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Is your blonde hair more brassy than bombshell? Try these simple solutions

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They say blondes have more fun.  If you’re like me and not lucky enough to be a natural blonde, you may have discovered that there’s something not so fun about being blonde.  It’s the secret that  that they don’t want you bottled blondes to know – how to deal with the brassy hair.  Whether you’ve gone totally platinum or just added a few golden highlights, there’s nothing worse than looking in the mirror and seeing those nasty orange tones in your hair. Fortunately, there are a few tricks for getting rid of brassiness so you’re back to feeling like a blonde bombshell ASAP.

Try a Purple Shampoo

It may seem a little weird, but a purple shampoo can be your best friend when your hair starts looking brassy. Purple and orange are opposite one another on the color wheel, so the purple pigments in the shampoo will counteract the orange in your hair. Don’t use your purple shampoo daily, though, or you run the risk of winding up with blue-tinted hair.   I mean, unless that the look the you are going for. Instead, alternate the purple shampoo with a regular shampoo for color-treated hair to keep your blonde hair as golden and vibrant as the day it was dyed.

Use a Toner

When you go blonde, your stylist usually applies a toner to help make sure that all the shades in your hair look natural and not too orange. If your hair starts to look a little brassy after your dye job, you can go back to the salon for a purple toner treatment that works like the shampoo but is stronger and provides faster results.  If a trip to the stylist isn’t in your budget, at-home toning products are also available. You can use them once a month between dye jobs to prevent orange or red tones from showing up in your hair.

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Install a Shower Filter

While your hair can start to look brassy if you’ve chosen too light a shade or spent some time in the sun, one of the most common causes for orange-y tones is a build-up of mineral deposits from your tap water. Iron is usually the biggest culprit in turning blonde tresses a brassy reddish or orange color. Adding a filter to your showerhead can help remove minerals from your water before they reach your hair, so your dye job stays bright and true. Check your local hardware, home improvement, or mass merchandise store for a selection of filters that will work with your showerhead.

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Jennifer Blair
By: Jennifer Blair

Jennifer Blair is a freelance writer and self-professed beauty junkie. A former beauty consultant for Clinique and Bare Escentuals, she enjoys road testing new products, recreating celebrity looks, and passing on tips and tricks that she's picked up along the way. Jennifer has written for several hair, makeup, and fashion websites, and maintains a blog, There's Always Time For Lipstick , to share her love for everything related to makeup, hair, and skin care. In her spare time, she enjoys taking in baseball and hockey games, and trying to convince friends that life isn't complete without a good red lipstick.