Updated: Jul 17
We’ve all been there. Some time has passed since your last hair color treatment and your locks are beginning to look warmer than they should. It’s so frustrating! But brassy hair happens, especially for blondes. Don’t worry, there's a bright side! There are many things you can do to prevent those not-so-pretty brassy tones. Here are five reasons your hair might be getting brassy and our favorite products to prevent it from happening in the first place!
1. Well Water This is probably one of the worst culprits because it is not easy to fix. Well water often contains high levels of copper, iron, and other minerals. Over time the hair absorbs these minerals leaving the hair “stained” usually with tones of yellow, orange, or green. We recommend getting a filter (find one here) for your shower head, which can be purchased right at any home improvement store, like Home Depot. There is also an in-salon clarifying treatment that is very effective at removing an excessive amount of well water buildup. We would also recommend using a clarifying shampoo once a week or as needed. A favorite of ours at The Studio on Elm is Deep Clean by Eleven. Deep Clean removes excess oil and minerals from the hair and scalp. Packed with Orange Oil, this shampoo provides a rich cleanliness while still leaving the hair feeling fresh, hydrated, and healthy.
2. Hot Tools Hot tools can make your hair brassy for a couple of reasons. One reason is if you are using a hot tool with no heat protection the heat from the tools can fade your toner. Also, any build-up from products on your hair can heat up and stain the hair with a “burnt” brassy look. We would recommend using Kevin Murphy Heated Defense. It’s a weightless and invisible leave-in treatment foam to protect your hair against damage associated with heated and mechanical tools. Providing heat protection up to 450 degrees, this leave-in foam distributes easily and disappears in all hair types, providing a weightless protective shield. You can also find one of The Studio On Elm's favorite flat irons here.
3. Build up In some cases build up from the products we use can also just discolor our hair. Think of your hair, especially blondes, like a sponge. Anything that is applied on your hair is getting absorbed into the hair strand. Too much build-up of any kind can also cause brassiness. To avoid build-up we recommend using a shampoo like Kevin Murphy Maxi Wash. This gentle detoxifying shampoo helps to purify for a clean, clear, and refreshed scalp. The soothing blend of essential oils brightens the hair while purifying and balancing the scalp.
4. Swimming Pool & Sun The chlorine and algaecides that are commonly found in pools also build up on your hair leaving it dry, dull, and, in extreme cases, green. We recommend wetting your hair with tap water before you jump in the pool and also spray on a leave-in conditioner like Kevin Murphy Untangled. This leave-in conditioner is formulated with a complex blend of nourishing Australian fruit extracts that helps strengthen and moisturize your hair, helping to limit the amount of chemicals your hair absorbs. A leave-in conditioner also acts as a great sunblock for your hair!
5. Toner Another common reason your hair gets brassy over time is that your toner has faded. The more you shampoo the faster your toner will fade. We recommend coming to the salon in between appointments for a toner. This is a quick appointment but makes a world of difference. Another great way to help your toner last longer is by using a purple shampoo. One of our favorites is Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel. This Lavender-infused, color-enhancing shampoo takes on all tones from creamy to platinum, and with the help of added optical brighteners, it rescues dull color taking it from drab back to fab.
In need of a hair refresher? Book an appointment at The Studio On Elm, located in downtown Manchester, NH, by texting 603.935.8990. Interested in some of the products mentioned above? Find them all and more here!