Tuesday, 9 June 2015

The Tuesday Tip: Prevent Brassy Blonde Locks

There is nothing worse than witnessing your beautiful blonde locks go brassy. Luckily there are several ways to treat this dye disaster...

The first fix is to invest in a purple shampoo. The colour may be a little scary, however, because purple is opposite yellow on the colour wheel, the violet pigments in a purple shampoo will counteract brassy tones and neutralise blonde colours. It is important to avoid overusing purple shampoo as doing so will turn your hair purple! I wash my hair with a purple shampoo once a week and in-between these washes, I use a colour-protecting shampoo to maintain the colour. As for which shampoo to use, I can't recommend the Bleach London Silver Shampoo 250ml (£5.00 Boots) enough. It keeps my hair clean, bright and brass-free and it smells amazing!

Protecting your hair from the sun's damaging UV rays will also help prevent brassy tones. UV rays penetrate your hair strands and open up the hair cuticle, allowing the colour to change and fade. So to prevent this, it is important to apply a sunscreen to your locks regularly. I love the Aveda
Protective Hair Veil (£21.50 John Lewis / $28.00 Nordstrom).

The final - more pricey - way to prevent brassy tones is to invest in a showerhead filter. Tap water is packed with various minerals, such as copper and iron, that build up in our hair and effect not only our hair colour but the condition of our hair. A good showerhead will remove these minerals from the water before they even reach your hair!

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