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    Color for Hair Orange

    Orange Hair . . . Oh My! . . . Claire Asks:

    Help!! About 3 months ago a hairdresser dyed my hair permanently dark brown. Over time it has faded and now my hair has an orangey tinge to it. I’m too scared to get it stripped, but if I do what will happen? My natural color is a mousey brown.

    Please help!


    Sarah Hamilton Answers:

    “Color for Hair Correction”I’m going to assume when you had your hair colored dark brown that you were covering some previously high lighted hair? If so, I would not suggest getting the hair stripped of the orange tones. You will only damage your hair even more and you’ll be right back where you started. If you are trying to achieve the same look, dark brown hair, you simply need to have the hair re-colored. Your hairdresser or hair colorist should use a natural hair color with a blue base to cancel out the orange tones. It is the simplicity of using complimentary hair colors! The blue will neutralize the orange out of the hair.

    If this is not your case, then your hairdresser was more than likely attempting to give you a nice warm brown hair color and simply put in too much of the red/orange tone in the formula applied to your hair. Once again, your hairdresser should use a natural brown hair color with a blue base to tone out the brassiness in the hair. You may also want to have a Malibu treatment done on your hair. More on that on Barb’s article How to Solve Hard Water Hair Issues.

    A Malibu treatment will remove any buildup due to hard water, rust, chlorine and the like. It is possible there may be build-up on the hair that is also causing the orange tones. This of course also depends on what you want your end result to be. It may take a few applications before you actually achieve your desired look.

    If you are looking for an instant solution to your problem, you can have the hair stripped of the color but, this is considered hair color correction and not only is it very damaging on the hair, but is typically very costly. Every hair color correction is different, but it’s not unusual to cost in the hundreds of dollars to do a hair color correction.

    There is a chance your hairdresser may have to cut off several inches of hair after stripping, depending on the state of your hair. Definitely see a hairdresser for a consultation if you are considering this option! Your other option of a hair color application per month is not only less expensive but will maintain the health of your hair and possibly the length too!


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    1. I have a terrible time to rid the reddish/orangey undertones in my hair after coloring it. I use a professional color Loreal Preferrence #4 with 20 vol peroxide. This color is close to my natural color because I am just coloring to cover my 10% grey hair. I have tried using 4.1 (blue base) to see if that would help and it seemed to make it worse. Then, I have used level #5.3 (yellow base) to see if that would make a difference and it was the same end results. What am I doing worng? What can I do to get rid of the reddish/orangey undertones and end up with a natural looking sandy brown. Help I am at my wits end.

      Comment by Don Gar — October 2, 2011 @ 5:19 am

    2. same thing happened to me, i have natural mousey brown hair and got it dyed a dark brown, and now it has faded with an orange tinge and i HATE it. I want to get it stripped so the hairdresser can put my natural/desired color in but apparently when you do that it also stripps out your natural color, is this true? and how much hair gets cut off?

      Comment by Ruby. — October 20, 2008 @ 1:38 am

    3. 5 months ago went to hairstylist . I wanted to color and then but highlights in . Well hair turned reddish orange. Tried to tone it out . Did some improvement but just let it grow. So Since i let it grow hair is medium brown with gray and ends are reddish orange. I’m tired of two tones. So i was wondering if i could go to like medium brown and would the reddish orange cover.

      Comment by Bobbie — October 18, 2008 @ 12:22 am

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