Weeks after colouring your hair blonde, you may start to notice the shade you left the salon loving isn't as luscious and creamy as you'd hoped. It's now throwing a more, dull yellow or orange tone. This is what hairdressers' term: Brassiness. It refers to the unwanted warm tones that show up in coloured hair. It typically happens in dark hair that gets dyed platinum or blonde, but it can also occur in hair that's been highlighted or in hair that's been lightened to brown.
To counter this, Barney Martin, hair director and owner of Barney Martin salons, NSW, highly recommends an at home care regime that includes a purple-based shampoo and conditioner once per week to tone any brassy colours that begin to appear as your colour begins to fade. We can't go past John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone Correcting Shampoo and Conditioner and Wella SP Silver Blonde Shampoo. And for the washes in between don’t go past formulas designed specifically to prevent colour fade like Wella SP Colour Save Shampoo and Conditioner.
"It's also a good idea to speak to your colourists at the salon and to get their words of wisdom for at-home care between visits," Martin explains. Your colourist may also be able to adjust your in-salon colour to add more warm or cool shades to prevent the brassiness in the first place.
Another top tip is to avoid the sun or the pool – boring we know - when blondes are meant to have more fun. If you can’t do without them (and we don’t blame you!) then always coat your strands with a layer of protection before you dive in like, Wella SP LuxeOil Reconstructive Elixir Oil, to help maintain your colour.
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