Get excited for orange hair, one of the most dramatic hair colors around! When thinking about orange hair color many things come to mind, although for me the most immediate thing is the X-Men cartoon theme from the ‘90s and the beautiful yet fierce Jean Grey a.k.a. Phoenix. However, orange hair dye won’t always transform you into a super heroine.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

Modern pastel takes on orange hair color will give you a soft, peach or coral look that is especially fitting for spring. Whether your goal is to look like a peach-haired anime princess, a cartoon superhero, or just someone with a bit more fire in them, this is the color for you!

If you’re ready for orange hair then start off by choosing the exact shade that will suit your skin tone – we’ll help with an easy guide. Read on, as we’ll also explain how to use orange hair dye at home for that vibrant look. To keep your orange hair color vivid for as long as possible, we’ve included some very important maintenance tips, and to keep you looking fresh, there are also key makeup and fashion tips to go with orange hair.

Are you still unsure if you’d like to go orange? If that’s the case, we think some photos of orange hair color ideas will convince you! Scroll on down to the bottom where we’ve got all the most gorgeous photo examples of orange hair to get you inspired.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Contents

How to Choose the Perfect Orange Hair Color for Your Skin Tone
How to Dye Your Hair Orange at Home
How to Keep Your Orange Hair Color Bright
Makeup Tips for Orange Hair
Fashion Tips for Orange Hair
59 Fiery Orange Hair Color Ideas to Try

How to Choose the Perfect Orange Hair Color for Your Skin Tone

The color orange is a mixture of red and yellow, making it one of the warmest colors around. If you’re considering switching to orange hair color, you absolutely must remember that this particular secondary color will have a very striking effect against your skin tone.

The great thing about all the different ways of doing orange hair is that you can opt for shades that are more muted, like a tangerine blonde, or shades that are deeper and more vivid like blood orange. While all variations on orange hair are warm-toned, some are warmer-toned than others, so choose the strength of your orange hair dye based on how it will impact your skin.

Orange Hair Color Shades for Warm Skin Undertones

If your skin has a warm undertone, which means that it has more of a yellow base with veins that appear green under the skin, then chances are you can rock most shades of orange hair color. From the most muted pastel corals and peaches to fire-hot true oranges to red-orange tones and even brick reds or coppers, the warmth in orange hair will perfectly complement the warmth in your skin.

The darker your warm-toned skin is, the darker the shade of orange hair you may opt for, with brick orange-reds being an especially beautiful choice. There are many exceptions though, as peach hair that leans towards rose gold can look extremely fetching on darker skin in the same way that golden blonde shades can look.

What I do recommend is simply staying away from oranges that are the exact same level of darkness as your skin tone – opt for a shade of orange hair that is either darker or lighter, as otherwise you risk looking washed out.

How to Choose the Perfect Orange Hair Color for Your Skin Tone

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Orange Hair Color Shades for Olive Skin Tones

If your skin leans towards olive, with veins that appear very green and a complexion that might be described as Mediterranean, you will likely really enjoy wearing orange hair, as it will bring out more golden tones in your skin.

You might want to stick to more balanced orange hair, and avoid near-pink corals or blood oranges that have a lot of red hair dye to them.

Orange Hair Color Shades for Cool Skin Undertones

Those with cool skin have veins that appear more blue or purple, and then their skin tends to show a lot of pink tones if they are fair, while as it gets darker it’ll appear very slightly tinged with purple or blue.

If your skin is very fair and cool, then you can play around with softer tangerine and peach shades, which will look extremely beautiful and ethereal against your peachy skin. The warmer orange hair colors can also work quite nicely, as long as they are not too golden-yellow. If you want to really have some fun with both warm and cool tones, you can wear color combinations like violet and orange.

One of the trickier skin tones to pair with orange hair is cool-toned darker skin (think Lupita Nyong’o), in which case the orange can really bring out the blue tones in the skin. While this can have a very gorgeous, equally ethereal effect, it can also make outfit choices a little difficult. Vivid orange hair tones that have a lot of red in them tend to look nicest against this skin tone.


How to Dye Your Hair Orange at Home

When dyeing your hair unnatural colors like orange hair color, the hair absolutely must be bleached first, unless it is naturally extremely light. This is because when you dye your hair, you’re not lightening its color nor are you removing any of the pigment in it – what you are doing is depositing in new pigment.

Because of this if your hair is brown (even a light brown), and you try to dye it orange, chances are you will end up with more auburn colored hair instead, or just slightly reddened dark brown. That can be a beautiful hair color, but it won’t be orange.

How to Dye Your Hair Orange at Home

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How much you’ll actually have to bleach your hair heavily depends on how dark your hair is at the start, and how light or vivid of an orange hair shade you are hoping to achieve. For a deeper blood orange hair color, chances are that bleaching your hair once will be enough, while if you prefer a light pastel peach shade, then you might have to bleach your hair a couple of times.

If you have a very specific shade in mind, then make sure to do a strand test with the bleach and orange hair dye before actually dyeing your whole head, since you cannot always perfectly predict how a particular hair dye will turn out.

It is very easy to damage the hair when bleaching it, so we absolutely recommend that you have that done by a professional. However, if you are dead set on doing everything at home then don’t worry, we will give step-by-step bleaching directs for flawless and vivid orange hair.

Step 1: Prepping Your Hair

The instructions are for solid, all-over color. If you want balayage orange hair, read our article to pick up on the balayage technique, while if you want something more advanced like a colormelt or hair gradient, then you are better off finding a colorist in your area that does a lot of unnatural hair colors.

When it comes to any kind of hair bleaching or dyeing, you have to accept that this will remove proteins from your hair and will likely cause some damage. No matter whether you plan to bleach your hair by yourself or at the salon, you can prepare for it by really babying your hair for a few days or weeks before it’s bleaching time.

This includes not washing your hair too much, including a day or two before it’s time to bleach, and deep conditioning it with oil and protein infused masks, treatments, or hair conditioner. This will strengthen your hair and hopefully prepare it somewhat for all the trauma.

You will need:

• Bleach kit (we recommend the L’Oreal Feria Absolute Platinum kit from Ulta Beauty)
• Orange hair dye (Lime Crime is one of the few brands making orange hair dye, which you can get at Ulta Beauty)
• Mixing bowl
• Latex or plastic gloves
• Hair dye brush
• Old button-up shirt
• Hair clips
• Shower cap
• Petroleum jelly
• Protein-enriching hair conditioner

Step 2: Bleaching Your Hair

First, we should stress that in some instances we recommend spreading out the bleaching and dyeing over the course of a few days, as bleaching the hair and then immediately dyeing it with an orange hair color that includes a lightener can severely damage the hair.

Dyeing Hair Orange at Home

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In other instances, like if you are using the Lime Crime hair dye we recommended or a similar semi-permanent dye that does not require a developer, you can do everything in one day as the orange hair dye will not damage your hair.

• Start by getting the bleach ready. The kit we recommend comes with a mixing bottle that contains the developer, but you can also just pour a bleach powder into a bowl along with your developer of choice. Always read the directions on the packaging, since some instructions will vary from brand to brand.

• While you let the bleach develop, put on an old button-up shirt that you don’t mind staining. If your skin is sensitive, apply petroleum jelly along the perimeter of your hairline and on the tips of your ears.

• Part your hair with the help of the pointy end of your hair dye brush, and section it off into a few different sections. For bleaching I recommend a front section and two back sections. Clip your hair sections up.

• Put on your plastic gloves to protect your hands, and get started!

• Start with the front section of the hair. Grab a chunk of hair that is about 2.5 cm in diameter, and apply the bleach to it by brushing it on with the hair dye brush. Begin applying from as close to the roots as possible (unless you’re leaving the roots natural), and pull the bleach through to the ends. Massage the hair a little bit to ensure that the bleach really managed to cover every single strand.

• Grab the next chunk of hair and repeat the process. Continue doing this until you’ve finished off that front section of your hair, and clip it up.

• Move on to one of the back sections of your hair, and continue applying bleach in the same fashion as you did to the front. Clip up this section when you finish it, and move on to your final one.

• Once your whole head is covered in bleach, it’s time to let it process. Most bleaching formulas require 40 minutes to fully take hold of the hair. Don’t put on a shower cap yet, as trapping heat in can speed up the processing in a way that can damage the hair.

• Once it’s time, rinse out the bleach – the easiest way to do so is by hopping in the shower, and washing it in lukewarm water. Don’t shampoo your hair once all the bleach is rinsed out, although you might want to condition it. You don’t need to use any hair toners, since neutralizing the orange tones in your hair from the bleach will defeat the purpose.

• Once you get out of the shower, it is best to gently squeeze out the water with a soft towel or old T-shirt. Let your hair air-dry completely before moving on to applying the orange hair dye.

Step 3: Applying the Orange Hair Dye

Make sure your hair has been lightened enough to achieve the orange hair shade that you want. A dark blonde is fine if you’re aiming for a darker orange, while if you want a pastel peach shade then you’ll have to bleach your hair until it is nearly platinum.

How to Color Hair Orange at Home

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If your hair isn’t light enough then let your hair a few days to rest, give it a protein treatment, and then bleach it again. If your hair is light enough, it’s time to have fun with some orange hair color! Make sure your hair is completely dry before starting anything.

• You can start dyeing your hair orange with the same tools (just make sure to clean them up first) or you can use a new set of gloves and hair dye brush.

• Section your hair off as you did for the bleaching process, and clip it up.

• If you’re aiming for a lighter pastel orange hair shade, you can lighten up your semi-permanent hair dye by mixing it with hair conditioner in a bowl. If you’re aiming for more of an orange-red shade, mix equal parts orange and red semi-permanent hair dyes.

• Unclip the first hair section, and dip your hair dye brush into the orange hair dye.

• Apply the orange hair dye much in the same way you did the bleach, clipping and unclipping hair sections as you go along, until you’ve covered your whole head.

• Put on your shower cap now, as trapping heat in with semi-permanent dye on is safe and it will also help protect you from getting dye all over your bathroom.

• For a very vivid, long-lasting effect, leave the orange hair dye in your hair for an hour or two. Take the chance to chill – put on a face mask, read a book, and enjoy yourself.

• Once enough time has passed, hop in the shower again to rinse out the color. Once again, stick to lukewarm water. You can condition your hair if you like, but avoid shampooing it for the next few days.

• Get out of the shower, and baby your hair by drying it with a soft towel instead of blow-drying it.

• Admire your new look! If you’re in love with your orange hair, awesome! If it requires some fixing, go in with a bit more orange hair dye and cover up any sections that require an extra boost. If you find the color is more vivid than you hoped, wash your hair for the next few days with a clarifying shampoo to help lift some of the color out and ready it for dyeing again.


How to Keep Your Orange Hair Color Bright

You definitely want to maintain your orange hair color vibrant for as long as possible, and there are a couple of steps you should take.

How to Care for Orange Hair Color

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Don’t Shampoo Too Often

Every time you wash your hair you also pull some of the dye out of it. This is especially true with fashion hair colors like orange hair dye, since it has a harder time hanging on to the hair, especially if it is semi-permanent. Try to wait as long as you possibly can in between hair washing sessions, and if you make the switch to conditioner-washing that would be even better.

Skip the Sulfates

Sulfates like sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate are especially stripping, both to hair dye and hair oils. After bleaching and dyeing, your hair is particularly delicate, so you don’t want to remove oils from it and risk drying it out more than it already is. Instead, make the switch to co-washing or to using a sulfate-free shampoo.

Use Cool Water

Hot water is much better adept at opening up the cuticles and pulling hair dye from the hair, so make sure to shower in lukewarm water instead. It will generally keep your hair in a much healthier condition, and will also prevent your orange hair dye from flowing down into the drain.

Refresh on the Reg

There are plenty of products you can use to deposit more orange hair dye into your hair as it begins to fade, and keeping it looking bright and fiery. You can mix a bit of your semi-permanent hair dye with conditioner, or you can use a dedicated color refreshing conditioner, like the Keracolor Color + Clenditioner in Copper, which you can buy on Amazon or Ulta Beauty.

Give Your Hair Proteins

After bleaching the hair to achieve a fashion hair color, it is guaranteed that you’ll have lost a lot of proteins from your strands. Do a protein mask or use a protein-enriched deep conditioner on a regular basis to help strengthen your hair and maintain its integrity from within.

Keep Your Roots Natural

Balayage, sombre, and gradient takes on orange hair color will allow you to keep your roots their natural color in a very chic and fashionable way. These kinds of orange hair dye techniques also make the growing-out process much more seamless, and they don’t force you to endure potentially-irritating bleach on your scalp.

How to Maintain Orange Hair Color

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Say Goodbye to Heat Styling

Heat styling tools like curling and straightening irons are particularly damaging to the hair, because of the high heat. Try to avoid using them altogether. If you must heat style, try to style your hair with just a blow-dryer fit with a diffuser and an appropriate hair brush, and make sure to use a heat-protectant spray before actually turning up the heat.


Makeup Tips for Orange Hair

Getting your makeup to work flawlessly with orange hair is a breeze, as long as you’re willing to accept that some color theory is involved in the process. Break out your color wheel, and get painting!

Complexion Makeup for Orange Hair

As with all fashion hair colors, orange hair does require you to work a little harder when laying down your base. While you might think it’ll be distracting, orange hair actually draws more attention to your face, and it can bring out discolorations in it, especially if you have a lot of redness or inflamed acne.

This means that if your foundation game is not on point, you might want to get practicing. A medium to full coverage will be better than a light tinted moisturizer, although you can also simply introduce a concealer into your routine after you’ve applied foundation.

When it comes to contouring and bronzing, it’s actually quite nice to know that orange hair will not wash you out or force you to change things up. If you love a full chiseled look every day, go for it, but if you usually keep contouring or bronzing to a minimum you don’t have to change anything.

As far as your highlighter is concerned, however, we recommend avoiding the cool-toned highlighters that have become popular in recent years, as they will clash against your warm orange hair color. Stick to a neutral champagne or a warm-toned gold or copper highlight instead.

Makeup Ideas for Orange Hair

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The blushes you choose to pair with orange hair are totally up to you. If you prefer a softer, more cohesive look then definitely stick to warm tones, including peaches, corals, and brick-red blushes. Neutral blushes that don’t lean towards too warm or too cool are easy to work with as well.

That being said, you’re wearing a fashion hair color, which means you are pretty daring. Playing will cool-toned blushes can have a very striking effect, especially if you keep the rest of your makeup fairly pared-down.

Eye Makeup for Orange Hair

I always start with eyebrow makeup tips because brows are the most important, though they can also be the most challenging. I am of the opinion that you shouldn’t match your eyebrows too carefully to fashion hair colors like orange hair, since you’re not an anime character and you won’t be fooling anyone.

Instead, you want to bring your brows to the same color family as your hair, by switching to a more copper or auburn eyebrow pencil shade. Brands like NYX and Anastasia of Beverly Hills have amazing selections. If you prefer a less red brow, blonde shades with yellow undertones can work as can neutral chocolates, but make sure to avoid gray-tinted taupes or espressos.

When it comes to mascara, I always prefer a black mascara, even when the person is very pale. If you’re a fan of colored mascara, which is coming back to a certain extent, take note from my eyeshadow suggestions and simply make sure that your colored mascara fits into your eye makeup color scheme.

I’ll start off with my favorite looks on orange-haired beauties, which are warm monochromes. Wearing different shades of oranges and peaches, both matte and metallic, darkened with complementary maroons makes for a beautiful effect that harmonizes with orange hair. Sticking to the same shades for blush and lips leads to a look that is both soft yet high fashion.

With that being said, there are no rules. Earth-toned and neutral eye makeup looks are always a safe choice, but if you’ve gone for ultra-bright orange hair you can play with it by wearing neon eyeshadows. Jewel tones are also surprisingly fetching, with blues and teals in particular acting as the complementary colors to orange and yellow-orange hair.

Makeup Tips for Orange Hair

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Lip Makeup for Orange Hair

The principles for choosing a lipstick that will go with your orange hair are very similar to the principles for choosing a blush. Warm shades like peach, coral, and peachy nudes will be the most wearable, since they can go with both more extreme eye makeup looks and more natural makeup looks.

I don’t recommend a true orange lipstick, however, as it will be too matchy-matchy, and it also doesn’t look great against your teeth unless they are stark white. Darker warm shades like brick red or maroon will work well with your orange hair as well as with any eye makeup look that isn’t too dark. They can be an excellent choice for evening makeup!

If the rest of your makeup isn’t very heavy or colorful at all, you can really have some fun with cooler lipsticks. Purples, magentas, and aubergines will look extremely intense since their cool undertone will be strengthened by the warmth of your orange hair.

Lastly, we must address red lipstick, which always deserves extra attention. Wearing red lipstick with orange hair can be very difficult, since the particular level of warmth of your hair will have an impact over how cool or warm your lipstick can be. There is no particular rule here, just a lot of subtleties.

What will always work, however, is a true neutral red lipstick that has equal parts yellow and blue in it, which you can rock with a sweep of liquid liner for a look that will have a retro-futurist effect because of your hair.


Fashion Tips for Orange Hair

If you’ve spent the money on dyeing your hair orange, you might as well spend a bit more on a visit to the art store, where you’ll want to pick up a color wheel. From here on out, when you come up with outfit color combinations you should also take into account that orange will inevitably be part of the look.

Fashion Tips for Orange Hair

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• If taking color theory into account sounds like a headache, that’s okay too. You can stick to neutrals if you like. An all-black outfit paired with orange hair will make you seem extremely fashion-forward, while whites, creams, and beiges will make you look soft even with fashion hair color.

• If you look at dresses or monochrome outfits, then consider the effect you’re looking for. Green-leaning blues like turquoise and teal are the color wheel opposites of orange, so they will make you stand out the most. Navies and deep greens will have a similar yet less loud effect.

• If you’re a fan of color blocking then consider some fun color patterns. A triadic color pattern would be especially vibrant, and would require you to wear violet and green, which will really stand out together next to your orange hair.

• Split complementary color patterns are even more sophisticated, but they will definitely require you to look at the color wheel for inspiration.

• If your hair is a more muted peach shade, consider keeping things soft all around and stick to pastel tones.

• Red is likely the toughest shade to wear with orange hair, since the two colors are so close. If you add yellow to the outfit, however, you suddenly end up with the perfect fiery color pattern, while if you add a blue-green tone you end up with a vibrant split complementary pattern.


59 Fiery Orange Hair Color Ideas to Try

Now is the perfect time for orange hair color inspiration! Skim through these orange hair photos and choose the look that perfectly captures your soul!

1. Golden Orange Hair

This light orange-gold shade is a great way of warming up and updating a blonde look, while keeping the roots naturally darker ensures easy grow-out and seamless maintenance. Orange glitter along the hair part gives a festival, autumnal vibe.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@garrettkenroach

2. Waves on Fire

This is the color people talk about when they say red-hot, just like the color metal takes on when you heat it up. This shade of orange hair is extreme and memorable, though these gentle waves do help to soften it.

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@mandicolorshair

3. Phoenix Fire Orange Hair

We’re going crazy for this intense blend of red and orange hair dye in one of the most sophisticated and ambitious balayages we’ve ever seen. This is exactly the kind of hair you should aim for if you want to feel like a superhero!

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@guy_tang

4. Muted Orange Hair

Orange hair color doesn’t always have to be bright and intense, and this style proves it. The muted tones of orange and pink in this sophisticated colormelt are soft and elegant, nicely complementing darker roots.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@garrettkenroach

5. Crushin’ on Orange Hair

We love a subtle hair gradient, and doubly so when it gleams metallically. This expert dye job features natural brown roots, and an orange hair color that gets progressively more golden as it reaches the tips.

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@allie.style

6. Tangerine Dream Hair

This is another muted, ultra-blonde take on orange hair that gives us lots of rose gold tones. The roots are dyed a darker auburn, which blends seamlessly into a combination of orange and rose gold highlights.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@hdresseronfire

7. Copper Orange Hair

Metallic orange hair dye, when it is imbued with some brown touches, has an irresistible copper effect. This look is vivid and healthy, with light brown roots adding a grounding touch.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@kayleesmileyhair

8. Fire Rainbow Hair

Orange hair tones are awesome to pair with other unnatural hair colors, for a vivacious rainbow effect. Combining orange hair dye with yellow and violet leads to an incredible nearly-analog color scheme that is flattering yet unique.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@meganniccollshair

9. Half and Half Fruit Sorbet Hair

Seeing this hair immediately makes us imagine a split tub of raspberry and orange sorbets, the two flavors sitting next to each other and complementing each other deliciously with a blend of sweet and tangy. It’s a unique take on orange hair color that is reserved for the truly colorful!

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@shmeggsandbaconn

10. Electric Fire Orange Hair

Electric fires are dangerous and difficult to put out – much like the woman who opts for an electric variation on orange hair. This delightful bob is painted with an intense mixture of blood orange at the root, yellow-orange as a base, and a peachy orange for a soft accent.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@msnataliejean

11. Burning Phoenix Orange Hair

You can always trust a professional hair colorist to create a look that is complex, vivid, and utterly mind-blowing. This fiery look brings to mind a regenerating Phoenix, burning with flames of yellow-orange, red-orange, and magenta that were created through cleverly dyeing streaks of hair in layers.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@robindeltoro

12. Sunset Gradient Hair

Is anyone getting tired of the magenta and orange hair dye combinations? Because we never will! This unique take on the neutral and warm combo is an exquisite gradient with dark magenta roots that gradually fade towards a muted yellow-orange at the ends in an effect that echoes the sunset.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@off7thsalon

13. Neon Flame Streaks

This look is what hair would look like if you could just take your favorite neon highlighters and paint your hair with them. Unfortunately, that’s not how school supplies work, but fortunately, expert hair colorists know how to take hot pink, yellow, and orange hair dye and combine them into something astounding.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@guy_tang

14. Flamin’ Hot Curls

This curly ‘do makes me crave some hot cheese curls, because it looks so spicy. The blend of a gold-heavy orange with a bit of true orange is ultra-warm, with deeper copper roots adding a lot of depth to the look.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@stylistricardosantiago

15. Analog Fire Colormelt

An analog color scheme is a sure winner with orange hair, because it is warm and natural while still being firm fashion. The roots in this colormelt start off maroon, and gradually fade into red and orange tones, until ending in a gorgeous yellow orange at the ends.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@guy_tang

16. Cool and Fruity Colormelt

This is cool as orange hair colormelts can get, with deep blackberry roots that transform into the most delicate pink grapefruit tone, which also shows up at the ends again, with a splash of a tangerine orange in the center.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@off7thsalon

17. Fire Orange Bangs

Everyone will admire the complex red, orange, and yellow-orange balayage in this hair until they notice the totally unique baby colormelt in the bags. The deep red roots make an appearance at the top of the fringe and then become a bright orange hair color following a technique that requires expert precision.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@allie.style

18. Chocolate Orange Hair

Chocolate and orange make one of the best flavor combinations, so no wonder the combo also works for hair! In this style, chocolate brown hair was heavily balayage dyed with a gorgeous shade of muted orange hair color.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@hdresseronfire

19. Blood Orange Curly Pixie

We love orange hair on pixie cuts, because the two playful elements work so well together. This take, however, features a deep blood orange hair color that also gives fierce drama.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@meganniccollshair

20. High-Octane Orange Hair

This extreme combination of electric violet at the top of the hair and hot orange at the ends is as extreme and dynamic as things get. We love this combination of cool and hot even more with the subtle change and soft-looking waves.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@samyuwel

21. Retro-Futurist Orange Hair

We love when stylists combine an old school style like the Marcel wave with a modern fashion color like orange hair. It brings this hot gradient a retro-futurist vibe totally worth obsessing over.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@ginabarnes_

22. Peach Perfect Hair

If you’re feeling a little softer, and are more drawn to pastels then peachy orange hair is definitely worth a try. This princessy take features lush waves, with deeper roots for easier maintenance.

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@colorbychristina

23. Ginger Orange Hair

There is something particularly airy and light about these ginger colored babylights, and how perfectly they soften the deeper orange tones of the hair. A feathery wave finishes off the look gorgeously.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@staygoldsalon

24. Sleek Analog Orange Hair

We’re digging this orange hair, complemented by a subtle touch of cool cherry red at the roots. The base of the hair is a vibrant blend of yellow-orange and true orange hair dye, which all come together in a gorgeous analog style.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@adrianabhair

25. Crimped Green and Orange Hair

Crimping is normally frowned up, but with hair so fashionable you might be able to get away with it! This intense combo features an under layer of cool green hair that contrasts to the extreme against the outer layer, which is a vivid orange tone.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@stylistricardosantiago

26. Intense Coral Curls

This is a clever way of wearing an orange hair color, with roots just lightly washed with red for a maroon tint ensuring an easy grow-out. The rest of the hair has an under-the-sea coral vibe, with twisty curls and lots of cool reds mixed with orange and copper hair streaks.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@allie.style

27. Hot Orange Curls

Orange hair colors look beautiful even with tightly coiled hair! This blend of lighter and darker orange hair dye keeps the curls looking voluminous, while darker red at the roots adds complexity and keeps the follicles healthy.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@stylistricardosantiago

28. Two-Tone Orange Hair

If you simply love the idea of rocking fiery orange hair, but are nervous about how it’ll look framing your face then here is an idea! Keep your bangs and roots colored a shade you are comfortable with (a deep burgundy in this case), and let that shade melt into a striking orange.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@adrianabhair

29. Sunburst Orange Hair

Orange hair takes on a gorgeous glimmer when you augment it with yellow babylights. Keeping the roots a little darker is also a great idea, especially if you do so with a vibrant pink or magenta shade.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@taylorrae_hair

30. Contrasting Orange Balayage

This wavy bob haircut gives us a much more extreme take on the previous look, with deep magenta roots kept pretty long, which means they contrast even more with the hot yellow orange hair color that was used to balayage the ends.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@tmelong

31. Fire and Ice Hair

If you’re finding yourself caught between two fashion hair trends, why not do both? Icy gray and lavender hair tones act as the outer layer in this hairstyle, with a fiery blend of yellow, red, and orange peeking from below. All it takes is a cute horizontal Dutch braid to show off both layers.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@taylorrae_hair

32. Piecey Hot Orange Waves

The blend of light and dark orange hair dye in this look leads to a super shiny long bob that will truly catch the eye. Red tones in this look act as lowlights, while a splash of yellow-orange along the center of the hair gives a metallic effect.

Orange Hair Color Shades: Orange Hair Dye Tips

@hairbymarcofellner

33. Midnight Fire Orange Hair

If your flare for the dramatic knows no bounds, you are going to love this ultra-high contrast orange hair colormelt. Neon yellow roots require bravery, while the way they melt into orange followed by midnight blue simply requires a desire to be different.

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@taylorrae_hair

34. Orange-Tinged Copper

If you prefer a more natural look, you might love turning your copper hair up a notch with some orange hair dye! This natural take on orange hair features dark roots, and yellow-orange streaks over copper locks for a gleaming effect.

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@shadesbyshae

35. Citrus Streaks

In a refreshing citrus twist, this look combines different orange hair shades in a vibrant streaking technique. A deeper orange grounds the look at the top, while festive tangerine warms things up below.

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@kaitlinhairartist

36. Ombre on Fire

With all of the balayages and colormelts, it’s nice to see that orange hair color works well in an ombre as well! The top half of the hair is a warm red, the bottom is a light orange, and we get just the barest hint of the mixture of the two colors in the center.

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@kateloveshair

37. Pastel Peach Long Bob

Another take on pastel orange hair that makes our heart go aflutter! Deep roots are a clever choice when your color requires so much bleach, and they do work well with the soft, fruity color.

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@katkolors

38. Candied Citrus Hair

Hair this sweet really gets me hyper! This neon combination of tangerine and orange hair dye is soft yet vivid, like candied fruit.

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@araako

39. Chocolate Pumpkin Treat Hair

This pumpkin orange hair is perfectly autumnal, and gives us a take on orange hair that is heavy on the yellow without being too light or bright. It blends nicely with chocolate brown roots, and is a perfect way to update a mid-length or long haircut!

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@hdresseronfire

40. Fiery Ombre Balayage

Things are getting really hot on the ombre front! We really appreciate how this style really lets the natural brunette hair shine, while also still letting orange hair take front and center. The bulk of the hair is dyed a warm orange, with just a hint of red-pink balayage making things interesting.

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@ciarasikes

41. Tousled Citrus Sorbet Hair

This tousled and banged bob haircut is the perfect canvas for chunky streaks of various shades of orange hair color, giving us a half-eaten sorbet effect. This look combines peach, orange, and blood orange tones expertly.

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@eve.frsr

42. Orange Babydoll Curls

While long curls are quite lovely with orange hair color, it’s a fashion color so why not get a little creative with the cut and style? We’re really loving this hair shade, as it’s combined here with a short bob, baby bangs, and bottle curls.

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@donutbutts

43. Melon and Blood Orange Hair

The ultra-soft shade of orange hair dye that stars in this style is like the flesh of a sweet ripe melon. Below it, there are blood orange and grapefruit touches, making for a very fruity look!

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@kylierosehairartist

44. Dual-Sided Sunburst

All of the colors in this unique balayage are so much fun, from the hot pink touched with magenta to the light and dark shades of orange hair dye. What makes it truly unique, however, is the way color was distributed throughout the hair, with pink streaks only on one side.

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@kayla_boyer

45. Molten Orange Gold Waves

If you want a really warm, solid hair color for summer, then consider this gleaming golden orange. We cannot get over how brightly it shines over these springy curls!

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@hairbymarcofellner

46. Sleek Golden Orange Hair

The same orange gold shade also works when hair is straightened. In this look in particular, it gives bright warm contrast against near-black roots.

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@veronicaanowak

47. Peach Bonanza Hair

Some purposeful wildness is a great way to offset the girlishness of peach orange hair. Don’t be afraid of tousling fashion hair colors, and letting them go in every which direction!

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@shmeggsandbaconn

48. Pumpkin Orange Waves

Pumpkin is a great shade of orange hair to choose if you prefer something that is more muted and natural. It’s not a great departure for brunettes, as you can see from how nicely it pairs with the roots!

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@jamieearthling_hair

49. Magenta and Orange Half and Half Hair

Half and half hair doesn’t have to be just black and white – color blends like magenta and orange hair dye are already striking, but when used to dye each side of the head the effect is simply unique and unexpected.

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@curly.sew

50. Grape and Orange Colormelt

This hair has the effect of combining orange and grape soda in the same clear glass, and watching them flow into each other before they combine into one dirty brown shade. If you’d like to preserve that fleeting beauty of the mundane, then definitely consider combining these shades in your hair.

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@craftyourhair

51. Hair Too Hot to Touch

Don’t get too close to this sleek straightened bob! Something about the way this style mixes golden orange hair color with deeper orange-red tone makes it look as though just touching it will burn your hand.

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@bleachburn

52. Maroon and Orange Balayage

This sophisticated take on orange hair is great for brunettes. The maroon roots are quite dramatic, but they still have that red tint, which means they blend with the yellow orange hair dye without contrasting too much.

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@hairbymarcofellner

53. Blood Orange Graduated Bob

A graduated bob is the perfect cut for a woman who is ready to take charge, but that doesn’t mean that the colors have to be severe or boring! The dark roots lend an edge to the look, but the tangerine and orange streaks that make up the bulk of the style show feistiness.

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@ailema_hairstylist

54. Warm and Smooth Balayage

Just a simple, perfect take on orange hair that utilizes the subtlest balayage technique! One thing that stands out in this style on a second look is a small wash of blood orange hair dye close to the shift from brown roots to hot orange hair.

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@larisadoll

55. Peaches and Cream Hair

A creamy peach shade like this one can look like a flat pastel, but the vivid orange lowlights do a great job of adding dimension without taking away from the creamy softness of the look. It’s a look that works great both straightened or curled.

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@tiffanymhair

56. Orange Mermaid Hair

Something about long orange locks always brings to mind a certain Disney mermaid. The curls are lush and healthy, as befits a princess, with some yellow at the ends adding a cheeky touch.

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@lisadoeshair

57. Dancing Fire Orange Hair

The vibrancy of this yellow orange hair color is like a big, dancing fire complete with a circle of people roasting marshmallows and telling scary stories. Red roots look like the heart of the flame and complement the orange well, and the waves keep things extra dynamic.

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@larisadoll

58. Soda Can Orange Hair

Inspired by the orange crush can, this style combines yummy tangerine orange with refreshing lime green in a loot that is all citrus joy. It’s a bright, colorful take on orange hair perfect for someone who likes sugary beverages.

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@cryistalchaos

59. Sepia Orange Bangs

This type of muted orange works well if you prefer a more understated take on orange hair. It works well with more retro styling and these kinds of babydoll banged haircuts.

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@consciousmoss

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