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You tried to DIY a hair color at home—only to end up with horribly brassy, orange hair. Oh no! Whether you used bleach in an attempt to lighten dark locks into a beautiful blonde shade or have fallen victim to a faded red hair dye, knowing what color covers orange hair can certainly come in handy. Yes, just like when you learned about the color wheel in elementary school, certain hair colors and colored products can be used to tone 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.
There are a few ways you can go about fixing orange hair. Like we mentioned, it all comes down to color theory. You’ll need to know what color cancels out orange in order to neutralize those brassy, warm tones. Confused? We promise it’s not complicated! Here’s the deal.
Ended up with a horribly brassy blonde? You don’t have to lose hope! If you find yourself wondering if you can put dark blonde over orange hair, you’re in luck. 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. These ashy, cool undertones are the key to canceling out the warm, unflattering orange tones that currently adorn your strands. Consider using the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Medium Ash Blonde. Just keep in mind your mileage may vary with this method, as the level of brassiness can impact whether or not you're able to cover it completely. If this option doesn't work for you, or you don't want to try it yourself, you can also have your colorist assess your strands and apply an ash blonde dye for you.
Aside from actual hair dye, you can also use hair toner to neutralize brassy, orange tones. There are four popular options that can help with this.
The most instantaneous, foolproof way to tone orange hair? 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 bleach and toner to lighten and neutralize your orange hair at the same time. They’ll be able to mix together a formula specific to the tone of orange you’re dealing with.
If your orange hair isn’t too horrible, a hair gloss can be used to tone and neutralize your strands. 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.
Are you a brunette who attempted to go blonde only to end up with undesirable brass? If you’re looking to fix your orange hair at home, a blue toner for orange hair will be your best friend—more specifically, a blue shampoo. As you can probably imagine, blue shampoo is shampoo that has blue pigments in it to help neutralize orange and red tones. Rather than using it regularly, use it a few times a week when you want to get rid of brassy, orange hair.
Chances are you’re familiar with purple shampoo, or at least have heard of it. Will purple shampoo fix orange hair? Yes—if it’s on the yellowish, orange end of the spectrum. Remember: Think about the color wheel! 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, color-treated hair.
Try using the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Purple Shampoo for Color Treated Hair in conjunction with the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Purple Conditioner for Color Treated Hair. Together, the duo utilizes purple pigments to neutralize undesired yellow and orange tones. Once a week, apply the shampoo for one to three minutes. Rinse, then apply the conditioner for five minutes before rinsing.
Alternatively, you can use a sulfate-free option. Pick up the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Brass Toning Purple Sulfate Free Shampoo and use it alongside 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, lather, and rinse. Follow with the conditioner, leaving it on for two to five minutes before rinsing.
Next: Who says orange hair has to be undesirable? Orange strands can actually be totally chic, when worn on purpose. Here’s How to Get Burnt Orange Hair for an on-trend orange ‘do.
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