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Tatty!! Can you tell me about majirel hair dye?

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mrsmoscow Tue 04-Oct-11 22:01:39


Need some advice re. hairdye!

currently use clairol nice and easy- 116 or 116a (tend to use the more gold one in summer) but I find it really fades and my grey shows up after 2 weeks or so.

Pre having children I used to get it professionally done and I think- but am not sure- that my colour was majirel 5.3
Does that sound like it would give me the same colour as the nice and easy?!

Hope you don't mind me approaching you directly!


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TattyDevine Wed 05-Oct-11 07:17:44

Majirel 5.3 is a light golden brown.

Here's a quick synopsis of how the Loreal colour numbering system works:

The first number relates to depth, or how dark the colour is from blonde to black.

10 Lightest Blonde
9 Very light Blonde
8 Light Blonde
7 Blonde
6 Dark Blonde
5 Light Brown
4 Brown
3 Dark Brown
2 Darkest Brown
1 Black

The second number relates to "tone". This is which tones are added to the depth to give you the finished effect for example copper or ash, so if you were to choose a base shade blonde (7) with gold tone added it would give you golden blonde.

•.1 = Blue ash
•.2 = Violet
•.3 = Gold
•.4 = Copper
•.5 = Mahogany
•.6 = Red
•.7 = Green ash

So Majirel 5.3 is Light Golden Brown. 116 in terms of Clairol is Natural Light Brown, and 116a is Natural Light Golden Brown. So you would be able to use Majirel 5.3 and be pretty pleased with the result, I would say.

I would be wary about doing your whole head with it if you've been dying your whole head - ideally you'd just "referesh" at the end by running it through in the last 10 minutes unless you have greys from root to tip. Do your roots then run it through at the end, I reckon.

You will need 20 volume (6 percent) developer (peroxide) and you need to mix the colour in the correct ratio. You use one and a half times the amount of developer to colour. So if you used 10ml of colour, you'd add 15ml of peroxide. If you wanted the kind of amount that you'd get in a box dye, measure out 50ml Majirel (its quite dense creamy stuff so 10 teaspoons, it doesn't "pour") and 75ml developer to make 125ml of made up dye. Let it sit for a few minutes to let the ammonia fumes evaporate a little.

I suggest anyone who wants to do professional dyeing at home reads all of the powerpoint presentations from this link to familiarise themselves with the products and numbering and procedure. That said, its not that different to box dye, but you want to get your colour right.

TattyDevine Wed 05-Oct-11 07:25:39

Just to add, as long as you have your colour right, Majirel will solve your grey coverage and colour fade issues. Its the dogs. Once its in, its in. That's why you should get your colour right!

If you put Majirel 5.3 into Google Images you should get a swatch book up which you can zoom in on. Ideally you'd go and look at one in a Sally's salon services or something.

Just to add, if you see colours with 2 numbers after the main number, that relates to secondary tone. So 5.31 is a light brown with a gold tone, but also some blue ash added to damnpen down that gold a bit and give a slightly more natural finish, 5.34 would be a much warmer tone because it would be a light golden brown with a copper undertone, 5.5 would be a mahogany brown, etc etc.

mrsmoscow Wed 05-Oct-11 12:58:04

Wow Tatty thank you for that. I really appreciate it.

Think you should have your own column or something on here the amount of advice you've been giving out!!


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wideawakenurse Wed 05-Oct-11 13:20:00

Could I be cheeky and hijack and ask Tatty a question?

I recently had my hair coloured in a salon. Have had 1/2 head highlights for years, (have dark, dark blond/mousey hair) but decided I was fed up with re-growth.

So I asked to go close to my natural colour with a few golden highlights through just to lift it.

She did it.

I hate it. I just cant get my head around not being blond and have been looking at the dyes in Boots, but have not got a clue where to start.

What on earth should I do? I am lost!

TattyDevine Wed 05-Oct-11 13:43:00

Okay, I wouldn't start with a blonde box dye, because she has coloured over your highlights with what was probably a permenant professional dye, so anything you chuck over it will be ineffectual but probably just give you "root glow" where your natural hair is growing through at the roots. This is because they are not powerful enough to lift artificial colour molecules, generally, and someone with dyed hair will have bleach used on them, or at least a high lift blonde tint with about a 9% peroxide to lift out the other colour.

If you really want to be blonde again, the best thing is to go back to your hairdresser (or a new one if you like!) and get a full head of highlights to lift up your colour back to a reasonable blonde shade. Then have a half head when your roots come through.

Then, when you get to that point where you are getting "fed up of regrowth" because the main lengths and general body of your hair is blonde but its growing through dark, at that point you can find a box dye or professional dye to match the body of your hair. So if your highlights make the overall effect a medium golden blonde, you could try a medium golden blonde on your roots only to colour-match, and manage your roots at home from then on.

wideawakenurse Wed 05-Oct-11 18:48:28

Thank you Tatty for the good advice.

I'll stick with what I have got for now, as I cannot justify getting highlights so soon after the recent hairdresser trip. But, at least I have a plan if I find I really don't want to stay darker.

Sonashi Sun 07-Apr-13 11:19:39

Hi Tatty kindly suggest me as I have coloured my hair by professional with combination of Loreal Majirel 5.15 (3/4) & No 5 (1/4) as suggested by beautician as when she coloured it came out brown and when i wanted to do touch-up for grey hairs it turned out black.

kindly suggest me the right combination of this 2 colours.

cardoon Sun 07-Apr-13 11:44:07

Awww, this made me think Tatty was back......sad

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 07-Apr-13 12:38:59

And me. I don't even dye my hairi just like reading about it.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 07-Apr-13 12:39:09


cardoon Sun 07-Apr-13 13:28:04

hahaha, me too Fluffy grin

She was such a mine of information.....on "Bright Springs" too, I wish she would come back and help me. There was a good going thread about them, which I loved, before I even knew i was one!

thenewgirl123 Fri 01-Jul-16 09:30:50

Hiya I'm after some advice.

I qualified in hair last year however I'm still not 100% with the colours. struggling a bit because most salons use different brands & therefore different numbers & mixing ratios. I learnt with wella however I'm in the process of learning majirel.

Could anyone tell me the depths & tones? I am actually after a medium/dark brown with red in?

grace333 Tue 30-Aug-16 12:40:54

i read all about choosing the hair colour and about the tones that are added to the color e.g.. number 6. haircolour dark blonde much dark ash do i need to make this work thanks

StellaPr Wed 29-Mar-17 22:32:24

Hello everyone! I have a question.

I bleached my hair from root to mid length, the rest of them are a gorgeous cool toned beige ash blond. Now, I didn't leave the bleach for long, my hair are very thin and fragile and got scared that they might fry, so I washed them and left with a deep orange. I now need to cover them to get a cool toned brown, to a level 5 and leave the ends as is, to look like an ombré.
Someone suggested to get the Majirer 5.12, with a 10 volume developer, apply, leave it for about 30 minutes, 10 minutes before wash to drag it with a comb to the ends, and wash.

She also suggested that I should also get the Majirer blue mix, and apply it like a toner on my wet hair for about 5 minutes and wash.

What do you think? Will it get rid of the orange and leave me with a neutral/cool tones brown hair or I'll suffer?

Thank you!

Beetaboo2 Mon 01-Jun-20 12:26:57

I would like to change my hair colour. From dyed black hair to a dark golden brown colour. I have long hair and would like to use the L’Oréal majirel.
I understand that I would need to strip my hair colour back, to its natural colour first.

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