I Dyed My Hair at Home and the Color Looks Reddish-Orange — Help!

February 08, 2021
Jessica Harrington
By: Jessica Harrington | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
I Dyed My Hair at Home and the Color Turned Out Too Reddish-Orange — Help!
Dyeing your hair at home is intimidating, no matter what shade you’re going for. There are a number of things that can go wrong during the process, one of them being accidentally turning your hair a brassy orange or red shade. To help ease our fears, we asked Matrix celebrity colorist George Papanikolas how to prevent the mishap, what to do if it happens to you (don’t panic!) and to share his best DIY dye tips.

What Causes Hair to Turn Orange or Red?

“There are two primary causes of your hair color turning out too red or orange,” says Papanikolas. “Either the color you chose was too light, or you picked a color with warm undertones. Any time you go lighter than your natural color, you will bring up your natural underlying pigments.” Looking for your best at-home hair color shade match? Take the L'Oréal Paris hair color quiz.

Can You Reverse the Damage at Home Without Going to a Salon? 

“This is a relatively easy one to fix at home by going a shade or two darker and choosing an ash-based shade,” says Papanikolas. You can also remove unwanted hair color with a product like the L'Oréal Paris Colorist Secrets Haircolor Remover or the brand’s Colorist Secrets Brass Banisher.

How Can You Prevent Your Hair From Turning Orange or Red?

“If you want to go lighter, stay within two shades of your natural color to get the most flattering tone,” says Papanikolas. “Also look for ash-based colors (blue or green) to neutralize the underlying red/orange pigments that everyone has.” Check out ash brown hair dyes from L'Oréal Paris here and ash blonde shades here.

What’s the Best Way to Achieve Your Desired Color?

Papanikolas reiterates: “Don't go more than two shades lighter than your base color when dyeing your hair. If you want to be blonde, highlights will give you a more desirable tone and can be taken four to five shades lighter than the base color.” For at-home highlights, try the L'Oréal Paris Superior Preference Brush On Glam Highlights.

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