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Hair Turned Orange After Dyeing

April 28, 2017

I have recently dyed my hair blonde from light brown. I've noticed that the day after dyeing it the more it looked orange. What should I do to get the orange tone out of my hair?


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April 28, 20170 found this helpful
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Put a semi permanent color on. To make your hair several shades lighter the darker color must be stripped and the new color deposited. This is a professional job.

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April 28, 20170 found this helpful
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Use a lighter ash blonde dye, trim, and deep condition.

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July 29, 2021

Got my hair professionally highlighted (just a few foils along my part) and the highlights were toned. Only the highlights were toned not my whole head. But wherever highlights/toner were put, my natural brown turned orangey brown and in a splotchy way as pictured.

You can see the difference in colour from my natural brown. What went wrong? This is a first it's happened. What can I do?

Highlighted hair from the back.
 

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July 29, 20210 found this helpful
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It appears that your stylist should have either left the product on longer or should have gone w/ a lighter shade. A blue based shampoo may help some....but you definitely need to contact your stylist first...and let them know ASAP....so THEY can correct their mistake and tone down the brassiness.

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July 30, 20210 found this helpful
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Since the hair lightening was done by a professional hairdresser, you need to contact her as soon as possible and ask her to fix this problem.

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Orange hair after bleaching happens when bleach fails to remove darker pigments in hair. There are three options for solving this problem:
tone the orange out;
dye it darker;
lighten it more.

Purple toner is needed for a more yellowish color (purple shampoo can also help neutralize the yellow), if hair is truly orange, then blue toner can resolve this problem. But sometimes even after toning, as a result, not only copper hair remains, but also orange or yellow spots, like in your case. Then it's probably best to cut your losses and dye your hair close to your natural color.

Another solution to this problem is to bleach the hair again (in your case, part of the hair), but to avoid major damage, you'll need to wait at least a week or two to restore your hair's natural moisture balance.

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After about 20-30 minutes of discoloration, your locks should be a nice yellow. Then use an ash blonde dye kit to achieve a cooler blonde, or you can tone your hair with purple shampoo to neutralize the yellow. After dyeing your hair, use a hair mask for blonde hair to strengthen and protect your bleach-damaged locks. But all this is best done in a hairdresser in order to avoid new troubles.

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March 23, 2017

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.

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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.

www.lorealparisusa.com/.../ct:r&shade=100-Peach

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.

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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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March 1, 2016

Yesterday I dyed my hair, but it doesn't look like the colour I was shown at the salon. He said it will change after a few weeks. Will my hair colour change to the picture? Mine is too orange, but her's is quite blond.


Thank you very much for helping.

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March 2, 20160 found this helpful
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Apparantly, you used a color with lifting/bleaching action. The only way you would get the same results as 'Her', would be for you to have hair identical to her's. I'm guessing your hair was either darker or more resistant than her's.

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Your hair color probably will change somewhat over the course of a few weeks, but it will not change to blond. It probably will change to a reddish orange. Your hair might require pre bleaching in order for you to get the 'same' color she got, using the same color she used.

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August 26, 2019

After bleaching my hair it turned orange. I want it dark dark red. Can I just dye it dark red now?


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August 26, 20191 found this helpful

What color was your hair prior to bleaching? Its normal for dark hair to turn orange after bleaching, as dark hair has the most orange tones.

Yes, your best option is dying darker instead of continuing to bleach it. I would try a dark color red with an ash tone or base to it to cancel out any leftover orange. But for the most part, a deep dark color will cover the orange.

Dark dark red sounds beautiful! Good luck!

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August 26, 20191 found this helpful

I would neutralize the orange with a toner with a blue undertone. The instructions are here www.stylecraze.com/.../how-to-fix-orange-hair-color

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August 26, 20190 found this helpful

If it's a bleach orange, YES!!! You can totally put a red over it. You don't need to do much else, just choose that shade you like. I'd suggest using a semi permanent so you can make sure you LOVE the red you get. If you go permanent you'll be stuck with whatever happens to it then you'll have to strip it to get rid of it. Hope it turns out nicely!

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August 27, 20190 found this helpful

Back to back treatments can be really rough on your hair....so just an unsolicited word of advice from someone with super brittle hair, after you get it where you want it, be kind to your hair and keep away from the chemicals, heat, rubber bands etc. for the next month or so.

Blessings and all good wishes!

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August 28, 20190 found this helpful

Red is a very hard color to get right when you dye your own hair. There are people who visit a salon and have their hair dyed and it can turn out an orange color in the end. I think the bleaching of your hair had something to do with the color it is now. I would love to tell you to try again but I am afraid it can damage your hair. I think you should really go to a salon and have this professionally done. This can save your hair from more damage and breaking in the end.

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October 30, 20190 found this helpful

This is exactly right! You need to tone your hair to neutralize the unwanted pigment I.e. orange, yellow, etc. professionals go off of a color wheel. If you have unwanted orange in your hair, then you would use a blue based toner. Wella toners are really good if you are wanting a toner that the public can buy. If your roots or hair look like bigbird, then you need to use a purple base toner. Just keep in mind that the base of a Silver toner is blue, violet, ash. So, if you have orange and yellow unwanted tones, youd need to use a blue-violet or Depending if your goal is platinum or a Silver based Toner if you want the final outcome to be more of an Ash color opposed to platinum or very light blonde. To successfully achieve platinum blonde you must pre lighten your hair to look similar to the color the inside of a banana. Very pale yellow then, youd apply a purple based toner. These toners will turn purple on your hair- they are doing their job just kee an eye on what color you want the ending result to be.

TIP 1: Toners will not change your hair color level! This means if your hair hasnt been lifted to the desired level- a toner will not lift your hair to become a lighter color! It simply neutralizes (makes the hair a neutral color) the hair by acting as a filler to your hair.

Tip 2: Hair Level Swatches Or Chart- find your natural color of your hair. This will tell you which pigment is more dominant when you go to lighten your hair. You must go through steps and levels for success!

Tip 3: Hair Color Wheel- find the orange color on the wheel look across from the color and this will let you know which base color is needed to Neutralize/rid the unwanted orange hues in your hair! Same with yellow!

Hope this helps!

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September 10, 2018

I'm in hair school and we had a fantasy competition. I dyed my mannequin with Pravana trying to do an orange melted into a pastel coral, but it came out a really ugly light orange.

Is there any color I can use now to make it look good without stripping it? Like could I go red?

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September 10, 20180 found this helpful

I say you can because I have done the same. Just know that once it goes red, it will be darker red as you're working off an orange and not a bleached blond.

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May 10, 2019

Can I use Country Time lemonade to remove intense rust from my blonde highlights? Will it do anything to my hair that does not have the orangey color in it?


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May 11, 20190 found this helpful

You need to tone with a light ash brown, not lemonade. Instructions are here bellatory.com/.../How-to-correct-orange-hair

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May 15, 20190 found this helpful

Country Time lemonade will not harm your natural hair, but it won't do much to correct your rust problem, either. If you color your hair without removing the 'intense' rust first, the resulting color will be a combination of the color you chose and the rust. Do not apply color on top of this rust.

Clairol makes a product called Metalex which is specifically designed to remove mineral deposits from the hair. You might want to give it a try.

And before investing any money, you might want to try some home remedies for removing the rust. There are many recipes on the Internet. Most involve the use of lemon juice or vinegar diluted with distilled water.

It could very well be that if you satisfactorily remove the rust, you might like the resulting color and chose not to color your hair.

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I just dyed my hair, and "yikes" it looks sick. It didn't come out the way I was hoping it would, not even close. I tried to dye it from dirty blond to brunette and guess what, it came out light orange.

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