We all know that orange is the new black, but when it comes to hair, that’s not a good thing! Ginger and copper are the kind of on-trend orangey shades we love. But if you’re looking at unwanted brassy tresses in the mirror, you’ll need to know what colour covers orange hair.
What are the best colours to cover up orange hair?
Blue and purple pigments counteract red and brassy orange tones as they are opposite colours so cancel each other out. Black is a solid colour that’s able to cancel out all colours – be careful if you choose black as it’s hard to get out of your hair!
If you take a look at the hair colour wheel that the rules of all hair colours abide by, you’ll see that blue is directly opposite orange. That’s why we use things like blue shampoos to neutralise unwanted brassy, orange tones in brown hair to correct it and restore the cooler colour.
How do I cover up orange hair?
Orange hair is tricky. It’s not like you can just colour your hair with a magic potion and voila, new blonde locks.
Plus the fact that orange is such an unappealing colour to some people (no shade, we don’t mean on-trend copper and ginger). So when it comes to covering up your orange hue, what do you use? Well here are three options!
- Bleach your hair with a high-lift bleach so that it’s as light as possible before applying a new colour.
- Apply a permanent colour or professional toner over the top.
- Use temporary colours to cover your orange hair until it grows out (this is so high maintenance though!).
10 hair dye colours that will cover orange hair.
There are a whole range of hair dyes you can buy off the shelf that will give you the right tone and shade to cover any unwanted orange hair colour yourself at home.
These are a few of our tried and tested!
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#1 Natural Blue Black
The first thing we noticed about this particular box dye was that the formula is pretty thick. This makes it easy to apply but also makes your hair feel really soft as the colour sinks in and works its magic.
The colour was dark at first – more black than blue – with glints of blue that catch the light and make your hair shimmer. Go for this if you want to cover your orange hair with a subtle, blue black.
Best for: Blue black colour.
This is a dark colour with purpley-blue undertones and as it says on the box – the lighter your hair, the longer your wear.
We left it in longer for than the instructions to be sure the colour would take as a few reviews said it didn’t. The result was a gorgeous, rich deep purple-blue hue but not as black as the box. Use this if you have dark hair already to add a purpley tint.
Best for: Dark purple tints.
#3 Downtown Denim.
We love the Feria Shimmering range, particularly the edgy Glam Grunge colours like Dusty Mauve and Vintage Teal.
We left it on for 10 mins more than the recommended 25 minutes, but could see it zapping the orange in our hair from the start. It is quite black that’s true. But the colour is not too harsh against cool skin tones.
Best for: Shimmering dark blue colour.
#4 Electric Blue.
This is one of Schwartzkopf’s dazzling urban metallic, permanent hair colours so we were expecting intense results. We weren’t disappointed.
It’s almost a steel blue colour with it’s shimmery silver tones. There’s a great colour-guide on the box and you’ll need to be blonde to get the box colour. Go for it if you want orange-free blue with metallic tones.
Best for: Cool blue tones with a metallic shine.
#5 Dark Burgundy Brown.
Nice n easy dyes are easy to put on and feel like their conditioning your hair while they get to work on your head.
The colour result was a subtle, reddish-purple hue that was super warm and rich. Most of all, our hair felt amazingly soft and in good condition. This makes our list just for that.
Best for: Burgundy softness and shine.
#6 Deep Violet.
This came with a good amount of creme that was easy to apply and had an ingenious design that means the box can hold the bottle.
The colour is fab – our light brown hair now has all over pinky-purple tones that gives a lustrous, even colour. And zero orange!
Best for: All over even violet.
We tried this colour on warm brown hair with red undertones and the result was shimmering purple tresses of joy.
It was a little messy to apply but the formula was generous and the end colour was the most rich and intense perfect plum. It may wash out to red but it’s still going strong after 5 washes so all good.
Best for: Intense plum perfection.
#8 Vibrant red.
This is full-on perfect pillarbox red if your hair is already lightened. We used it on blonde hair and the result was a bold, block colour of fire engine red.
The only problem with this is – it’ll fade to orange! So stock up on boxes to keep it topped up.
Best for: Warm pillarbox red.
This is a darker colour with rich purple and blue tones.
The foam is a revelation, so easy to apply and sinks into our hair to really penetrate it with colour. (You can find out more about why we love John Frieda Foam Precision Dyes here).
The colour had real depth with multi-dimensional glints and really soft from the sweet smelling conditioner. It does become lighter after a couple of washes and starts to appear a lighter red than purple. But it’s cool tones cancelled our orange and that’s what it’s all about.
Best for: Cool red with a hint of purple.
This is easy to apply and the formula is thick so it stays on your head not your bathroom floor. It’s easier to be more precise with it so your forehead won’t be dyed too!
As for the colour? We needed two boxes to get it really black. But the colour came out rich and glossy and in really good condition. Orange hair is a distant memory.
Best for: Mess-free black hair dye.
What hair colour suits me?
If you’re feeling unsure about which if these hair colours will suit you, you can find out by taking our quiz! Just answer a few quick questions to find out what hair colours most suit you! Click on the image below.
You can also try on some virtual hair colours with the Best hair colour changing apps you need to use in 2021!
So if you have orange hair, don’t fret. Now you know what colour covers orange hair. There are plenty of hair dye colours available to help you cover it up. Stock up for next time there’s an orange hair emergency!