You want to know how to get rid of orange hair at home? Yikes!
Whether you’ve tried to lighten your hair, remove old hair dye or your gorgeous new hair colour is abandoning your head, faded orange hair is never a good look.
And we don’t mean the on-trend, orange-red shades of shimmering copper or rich rusty auburn hair. We’re talking about that drab, washed-out hue that makes your hair look – and you feel – old, tired, frazzled and frankly unfabulous!
Luckily we’re here with all you need to know about how to get rid of unwanted orange nastiness in the quickest way possible.
You’ll be pleased to hear it’s a lot easier than you think!
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Why does my hair turn orange?
The reason your hair turns orange is all to do with pigments.
The darker your hair, the more pigments of colour your hair will contain. The most stubborn colour pigments of all are red which are big fat molecules that are super tricky to completely remove from your hair.
If you lighten your hair using bleach, or if you’ve ever tried to dye your hair a lighter colour, these red molecules are the last to be stripped from your hair – leaving behind traces of nasty red and orange hues.
How can I get rid of orange hair at home?
If your hair is turning orange as your hair colour fades or washes away, there are a few things you can do:
- Dye your hair another colour – go for a darker colour with cooler tones to cancel out and tone down the orange.
- Strip your hair colour out – if you want to remove your hair dye completely, check out How to remove hair dye at home for some tried and tested methods.
- Use a blue toner or blue shampoo – and conditioner to counteract the orange shades and correct the colour.
Which method will work best for you depends on the natural colour of your hair and how many colours you need to remove.
Which is the easiest way to fix orange hair at home?
We love blue shampoos as a quick remedy for orange hair as they’re easy to use and work pretty much instantly.
They’re just like ordinary shampoos but they contain blue pigments that are used to neutralize red and orange, brassy tones.
So they cleanse your hair while gently toning your colour to cool down the warm orange vibes.
How does blue get rid of orange?
Blue counteracts orange tones as they are opposite colours so cancel each other out.
If you take a look at the hair colour wheel below, you’ll see that blue is directly opposite orange. That’s why we use blue pigment on unwanted brassy, orange tones to correct it and restore the cooler colour.
Similarly, if you want to get rid of yellow or brassy tones in blonde and lighter hair, you’d need to use a good purple shampoo.
How do I use blue shampoos?
- Wait at least two weeks after dyeing your hair before using a blue shampoo. Your hair will be extra porous after colouring and it could go patchy.
- Use alongside a good blue conditioner to keep your hair healthy and in great condition.
- Rinse the shampoo out thoroughly.
- Use as a shampoo or as an intensive treatment in between washes.
- Don’t leave it on too long – it deposits a blue pigment which could stain your hair. If this happens, don’t panic! Wash it with a really good clarifying shampoo for coloured hair to fix.
- Don’t use it too often. You can start by mixing it with your normal shampoo if you find it’s too strong or it makes your hair too dark.
- Don’t use it to cancel out yellow tones, it will only work for orange tones and will make yellow tones turn green!
Which are the best blue shampoos?
These are the best blue shampoos for neutralizing unwanted tones and getting rid of orange hair at home – for good! You can read more about them in our in-depth reviews of Best blue shampoo for brunettes.