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4 Ways to Tone Away Orange Level 7 Hair


Why does hair turn brassy and orange?

Orange Level 7 Hair

Orange Hair

Hair turns orange as you lighten it with color, bleach or developer.

This is because as you lighten, warm undertones - also known as secondary pigments - get exposed.

These warm undertones can be orange or yellow depending on what level your hair is at exactly.

How can I tone away the orange?

Roots and Mid-Lengths

How orange is this hair?

In order to tone away the orange, you need to ask: how orange is the hair exactly?

Is it pure orange? Or yellow-orange? Or orange-yellow?

See the chart below, and use it to assess the exact level of your client's hair.

Most probably, if it is orange, it will be around level 7.

Hair Lightening Levels

Hair lightening levels

4 ways to tone away orange hair level 7

In this seminar, we are going to show you 4 ways to tone away orange hair level 7.

We will go through these four ways of toning orange hair now.

And we will be sure to mention the orange-killing products you need to use.

First way: bleach, tone and apply Purple Shampoo

This way is really the best way and one that any hairdresser would recommend.

It involves lifting the orange hair (which as we saw, is around level 7) all the way up to level 10.

Then tone. Then finish using purple shampoo.

For lifting, we would suggest that you use Brilliant Blondexx.

It has Bond Protect in it and will protect the hair as it lifts.

Brilliant Blondexx also lifts very fast.

In fact, if your hair is orange level 7, you should be able to achieve a level 10 pale yellow using Brilliant Blondexx with just 20 Vol developer.

Brilliant Blondexx

Brilliant Blondexx with Bond Protect will lift orange hair to pale yellow using only 20 Vol developer in around 20 minutes.

Bleached hair level 10

Bleached hair level 10

Now, Tone the Hair & Use Purple Shampoo

Once the hair has been lifted all the way to level 10, tone with a purple based level 10 toner.

You can use either Pearl Blonde 10V, a violet based (purple based) toner.

Or you can use Extra Light Cool Blonde 10.2, which is a very purple based ultra-white blonde color. 

Or you can use Blondify Natural Violet Blonde 010V, an ammonia-free, PDP free toner.

By using this method, you will succeed in taking your orange hair all the way to a very beautiful white ash blonde.

Blondify Toner

Blondify Natural Violet Blonde Toner

Any of the above products will get rid of the remaining traces of yellow.

Once the toning is done, finish using Ugly Duckling Purple Shampoo.

This will help get the hair even whiter.

Pearl Blonde Hair 10V

Stunning White Ash Blonde

Hair toned with Ugly Duckling toner Pearl Blonde 10V.

Then rinsed with Ugly Duckling Purple Shampoo


Hair by Elona Taki

Second Way: Tone Orange to Medium Blonde Using an Ugly Duckling Intense Toner

The second way involves using Ugly Duckling intense toners.

These toners have a special booster ingredient in them.

This means they lift by around 1-2 levels, kicking out any orange and yellow.

And they tone at the same time.

If your hair is at level 7 orange, this method will allow you to get it to level 8-9.

The intense pearl blonde toner 100V is purple based.

And the intense silver blonde toner 100B is blue based.

Both will allow someone with orange hair to get to a medium blonde and will deal with the orange.

You can also use Purple Shampoo afterwards. This will help tone away any remaining yellow.


Hair by Elona Taki

Third Way: Using Blue Based Toners to Cover Orange Hair and Take it Dark Blonde 

If the hair is very orange, and you don't wish to go lighter, but rather cover the orange, then we would suggest you use blue based ash blonde toners.

In particular 8.1b Light Cold Ash Blonde7.1b Light Cold Ash Blonde and 6.1b Dark Cold Ash Blonde

The blue pigments in these toners will neutralize unwanted warmth.

At the same time, the blonde and dark blonde in them will color the hair and give you natural, vibrant and attractive reflects.

So they will help you cover and tone down the orange.

And to re-color the hair medium to dark blonde.


8.1b Light Cold Ash Blonde

Light Cold Ash Blonde

7.1b Light Cold Ash Blonde


6.1b Dark Cold Ash Blonde

If you have truly a lot of pumpkin orange hair,  then you may like to opt for some extra ash blue pigments.

In this case, use ash-blue additive in addition to any of the above toners.

Ash Blue Additive

Ash Blue Additive

This is a unique product from Ugly Duckling which contains pure blue ash.

If you add this in along with your blue based 7.1b or 8.1b or 6.1b, you will be able to kill any orange left in the hair and neutralize it.

Be careful how much you add in: about an inch of ash blue additive added to a tube of  a regular blue based ash blonde color would be about the right proportion.

Using Ash Blue Additive will tend to darken the end result by around 1 level.

But you will find that it is a sure-fire method to get you to a dark blonde level 7 or level 8 with all that orange and pumpkin orange been toned away.


Hair by Elona Taki

Fourth Way: Tone orange hair brown

The last way involves covering orange hair and taking it darker, to brown.

For this, ash based colors (blue-green) such as Dark Cold Ash Blonde 6.11 as well as Ugly Duckling's ash grey additive are really helpful.

They will help counteract reddish-orange tones and give you a consistent brown color.

This way involves. you taking the level 7 hair down to level 6 or maybe even level 5 if you use a lot of ash grey additive.


Hair by Elona Taki

Will Purple Shampoo help tone away orange?

Purple shampoo is an excellent toning product. But it works best on level 9 and level 10 hair.

Use them to neutralize yellow blonde hair.

They won't, however, work on orange hair in any noticeable way.

What is the best way for preventing brassy or orange hair for the future?

The best way is to keep using Brilliant Blondexx bleach for root touch-ups and orange areas.

Make sure the hair is as near to level 10 as you can.

Then tone with any of these purple based toners:

Pearl Blonde 10V

Extra Light Cool Blonde 10.2

Blondify 010V

About the author

Sally has been a hair colorist and trainer for many years in both the US & Europe. She currently does hair color training for Ugly Duckling. She also helps develop new & awesome products for the brand.

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