How to Get Rid of Brassy Highlights

Last Updated on December 29, 2017 by Ellen Christian

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Have you ever wondered how to get rid of brassy highlights? If you’re like me, you may lighten your hair to disguise the fact that you’re going gray. Occasionally, when you lighten your hair repeatedly, some of the highlights will turn a brassy yellow rather than a natural blonde. Since I really don’t like brassy highlights, I’ve done a bit of research on how to get rid of them. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

How to Get Rid of Brassy Highlights

How to Get Rid of Brassy Highlights

Brassy hair can really be caused by several things. Sulfates in hair care products, exposure to too much salt water or minerals, sun exposure, and a build up of coloring products. No matter the cause, you should be able to tone down or get rid of brassy highlights using these tricks.

Purple Shampoo

When you color your hair, the dye is made up of a variety of different pigments. Brassy hair is caused by too much of the orange pigment building up. Since purple is the opposite of orange, a purple shampoo will help to balance the orange pigments over time. This isn’t a permanent switch. Try using this for two days and then using your traditional shampoo for two days until you get to the color you like.

Use a Shower Filter

If you’re using a city water supply, the culprit may be exposure to chlorinated water or water with too much iron. A good shower filter can remove the chlorine and iron from your water in the shower so it doesn’t have the chance to turn your hair brassy. A clarifying shampoo or rinse can also help if this is the cause.

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Apply a Toner

If you’re hesitant to try to correct the color on your own, you can ask your stylist at the salon to apply a toner the next time you’re there. A toner with a violet or blue base will help offset the brassy highlights.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a natural way to get rid of brassy highlights. I’m not sure that I would recommend this method if you pay to color your hair, however, if the cause is product build up or chlorinated water, then a good apple cider vinegar rinse will often help correct the color.

Do you have any other tried and true methods to get rid of brassy highlights?

2 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of Brassy Highlights”

  1. Wow! This sounds incredible! I had terrible brassy tones over the summer and I so wish I had know about this. I love that it has properties to improve your scalp health, too.

  2. The very first time I dyed my hair I ended up with the MOST orange highlights… if only I knew these things existed!

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