Bleaching your hair can sometimes lead to over-lightened and over-yellowed locks. This can be particularly frustrating if you were aiming for a lighter shade but ended up with something closer to neon highlighter than beige blonde. Luckily, there are several remedies, both professional and at-home, that can help tone down unwanted brassy tones in bleached hair.
In this step-by-step guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about toning down bleached hair, whether it’s from weeks of sun exposure or an unfortunate dye job gone wrong.
What Causes Bleached Hair to Turn Brassy?
Explanation: Before diving into the solutions on how to tone down brassy bleached hair let’s first understand what causes it.
When bleach is applied to the hair shafts, it dissolves away melanin resulting in a lighter shade. However, underlying pigments like yellows and oranges may be left behind depending on your starting color. These yellow/orange undertones make up so-called ‘warm’ colors that usually balance darker shades when present in small amounts. The longer the bleach sits on your hair strands; the more these warm tones become apparent bringing out those unwanted brassiness you might see.
1. Toning Services
When discussing ways of correcting brassy highlights with my clients I often propose professional toning services instead of doing this at home as there is less room for error when done by an experienced stylist.
A hairstylist can review the condition of your mane during or before service determining if any conditioning treatments should go along with the toner dependent upon how much lightening has taken place resulting from bleach application. They will mix together cool-toned tints specifically designed for counteracting warmth while leaving as minimal damage possible compared to DIY remedies.
2. Bleach Bath
If an individual’s hair feels over-bleached, a light bleach bath can help remove unwanted brassy tones. This remedy does involve additional bleaching, but diluted versions used in this context will minimize the risk of causing further damage to the hair strands.
A hairstylist will mix together bleach powder and developer, along with shampoo or conditioner , diluting thoroughly before application when correcting excess pigmentation due to previous exposure or dye jobs gone wrong.
Bleach baths should only be applied after hairstylists perform what they deem as healthy enough for their client’s locks in terms of current issues stemming from other chemical processes done in the past like coloring .
1. Purple Shampoo
Purple shampoos are known for toning down yellow-tinted blondes by depositing cool violet-colored pigments onto bleached hair strands. These violet colored pigments while removing yellows don’t preserve color and eventually fade out of your mane giving it natural blond-like hue once again.
To achieve optimal results use purple shampoo at least twice weekly depending on how often you wash your locks routine washing time frames usually vary four-six days; so carry out this process about every third day. During application focus extensively on areas that are more prominently prone to brassiness such as closer around facial framing where exposing ourselves more radiation than other areas; forehead and nape zone.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar Wash
Apple cider vinegar is another at-home remedy proven to neutralize warm undertones within hair chemicals blended into generous amounts.
After cleansing with your regular shampoo pour apple cider vinegar mixture over freshly washed towel-dried tresses paying significant attention towards these warm colors appearing dampened or streaks especially across root area towards ends being particularly noticeable hinting at the style of highlighting done initially were not thorough enough. Let sit for approximately 5 minutes before thoroughly rinsing off with cool water.
For best results, follow this remedy weekly as it helps remove build-up and buildup along with adding instant body and shine to hair while eliminating unwanted tangles difficult to get rid of entirely using conditioners saturating many strands causing rough texture forming.
How long should I leave purple shampoo on?
Typically you should allow your regular shampoo routine to play out, rinse clean then when applying your purple shaded version concentrate intentionally upon areas where warmth appears an issue. Leave the product applied onto your locks conditioning between five-ten minutes based on type of brassiness being experienced — more severe cases may require a longer processing time. Do ensure though that products intended usage instructions are followed strictly avoiding itchy scalp after-effects due to prolonged use.
What’s the difference between blue shampoo and purple shampoo?
Blue shampoo is more complementary towards toning down brassiness in brunettes; usually containing blue pigments compared to violet-colored ones found in their blonde-specific counterparts able to permanently adhere better suiting dark textured hairs than other types of colours due impart natural oils onto these flowing strands under sun exposure.
Purple shampoos specifically counteract brassy warm tones originating from bleaching – whereas its counterpart typically made for darker shades known as brunette needs some avoiding chances of greens appearing by providing them ample moisture yet sufficiently stripping only those portions needed which creates color balancing instead.
In conclusion, toning down brassy bleached hair is possible through professional services /at-home remedies while reducing further damage caused by previous chemical treatments depending upon each individual’s situation given variance seen during consultation steps prior starting.