I dyed my hair blonde and it came out orange. Do you have a solution?

hair turned orange bleach

A lot of women that dye their hair blonde end up with orange hair. I’ll tell you why that happens and what to do to fix it.

How can you get rid of that horrible orange tone in your hair, so it ends up beautifully blonde instead?

That’s what I’m going to tell you about now.


Hi Carina. I need your help.

I dyed my hair blonde, and it ended up orange.

Do you have a solution?


I got that question a few days ago on my personal Whatsapp.

Yes, personal.

The one I use to talk to my husband, my kids and my mother.

The craziest part is that the girl had absolutely no idea. I have no clue where she got my phone number.

black hair has red undertones

Writing a blog like this one has its positives and its negatives…

One good thing is that it helps me meet wonderful people, colleagues as well as clients.

It also allows me to discover new products and treatments that I definitely wouldn’t have if I didn’t write this blog.


I could go on all afternoon naming the incredible benefits of having a space on the web to share my knowledge and opinions. Still, like everything in this world, there is also a cost to it.

One of the negatives is that I receive dozens of questions on my personal Whatsapp every day.


I always try to be as respectful as possible and respond to all the questions, but sometimes they’re too much. If I responded to all of the questions I get, I would have to dedicate my whole day to it. As you can imagine, I still have to work, take my kids to school, cook food, and so many other things.

red undertones pigments

At any rate, this girl’s question is repeated pretty often, so I decided to write an article about it. That way, every time someone asks me that question, I can send them this article.


Many women who mean to dye their hair blonde end up with orange hair.

Today I’m going to tell you why that happens and how you can fix it.


How do you get rid of that horrible orange tone in your hair so that a more beautiful blonde tone is what shows instead?

That’s what we’re going to consider today.



Why did your hair turn orange?

The first step is understanding why your hair turned orange.


Let’s suppose that one day you decide to paint your house red.

After two years, you get tired of red and decide to paint it black.

After four years, you get tired of black and decide to paint it white.

Now your house has several layers of different colors: red, black and white.


A similar thing happens with our hair.

The hair color that you see in the mirror is a combination of several colors.

On one hand, our hair has a visible color that might be black, brunette, or blonde, etc. and then there is the base color or underlying color.

ash blonde highlights

The hair on the left is still very orange. To get to the blonde that you see on the right, it’s necessary to bleach it again.


If your hair is black, it has a lot of dark red base pigment.

If your hair is brunette, it has an orange base pigment.

When we strip the color from our hair, what we are doing is discovering or revealing the base tone.


Are you starting to understand why your hair turned orange?

If your hair is not yellow, you can’t dye it blonde because it’s not light enough. It’s like trying to paint a black wall white.

If you want to paint a black wall white, you have two options. Cover it with a lot of white paint, or get rid of the black and then paint it white.

This is the same thing.


If your hair turned orange, it’s because it wasn’t bleached enough to get to blonde. To dye it blonde, we need to get rid of all the red pigment that is naturally in your hair first. To do this, when starting with black or dark hair, you need to bleach it two or three times.


The lighter your hair is naturally, the fewer bleaching sessions are necessary to get to blonde. If your hair is dark brown, you probably only need to bleach it twice.

from light orange to pretty blonde

The hair on the left is ready for toning. After applying toner, the result looks like the picture on the right.


How do you get rid of the orange in your hair to make it blonde?

Let’s suppose that your hair is orange and you want to be a beautiful blonde. In that case, what you have to do is bleach your hair again.


The color after bleaching should be a duck yellow. At that point, you have to tone the yellow with a purple toner.

Let’s review the steps.


Step 1

Bleach it again.

If after bleaching, your hair is yellow, you can move on to step 2. If, after the bleaching your hair is orange, you should bleach it again.


Step 2

Use a toner.

After bleaching, the color will be jarring. What you have to do is neutralize those harsh colors with a toner.  If the result of the bleaching is yellow, you’ll need use a toner like Wella T.18 or the equivalent in other brands to tone it.  


If you’re unsure about what color toner to buy, I recommend that you talk with a professional colorist at a beauty salon or in a hair product store.



If, after following those steps we talked about, you were able to get the blonde color you desired, congratulations.

The work is not finished, my friend.

Keeping your hair attractive when it’s dyed blonde is an everyday job.


If you’re a person that doesn’t have a lot of time to dedicate to your hair, or you’re not very organized, it’s not a good idea for you to dye your hair such a light color. If that’s the case, it might be better to go for an intermediate color.


Light colors like blonde are challenging to maintain because they are exposed to the chemicals in the products you use to wash it and other external factors like climate.

So, before you dye your hair blonde, you should stop and think, “Do I have the time to dedicate to my hair?”

If the answer is no, you should consider a different color.


And that is all for today, friends and readers.

If, for any reason, you get my Whatsapp number, I kindly ask you not to send me messages. I prefer you to leave your question right here and believe me, as soon as I can, I will get to your problem.


You can ask me anything you’d like.

About hair tones, cream developer, hydrogen peroxide, etc.

At ten at night, when the boys go to bed, and my husband starts watching his show on Netflix, I read and answer all the questions that come to me throughout the day.

So, I look forward to your questions.


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