Blondes aren’t the only ones whose hair is prone to brassiness-it turns out that even you brunette ladies can go a little brassy too!
When brown hair goes brassy, you’ll see tones of red or orange appearing in your hair, when all you want is glossy, dark locks. So how can you fix it? Read on to find out!
How to prevent brassiness
Use products formulated for coloured hair
Make sure you only use products that are meant for coloured hair. Any old shampoo won’t do, you need a gentle hydrating formula that won’t strip your colour.
Protect your hair from the sun
UV rays can affect any hair colour, not just blonde. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the sun, wear a hat, and use products that contain a UV filter.
Don’t use too much heat on your hair
Too much heat styling can affect your colour too. Try letting your hair air dry every so often and work with the natural texture of your hair. Apply a wave spray then braid it when it’s damp. Undo the braid when it’s dry and you’ll have lovely beachy waves.
What should you do if your hair has already gone brassy?
Use a toning shampoo
Blue shampoo works for brunettes in the same way that purple shampoo works for blondes. When hair colour starts to fade, it can turn brassy, and natural pigments in your hair such as red tones can appear. Blue will cancel out orange or red tones in the hair and ensure that you keep your warm, deep brown shiny locks. It works because colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel cancel each other out, so blue cancels out red and orange, just as purple cancels out yellow or green.
Consider an ashy tone of brown
Warmer browns are more likely to appear brassy, so you can always try choosing cool or neutral browns like ash brown instead. Ask your colourist for advice.
Always have your colour done professionally
I know you think ‘she would say that!’ but some things are best left to the professionals. If you’re getting some brassiness coming through in your hair, give me a call and I’ll do my best to restore your dream colour.