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February 18, 2022
How To Fix Orange Hair


It’s a tale as old as time: You tried to dye your hair at home — only for it to end up with horribly brassy, orange hair. Yikes! 

Whether you used bleach in an attempt to lighten dark tresses into a beautiful blonde shade or have fallen victim to faded red hair dye, knowing what color covers orange hair can certainly come in handy. Just like when you learned about the color wheel in elementary school, certain hair colors can be used for toning and color-correcting orange hair. 

Below, we’re detailing everything you need to know about how to fix orange hair so you can move past your mane mishap.

How To Fix Orange Hair

When fixing orange hair, it all comes down to color theory. You’ll need to know what color cancels out the orange in order to neutralize those brassy, warm tones. Here’s what you need to know.

What Color Covers Orange Hair?

Brassy, orange hair getting you down? No need to panic! As it turns out, you can use a blonde hair dye to neutralize your orange hair — the secret is to look for a shade that’s ashy. Ashy, cool undertones are the key to canceling out the warm, unflattering orange tones that currently adorn your strands. 

Try the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Medium Ash Blonde. Just keep in mind that the level of brassiness can impact whether or not you're able to cover it completely. In which case, you might need to schedule an appointment with your colorist.

For those with brunette hair, you can nip brassiness in the bud with a neutral color, such as L’Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color in Medium Brown.

For a specific hue specific to you and your current hair situation, consider also checking out Color&Co, an online hair service run by professional colorists who expertly create a custom at-home hair dye that’s delivered straight to your door. You can also take the Color&Co Personalized Hair Color Quiz and consult with one of their experts to reach your hair goals quicker.

How To Use Toner For Orange Hair 

Aside from actual hair dye, you can also use hair toner to neutralize brassy tones. There are five popular options that can help with this.

1. In-Salon Toner

The most instantaneous, foolproof way to tone orange hair is by heading to the salon for a toning session. This is an especially good option if you’re dealing with an unsightly, bright orange hair color. Your colorist can mix a special formula of bleach and toner to lighten and neutralize your specific shade of orange hair all at once. 

2. Hair Gloss

If your hair isn’t horribly riddled with orange, a hair gloss can (and should!) be used for toning your hair. While this won’t work on a bright orange mane, it can be an effective solution for those looking to get rid of brassy, orange warmth. 

Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Le Color Gloss One-Step In Shower Toning Gloss for a quick at-home treatment. The paraben- and ammonia-free formula helps to enhance color and tone while boosting shine and conditioning the hair. You can choose from the options for blonde hair or red hair to ward off those rusty hues. 

3. Blue Shampoo 

If you’re a brunette who attempted to go blonde, a blue shampoo will be your best friend. As you can probably imagine, blue shampoo has blue pigments in it to help neutralize orange and red tones. Wash your hair with it a few times a week when you want to get rid of brassy, orange hair.

4. Purple Shampoo

Chances are you’re familiar with purple shampoo, or at least have heard of it. If your hair is on the yellowish, orange end of the spectrum, purple shampoo will fix it. Like blue shampoo, purple shampoo is another at-home option that’s formulated to neutralize brassy yellow and orange tones in color-treated hair. It’s primarily used to tone blonde (or lightened), color-treated hair.

Try using the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Brass Toning Purple Sulfate-Free Shampoo in conjunction with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Brass Toning Purple Sulfate-Free Conditioner. This system works to hydrate and neutralize brassy yellow and orange tones in blonde, bleached, highlighted and silver hair. Two to three times a week, when hair looks orange, apply the shampoo and follow with the conditioner.

5. Hair Mask

Keep your colored hair silky smooth with a hair mask specially formulated for color-treated hair, such as the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Signature Masque, Color Care Hair Mask. Made without sulfates, parabens or other harsh chemicals, this nourishing vegan hair mask helps revitalize dyed, damaged hair, restore smoothness, enhance shine and prevent your color from fading with a UV filter. After shampooing, distribute the mask through your strands and leave it in for up to five minutes before rinsing.

If you have blonde hair, you can also use the EverPure Sulfate-Free Anti-Brass Purple Mask Treatment. This ultra-pigmented treatment with hibiscus reverses stubborn brass and deeply nourishes dry, colored hair.

Editor’s tip: Orange hair can be beautiful if it’s the look you’re going for. But if your shade turns into an undesirable hue, remember that you have options to help fix it. And next time, be sure to consult with the L’Oréal Paris Hair Color Concierge to talk to live experts and access online resources and tools before you color your hair. You can even set up a one-on-one video consultation with a professional colorist so that you can color with confidence.

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Edited by: Sophie Dweck; Photo Credit: iStock