How to fix brassy blonde hair

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How to fix brassy blonde hair
Counteract brassiness in blonde hair by using a toner. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Hair can look yellow, orange or brassy, and be stripped of pigment, after bleaching. But achieving a perfect blonde shade can be done in just a few steps. Using a toner with a purple or blue base a day after bleaching can counteract the colour and get rid of unnatural tones. White, silver and platinum are popular toner shades and will look good on almost everyone.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Petroleum jelly
  • Gloves
  • Toner
  • 56.7gr. 20-Volume developer
  • Plastic bottle
  • Towel
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner

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  1. 1

    Shampoo hair with a conditioning shampoo and towel-dry.

  2. 2

    Apply petroleum jelly around your hairline and back of neck to prevent staining. Wrapping a towel around your neck and wearing an old shirt will also help.

  3. 3

    Mix your toner with developer according to the package directions. Many use the 1:2 ratio, meaning for every 28.4gr of toner, they use double the amount of developer. Using 20-volume developer is ideal for toners because it deposits only and doesn't require any lifting of colour or pigments.

  4. 4

    Apply the toner mixture to damp hair. Leave on for five to 10 minutes and rinse out. If your hair is already light blonde and you're using a toner with a purple base, leave it on for only five minutes.

  5. 5

    Apply a deep conditioner and leave on for about five minutes. Rinse out, towel-dry and style as usual.

Tips and warnings

  • There are many shampoos for blonde hair; they contain ingredients to help get rid of brassy and yellow tones. They can be found at salons and beauty supply stores.

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