Whether you’re a gorgeous blonde, brunette, or a raven-haired beauty, brass happens. Rich brown casts orange, blonde goes too warm, and black goes ack. Brassy hair happens to the best of us, so let’s discuss. Hair dye is made of a rainbow of colors—red, yellow, and blue. The smallest pigments—which just so happens to be in the blue spectrum—fade the fastest, leaving lots of red and yellow, this is brassy hair. Combine that normal process with a handful of environmental aggressors, and you’ve also got brassy hair. But not to worry–the good news is that brassiness is easy to prevent or, at least, easy to combat. So take a big breath. Our brassy hair color breakdown is ready to untarnish your mane’s color reputation.
How to Fix Brassy Hair
Use Color Reviving Gloss
A glaze or a gloss, like Color Reviving Gloss, is like icing on a cake. It adds mega shine and helps close the hair cuticle to prevent fading. It also ‘tones’ your color—as in helps prevent and correct brassiness by neutralizing unwanted yellow and red tones with a hint of cool violet. After using a violet gloss, your hair won’t look violet or ash; however, the violet will neutralize the yellow or red, returning your hair to the gorgeous, rich color you intended. To prevent brassiness, it’s recommended to use a gloss every 2 to 4 weeks on color-treated hair. For light blonde to light brown hair, try Color Reviving Gloss in Crema to neutralize yellow tones. For medium brown to black hair, we recommend Color Reviving Gloss in Espresso to add cool, ashy tones.
Go One Shade Dark(er)
Blonde hair is more porous and weaker than other colors due to the lightening process, so it’s going to soak up whatever you throw at it. And naturally thicker, darker hair also tends to go brassy quickly because it has a hard time of letting go of the initial pigment. Translation: if brassy blonde hair or brassy brunette hair pops up sooner than anticipated, consider going one shade darker.
Avoid Salt Water, Chlorine & UV Rays
Salt water, chlorine, UV rays–these environmental aggressors hurt the integrity of your color by drying out your hair, stripping it of natural oils, causing the shaft to become parched, brittle, and dull. As hair becomes compromised, it becomes more difficult for color to stay rich and true. Luckily it’s possible to fix brassy hair caused by these culprits: wear a swim cap when you’re taking a dip, and before and after swimming in chlorinated water, rinse with fresh water. In addition, rain or shine, use hair products like Style + Tame with SPF or UV protection to help shield hair from sun damage.
Change Your Hair Washing Routine
Your water, shampoo, and how often you wash your hair can all affect the purity of your hair color. Let’s start at the tap. Tap water can contain metals and minerals that build up on hair, preventing it from soaking in moisture. Dryness = damage = brassiness. Install a shower filter to minimize buildup and maximize moisture absorption. And shampoos that contain sulfates—often used as they result in a luxe-feeling lather—are actually pretty harsh on colored hair and can strip out pigment over time. Go with a sulfate-free shampoo, bonus points if it contains UV protection. If you’re noticing some orange and you’re blonde, counteract the brassiness by using a purple shampoo for brassy hair. If you’re a brunette, try a blue shampoo for brassy hair. Both versions lightly tone your hair, depositing surface color to balance yellow and red tones while leaving your overall color slightly cooler. Moderation is key. Use them once a week. And try replacing one of your washes with a dry shampoo. The less you suds up, the less risk for brass.
And that’s it–one of the most common hair color problems, solved. Luckily, with these simple tips, you can win the battle of the brass and correct brassy hair color.