So there you are- pining over these gorgeous pink-haired celebs (i.e. Machine Gun Kelly, Lizzo, Megan Fox, and Joey King), and you decided to finally dye your hair pink at home.
But wait, your pink hair turned orange! Instead of the gorgeous pastel pink shade you like, it took on a brassy and cringey salmon color with lots of orange tinges!
Now you ask, ‘My pink hair has turned orange after dyeing, but how can I fix It and achieve the pink shade I want?’.
Why Does Pink Hair Turn Orange After Dyeing?
The most common reason pink hair turns orange is that your hair wasn’t bleached enough to reach the right level of blonde (wherein there are little to no melanin pigments present).
The orange shade in your pink hair is a sign of brassiness. To further understand how and why it happens, it’s essential that we first figure out how the bleaching process works.
Bleaching eliminates melanin (the substance responsible for our hair’s darker shade) from our hair using oxidizing agents. The more melanin the hair has, the more the bleach has to work to lift the darker pigments in the hair.
If the melanin isn’t eliminated properly, it may result in unwanted brassiness or orange shade in our hair. This often happens when the bleach isn’t left long enough to eliminate the remaining melanin in our hair completely.
How to Fix Pink Hair That Turned Orange?
You now know why your supposedly pink hair turned orange, but how can you fix it? Here are some fantastic ideas you may want to try:
Use blue or purple shampoos
Purple or blue shampoos are the simplest at-home remedies that you can try.
These shampoos work based on the matter of color theory, wherein you will use complementary colors in the color wheel to cancel out the unwanted shades in your hair. In your case, it’s the orange shade.
Whether you need blue or purple shampoo will depend on what type of orange shade you would like to cancel out.
Purple shampoo is highly recommended if your pink hair is a bit on the warm yellowish-orange side. On the other hand, we suggest using blue shampoo if you’re hair took on a straight-up orange shade.
Go for a toner
A toner is a hair product that alters the hair’s undertone. For example, it’s formulated to eliminate to make blonde hair look ashier or cooler. Once the hair’s undertone is corrected, you can quickly achieve the pink shade you want.
Once again, you should work with a hair professional to get this service.
Apply more bleach
Since the orange shade is due to your hair not being blonde enough, the easiest way to fix orange hair is to bleach it again until it reaches the yellow stage.
However, it would be best if you allowed your hair to rest for a few weeks before doing so. You may also want to enlist the help of a professional to ensure that you wouldn’t further damage your hair. The hair expert can also tone the newly bleached hair to ensure you can achieve the right shade of pink hair you want.
How to Prevent Pink Hair from Becoming Orange
If you were able to achieve your desired pink shade, congratulations! However, it’s important to note that there’s a chance that it can turn orange over time. To avoid that, here are some things you can do:
Avoid using hair products that lift color from your hair.
These include sulfate shampoos, chemical products that expose your hair’s underlying pigment, ocean water, and the sun’s harmful rays.
You can do this by avoiding products that contain parabens and silicone. Another thing to avoid is adding multiple layers of permanent dyes. Lastly, don’t expose your hair to mineral-containing showers and pools.
How to Repair Hair That Has Been Damaged by Bleaching?
Bleaching is the first step to achieving a gorgeous pink shade. Unfortunately, it can be quite a harsh process for your hair. Avoid these bleaching mistakes so that you don’t damage your hair.
Here are some of the things you can do to ensure that your hair will remain healthy even after all the different coloring processes it has undergone:
- Maintain hair hydration by using hydrating products like almond, coconut, or argan oil.
- Protect your hair from heat by applying heat protectant before exposing them to heat.
How Long Does Pink Hair Dye Last?
Ideally, your pink hair can last 6 to 8 weeks when you use a semi-permanent hair dye. However, there are lots of factors that can affect the longevity of your pink hair. These include:
- Quality of hair dye and products you use
- Hair health and condition
- The shade of pink hair (the more pigment, the longer it will stay)
- How often you wash or clean your hair
How to Take Care of Pink Hair to Make It Last Longer?
If you want to maintain the richness of your pink hair, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Wash less frequently using alcohol- and sulfate-free shampoos.
- Rinse hair using cold water.
- Minimize heat and sun exposure.
- Protect hair from the sun’s harmful rays using UV protection leave-in sprays.
There’s no denying that pink is one of today’s most gorgeous hair shades. However, it’s also one of the most complicated hair colors to achieve since there’s a high chance that it will turn to an ugly orange shade.
If your pink hair turned orange, the quick fixes we’ve shared could help you to correct its color easily. But s they say, better safe than sorry, so you should work with a hair professional to achieve the hair of your dreams.