Brittanie loves sharing her knowledge on natural health and beauty.
Ways to Get Rid of Orange or Brassy Roots
Orange roots are a total nightmare! It happens all the time. So, what do you do when disaster strikes? A trip to the salon is expensive and embarrassing. You might cringe just thinking about leaving the house with orange roots. You may not know it, but you have a few options that you can do at home that will have your hair back to beautiful in no time. You probably already have some of the products needed!
How to Test If Your Hair Is Healthy or Damaged
The first thing you must do before deciding which method to use to fix your orange or brassy roots is to test how healthy your hair is. There are many signs that your hair is damaged. If your hair shows signs of being heavily damaged, then you will need to wait before using any hair dye, bleach, or toners to prevent any more damage. Here are some signs to look for:
- Your hair feels brittle.
- Your hair feels rubbery.
- Your hair snaps or breaks off easily.
- Your hair looks frizzy and crunchy (if your hair is not usually frizzy).
You can also do what is called a strand strength test. This will test to see if your hair has elasticity and if it will stretch. When your hair is wet, hold out a piece of your hair and slowly move it to one side as far as you can, and then slowly bring it back. If it breaks right away, or feels limp and will not stretch, then do not use any chemicals on your hair. Instead, immediately start to deep conditioning your hair regularly.
Dye Your Hair Back to a Darker Color
This is the quickest fix and will take care of those orange roots right away. Run to the store (or have someone buy it for you, so you don't have to leave the house) and grab a box of hair dye that is the closest to the color your hair was before you bleached it.
Follow the directions on the box to color your hair again. Don't forget to condition your hair really well, so it doesn't get over-processed and to reduce damage.
Bleach Your Roots
Alright, you can always bleach your roots again. This will get rid of the orange color. This should only be done on healthy hair. If your hair is damaged, try one of the other solutions as this may fry already damaged hair—which is just as bad as orange roots but even harder to fix.
Use Honey and Conditioner to Lighten Your Roots
This option will take some time, but it is the best option for hair that is already damaged.
- 1 cup Honey
- 1 cup Conditioner
- Mix honey and conditioner well.
- Apply the mixture to your roots.
- Leave it on your hair for as long as needed. You can leave this mixture in your hair for up to eight hours.
This process takes a long time, but it actually leaves your hair feeling soft and causes very little damage.
Use Toner to Correct the Yellow and Orange
Using toner is often a forgotten step when bleaching hair at home. A toner will help tame orange, brassy, or yellowish colors in your hair. You don't usually need a toner when using box dyes or kits, but you can use it to take care of orange roots.
You can find toner at your nearest beauty supply store. The toner you choose will depend on whether you have warm or cool undertones. People with cool undertones should go for pale-blonde colors, and those with warm undertones should go for golden-blonde colors.
If you are having trouble choosing the toner that will work best for your hair, you can ask someone who works at the beauty store. They usually know their stuff. Follow the instructions on the bottle and only apply to the roots.
Use a Hair Color Remover Like "Color Oops"
Color Oops is a product that will help eliminate orange and yellow tones. I would try another method first, but if there are still small amounts of orange left, give this stuff a try. Color Oops really conditions your hair.
My hair was dyed black, and I wanted to go blonde, so I used Color Oops to remove the black hair dye, and it worked! On the back of the box, it explains that it cannot undo beaching, but it can reduce brassy tones. I have not used this for orange roots myself, but I trust this product.
Remember to Use Conditioner to Maintain Healthy Hair!
Conditioning is extremely important no matter how you choose to fix your orange roots. You can let your hair soak in your normal conditioner for half an hour, use the egg whites method, or purchase a deep conditioner. It is up to you. Just don't forget to condition your hair.
Whenever you bleach or color your hair, you strip away the natural oils and proteins that keep your hair healthy and strong. Conditioning helps put some of those proteins back, making it healthier overall and leaving you with beautiful hair.
How to Use Egg Whites to Condition Your Hair
- Separate one egg.
- Put the egg white into a bowl.
- Mix it up and apply it to your hair like shampoo.
- Leave the egg in your hair for a half an hour, and then rinse out.
- Let your hair air dry.
This works because eggs are packed with proteins and your hair soaks them up like a sponge making your hair stronger and healthier.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
I Would Love to Hear What You Think! Leave a Comment Below.
Brooke Webster on January 15, 2018:
Thanks good info
Claudia Salas on February 12, 2017:
HI. I did highlights at home and i forgot to use a toner, i used a ash blond color after i bleached it. How long do i have to wait before i use a toner.. my highlights look coppery..
Alison on November 16, 2016:
I have already bleached my hair at a salon, mostly a full foil highlight process. My colorist quit and I decided to dye my regrowth with box color, lightest ash blonde. I only did my roots, and because my hair is medium brown naturally, my roots are now orange. So I went to Sallys and got Well a T18 and 20 vol and tried to tone my roots. I left it on my roots for a bit and then put the remainder on the rest of my hair. Now I have the most gorgeous silvery color... but my roots are still orange. Help!!
michelle canava on November 09, 2016:
I went from dark to light blonde...all but my roots turned out great..now i have a brassy tone to my hair...HELP...any at home remedies after i buy the toner and purple shampoo... to add to this regiment
Marie on October 11, 2016:
Hi, i need serious help, I dyed my hair to a dark blonde, however this turned my roots an orange colour, so to try and get rid of it I dyed my hair with a neutral brown to get it back to my original colour, but now my hair is a dark red at the roots and I don't know what to do. I have another box of dye which is one shade darker than my original hair colour was but im worried that it still wont get rid of the awful red undertones and I don't want to dye my hair three times in one week. I'm desperate to fix this because I don't want to turn up at school with red hair .. Please help!!
Nicole S Hanson from Minnesota on April 17, 2013:
Very interesting! I would have never thought of the egg whites and the protein but it does make sense. Nice hub here!
Kim Anne from Texas on January 12, 2013:
egg whites... I wanna try it! Voted up for useful!
Brittanie Anne (author) from Seattle WA on January 11, 2013:
You may want to try a toner and maybe a purple shampoo also:)
Debra Allen from West By God on January 11, 2013:
Well My hair always has brassy tones when I go even a shade lighter. My mom told me to get the ash blond or dye color and I do and it still turns brassy. Thanks for the tips.