Ways to Correct and Avoid Brassy Hair

Whether I have darker hair or lighter hair I have always had a problem with getting brassy tones.  Brassy hair can happen when hair is not properly treated after coloring.
The result is too much warmth in the hair — blonde becomes too yellow or golden highlights that turn orange.
When hair is lightened, your natural hair color is lifted to make room for the new color.
Because all hair has some underlying warmth, the removal of your natural hue makes yellow, orange or red tones more evident.
We all want to get rid of the brassy tones and get back to the cooler tones we originally wanted.
Here are some preventative measures for a brassy blonde hair fix.

Color Use

Instead of going with an all-over blonde color, work in highlights and lowlights instead of coloring the whole head. This minimizes the potential for a whole head of brassiness.
Here is a blog post on Dyeing Your Hair Blonde: What to Avoid that has great tips on what to look for when dyeing hair lighter.

Avoid Sunlight

The sun has a tendency to not only dry hair but fade its color. Being outside in the hot sun, speeds along the oxidation of your freshly colored hair.
When hair is exposed to oxygen and UV rays, the warmth in the hair is revealed and brassiness happens.
If you are spending a summer day outside, try wearing a hat to protect hair or use a UV-protectant spray to avoid unwelcome brassiness.

Cool Rinse

Rinsing your hair with cool water is better for preserving your color. Use a cool rinse to close the hairs cuticle.
This has the added benefit of locking in moisture and helps the cuticle to lay more smoothly and appear glossier and shinier.
If you don’t want to shock yourself with cool water in the shower, have a quick rinse in the bathroom sink after your shower.

Avoid Chlorine

This chemical is notorious for stripping hair of its natural oils and leaving it dry and brittle.
The more damaged the hair becomes, the more susceptible it is to turning brassy.
Try drenching your hair with water before jumping in the pool. Your hair will soak up moisture, it’s better to give it clean, non-chemically altered water first before you swim.
When you’re finished in the pool, shampoo and condition your hair immediately to undo the potential damage and try to use salt water pools if it's an option.

Use a Color-Correcting Shampoo

Because yellow and violet are opposites on the color wheel, purple is used to cancel out overly warm, brassy tones.

Invest in a color-correcting treatment, like John Frieda Colour Renew Tone-Correcting Shampoo, helps fix brassiness and restore blonde hair in as little as three washes. 


John Frieda’s purple shampoos have a formula that uses Optical Brightening Technology that absorbs UV light to brighten and revitalize blonde hair.

Wash Less

High mineral levels in water can cause hair to turn brassy.
Hard water deposits minerals onto your hair while locking out moisture.
Consider cutting back on the amount of time you wash your hair weekly like 3 times a week instead of every day.
You could invest in a shower water filter that sifts out the minerals.
If you are worried your hair will look dirty, dry shampoo and a messy bun or braid will look great.

Keep Hair Conditioned

The healthier your hair is, the less likely your color will fade or turn brassy. Give yourself a deep-conditioning treatment to keep hair healthy.
After treating your hair, seal your style with a little bit of hydrating jojoba oil.

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