Seeing the word brassy instantly transports me back to my late teens when paying to go to the hairdresser was not an option and a want for blonder hair ( there was a rumour that blondes have more fun) led to total disaster. After applying hydrogen peroxide, my brown hair became a blonde so brassy it could have been a band! Visions of soft ash blonde locks became a harsh reality of orange frizz and we all know a bad hair day destroys all self confidence! I nearly cried every time I looked in the mirror and was seriously contemplating becoming a hermit until it grew out! Well, as if that wasn’t bad enough, I then decided to go swimming to take my mind off my troubles. Lesson learned – never go anywhere near chlorine with bleached hair- now I looked like a Martian with horrendous green hair…
These days it would be a simple matter of googling for help and home remedies, but back then we had no go to for help. I don’t know how I survived my youth without the aid of google!
I could have learnt that apparently washing your hair in tomato sauce ( or ketchup as most of you will know it) will get the green out your bleached hair when you’ve swum in chlorine. Sounds disgusting, but I would have done it – I could just about afford a bottle of ketchup!
I could have researched and found the following information:
Your hair is too brassy.
If your blonde hair is slightly yellow or orange, you can fix it easily with toner. You want to buy violet or ash toners, as the ashy tint will cancel out the yellow.
DIY toner? This is what you need :
– 3 cups Apple Cider Vinegar OR Conditioner.
– Four to five drops of violet food coloring. If you can’t find violet, mix half blue and half purple. You want a bluer purple.
– Mix the food coloring and vinegar / conditioner.
– Apply to damp hair and let it sit for about 20 minutes (depending on how brassy your hair is)
– Repeat about once a month.
If the toner doesn’t work, you can always use an ashy hair dye to fix it. You want to look for dyes with the words ‘natural’, ‘neutral’ or ‘ash’ on the box.
Ahhh the wonder of the web. There’s answers for nearly everything…
These days my bank balance is far healthier so I leave it all up to my hairdresser. I have foils to lighten my hair and am happy to report she seems to know what she is doing…
“I want to be strawberry blonde, but no gold, no red and no orange, and I’d also like a pet unicorn.”
Sara McElroy Burton