golden hair. To reduce these red tones, you need something to counteract the warm shade and neutralize it. Another tone available is ash, which is a cool-toned shade. Use ash tone hair color to get rid of red tones in your hair, whether it be natural or dyed.

Things You'll Need

Choose a semi-permanent ash hair color that is a similar tone to your natural or pre-dyed hair color. You can also select an ash color that is darker or slightly lighter than your hair.

Mix the hair color ingredients together according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Apply the hair color all over your hair, which should be unwashed and free of styling product, starting at the ends and working towards the roots. Make sure all of your strands are completely saturated.

Pile your hair on top of your head. If necessary, clip it loosely into place with a large hair clip. Allow the dye to process for the recommended amount of time.

Rinse the color out of your hair with cool water until the water runs clear. Squeeze the excess water out of your hair and apply color-safe conditioner from root to tip. Let the conditioner sit for about two minutes.

Rinse the conditioner out of your hair with cool water. Towel-dry your hair gently; then style as usual.


  • Semi-permanent color generally washes out within 28 shampoos and typically contains no ammonia, which is damaging to hair. The dye fades naturally, without leaving grown-out roots.

  • Use an ash light-blond color after bleaching your hair blond. Bleach often leaves hair looking brassy or yellowish. The ash tones in the hair color will neutralize these brassy tones.