You wanted a lovely golden blonde but ended up with a cringy ginger shade. What happened, and what should you do about it?
Worry not! All you need to do is read our simple guide on fixing hair that turned ginger after dyeing blonde.
Why Hair Turned Ginger After Dyeing Blonde?
There are two possible reasons why your hair turned ginger after dyeing blonde. Here they are:
Not Bleached Enough
Dark hair contains red and orange pigments, which would resurface on blonde hair as orange or ginger streaks when your hair wasn’t bleached enough.
Chances are you used a low-quality bleach product, or the volume of the developer is not high enough, or you rinsed it out earlier than you should.
Chemical And Mineral Buildup
If your hair isn’t properly cleansed, the chemical buildup from shampoos and other hair products may cause your blonde hair to take on a brassy orange color.
This may also happen when your hair is constantly exposed to the minerals in chlorinated water or saltwater.
Fixing Hair That Turned Ginger After Dyeing Blonde
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to fix hair that has turned ginger after dyeing blonde. Here are the top 4 methods:
#1. Apply a Toner or A Toning Shampoo
Toner is one of the go-to products for correcting blonde hair tuned ginger as it’s formulated to neutralize brassiness in the hair. What toner does is it deposits just enough amount of the color pigment that can cancel out the unwanted hues in your hair.
In the case of ginger hair, you’d need a blue toner with violet-blue undertones that can tone down the warm ginger shade and transform it into a cooler blonde color.
There are two ways you can do the toning process—a toning service at a salon or toning shampoo at home.
If you have full ginger-colored hair, a toning treatment at your favorite salon is what you need, as it will deliver instant results.
To cancel out the unwanted hue, the hair color expert will customize a special formula of toner and bleach to neutralize your hair’s specific shade of orange.
On the other hand, toning shampoo is recommended if you’re just dealing with minimal discoloration.
When using toning shampoo, make sure to use leave it for a few minutes on your hair before rinsing it. Do this 2 to 3 times a week to keep the ginger streaks at bay.
#2. Try Color Gloss
A hair color gloss is a color-refreshing treatment that can lock in the blonde shade of your hair and prevent it from potential discoloration or fading. With this treatment, you can enjoy your blonde color without the brassiness for 4 to 6 weeks.
However, please keep in mind that the effects of color gloss are quite limited, so you will have to schedule regular gloss and toning appointments with your colorist.
#3. Do A Vinegar Rinse
Rinsing your hair with vinegary may seem icky and unconventional, but it’s actually quite a popular home remedy for canceling out orange hair. This is because vinegar contains acetic acid which is a natural hair conditioner that combats the orange pigment in the hair.
The first thing you need to do is prepare the vinegar mixture. You can do this by mixing together the following ingredients:
- a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar,
- 3 to 4 drops of blue food color,
- and a cup of lukewarm water.
Apply the resulting mixture after washing and conditioning your hair then rinse thoroughly. Do this once every 2 weeks until the brassiness in your hair is completely gone.
#4. Re-bleach Your Hair
As mentioned, one of the reasons why your blonde hair has turned ginger is because your hair wasn’t bleached enough to fully remove the red and orange pigments in your naturally dark hair.
To address that, your next best step is to bleach it again until it takes on a yellow shade.
Since this is already the second bleaching process, it’s best that you seek the services of a hair color expert instead of doing the bleaching on your own.
The rule of thumb is to wait for at least two weeks before you bleach your hair again to allow your hair strands to recover.
And make sure to assess your hair health first before you push through with the re-bleaching process. Hold it off if there are any signs of damage, dryness, or breakage.
It’s not the end of the world if your hair turned ginger after dyeing blonde. This dilemma is a nuisance, but it’s actually quite easy to fix. All you need to do is choose any of the methods we’ve shared with you and follow the provided tips.
If it’s just minimal discoloration, you can go for either a toning shampoo or vinegar rinse. When dealing with full hair discoloration, you have three options—a toning service, hair gloss treatment, or a re-bleaching process.