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How to Get Rid of Orange Hair

Bleached Orange Hair

Don’t make an orange hair fix into a nightmare

The problem of how to fix hair color dominates my comment boards. More often than not, the right answer is to go to a professional, who can do a thorough consultation with you. They can see and feel your hair and consult with you to get all the history of chemicals that are on your hair. This will always be my first advice to anyone asking me how to get rid of orange hair.

In removing orange hair color from your hair, the potential for damage and unwanted or uneven hair color results, especially for the novice, is high. If you can’t afford to go to a hair salon, next best thing is to call a cosmetology school and ask about their prices. They will be priced considerably less than a hair salon. If they are a reputable cosmetology school they’ll get it done right, possibly saving you from lots of grief!

That being said, getting rid of orange hair yourself is not an impossible task but it helps a lot if you have some hair color know how. If you choose to try to fix it at home, here are some tips on how to avoid the biggest mistakes users make.

I have found One’N Only From Jheri Redding Color Fix, the most user-friendly and effective products for retail sales. After reading reviews of the successes and failures of users of Colorfix on follica.com , I went to the source at Conairpro.com to get answers to my questions. Linda was great at answering all my questions. By the way, there were far more positive responses of results from the people using Colorfix on follica.com than negative results. But for those who had bad results, here from the horse’s mouth . . .

The biggest mistake made by the user Linda says is “not knowing what chemicals are on their hair.” If you fix bad hair color at home, I suggest you keep a card file of when you colored your hair, the product name, what type of hair color and the 800 number of the manufacturer. This way you can determine exactly what is on your hair at anytime. It will be valuable information for any future hair color changes you want to make. Any hair color you do on your hair remains there until it is cut out. Since hair grows about a half-inch per month, just do the math to tell if that hair color you did a year ago is still in your hair. If you have the phone number of the manufacturer, you can always verify the type of hair color you used ie; Semi or demi-permanent etc. Here are the big mistakes to avoid!

  1. The user needs to understand this will only remove permanent hair color.
    It will not remove semi or demi-permanent hair colors.
    It will not remove hair colors such as hennas or Grecian formula (progressive hair colors) or hair colors with metallic salts.
    It will not remove your natural underlying hair color.
  2. Don’t make the mistake of skipping step 3 which is called the “Processing Lotion.” After you use Colorfix, you must shampoo out the product and apply the “processing lotion” for 5 minutes. Within 5 minutes, this step lets you know if you have successfully removed the “hair dye molecules” out of the hair. If the hair dye molecules are still in the hair, the hair will re-darken. How does this happen? If the hair dye molecules have not all been removed, the hair ends up oxidizing on its own and will return to dark. You then would know you need to redo the first two steps, providing it is a permanent hair color you are trying to remove. Important: Visually after applying Colorfix it will look as if you have removed color from the hair but, you will only know internally if you have removed the hair color by doing this step, applying the processing lotion. If your hair turns dark in 5 minutes it’s letting you know, these hair dye molecules are still in the hair. If you have repeated the process 2 to 3 times and this step still reverts your hair color back to dark, you probably have a semi or demi hair color in your hair, which it won’t lift out.
  3. If the user doesn’t understand hair color, they may easily reapply the targeted hair color and end up with a much darker hair color than they wanted. They need to choose a hair color 2 to 3 shades lighter than their desired end result. Your hair will be more porous on that day and will grab the hair color, darkening your hair more than the hair color you see on the box.
  4. A bad smell left on the hair was mentioned a few times in the reviews, to which I was told they need to do a better rinsing out of the product. The directions will tell you to rinse out thoroughly, twice. Another step they can take if the smell is still bothersome, is to make a paste of baking soda and water and put that in the hair and rinse.
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50 Comments »

  1. my natural color is brown wit, apparels some pale grey! I used a semi-permanent dye to try for an Aubern color. I didn’t realize that the front top of my hair had been lightened when I was using minoxidilso I have auburn hair with something like strawberry blond in some areas. I would like all my hair to be a medium auburn. What do I do befor I’m able to get to the hairdresser to accomplish this?

    Comment by Joanel — January 4, 2016 @ 6:48 pm

  2. Hi Sami,

    I’m sorry that you were unhappy with the information provided in our blog.

    Let me try to make it up to you. Getting rid of orange hair is fairly simple. You can neutralize the orange tones in your hair by using a hair color with a blue base. (Ash tones are generally effective.)

    Why it works? Colors diagonal from one another on the color wheel, such as orange and blue, neutralize each other.

    Check out the amazing article How to Avoid These Hair Color Mistakes. It will help you color your hair like a pro in the future.

    Good luck! :)

    Comment by Michelle Skye — December 25, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

  3. This is the most unuseful blog on hair correction. Most people know that they should go to a salon. You don’t even provide any tips.

    What is the purpose of your post aside from telling us to go to a salon when we can’t afford it, hence the bad fix we are in to start.
    Sami
    Currently a consumer with bad hair color.

    Comment by sami — December 15, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

  4. Hi Reem,
    Thank you for trusting us with your question. Violet tones are effective at neutralizing golden tones. Because of this I would try to find a hair color that has a violet/ blue base. The violet tones will neutralize the golden tones in your hair, and the blue base will add the ash tones that you desire.

    Check out the handy guide How to Dye Your Hair at Home It provides tons of helpful information how to find the perfect hair color for you.

    Good luck!

    Comment by Michelle Skye — April 28, 2012 @ 11:27 am

  5. my hair is dark brown , I bleeched it and the result was a very light orange tones, I then dyed my hair ash blonde and the orange tone never appeared , now my hair is some how a golden light brown with a very golden tone , I want my hair to be ash brown how can I remove the golden tones? thank you :)

    Comment by reem kiwan — April 22, 2012 @ 8:31 am

  6. i know this is probz nothing to do with this particular page but could u plz help me with this thankouu…..my natural hair colour is light brown, and i now have it at like a dark maroon red…do you know if there is any chance of me getting too a blondey colour and if so how..?thankyouu!:D x

    Comment by Texas — January 11, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

  7. Who knows, just about anything can happen when you mix all that together . . . stop the insanity before you start having some serious hair loss from all this.

    Comment by Barb Quinn — November 13, 2011 @ 11:46 am

  8. Hey so, I had my hair died dark chestnut and about two inches of roots later, I bleached it. My natural hair color is more ashy than the dye, but its pretty much the same. My roots went blonde but the dyed parts went orange. (opps lol) I’ve bleached it again a couple weeks after but it didn’t change much. What will happen if I go all purple? Will the orange turn a different color? Or will it be a darker purple? Help plz?

    Comment by Chelsea D — November 8, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

  9. I recently died my roots…and they turned out a pretty bright orange color..and then the rest of my hair is professionally high lighted so its a nice blonde…Anyway, i had used a toner from sally’s and that didnt really help..kinda toned down the brightness but today I had to go somewhere quick without washing my hair and decided to use baby powder on my roots to make it not look greasy and it did just that and also turned the orange color to a nice blonde to match my hair. Of course thats not a permanant fix, but a good temporary fix till you can get your hair professionally fixed.

    Comment by E — October 25, 2011 @ 8:40 pm

  10. Turquoise hair;
    You could try color rid at home, read about it here;
    http://hairstyle-blog.com/how-do-i-go-back-to-my-natural-hair-color.html

    Comment by Barb Quinn — May 17, 2011 @ 10:44 am

  11. I have naturally blonde hair, and I dyed it turquoise around 3 months ago (with semi-permanent dye). It slowly turned more green as the colour mixed with the ‘yellow’ of my hair. I have tried clarifying shampoos, and ‘blonde’ shampoos, to try and lighten it/get rid of the green, but it is still there and a horrible brown-green-grey colour. Any advice on how to get rid of it without going to the hairdresser? (Can’t afford expensive treatments and will wait for it to grow out if I have to…)

    Comment by L — May 13, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

  12. Hi Grace,
    Sounds like you should see a professional. Every time you color hair it is being compromised! The good news is you haven’t made the mistake of turning your hair black yet . . . a bigger problem.
    A good hair colorist can get you back on track!

    Comment by Barb Quinn — June 10, 2010 @ 10:19 am

  13. hi,
    Help, How to Get Rid of Orange Hair? I have naturally dark brown hair and my mom died my hair a cherry chocolate mouse color back in October. when it was done, it looked cool. but the next day, when i went in the sun it erased any trace of the “chocolate” part and my natural hair color. I hated it because you could only see the “cherry” after that. so i waited a while then i died over it with a permanent dark brown color and it didn’t work. the red barely died down at all. sinse then i have done it 2 more times, the second time with another permanent with the same results, and the 3rd time with a dark golden brown and it was semi(comes out in 28 washes) so now i’m back at the beginning with the ugly red except it’s a little more brown now. so, is there any way i can get it back to dark brown again without damaging it anymore? please reply!!

    Comment by grace — June 8, 2010 @ 3:12 pm

  14. Bridget,
    I suggest you go back to the stylist who was able to remove most of the green. They will most likely be able to treat just the area that still shows the tint of green left, without destroying your hair.
    Good Luck!

    Comment by Barb Quinn — May 20, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

  15. Hi I used a semi perm dye on my hair for St. Patty’s day. I have naturally blonde hair and this is the only time I have EVER dyed my hair anything. Bleached Orange Hair I bought the product from the company who made the hair dye suggested to use to remove the green color from my hair when I was ready to remove it. I read all the fine print on the box of the color removal stuff and read the instructions as I used it on my hair only to find at the end of the instructions it said it would not remove red, pink, green, or blue dyes, that lying company. So I went to a professional and they were able to get almost all of the green out but there is still a faint tint just on the top of my head. I am afraid to use anything else cause I’m worried it will destroy my hair but really am ready to get rid of this green. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks!

    Comment by Bridget — May 16, 2010 @ 8:38 pm

  16. I did some highlights and toned them with 9v and the client thought it was too light, so I then tried toning it down with a 9n…and that turned her hair a greenish color. Fixing Orange Hair I went ahead and did a bleach wash to take it out and it turned out good…is there any other thing I could have done other then the bleach wash?

    Comment by Amber — April 14, 2010 @ 9:04 pm

  17. Hi Barb,

    Thanks for the comment. Actually, I added a little powder bleach to my shampoo. I shampooed it in, left it for about five minutes, and the Bad Hair Color lifted right out.

    Comment by Jessica — April 5, 2010 @ 10:34 am

  18. Harry,
    Try haircolorist.com for a certified colorist in your area.

    Comment by Barb Quinn — March 23, 2010 @ 12:08 pm

  19. Jessica,
    Sounds like you could be a step away from a bigger disaster. I suggest you take your next coloring step to the pros.
    The blue won’t likely lift to your liking and you will need to fill and tone to get to a real looking color.

    Good luck!

    Comment by Barb Quinn — March 23, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

  20. I just bleached my hair and then toned it with a blue toner. The blue stuck to my hair and now I’m pretty much blue/grey. Anything that will take the toner out besides just washing?

    Comment by Jessica — March 20, 2010 @ 6:44 pm

  21. How to Get Rid of Orange Hair. Ive got ginger hair and i really want 2 get some one 2 dye it a mousey blonde , probably , do u know any salons what could do this well ?

    Comment by harry — March 13, 2010 @ 11:14 am

  22. Hello Sarah,

    I wrote a response to your question in an article here; http://hairstyle-blog.com/remove-hair-dye-safely.html

    Hope this helps!

    Comment by Barb Quinn — January 21, 2010 @ 3:12 pm

  23. I was alternating going to a salon and home coloring to cover grey roots, but we recently moved and I haven’t found a new salon yet. My hair is a bit darker now than I’d like and so I want to use Color Oops. I use perm. color for the grey roots only, and use a color gloss over the lenghts to refresh color. My question is on recoloring after using Color Oops. Should I still use perm. color on the roots since that is virgin hair? WHAT should i use for the lenghts??? Semi, or Demi, or just a color gloss again? Also, For the virgin roots, I’m assuming I pick the color shade I want (say 5N) But for the lenghts that are more porous, do I need to use a 7N or 8N for them to “match?” I am planning on using a protein treatment after Color Oops and waiting 1 week before recoloring….

    Comment by Sarah — January 17, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

  24. Sara,
    At this point, get a professional involved. You have two colors going on. One needs a filler and the other needs to be lifted and filled . . . too complicated to explain here, but believe me you can only make things worse by going further yourself!
    A professional can get it right!

    Comment by Barb Quinn — January 4, 2010 @ 4:13 pm

  25. I have recently attempted to dye my hair , that was a dark brown , to blonde and it turned out that my roots were dyed bleached blonde and everything else was dyed red . I want to go back to the dark brown now so how do I go about doing that ?

    Comment by Sara — December 26, 2009 @ 11:07 pm

  26. Hi. I just had my hair professionally colored and highlighted. It is red with blonde highlights and I hate it! My natural color is a light brown now its orange red. I want my hair back to light brown with highlights but I’m afraid to strip the color, I don’t want my hair to get really dry. Is there anything I can do? They used a demi permanent color.

    Comment by Hillary — November 26, 2009 @ 11:30 pm

  27. Rosie,
    You need to know too that it’s time to STOP!
    You need a professional, you will not be able to fix this yourself. You are only making matters worse!
    If you can’t afford one, go to a reputable beauty school in your area . . . at least hear what they have to say when seeing your hair.

    Don’t try to fix this yourself!

    Comment by Barb Quinn — September 30, 2009 @ 12:09 pm

  28. i have blonde hair but i was getting bored so i tried to put some black streaks in it but the color turned out to be a blue black. I didn’t like it at all so i tried to die it all over with a dark brown. Now almost all my hair is a greyish blue color with some brown, it looks terrible. how do i fix this ?!

    Comment by rosie — September 29, 2009 @ 12:00 am

  29. Sheridan,

    Sorry but . . . isn’t it obvious?
    STOP!! A professional can help you . . . you will only make matters worse!!
    May your next decision be a good one,
    Barb

    Comment by Barb Quinn — August 19, 2009 @ 1:15 pm

  30. ok so i want my hair color back to its natural color , which is like an ash brown …
    a year ago i tried to dye it regular brown but it turned out DARRKK almost black (eeww) and ,
    then i dyed in again during spring break these blonde highlights but they turned orange!! so then at home a few weeks later , i dyed it dark brown. now its yucky orange and my roots are a pretty color ash brown!!
    WHAT SHOULD I DO I NEED YOUR HELLPPP!!

    Comment by sheridan — August 16, 2009 @ 3:42 pm

  31. Hey, I’ve been dying my hair dark golden blonde for a year now.
    But sadly I had my aunt pick out a color similar to my natrual hair color, now my hair is WAY TOO dark.
    It’s dark brown>_

    Comment by Kit — August 4, 2009 @ 8:04 am

  32. hi, i have recently dyed my hair a redy colour whic contains hydrogen peroxide. already its feels really dry. is there a way that i can use some chemicals on my hair to get rid of the peroxide. and how much would this cost if i went to a hairdressers-roughly.
    thanks.
    sophie.

    Comment by sophie daniels — December 24, 2008 @ 5:06 pm

  33. HI Melissa,

    Check out this article and then see related articles at the bottom of the page.
    http://hairstyle-blog.com/hair-color-too-brassy-2.html

    Hope it helps!

    Comment by Barb Quinn — November 26, 2008 @ 2:41 pm

  34. hi,i am a natural red head.for the last year or so,ive been a brunette,ive found that after a few washes my own red hair would start to shine through.so i decided to get the brown stripped from my hair and to get a rice copper red back into my hair,which is something similiar to my own natural hair color,the problem is the color the hairdresser put in is horrible,its not even a copper colour,its more of a brassy red,its just horrible,got it done yesterday,and im so embarressed to step out in public,cause its so bright

    Can someone please help me with this,i’d be very grateful;/

    Also ive green eyes,pale skin,but no pinkish tones.

    Comment by melissa — November 16, 2008 @ 3:25 pm

  35. Thank you for this. I just contacted Linda abd she was very quick to answer my questions. I ordered colorfix after reading the reviews on folica and I think i will do ahead with the second step now. I also just checked to find out my colour was permanent… which is good to know, as I had thought it was semi permanent, and I’m glad I get second chance, and not have to wait a year of more for the darker ends to grow out. I was happy with the first colour I tried when I first coloured a few months ago, but got a little too curious and used another colour that a bit dark for my skin tone (or turned out to be.. the picture on the box played up the highlights.) Am still a little nervous, but feel much more prepared after reading this post. Linda said the second step is only a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and not likely to cause damage… and at least now I understand the purpose. It may stop brassiness and avoid any unpleasant surprises. Think I will wait a week or two for my hair to settle down so I can get back to the initial colour or use my target colour instead of something several steps lighter… wish me luck. I’m still waiting for my colorfix to arrive.

    Best regards, Jennifer.

    Comment by Jennifer in Canada — November 14, 2008 @ 8:08 pm

  36. i have naturally dark brown hair and have been dying it different shades of red for years. the last two times i dyed it with loreal hicolor higlights, red. but now parts of my hair are turning a blondish orange while the other parts are still red. im just want to get it back to my natural brown. please let me know how i can do this without patchy results or damaging my hair. thank you

    Comment by martina — June 15, 2008 @ 6:15 pm

  37. hi i dyed my hair bright red a live dye i hate it .it was permanant i would really love to know how i can get my hair back brown without causing any damage or changing it a different colour.please let me know asap as i would hate to be like this over xmas.thank you

    Comment by gail conway — December 4, 2007 @ 12:40 pm

  38. hi i highlighted my hair last feb. and last oct. and i really dont want highlights now.. so how can i get my hir back to its original color without hurting it or even dying it? thanks =]

    Comment by elana — September 25, 2007 @ 6:33 pm

  39. I just colored my hair “dark golden blonde”…my blonde highlights are now blue/grey. I want to recolor it immediately. Is it possible to fix it? How?

    Comment by sue — September 23, 2007 @ 5:47 pm

  40. I dyed my white hair med ash blond and it came up
    med dark brown . what formula can I use to
    to get a light ash blond? or to remove the dark
    color? I used a Jeri Redding hair color.
    Marge Foltin

    Comment by Marge Foltin — September 18, 2007 @ 1:01 pm

  41. i have dark hair and i want it permanently light brown but if i dont like it can i put another permanent color over top of it safely?

    Comment by Briana — September 16, 2007 @ 1:45 pm

  42. Hey,

    I have dark blonde to strawberry blomde hair naturally. I had it all over dyed red today. I hate it. How can I get rid of the perm color and get my own back asap. thanks

    Comment by Jamie — September 1, 2007 @ 5:23 pm

  43. Hey,
    i died my hair two night ago with colour pulse.
    I died it brown but like most of their dies, it died my hair red.
    I can’t work with red hair and im workin in 4 hours.
    Ive shampood my hair about 11 times in the past two days.
    It would be greatelly apreciated if you could get back to me with an answer, and get back quick!
    Thank you

    Comment by amanda — July 23, 2007 @ 6:18 am

  44. just recently i changed my hair colour from brown to blonde but unfortuantly the blonde turned into orange, i was wondering if there is any way to remove the orange from my hair without causing any damage to it.

    Comment by shenae — July 15, 2007 @ 1:36 am

  45. Hi I have natually light blonde hair the most I have ever had done to it is 6 highlight foils on the top.
    Underneath although hairdressers call it light blonde it is a dark and very dirty looking colour which I hate so on the weekend I put a permanant colour in it. It was a lore’el one with highlights aswell. I went for a darker colour and so not like it. To me it basically looks like now my hair all over is the same as my under colour it looks very mousy and boring.
    I want a caramel blondy brown colour like Mischa Barton brown with highlights or like kate mosses when it looks caramel blonde.
    What can I do and is it to early to put another one over top if it is not that noticeable.
    Cheers

    Comment by Natalie — January 15, 2007 @ 1:47 am

  46. I dyed my hair twice, in jet black then blue black. Now, I just don’t like it in black anymore and, i plan to put somethin’ light for the summer. Could somebody pls tell me how to get rid of the black color bfor the summer? It was a permanent color.

    Comment by Pascale — January 9, 2007 @ 4:13 am

  47. I used a color 9n on blonde hair and it turned green. I theb toned it with a tsb toner. I got the same blonde I started with. I then used a 7n to try to get a light brown and got green again. Do you think if I use a 6rb will i neutralize the green and be left with just the brown?

    Comment by lorena — September 16, 2006 @ 12:02 am

  48. I just would have one question here. I had been dying my hair dark brown for years and now i need a change I would like to try going to blonde, but when I tried this it is now orange is there a way that I will be able to dye my hair blonde without making my hair dye.

    Comment by rebecca lindner — September 7, 2006 @ 3:31 pm

  49. Just had a quick question, is it possible to do a strand test to make sure im getting the color i want. and if not, can i return the product to the store or website?

    Comment by charlotte — August 13, 2006 @ 10:03 pm

  50. I colored my hair 5 hrs. ago and it is almost black. I have a meeting 1st. thing in the morning what can I do to lighten it a little?

    Comment by Donna — August 9, 2006 @ 11:38 pm

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