Hair Care for Brassy Highlights

Keep your highlights looking healthy with a few key steps.

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If your gorgeous golden hair color has turned a brassy shade of orange, it’s time to get to work, pronto! Sun exposure, chlorine and mineral deposits in old plumbing can all turn hair brassy over time. Fixing that nasty brassy tinge can be as simple as adding a few key products into your hair care routine. Use them regularly and you'll have that fresh-from-the-salon feeling again in no time.

The Right Shampoo

Rebalance your shade with a shampoo containing purple pigmentation. The purple tones in the shampoo help to rebalance that yellow-orange tinge that can appear over time and restore your color to a more natural shade of blonde. Give your locks a helping hand and switch the purple shampoo for a color-depositing shampoo once per week. Depositing shampoos leave small particles of color to subtly restore your shade between salon visits. The right shampoo can restore your color without the need to cover up with harsh bleaching products.

Color-formulated Conditioner

Brassy locks are often screaming out for a good conditioning treatment. Regular conditioning not only helps your tresses to feel soft and supple, but actually helps to maintain color. Skipping the conditioner results in dull, brassy and brittle locks as your rough, open cuticles become porous. Close up the cuticles by following your shampoo with a conditioner formulated for color treated hair. Give thirsty locks a weekly clarifying deep-conditioning treatment to remove product build up from hairsprays and waxes that can cause your color to look dull and brassy.

Proper Protection

Chlorine can seriously damage and discolor your highlights if you don’t protect your hair properly. Chlorine reacts with the chemicals in your highlights and can turn your locks an odd shade of green, yellow or orange. Avoid swimming 48 hours before and after getting your locks lightened or run the risk of a dodgy reaction. Coat strands with jojoba oil when you do take a dip in the pool to stop that nasty chlorine from penetrating your strands.

Less is More

The key to holding onto that salon hair is to wash your locks less. Washing your hair too much can result in dry, porous hair that is prone to discoloration. Limit the washing to a few time per week to keep your color in tip top condition. If brassiness persists, try a toning shampoo to correct that color. "Allure" magazine recommends using Clairol Shimmer Lights Original Conditioning Shampoo to keep your hue bright between salon visits.

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