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How to correct bleached hair that turned orange


Why has my hair turned orange?

Orange hair

Orange hair after bleaching

Hair turns orange after bleaching for one reason only.

It is because you did not bleach the hair enough. 

That is literally the only reason.

If the hair is pure orange, as in the picture above, it is probably at around level 6.

Instead of level 9 or 10, which is what it should be after bleaching.

What should I do if hair turns orange when I bleach it?

What you need to do is you need to keep the mixture on the hair and not rinse too soon.

And keep the bleach mixture moist.

Also, be prepared to make some fresh mix and add as necessary.

And keep bleaching until you reach level 10 - very pale yellow.

See the hair in the picture below.

This is what your hair should look like when you rinse after bleaching.

Level 10 bleached hair

Bleached hair which has been lifted to level 10

Reasons why your hair bleach is not getting your client's hair past orange

Almost certainly the reason why your bleaching is giving you less than perfect results is one of the following:

You are not using a good enough bleach with sufficient lifting power.

Or the developer you are using is an old batch and it has lost its lift.

Or you did not get the bleach mixture moist enough.

Or you did not apply on the hair correctly. Meaning you did not drench the hair in the bleach mixture as you should do.

Or you simply rinsed it off too soon.

Or you did some combination of the above!

What should you do to get rid of orange in the hair?

Brilliant Blondexx Bleach

Brilliant Blondexx Bleach with Plex Technology

The first thing you need to do is to bleach the hair once more.

Using a good quality bleach and an appropriate developer strength.

We would recommend that you use Ugly Duckling Brilliant Blondexx bleach.

It is a powerful bleach and can lift up to 7 levels.

At the same time it has Bond Protect (Plex Technology) built in.

Which means it protects the hair at the same time as it lifts it.

Thanks to the Plex technology, it is comfortable on the scalp.

Meaning you can use this bleach on the near root area as well as on the ends.

And most importantly, it will get your hair to level 10 - which is where you need it to be.

Which developer should I use with my bleach?

If your hair is orange, the good news is that you only have to lift by around 4 levels.

So you can use 20 Vol or 30 Vol developer with your Brilliant Blondexx bleach and you will be able to lift it quite easily.

Remember to make a nice wet mixture ( 1 part bleach to 2 parts developer is good).

Bleach needs to be wet in order to be active on the hair.

And a wet mix will be easier to apply, and will make it easier for you to literally drench the hair.

How should I apply the bleach mixture?

Wet orange hair

Orange hair about to be bleached

If this is a full head application, start from the back, segmenting finally.

Make sure you literally smother the hair with your mixture.

The hair needs to be drenched if it is to lift correctly.

Keep the mixture on and keep checking.

Rinse when it is pale yellow and not before.

Hair bleaching levels

Hair bleaching levels


Hair by Jarly

Which toners should I use after bleaching?

Different toners contain different levels of lift and different pigments., and it is important to choose the right one.

In this tutorial we are going to give you 5 products you can use to tone the hair after bleaching.

Which one you choose will depend on the exact end result that you are looking for.

And of course, it also depends on how successful you were in bleaching the hair.

1. Toner with extra lift 

If you are looking to push the hair to a very white blonde, then use intense pearl blonde 100V.

It contains added lift (which most toners don't) as well as purple pigments.

This is also a good toner to choose if for some reason, your bleaching didn't come out well and there is still a lot of yellow left in the hair.

Intense Pearl Blonde 100V

Intense Pearl Blonde 100V

Hair result using Intense Pearl Blonde 100V

Result using intense pearl blonde 100V - Hair by Elias

2. Whitest blonde toner

If you are looking to get the hair really, really white without any compromise, and you have bleached the hair well, then use 10.2 Extra Light Cool Blonde.

It's a purple-based blonding toner which gets rid of any remaining yellow in the hair.

It's perfect for producing a really white blonde result.

10.2 Purple Based Blonde

10.2 Purple based blonde toner

Super white blonde

Result using 10.2 Extra Light Cool Blonde - Hair by Kim

3. Toning hair ash blonde

If you are looking for a more natural ash blonde look rather than an ultra white look, we would suggest you use Blondify Natural Ash Blonde.

This is a liquid gel toner, so it's incredibly easy to use.

Just mix with 20 Vol developer in an applicator bottle and pour over the hair and rub.

Of course, you can also use a plastic bowl and apply with a brush.

Either way, this toner is great at neutralizing yellow and orange tones after bleaching and producing a nice natural ash blonde look.

Natural Ash Blonde

Blondify Natural Ash Blonde toner 010A

Hair result after toning with Blondify

Ash Blonde result

Ash Blonde hair result after bleaching - Hair by Elona Taki

4. Toning orange hair down to medium blonde

Our last toning choice today is also a Blondify Liquid Toner.

It's called 09B and it's a blue based liquid toner on a 9 level rather than a 10 level.

it contains a lot of blue pigments, and blue is excellent at neutralizing unwanted yellow and orange in the hair.

Use this toner if you want to tone the hair down to a medium blonde.

Also use this toner if for some reason your bleaching was unsuccessful, and for some reason the hair is still orange.

The blue based pigments are particularly effective for that.

09B toner

09B toner - Blue Ash Blonde

5. Toning the hair with purple shampoo and mask

Another thing which we would recommend you do is to use purple mask straight after bleaching or toning.

You can even add in purple mask while bleaching the hair.

The purple pigments help to whiten the hair and take away yellow pigments.

But please do be aware, a purple mask is a temporary hair toner.

It won't last unless you re-apply. We recommend that you re-apply at least twice a week.

Brilliant Blonde Purple Mask

Brilliant Blonde Purple Mask


Hair by Elona Taki

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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