How to Tone Orange Hair Back to its Best
Orange hair can happen to even the dreamiest color creations. Whether brunettes have faded or bright reds have turned brassy, too much warmth equals instant dullness for your clients. So how do you tone orange hair to perfection? Here we reveal the tricks and tips you need to mix up a corrective formula that balances and beautifies…
First – Is Their Hair Orange or Yellow?
Unwanted warmth in the hair tends to be either orange or yellow, and the depth of your client’s hair will affect what kind of brassiness appears. As you’ll see in the lightening curve, tinges of yellow are common in hair that’s on a level 7, 8, 9 and 10. Put simply, hair that fades yellow is typically a dark to very light blonde.
Meanwhile, orange tones usually appear in level 5, 6 or 7 hair – essentially, anything from your dark blondes to dark brunettes and redheads. But if you suspect your client’s hair is actually yellow – not orange – make sure you also check out our guide on how to tone yellow hair to perfection.
The good news is, for each of these causes there’s a toning formula to fix it up. Below, we reveal just some of the ways you can tone orange hair back to its red, dark blonde or brunette best.
The Color Wheel Shows You Which Hues Tone Orange Hair
For neutralizing any unwanted tones in your client’s hair, the color wheel has all the answers. It tells you which hues ‘cancel’ each other out for a balancing effect. In the case of orange hair, a touch of blue pigment will cool and calm too-warm locks, while a hint of violet is also helpful for yellow/orange strands on a level 7. Once you know how the wheel works, it’s easier to mix up a color correcting formula; one that nixes warm tones to get your client closer to their perfect shade.