Having your hair highlighted and colored at the salon is a fun way to change up your look, to cover gray or to just add depth to boring hair color. When coloring your hair in the summer, your hair can become brassy from the sunlight and from swimming in chlorinated pools. That brassiness can make your hair look a little fried and off in color. To help tone down that brassiness, you can go back into the salon to have toner added to your hair, or you can try to tone it down at home. See below for directions on how to tone down brassiness at home.
Here's What You Need:
- 2 1/2 cups vinegar
- 1/8 tsp. purple food coloring (if you can't find purple food coloring, you can use a mixture of blue and red - be sure to use more blue than red)
- Combine the ingredients into a sealed container and shake it gently to be sure the vinegar and food coloring combine thoroughly.
- Wash your hair as you normally would with both shampoo and conditioner.
- After the conditioner is rinsed out, you can test a small amount of the vinegar/food coloring mixture onto your hair. Test in an inconspicuous area. You can add more food coloring if needed, especially if you have a lot of brassiness.
- Finally, pour the mixture down hour hair beginning at the scalp and then throughout your hair working it in with your fingers to get it all over your hair.
- Rinse the mixture out of your hair, then dry your hair as you normally would. You should notice a difference in your hair; the copper/yellow hair coloring and brassiness should be gone now.
You can also use hair conditioner instead of vinegar along with the food coloring to make a toner. Especially if you don't care for the smell of vinegar. Be sure to use hair conditioner that is white in color. Any other color will mess with the purple food coloring mixture you are trying to achieve.
Toning your hair will help get rid of the brassiness that sometimes happens especially with blondes in those summer months when you are spending quite a bit more time outside. You can make a visit to your local salon, such as Town and Country Salon, to have your hair professionally toned, or you can do it yourself at home to help save you a little extra cash. Talk to your stylist about other ways to help tone down your hair to help prevent the brassiness.