Has your blonde hair gone brassy? If your locks have taken on undesired tones of yellow, orange, or red, this blog will walk you through how to fix brassy hair and how to prevent it in the future.

Ways to FIX Brassy Hair

Try Purple Shampoo for Brassy Hair

If your blonde hair or highlights have taken on a brassy hue that wasn’t there when you left the salon, the first at-home step is to invest in a purple shampoo. On a color wheel, purple is the opposite of yellow and orange. When you use purple shampoo once a week, the violet pigments balance out the brassiness and help to restore your color to its former glory. Ask your stylist for recommendations on purple shampoo.

Use Shampoo for Color-Treated Hair

Bumble and Bumble’s Color Minded Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner

If you use purple shampoo more than once a week, it could turn your hair purple. Between your weekly wash with purple shampoo, use a shampoo specifically for color-treated hair. We recommend Bumble and bumble’s Color Minded sulfate-free shampoo.

Head to The Salon for a Toner

If purple shampoo isn’t fixing your brassy hair color, an in-salon toning treatment may be just the trick. Toner is a demi-permanent color (also known as a color glaze or gloss). It’s gentler than permanent color treatments because toner adds color pigments onto the hair, rather than lightening the hair. Your hair colorist will use a toner with a violet or blue base to cut out the yellow and orange hues and brighten your color. Want an extra bonus? Toning your hair will also enhance its shine.

Ways to PREVENT Brassy Hair

Start With the Right Hair Color


One way to prevent brassy hair in the future is to tell your stylist that you want a cooler shade of blonde rather than a warm blonde. Cool shades are less likely to turn brassy. Hair colors with words like “ash” in the name are usually on the cooler side.

Get a Bond-Protecting Treatment

Using a bond-protecting treatment during the hair coloring process can help to protect your hair from damage and give it strength. At Flirt Urban Salon in San Diego, we offer Olaplex or L’Oréal Smartbond. You can learn more about both treatments here.

Use a Shower Filter

Tap water often contains minerals like chlorine and iron. These minerals can make color fade and look dull. Investing in a filter for your shower can help to cut down on the minerals that deposit in your hair.

Protect Your Hair When Swimming

As mentioned above, chlorine damages your hair and messes with its color. If you go swimming in a pool, be sure to wear a swim cap or keep your hair above the water. When you get out of the pool, rinse your hair and use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.

Choose The Right Colorist


At Flirt Urban Salon in Downtown San Diego, our expert colorists will guide you through your best options to prevent and fix brassy hair color. Call to schedule your free 15-minute consultation at (619) 501-6890.

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