How to use Amla to dilute or slightly adjust the colour tone of your Desert Shadow hair colour

How to use Amla to dilute or slightly adjust the colour tone of your Desert Shadow hair colour

Here we look at how to use Amla to dilute or slightly adjust the colour tone of your Desert Shadow hair colour

What is Amla?

Amla is a super fruit that is full of benefits for your hair. It contains vitamin C & antioxidants. It feeds and nourishes the scalp. It also has an astringent action which encourages long, strong growth by toning and tightening the hair follicles. It can be used alone as a treatment for volume, body & growth. It is also a great addition to your organic hair colour to give an extra boost, to help cool down any red tones & to slightly adjust your Hair colour to make it a lighter shade. 

Many people add it to their Walnut Shadow or Chocolate Shadow to give that extra coolness or to slightly lighten the shade.

How do I use Amla raw hair mask to lighten my Desert Shadow organic hair colour?

You can add Alma to any of our Desert Shadow hair colours except for the Indigo. It is more common for people to want to lighten the Walnut or the Chocolate Shadow but it is also ok to experiment with the other colours too.

The more Amla you add to your hair colour the lighter the shade will be. We recommend starting with a smaller amount and then adjusting with future colour treatments. Below we look at qtys and what to expect when adding different amounts of amla to your hair colour. We will look at both the Chocolate and Walnut Shadows as they are the most common.


Add the amla to your step 1 mixing stage or add it in at the very end of your mixing just before application.


We suggest you take notes so you can remember your recipes for future 


Walnut Shadow + Amla

Add 20g of Amla to 1 box 

20g of Amla will not change the depth of your Walnut Shadow by much. It will simply add a conditioning effect and may assist by cooling any red tones if your hair tends to pick up on and throw red when colouring.

Add 30g of Amla to 1 box

30g of Amla you will start to see a difference in the shade, it wont be extremely noticeable but it will be ever so slightly lighter.

Add 40g - 50g of Amla to 1 box

This is where you start to see a noticeable difference in the colour tone. Your Walnut Shade will now be lighter

and somewhere in between the Walnut and the Honey Shadow colours

Add 80g of Amla to 1 box

You will now be diluting your Walnut Shadow colour by almost half. The colour will now be totally different and you will be looking at a shade that is closer to the Honey Shadow. We suggest you do a patch test  or strand test before applying this colour to make sure it is what you are after you can see our strand test instructions here: https://www.desertshadow.com.au/complete-organic-hair-beauty-blog/strand-testing-tips-for-first-time-users-testing-our-organic-colours/



Chocolate Shadow + Amla

Add 20g of Amla to 1 box

20g of Amla will not change the depth of your Chocolate Shadow by much. It will simply add a conditioning effect and may assist by cooling any red tones if your hair tends to pick up on and throw red when colouring.

Add 30g of Amla to 1 box

30g of Amla you will start to see a difference in the shade, the colour result will be somewhere between the Chocolate and the Walnut Shadow 

Add 40g - 50g of Amla to 1 box

This is where you start to see a noticeable difference in the colour tone. Your Chocolate Shade will now be lighter

and somewhere close to the Walnut Shadow colour.


We do not recommend adding more than 50g of Amla to your Chocolate Shadow. This is because the balance of the brown will change and if your base colour is lighter ( say Blonde or Grey ) the result may have a slight blue or green hue to it in the sunlight. This does not happen to all people and is not a problem for those who have a medium brown or red base colour.

The blue or green hue is fixable by adding a red tone counter balance but better to avoid so we dont need to do any corrections :)