How to have Blonde without Brass - 5 Simple Steps
Updated: May 8
So you did it - you finally went blonde. But now what? Want to learn how to keep those new blonde highlights from turning brassy? You've come to the right place as we share 5 simple steps. One of our most popular services at our Wella Professional salon is balayage which can add a beautiful blonde to your hair.
When you leave the salon and want to maintain the balayage coloring without any brassy streaks it is important to know how to get the best results caring for your highlights at home. Brassiness is a sure way to be disappointed with your hair color as time goes on, so let's first look at what causes it.
When you have your hair lightened, your natural color is lifted to make room for the new color. If you have naturally darker hair, it can be a challenge to lift the underlying pigment out of the hair, which increases the chance of the hair having a brassy look to it.
Here are the 5 steps to keeping your blonde hair looking salon fab!
Step 1: Try washing your hair less often.
The reality of hair care products having chemicals that over time can strip your hair is a good reason to use salon grade formulas. Even the same brand name shapoos sold at many retail stores do not have the salon quality so choose your shampoo and hair care products wisely. You can use a dry shampoo like Wella's Dry Me to extend your washes - read about our "Dirty Little Secrets" in our previous blog.
Step 2: Wash and rinse with cold water
You might have gotten chilly just thinking about it, but if you get in the habit of washing your hair in cooler water it can not only preserve your hair color and shine, but it is also better for your scalp and prevents frizz.
Step 3: Avoid direct sunlight.
The sun can dry out your hair and also fade the color to reveal the underlying warmth of your original tone which can lead to brassiness. Enjoy the sun which is good for your hair by getting much needed vitamin D so don't avoid getting out there just take precautions.
Step 4: Wear a hat
If you are outside during the spring and summer months for extended periods of time, protect your hair color from turning a yellow or orange hue by wearing a hat. If you're with the kids at a baseball game, put on a cap. Spend the day at the beach with the family but wear a sun hat. Not only is that good for your hair but for your face as well.
Step 5: Avoid chlorine.
As the warmer weather approaches time spent around the pool can recharge you. However, be aware that chlorine can suck the natural oils from your hair which can damage it over time. Also, the chlorine can cause chemical reactions in your hair changing the color and causing split ends. You may want to consider a swim cap if you spend a good amount of time in your backyard pool during the warm months (you don't need to keep it on while reading in the lounge chair - swap it for your beach hat).
We mentioned that your hair products are really important to the health of your hair. Check out this video by Wella Profesionals: Invido Blonde Reharge for products that can really work for you.