How to Fix Orange Hair

By on May 14, 2017

So for the upcoming spring and summer seasons you decided you want to take the plunge and go for that ‘beach babe’ blonde hair. The directions on the box were pretty simple, and you simply can’t WAIT to see your perky bright results. But then, oh no- you took a glance in the mirror only to find out your hair turned an awful orange hue. It’s an instant disaster and you’ve pledged to never leave the house again.

Before you decide you’re banned from the outside world due to your hair nightmare, please know this: there ARE ways to fix orange hair, and they are a lot easier than you think!

Why did my hair turn ORANGE?!

Unless you’re going for a quirky, out-of-the-box look featuring bright orange locks, you’re probably asking yourself WHY your hair turned this atrocious shade. The answer is really simple: your hair simply didn’t lighten up enough. This can be caused for a few several different reasons, but the main reason why hair did not lighten up is because you simply did not leave the dye on for the amount of time necessary to completely lighten up your hair. Another factor is heat- some hair simply will not ‘come up’ to the desired color unless heat is applied.

HOW can I fix my orange hair?

Luckily there are a few quick fixes to terrible orange manes. Some of these easy-to-follow fixes will include toners, box dyes, and there is even an all-natural way to neutralize your locks to get a better hair color with a simple ingredient most of us have already in our pantry. Which way you decide to fix your orange hair is entirely up to you and every fix will have its own different result, from super light and trendy blonde to a more toned down light brown hue.

Fixing Your Patchy Hair with Box Dye

Sometimes applying dye to your own hair can be tough, and you may end up missing chunks and pieces of your locks. If you find yourself with ‘patchy’ hair- some of it turned up yellow, and the rest turned up orange- you probably did not cover your hair completely or use enough dye to soak in the hair color. This is a super easy fix- all you need to do is buy the hair dye again and re-do your hair. You may want to have a friend help you out to ensure all the strands are covered and you don’t end up missing more pieces!

  1. Buy hair dye. Make sure there is enough to completely drench your locks. Parting your hair into small sections will help you to make sure ALL of your mane is covered in dye.
  2. Leave the hair dye on for the recommended amount of time on the box.
  3. Rinse off the dye with shampoo AND conditioner- remember, dying hair causes a lot of stress and damage to your hair, so conditioning regularly is an absolute must.

Fixing Your Yellow or Orange Hair With a Toner

Toner is undoubtedly one of the best ways to fix your hair quickly and easily. Toners are used to help neutralize locks and give them the color you desire. You can even combine toners with a box dye to really achieve some amazing results. Even blonde hair that turned out correctly will require a toner, so if you find yourself with more ‘yellow’ hues in your hair, you will want to go for a purple toning shampoo or a purple based toner.

However, you have probably come here to find more about how to get rid of those brassy orange nightmares; and that being said, you’re definitely want to find a toner or toning shampoo that has blue undertones inside. Using a blue shampoo will help to neutralize your orange locks over a few short weeks, but if you want to have sooner results, try this:

  1. In a bowl, mix your selected toner with peroxide. You will need to do this following a 1:2 ratio.
  2. Using the applicator brush. apply the mixture all over your hair. Make sure ALL of the orange pieces are covered. You may want to have a friend help you to ensure all bits and pieces of your mane is completely drenched in the mixture.
  3. Leave this mixture on for up to 45 minutes, but do not exceed 45 minutes.
  4. Rinse off the mixture using a blue toning shampoo to lock in the mixture even further and help your hair tone down faster.

Fixing Orange Hair to a Lovely Light Brown Shade

If you’re utterly stressed out and don’t even want to THINK about achieving blonde hair anymore, light brown is definitely the way to go! It will still be flirty and bright, with every strand glistening in the sunlight; it’s also a super easy fix for orange locks.

  1. The first thing you need to do is buy an ash blonde hair dye.
  2. Apply it all over your hair- remember, it’s easiest to do this when you section off your locks into smaller pieces or have a friend help you out.
  3. Let the hair dye sit on your hair for the recommended amount of time.
  4. Rinse off the hair dye with shampoo AND conditioner- your hair has been through a lot, so do not miss the conditioner.

Doing this will leave you with a gorgeous light brown shade that looks as if it never was orange to begin with. You’ll also have a new base color, so if you ever want to try on blonde again, you may have an easier time with less damage.

Fixing Orange Hair to Beautiful BLONDE!

Blonde was the main goal after all, right? And you’re already SO close already, so why not take it all the way? Going from orange to blonde is incredibly simple- however, you will have to wait two full weeks before trying to lighten it up so your hair has some time to neutralize. If you don’t you probably won’t be able to get the exact color that you want. When those two weeks are up, however, all you need to do is re-bleach your hair with the desired hair color.

Once you’ve bleached your hair and the color came out correctly, you can then leave your hair color the way that it is or use toner, toning shampoo, or another box dye to reach the desired shade. (For instance- if you want an ashier blonde, you will need to apply an ash blonde hair dye a few days AFTER bleaching your mane).

Fixing Your Hair Naturally with Apple Cider Vinegar

Did you know that apple cider vinegar (ACV) can actually help tone your hair and get rid of those awful orange pieces? Yup. All you need to do is the following:

  1. Mix together 2 tablespoons of ACV, a few drops of blue food coloring, and 1 cup of water.
  2. At night, condition your hair using coconut oil, olive oil, or another heavy-duty all natural conditioner.
  3. In the morning, wash your hair as normal and condition.
  4. Rinse your locks with the ACV mixture.
  5. Repeat this process once a week and see toned down results.

See? You’re not left with unsightly orange locks forever. You can fix orange hair in just a few simple steps and get back to LOVING your mane!

Have you ever had an orange hair disaster? How did you fix it? Share with us!


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