How to fix brassy-orange roots in dark brown hair

in dark hair

Do the roots of your hair look orange or brassy?


Don’t worry.

Here I’ll let you know how to fix your roots.

 Fixing orange roots is really quite simple: you should put in dark brown dye again but with 10 VOLUME DEVELOPER. 

Do you know why?


The reason is very simple—dark tones are always applied with 20 volume developer.

Except for the two darkest tones in the color palette, for which you can apply dye using  10 volume developer without a problem.

Dark brown 3 and black 1.


 Being such dark colors, they have much more pigment, and if you apply these shades with higher-volume developers, you run the risk of lightening your hair to copper (orange) or auburn (red) tones. 

It’s for this reason that your roots can become orange.


But it has a solution; if you apply dark brown 3 dye with 10 volume developer to your orange roots, your hair color will end up being even.

  • Now I’m going to tell you how to fix your orange roots in detail
  • Which materials you’ll need to do it
  • And the application technique that will give you a perfect result


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How to fix your orange roots?

use 20 volume peroxide

To fix your orange roots, the first thing you need to do is  remember the shade of dye you’d applied. 

If it was dark brown, then it was number 3.


As I was telling you before, dark brown is a color with a lot of pigment.

To get a brown shade, dye manufacturers mix several colors—red, blue, yellow.

Just like when you’re painting, and you want to mix a new color.

When you apply the dye with 20 volume developer, the pigment will be bleached.

What do I mean by this?


It’s like when you spill some drops of bleach on a black shirt.

Have you noticed that the stain is orange or reddish?


The same thing happens with 20 developer and dark dye.

When you apply the dye over younger hair, such as your roots, the 20 volume developer has lightening properties. It’s for this reason that your roots look orange.

 Therefore, the solution to this problem is to put in dark brown 3 dye with 10 volume developer. 

In this way, your hair doesn’t run the risk of becoming lighter, and your tone will look perfectly even.


What materials do you need?

To fix your roots, you only need to buy the same dye you applied before, dark brown 3, and a tube of 10 volume developer.

If the dye you applied before comes in a kit, don’t worry, just replace the developer from the kit with a developer that is 10 volume. 


Here is the list of everything you’ll need:

  • Dark brown 3 color kit
  • 10 volume developer
  • Paintbrush for dying

Once you have all the materials, you can start with the application.


How to fix your roots in 4 steps at home

To even out your hair color, you don’t need to be an expert colorist—it’s really very simple.

Just cover your roots with the color mix.

But take it easy; let’s go step by step.


Step 1

Detangle your hair so there aren’t any knots that could interfere further along in the process.


Step 2

In a plastic container, mix the dye tube included in the color kit and the 10 volume developer. Stir until it has a uniform consistency.

Use gloves.


Step 3

  • With the paintbrush for dying, apply the mix to your roots
  •   IMPORTANT: make sure you cover 1 centimeter beyond your roots. In this way, you’ll blend your roots’ tone in with the rest of your hair. 
  • Leave the mix in for 30 to 45 minutes.
  • After this time has passed, wash your hair with lots of lukewarm water.
  • You can apply the post-color treatment that comes with the color kit. It will replenish your hair and leave it shining.


Step 4

  • Dry your hair with a hair dryer
  • Apply a few drops of oil or anti-frizz serum.
  • Style your hair as you like it with a straightening or curling iron.



All set, now you’ve fixed the problem of your orange roots.

You’ll be asking what will happen when you want to redo your color.

The answer is simple.


  • If you need to retouch just your roots, apply the dye with 10 volume developer.
  • If you want to change your color, I’m talking about changing the tone to a brown 4 or a brown 5; you should apply the dye with 20 volume developer.

Remember that the only two tones for which you should apply 10 volume developer for retouching roots are dark brown 3 and black 1.

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