How to Make Highlights Less Brassy

Brassy highlights are less than desirable.
Brassy highlights are less than desirable. (Image: BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

When you went to the salon to get your hair highlighted, you likely expected to come out with beautiful, sun-kissed highlights. Instead, your highlights look orange and brassy. This often happens to women who have naturally brown hair with reddish and orange undertones. Brassy hair can also be caused from not leaving bleach long enough on your hair. Fixing brassy hair doesn't have to be difficult, and can be done in your own home.

Things You'll Need

  • Blue or purple shampoo
  • Blue or purple conditioner
  • Hat
  • Toner

Wash your hair with blue-based or purple-based color-enhancing shampoo and conditioner to tone down brassy highlights. Leave the conditioner on your ends for about 5 minutes before rinsing out.

Wear a hat if you plan on being outside for a long time. The UV rays from the sun can make your highlights look even more brassy.

Apply a blue-based level 9 or 10 toner to your hair. Mix the toner with a 10-volume peroxide developer. Apply the mixture to your new growth and leave it on for 10 minutes. Then, apply it to the rest of your hair and leave it on for another 5 minutes. Rinse your hair with lukewarm water.

Install a water softener with an iron filter to your shower. Hard water contains many iron deposits that contribute to brassy hair color.

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