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How to Fix Orange Hair

Fix Orange Hair Here and Now!

There are many of you out there who have asked for help in how to find a hair colorist who knows what they are doing! It’s so unfortunate that there are so many people in the business who are making these types of blunders on their clients and are letting them walk out dissatisfied with nowhere to go! It gives the whole hairstyling industry a bad name.

Here are two recent readers cries for help to fix orange hair! Do you have a similar hair color problem?

From Barb:
I have SUCH a hard time finding a good hair colorist! My hair is naturally dark blonde with gold highlights. It’s kinda dull so I like to have neutral blonde highlights and chocolate-brown low lights. Hairdressers seem SO confident to do what they think AFTER I tell them the high lights will turn ORANGE if not left on long enough, and the lowlights will turn brassy if a warm based is used! Still, they DON’T LISTEN! My hair looks awful right now and is really dry after someone at a local hair salon did it. How can I find someone better? They SEEM good when giving a consultation, then my results are another story!

From Unhappy:
I have the EXACT same issue as Barb! I’ve been searching everywhere for a decent hair colorist! On top of which, I have curly hair so it makes it doubly difficult to find someone who won’t butcher my cut and someone who won’t turn me into Goldie-locks (literally). I’m so disgusted with being ORANGE. Someone….PLEASE HELP!!!

Woman with orange brassy hair color. How to Fix Orange Hair

The hair salon owner should (and almost always wants) to do what it takes to make the customer satisfied. As a customer, if you are dissatisfied with the service you received, you owe it to yourself to make the hair salon owner aware of the problem. If they can fix it, they will. At the very least, if they can’t fix it they should return your money.

Call or write the hair salon owner. Writing a letter is a great way to state your case clearly, sans the drama and emotion. That way the owner won’t feel a need to be defensive and can give you their closest and most discreet attention. Keep in mind your first objective should be to correct the mistake and if they have the experience to correct the mistake, you won’t be paying someone else the big bucks to fix it. Clearly stating the problem as you experienced it, can be a win-win for all . . . even for the original hair colorist who should take some learning strides from their mistake. I have written an article dedicated solely to What to do when the salon screws Up, give it a read for more tips on how to deal with problems with hair salons.

Find a Board Certified Hair Colorist. A board certified hair colorist is a professional who has taken the extra time and effort to become more knowledgeable about the mechanics and chemistry of hair color dyes. These professionals have a proven high level of competency in the area of hair coloring. This is clearly one way in which the consumer can recognize a competent hair colorist. However, the folks who do the certification say,”the certification process will only determine that the hair colorist knows the subject matter. Even a champion professional golfer picks up the wrong club to make a shot every now and then. No examination can guarantee the individual who passes will perform a hair color the client will be happy with.”

We should also add here that there are many good hair colorists out there who are not board certified. This is just one way for you to be able to find a hair colorist you know is highly skilled and trained.

To find a board certified colorist in your area, go to:

The above website has a practice exam on-line for hair styling professionals. If you are a licensed professional and wonder if you could benefit from taking this course, go to; FAQ’s, Review Study Material, Practice Exam.


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Fix Orange Hair

Fix Orange Hair

How to Fix Orange Hair Color Mistakes

Orange hair is a common problem that I see when lightening hair from a dark color or when trying to apply color over previously colored hair. Fix orange hair color mistakes with these tips: “How to Fix
Orange Hair”

  • A Toner is the number one way to fix orange hair. Here’s a hairdresser secret . . . use a toner in the opposite color as your orange hair (blue/green). A blue/green or ash based toner will help to neutralize any orange hair tones and give you a better hair hue. Timing is important, so if you don’t have an eye for when to take the color off, don’t do it.
  • Violet Based Shampoos can also work on brassy hair if it is more of a yellow tone than orange. Violet shampoos work similarly to toners by using the opposite hair color to neutralize the brassy color. I recommend this shampoo to those who have brassy high lights or yellow or orange hair tones throughout hair.
  • A Demi-Permanent color in a darker shade can help to fix orange hair caused by either lightening or an attempt to lighten colored hair with hair color. Since hair color cannot lighten previously colored hair, an orange hair hue is sometimes left as the end result. I suggest using a demi-permanent hair color to hair to help mask the orange hair effects leftover from the lightening attempt. A demi-permanent hair color is gentler than a permanent hair color and will be more translucent when applied to wet hair.

Prevention is always best, so I recommend always seeing a professional hairdresser if you are changing your hair color more than two shades from your current color. If you are coloring or lightening your hair yourself, fix orange hair before it starts by keeping an eye on hair color as it processes. If you are lightening hair, you need to watch the color as it changes and lifts out of the hair.

Wait until hair has gone past the orange/yellow stage before rinsing. The time will vary from person to person, so you’ll have to check every five to ten minutes or so. Also, remember that hair color cannot lighten hair color, so you’ll need to use a lightening product like bleach if you want to go lighter.

If you don’t feel confident in any of these steps to fix orange hair, save yourself some headaches and take it to the hair salon!



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