How to Fix Orange Hair

Dyed blonde hair can be difficult to maintain because, after a few weeks of coloring, the color fades, and yellow or copper tones can appear if the dye wasn’t applied or maintained properly. Fortunately, there are ways to neutralize or correct unwanted highlights.

5-Minute Crafts will show you, step-by-step, how to remove the orange and yellowish color from your hair in addition to a bonus tip on how to prevent the dye from fading.

What you’ll need

  • Tone-on-tone (semipermanent) dye
  • A comb
  • Gloves
  • Water spray
  • A shower cap
  • A dye brush
  • A medium bowl
  • Tweezers

Instructions

Step 1. Follow the instructions of your dye to prepare the product in the plastic bowl. Almost every box of dye contains a tube of coloring cream and a bottle of peroxide or developer cream. Mix the 2 in equal parts according to the amount you want to dye.

Step 2. Place a towel around your shoulders and comb your hair to remove any knots or tangles you might have.

Step 3. Section your hair into 4 parts. Make a part that goes from the middle of your forehead to the neck, and another from ear to ear. Clip the strands apart and in place.

Step 4. Apply petroleum jelly (Vaseline, for example) or coconut oil to the contours of the face, ears, and neck to avoid any skin blemishes.

Step 5. Moisten all the hair fibers using a spray bottle filled with water.

Step 6. Apply the dye mixture to your damp hair. You should always start with the back parts. Remember to divide the strands into small sections that are about one centimeter thick so that the dye can penetrate every single strand of hair properly. Don’t forget to wear gloves to protect your skin at all times.

Step 7. Leave the dye on for about 25 minutes until the orange or yellowish tone is neutralized. You’ll notice that the color will change with time. Don’t forget that you can wear a shower cap to avoid staining your clothes or your home.

Step 8. Rinse with plenty of warm water and apply conditioner to keep your hair looking healthy after the procedure.

Bonus: 5 tips to preserve your dye job

  • Colored hair, unlike other types of hair, requires special care. That means that you can’t just use any type of product. You should always look for shampoos, conditioners, and creams specifically made for color care.

  • The heat from blow dryers, curling irons, and straighteners can damage the dye and your hair too. Instead, you should choose to wear your hair au naturel, whether that means it’ll look straight, wavy, or curly.

  • Depending on how much you wash your hair, you should consider trying to reduce the frequency at which you wash it. It’s recommended to do so every 2 or 3 days to avoid loss of color over time.

  • You can install a shower head filter in your shower to avoid chlorine and minerals coming from the water pipes. The filtered water will help give a better texture to the hair fibers and hold the dye for longer periods of time, which also means you’ll have to dye it less often. Not only does that save money, but it will also protect your hair, as dyeing it too often can damage it as well.

  • Last but not least, make sure to always protect your hair from ultraviolet rays by wearing a hat or applying a UV-filtering hairspray so as not to lose the original shade of the dye.

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