Dyed Hair Turned Orange?

I recently bleached my hair and rinsed it brown. However it came out bright orange. I hate it. Is it possible for me to just use a dark brown dye and get it to a brown color and not orange?


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March 24, 20171 found this helpful
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A proper answer would require more information. How light did you bleach your hair? Red, red gold, gold, yellow, pale yellow? I've never heard of anyone 'rinsing' their hair brown. What product did you use? No temporary rinse should have turned your hair orange.

I know of no semi permanent color specifically made for use on bleached hair. Most semi permanent colors, when used on bleached hair, tend to give strange colors. L'Oreal does have a color line it recommends for bleached hair, but it has gotten terrible reviews.


You must understand that if you apply more color to your hair, you are not removing the orange, just adding to it. If you color your hair dark brown, the resulting color will be a combination of dark brown and orange. And do know that most dark brown hair colors, whether semi permanent or permanent do contain an amount of green. The green in the color, mixed with the orange you now have could result in a very strange color.

To prevent this green, your hair may require a filler in a warm shade prior to coloring it dark brown. This could be determined only with a visual inspection by a knowledgeable colorist.

Your best bet is to discuss your problem with an expert colorist. If there is residual product from the brown rinse that turned your hair bright orange, it should be removed before considering further treatment. After this, you would have a better idea as to what to do next. The resulting shade and the condition of the hair will determine what to do next.


It is possible for you at home to color your hair so dark and so heavily with a permanent color, it will completely hide the orange. The hair will looked dyed and unhealthy. And as bleached hair does not hold color as well as virgin hair, your hair will look even worse as the color fades, even slightly.

Who knows what chemicals were in the brown rinse that caused it to turn your hair bright orange. Try to get the orange corrected first, not by adding more color, but before you add more color.

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I would like to clarify a statement I made in the above answer. That statement is: 'I know of no semi permanent color specifically made for use on bleached hair'. Keep in mind that the subject of the question was doing corrective color work.


Milady Textbook of Cosmetology states the term 'semi permanent color' refers to a color product that lasts through four to six weeks and gradually fades during that time.

There are semi permanent colors that last longer, and they are designed to be used on bleached hair. These colors were sold separately for salon use, but were sold to the public along with the necessary bleach.

This does not make my statement wrong. The application would be: Virgin hair would be bleached with the appropriate bleach, then one of these more lasting, semi permanent toners would be applied. The semi permanent color specifically designed to be used on bleached hair.

It was suggested that a semi permanent color be used on the bleached hair. This was not a virgin bleach and the hair had been subjected to further color treatment. The semi permanent color was to be used for color correction.


Perhaps my statement should have been: 'I know of no semi permanent color specifically made for use on bleached hair for re coloring or as a color corrective. These semi permanent colors are designed to be applied as a toner after a simple bleach, not after multi color treatments.

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May 8, 20180 found this helpful

I was wondering does Studio Beauty 35 toning shampoo for blonde and silver hair neutralize that orange that has come out in my hair after bleaching it? Also I have quite a bit of orange but a lot of blond to and some Reds in my hair and I'm wanting to know if I can use L'Oreal Paris 3C cool darkest Brown antique brass Superior preference and can I do it next day because I cannot work with my hair this way

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March 23, 20170 found this helpful

Absolutely. As long as the brown is darker than the orange, you're good to go. Use some conditioning treatments after.

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Use a semi-permanent first. If you like the color, deep-condition weekly and get the same shade in permanent next month.

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