Will bleaching red hair turn it pink? No! It’ll turn orange

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  • Your red hair won’t turn pink after bleaching. Instead, when you bleach your red hair, it’ll turn orange.
  • However, if you want your red hair to turn pink, you have two options.
  • You could bleach your hair and apply a pink dye. Alternatively, you can go for a healthier option: apply a white semi-permanent hair dye to your red hair to turn it pink. I’ll tell you how to do it.


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 Bleaching red hair won’t turn it pink. 

Instead, it’ll turn carrot-orange.


Sometimes, it seems that bleaching is the only solution for hair color problems.

The reason comes from a misconception that bleaching is the simplest thing in the world and that anyone can do it.

However, bleaching is one of the most aggressive chemical processes.

Also, bleaching red hair to turn it pink involves several bleaching sessions because red hair is one of the most difficult colors to remove.


How many sessions do you need? It all depends on your red tone and its condition. But I could assure you that you’ll have to go through at least three bleaching sessions.

After the first bleaching session, your hair will look orange. Then, after the second bleach, you’ll go yellow. And on the third session, hopefully, you’ll get to white. Then, you can apply a pink dye.

Remember that you should allow three weeks between sessions for your hair to recover from the chemical process.

Red is one of the colors that take the longest to fade.


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But, don’t worry, you can work on it.

If you want to go from red to pink hair, I’ll give you a healthier and faster solution than bleaching.

Do you want to know what it is? Read on.


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You can apply a white semi-permanent hair dye to turn your red hair pink

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Let’s go back to elementary school for a moment. How did you create pink during your art lessons?

Obviously, you mixed red and white.


Well, your hair is already red! So, on top of that red hair, you can just add white. And instead of using paints, you’ll use a semi-permanent white dye.

 Why will your red hair turn pink? 


Because white semi-permanent hair dye is used to lighten hair color. As this type of dye doesn’t contain a developer or ammonia, it adheres to red hair and transforms it into pink.

Best of all, it doesn’t matter if your hair is colored with a permanent or semi-permanent red dye. The semi-permanent white dye will work in both cases to turn your hair pink.


If your hair is colored with a permanent red dye, apply the white dye to the hair

pink strand after applying white dye on red hair

  • Comb your clean and dry hair.
  • Start applying the white semi-permanent hair dye from roots to ends.
  • Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave it on.
  •  If your hair is dark red,  leave it on for 60 minutes.
  •  If your hair is light red,  leave it on for 40 minutes.
  • After the exposure time, rinse your hair with the coldest water you can stand.
  • Don’t apply shampoo or conditioner!


If your hair is dyed with a semi-permanent red dye, you have two options for turning it pink

  • You can wait for the red dye to fade and apply the pink dye you want.
  • You can apply the white dye directly to your red hair.

It all depends on the pink shade you’re looking for.

If your hair is a very deep red and you’re looking for a very soft or pastel pink, my advice is to wait for a few washes until the red fades.


If you decide to apply a semi-permanent white dye to your red hair to turn it pink, I recommend you modify some habits in your hair beauty routine.



Bleaching red hair will never turn it pink. Instead, it’ll turn orange during the first bleaching session. So, you’ll need at least three or four bleaching sessions to make your hair very light blonde to apply a pink dye.

Alternatively, if you don’t want to expose your red hair to bleaching, you can apply a semi-permanent white dye to turn it pink.

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