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    Hair Color Too Brassy?

    Brassy Hair Color

    What you don’t understand about hair color can hurt you! What happened to turn your dark hair orange/yellow?

    Mary asks this question recently after reading my article Coming Back from a Hair Color Catastrophe:

    I dyed my dark hair and it turned orange-yellow can you please help me.. I don’t want to go out anymore. I used the quick blue powder bleach by L’Oreal with 30 volume developer and then used a permanent color by L’Oreal , Hicolor Shimmering Gold and Honey Gold. How can I take that orange-yellow out?

    I want it blonde.


    You would never see a hair color client come out of a reputable hair care salon, with hair the hair color you described. . . unless of course, that’s what they were going for. Why not? Because it is fixable.

    “If money is an issue, go to a credible beauty school”

    Even if a hair colorist in-training did this to your hair . . . and it does happen, they would have the resources to know how to fix it. You don’t need to go around looking like a carrot top.

    The only reliable option you now have is to find a professional hair colorist to get it right for you, or, suffer possible irreparable consequences. Your hair turned orange/yellow because in trying to bring it up to a lighter color, the 30 volume developer did not lift enough color out of your hair before you put a permanent gold hair color over it.

    Even in professional training, it takes some time to develop an eye to see when the developer has done its job in lifting the hair to a light enough color to then tint it back to the desired hair color. Then the hair colorist will also use a formula, in the tint back, that involves the color that your natural hair color contributes to the color that they will choose to use, to get you to the end shade that you desire.

    If you have any regrowth, it makes matters even more complex, but not irreparable for an experienced professional hair colorist. Don’t try to fix this one yourself, unless you are prepared to cut it all off for truly getting it to a unfixable stage. If money is an issue, go to a credible beauty school, where the instructor will make sure the student understands the correct way to handle your unique situation. This way you will not only, save the health of your hair, but you will do so at a significantly lower cost!

    Your best bet for finding a reputable hair colorist is by word of mouth, however, if you need a resource for qualified hair colorist in your area try these sites;

    Good luck Mary, I am certain you can have a beautiful hair color and save the health of your hair if you leave it to the professionals at this point.





    1. Hi Diane,

      Unfortunately, there is no easy solution to lighten your hair from orange to blonde once hair color has been applied. A hair lightener would be your only option to achieve the results that you are looking for, and the process is tricky and can cause unflattering results including excessive damage. If you have your heart set on the hair color that you choose, I suggest that you visit a beauty school to help you out. Students studying to become licensed hairdressers offer beauty services for a fraction of the price that salons charge. You can find a beauty school near you here.

      Would you be happy with a medium to light brown hair color? You can achieve these results at home with the use of a toner or demi-permanent hair color. Learn all about these options with the fantastic article How to Fix Orange Hair Color Mistakes.

      Good luck!

      Comment by Michelle Skye — March 12, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

    2. I have naturally med blonde with light red highlights, I don’t have money to get it done professionally. So I colored my hair at home. I now have light red/ light orange hair. It was suppose to be light blonde. What can I do to get it light blonde?
      PLEASE HELP!!!
      Sincerely, Diane

      Comment by Diane Dufor — March 5, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    3. Cindy,
      Good question. Sarah answered your question with an article here;

      I fear your not alone!
      Good luck, hope this helps!

      Comment by Barb — November 18, 2008 @ 8:30 pm

    4. I had my hair colored and highlighted at a reputable salon however, my hair is WAY too orange. I called and went back in and they put a toner on my hair. It is still orange and I hate the color. Is there anything else I can do? Please help me!

      Comment by Cindy — November 11, 2008 @ 3:43 pm

    5. Nicole,
      A reputable colorist can help you out, or a reputable advanced school for professionalist. Not sure what they will decide to do, but they will be able to give you an educated answer.
      Most importantly, don’t try to fix it anymore yourself.
      Good Luck!

      Comment by Barb — January 23, 2008 @ 12:59 pm

    6. Here’s my problem. I dye my hair way too much. I dyed and highlighted it about 3 weeks ago to a brown with blonde highlights. I hated it. I am used to having multi-colored hair and couldn’t handle it being normal. On top of that I have extremely hard water that likes to turn my hair orange. So last night I go to my friend’s house and let her use a bleaching kit to turn the top of my hair blonde again. It didn’t work. It turned it orange. So in my freaking out I sent my boyfriend to get blonde hair dye. He picked up Herbal Essences blonded by the light and we rinsed out the bleach and put this stuff in. While she was putting it in, my hair was falling out. A lot. I started getting nervous and we washed it out. My hair surprisingly still has a brassy tone to it despite my efforts. But I am scared to death to do anything else to it because I don’t want it to fall out!! Can a salon fix my brassy orange head or should I just deal with it? My hair is already short so I can’t cut it off anymore. HELP!

      Comment by Nicole — January 23, 2008 @ 9:02 am

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