If you like Keeping Up with the Kardashians, then you’ve probably succumbed to either the ombré or balayage trend. It’s a great way to change up your look without losing length — and Khloe’s hair is always enviable. Don’t ya think?
If you decided to lighten up those ends a few months back, your lovely do’ might be turing a bit brassy. Unfortunately, salon visits are pricey. It’ll most likely push you back about $40 to get a toner. And unless you’re trying to be a red head, you most likely don’t want orange-y or yellowish hair.
Below are a few ways to get rid of the brass (or prevent it altogether).
1. Use a Clear Oil
If you put oil in your hair before blow drying, check to see if your oil of choice is colored. Many of the popular oils on the market are brown in color (we’re calling you out Argan oil). That’s not bad if your hair is naturally dark, but if you’re trying to prevent brassy hair, you may want to start using a clear oil. The color in the oil can slowly alter the tone of your blonde.
2. Use Purple Shampoo and Conditioner
Purple shampoo and conditioner isn’t just for platinum blondes! Consider using a purple shampoo and/or conditioner about once a week to maintain your ombre or balayage. For extra power, leave the conditioner on for five or more minutes before rinsing — these products are a great way to tone on the cheap.
3. Use a Green Shampoo
If your locks have become more red than orange or yellow, you’re going to need a green shampoo. Green neutralizes red. Unfortunately, there’s not many for sale. I personally use the anti-dandruff shampoo from Selsun Blue (the red bottle). It’s a dark green color and it helps keep my ombre in check.
4. Do an at-home toner
Don’t be scared now! If your hair is more on the lighter side, use T18 from Wella Color Charm (just follow the directions on the box). If your hair is more on the caramel side, use T14.
5. Use a Color-Safe Shampoo
When you’re not using a specialized shampoo or conditioner, you need to use product that’s color-safe. Sulfates and sodium chloride tend to strip hair.
6. Go to a School
If you absolutely need to get a toner, and don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, make an appointment at a local cosmetology school. The service will be either free or extremely discounted.
Another option is Salon Apprentice — an awesome site filled with discounted (and free) services at reputable salons. That’s how I got my ombre! Check it out below:
If you do use Salon Apprentice, tip your stylist. Your service may be free or discounted, but you should tip as if you were paying full-price.
How do you prevent brassy ombre? Let us know in the comment below!