Black and Orange Hair – How To Get The Two-Tone Look.


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It’s not just for Halloween – Black and orange hair is the fiery new trend taking over your socials and we are here to show you how to get the look!

Whether you want to go for a full-on two-tone look or just add a few pops of orange here and there, we’ve got you covered.

Keep reading to find out how to get black and orange hair that will have everyone doing a double take.

What is black and orange hair?

There’s no denying that this two-tone look is having a moment.

From celebs like Kylie Jenner and Cardi B to fashion icons like Rihanna, more and more people are rockin’ this bold hair color. And we can see why!

It’s is a striking way to make a statement. It’s edgy and unexpected, but still totally glam. Plus, it looks amazing on all different skin tones.

We love it because it can worn in a variety of styles, from ombré to balayage, loose curls and beachy waves to short hair bobs, lobs, sleek long hair and straight. 

Like black and white hair, black and red, and black and green hair, it’s a color-blocking style obsession we can all get on board with.

Whether you’re looking to add a pop of color or go for a full-on transformation, this high contrast, high impact color combo is the way to go.

Check out the latest looks on our Pinterest board for ideas and inspiration.

Black and orange hair ideas and inspiration.

black and orange hair color collection pinterest post

Do black and orange hair go together?

Short answer? Yes! It’s is a seriously chic combo that looks good on everyone.

The key to nailing this look is finding the right balance of colors. You don’t want your hair to look like a Halloween costume, so start by picking one color as your base and then add pops of the other color throughout.

If you’re starting with black hair, we recommend adding in orange highlights or lowlights. This will give you a subtle way to add some dimension and interest to your hair without going too crazy.

If you have light brown or blonde hair, you can go for a more dramatic two-tone look by bleaching out your base color and adding in black or orange streaks.

Or, if you’re feeling really bold, you can go for an all-over vibrant orange or black hair color. Just make sure to use a high-quality hair dye so your color lasts and looks amazing.

Will black and orange hair suit me?

This is a bold and sassy option for anyone looking to add a little (or a lot) of color to their hair. But before you take the plunge, it’s important to consider if this look is right for you.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

-Your hair type: If you have damage or dryness, we recommend doing a deep conditioning treatment before coloring your hair. This style can be high maintenance, so it’s important to start with healthy, strong hair.

-Your hair length: This look can be worn in any length, from short bobs to long and sleek hair. If you’re not sure what style you want, take a look at some pictures for inspiration or consult with your stylist.

-Your skin tone: This look works on all different skin tones, but if you’re not sure what will work best for you, consult with a professional colorist. They can help you choose the right shade of orange or black that will complement your skin tone.

If you’re not sure what undertones you have, you can use our handy checklist below!

If you have cool undertones:

  • Your skin tone is pink or pale.
  • You blush easily!
  • Jewel and pastel colours are so your thing.
  • The colour yellow washes you out and does not look good on you.
  • You have blue not green veins in your wrist.
  • Pearls and silver jewellery look awesome on you.

If you have warm undertones:

  • You have red or golden tones in your natural hair.
  • Your skin tone is golden, tan or olive.
  • You might have freckles.
  • You have green not blue veins in your wrist.
  • You suit bright or rich shades better.
  • Gold jewellery looks awesome on you.
cool or warm undertones infographic

If you’re still unsure about which colours suit you, take our quick quiz!

Just answer a few quick questions and you can apply this colour theory to your hair, your wardrobe and your life!

Just click on the image below!

Which Hair Color Suits You?

How do I get black and orange hair?

If you’re thinking about dyeing your own hair this trend, there are a few things you should know.

First of all, bleaching your hair is essential if you want to achieve a bright, vibrant orange. Especially if you have dark hair already. If your hair is on the lighter side, you can get away with using a semi-permanent orange hair dye.

Secondly, it’s important to use a high-quality hair dye. Otherwise, you risk damaging your hair or ending up with an uneven color. Dyes like Manic Panic Electric Tiger Lily, Arctic Fox Sunset Orange and any deep black hair dye are great options.

Finally, if you’re bleaching your hair, make sure to use a deep conditioner afterwards to keep your hair healthy and hydrated.

And if you’re not confident in your ability to successfully dye your own hair, it’s always best to ask a professional for help! Take along a few pictures of the looks you like so they can get an idea of what you’re going for.

Can I dye my hair from black to orange?

So you want to go from deep dark black to looking like a whole snack? You’re in luck!

Dyeing your hair from black to orange is a pretty straightforward process that anyone can do at home.

First, you’ll need to bleach your hair to remove the natural pigment. This can be done with a store-bought bleach kit or by visiting a salon.

Once your hair is light enough, you can apply the orange dye of your choice. If you’re not sure what shade to go for, consider a peachy-orange, neon peach or a fiery ginger.

And that’s it! Just make sure to use a conditioner designed for color-treated hair, and you’ll be styling out your new ‘do in no time.

How to dye hair from black to orange step-by-step.

Here’s an awesome film that shows you how to dye your hair from black to orange step-by-step.

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What hairstyles suit black and orange hair?

Once you’ve achieved your desired color, it’s time to start thinking about how to style your tresses. Here are our favorite ways to wear the look.

Black and Orange Ombré

The black ombré look is achieved by gradually lightening the hair from the roots to the tips. It’s a great option if you want to add some color to your hair without going too crazy.

Black roots work best with this look, as they help to anchor the color and make the ombré effect more pronounced. Go for neon orange or ginger tips for a fun and edgy look.

Black and Orange Balayage

The balayage trend is similar to ombré, but instead of lightening the hair from the roots to the tips, the color is applied in a more natural way. This creates a sun-kissed look that’s perfect for summertime.

Again, black roots are ideal, as they help frame the face and make the balayage stand out. For the best results, ask your stylist to blend a light pastel orange and blazing orange shade on the mid-lengths and ends of your hair.

Black and Orange Half and half hair

The half and half hair style is a super popular look for those who really want to make a statement. As the name suggests, half of your hair is dyed black and the other half is dyed orange (or any other color of your choice).

To achieve this style, you’ll need to use a temporary dye on one half of your hair. This way, you can experiment with different colors and styles without commitment. Once you’ve found a combination you love, you can then apply a permanent dye to both halves of your hair.

Black and orange Shadow roots

A shadow root or root blur is perfect if you want to add a touch of color to your hair without going all out. The roots are dyed black (or any other color) while the rest of the hair is balayage or dyed all-over orange.

This is a low-maintenance style that’s perfect for busy ladies who don’t have time to touch up their hair every few weeks. Plus, the grown-out roots look great with any hair length and can be styled in a variety of ways.

Black and Orange Streaks

If you’re not ready to commit to an all-over color, consider adding a few orange hair streaks through your black hair. This is a great way to add a pop of color without going too crazy.

Blends shades of vibrant and pastel orange like mango, tangerine, and peach for a fun and unique look. Or, go for a more subtle look by adding a few thin ginger or copper streaks.

Black and Orange Peekaboo hair

This underlayer hair trend is perfect for those who want to be cheeky with color without going all out. A section of hair (usually the underneath layers) is dyed orange, while the rest of the hair is left its natural black color.

This is a great way to add a touch of color to your hair without it being too over-the-top. Plus, it’s easy to maintain and can be styled in a variety of surprising ways!

Black and Orange Dipped ends

With this simple and understated look, the ends of the hair are dip dyed orange (or any other color) while the rest of the hair is left its natural black color.

This is a great way to experiment with color without commitment. Plus, it’s easy to maintain and looks incredible on short, sharp bobs.

How long will black and orange hair last?

Black hair dye is a long lasting color that often hard to remove!

Orange is also a long lasting color, but it will fade faster, so you might find your self having to top it up or tone it to refresh the color.

You can also cover orange hair with black if you want to have a solid black hair color.

How often will I have to dye my hair?

It depends your hair care routine, how often you wash your hair and your lifestyle – things like swimming pools or sea water can fade hair color fast.

As a general rule of thumb (or hair):

Permanent hair dye will last until your hair grows out or you decide to change it.

Semi-permanent hair dye will gradually fade over time, so you’ll need to touch up your color every few weeks.

If you’re using a temporary hair dye, it will last until you wash it out. So, if you’re looking for a short-term option, this is the way to go.

How to care for black and orange hair?

As with any colored hair, it’s important to take care of it properly. Here are our top tips:

With these tips, you’ll be able to rock black and orange hair with ease!

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So there’s everything you need to know about black and orange hair!

Whether you’re looking for a low-maintenance style or a way to experiment with color, this trend is a showstopper that’s sure to turn heads. Just remember to take care of your hair properly and you’ll be able to rock this look with ease.


  • Nicola Freeman, Creative Director & Content Lead

    With over two decades of passionate hair dyeing experience, I've experimented with nearly every shade imaginable. My journey began long before blogging; as an award-winning copywriter in London and New York, I shaped narratives for iconic brands. However, when friends sought advice during lockdown for at-home hair dyeing, I realized my true calling. Beyond being your hair color expert, I'm a mom of two girls, wife to artist Tony, and an avid soccer player!