Brassiness Can Ruin Your Hair Color—Here's How to Get Rid of It for Good
There's nothing like strutting out of a salon with fresh ombre highlights or a stunning new color. You feel confident, empowered, and ready to show off your style. But a few weeks later, your bold color begins to look a little washed out or even kind of…orange-tinted. Another way of putting it? Your hair looks brassy. Here's everything you need to know about brassy hair, as well as effective strategies for avoiding it.
What is brassy hair?
Jana Rago, a salon owner, hairstylist, and colorist, defines brassy hair as unwanted warm tones in the hair. "These tones can turn due to sunlight, washing with the wrong shampoo that doesn't protect colored hair, or a mistake made by a colorist, like not using a toner," she says. "The sun will dry out the hair by opening the cuticle on the scalp, which will lift the color out, causing the hair to look brassy."
Depending on your hair color, the brassy shade will show up differently. As beauty entrepreneur and award-winning colorist Megan Graham explains, blonde hair will appear yellow or orange. A brunette or someone with black-colored hair will start to notice their locks looking orange or red, depending on how dark their hair is typically. For a redhead, hair may seem more washed out or faded.
Rago says that when new clients visit her salon, many are stressed about their color but can't pinpoint what's bothering them. More often than not, it's the brassy undertone that doesn't feel right to them, and they are hoping to find a fix.
How to Remove Brassy Color
Though it's essential to seek advice from a trusted local colorist who can access your locks in person, these tips will help you better understand what you need to correct the brassiness.