How can I have naturally orange hair?

In this brief guide, we’ll address the search query: “How can I have naturally orange hair?” Also, we’ll explore why red hair occurs, how you can dye your hair to red if you’ve got a darker hair color, and what are some contraindications for using hair dye. 

How can I have naturally orange hair? 

The easiest way to have naturally orange hair (also known as red hair)–is to be born with it. Red hair is, however, the most uncommon hair color found in people, as it is estimated to be found in barely 1 to 2% of the human population. 

Red hair is most commonly found in people of northern and northwestern European heritage, and its cultural connotations have varied between periods and ethnicities. 

There are different hues of the color red, including auburn, copper, burgundy, and strawberry blonde. 

While red hair is often a trademark in those naturally born with it, artificial dyes and tinctures can be applied for a person to change hair color; some may be done at home, and others can be used professionally at a hair salon. 

Why does red hair occur? 

The occurrence of red hair is a product of genetics. Namely, the presence of two alleles (gene copies) that both code for red hair. There has two be 2 of these genes present for red hair to be expressed because the mutation is recessive. 

A recessive mutation is one that while present, will not express itself, as its effects will be masked by a dominant gene. In this case, this can allude to a different hair color gene such as brown or black hair. 

There are no less than eight genetic variations associated with red hair, and some can be found on chromosome 16, while others may be found on chromosome four. 

The genes that code (are responsible) for red hair may not have the same effect on men’s beards, as curiously, some men have a dark hair color and grow auburn-colored beards. Geneticists are currently researching the genetic implications of this phenomenon.

How can I dye my hair red if I’ve got a darker hair color? 

If you have a darker hair color than the one you wish to transition to, it will be necessary for you to first decolor (bleach) your hair. 

Our readers need to note that the color advertised on a die bottle is an approximation and may vary according to a person’s current hair color. Naturally, this means that a person with dark brown hair may not have the same hue from a bottle that a person with ashy blonde hair will.

Therefore, bleaching your hair to a certain base tone may be necessary for you to achieve the advertised color on your dye’s packaging.

When bleaching your hair, you should be extremely careful because you may experience mild burns from the peroxide. We encourage readers to strategically section their hair and avoid leaving the peroxide on their skin and hair for periods that are longer than necessary. 

Bleaching is time-sensitive and may be intensified by high temperatures, so we urge our readers to be cautious. 

Once your hair has been evenly bleached, you should rinse away the peroxide with warm water, shampoo and conditioner, then dry it until it can hold the dye. 

The dye should then be mixed and applied, per the manufacturer’s instructions.  

What are some contraindications for using hair dye? 

Hair dye may be contraindicated for people with sensitivities to components in the formula. 

Symptoms may include rashes, burns, swelling, itches, and other manifestations on an individual’s skin.

Hair dye should not be left within the reach of children, let alone applied to children.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women should also abstain from using hair dyes, due to the risk of the chemicals leaching into their bloodstream through their skin and finding their way to their unborn babies or even their breast milk.

If you’ve suffered a reaction as a result of applying hair dye, and your symptoms don’t abate, we encourage you to speak to a physician. He or she will provide treatment and help your skin restore its natural function.


In this brief guide, we’ve addressed the search query: “How can I have naturally orange hair?” Also, we’ve explored why red hair occurs, how you can dye your hair to red if you’ve got a darker hair color, and what are some contraindications for using hair dye. 


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