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Stay classy.

I have tried EVERYTHING. This is the stuff that works!
You gotta know that my journey into blonder territory has been an eye opener.
I have a whole new perspective on many things. One of those things is orange hair.
In the beginning I was sitting on my beige blonde high horse, lapping up the luxuries of an orange-less dark blonde existence thinking (naively) my luck would never end.
It didn’t take too long before those brassy undertones started making their appearance.
What was even more strange was that after a while it seemed like my hair was getting dark and dingy.
I became pretty obsessed with finding a fix. Not just a toner that would wash out in a few showers but something I could stick to, that wouldn’t damage my already fragile hairs.
I know pretty much everyone in America is a little lighter than usual this spring so rather than have you hunting down Google for possible fixes, I figured I’d just round up my favorites.
Let’s kick some BRASS! (..sorry I had to)

1. In-shower toning is VERY effective:

purple shampoo

I can’t tell you how often I pull up my color wheel for beauty related referencing.
For hair it’s pretty vital.

Boot brassy hair!

The best (by way of pigment) that I’ve found is Clairol Shimmering Lights. It’s a bit drying though so I first put on my Wen then add the purple shampoo while the Wen is still in my hair, rinse and finish with a little more Wen for conditioning. If you don’t use Wen I would do the same with whatever conditioner you use. Get it {HERE}

2. Hard water is HARD on your hair.
My mom has always made it a big priority to have a nice water system in her house. I have never given it much thought until I started researching brassy hair. I found out that not only does hard water leave residue of minerals on your glasses and shower but on your hair too.
That residue can make your hair dingy, discolored and cause build up.
I also found out that as a LasVegas resident I am showering my hair with a heavy dose of the hard stuff:
Har water is hard on your hair! There's hope!

Well, I am not exactly in the budget for buying a water purifying system (..someday) so I set out for a more price-friendly fix.
Amazing hair product for ANYONE who has hard water. Rids your hair of mineral build up and leaves it feeling shiny and full of life and color!
This incredible stuff rids your hair of all of it’s orange/green glory and leaves it feeling soft and silky. Get it {HERE}
I
 was pretty skeptical but found myself touching my hair relentlessly after one use.
Well played Malibu, well played.

3. If all else fails, you can tone with mousse too:
For most cases I’m guessing you won’t need this last step. I only add it because as someone who is absolutely terrified of having much warmth in my hair (it really doesn’t flatter me…which is sad because I’d love to be a red head) It does work. There’s a noticeable difference when I don’t use it. (of course I mean noticeable to me, Nick wouldn’t notice it in a million years)

Awesome trick for neutralizing brass tones

Get it {HERE}

Have a gorgeous weekend beauties!
(Allure has me all mixed up, I’m excited for Monday instead of Friday to see what the results are! )
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127 Comments

  • Reply
    shandalbaxter
    May 3, 2013 at 4:41 am

    Kick some BRASS, Well played Malibu, well played…HILARIOUS!! I just, as in a few weeks ago, got my hair lightened..haven’t had the Brassy problem yet..but I have before. I will keep this for further reference..Thanks Girl!
    Oh and another Friday , how exciting..its getting closer. Been voting every single day…Good Luck. 😉

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    Jessica Phillips
    May 3, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Malibuuu I need you!!! Thank you so much for the advise. I live in Fl where the water is ‘Extremely Hard’.. Why have I never heard of this?!?! Question on the purple shampoo.. I have recently gone ombré with super dark brown up top, and much lighter at the bottoms. I feel the bottom looks SUPER brassy so I want to use the shimmer lights, but I’m curious if it will mess up my dark hair? Or should I only apply to the ends??

    • Reply
      Lisa
      May 3, 2013 at 6:40 am

      I have dark hair with ombre too to honey beige on the ends and use purple shampoo – it has no effect at all on my dark hair so I just use it all over my head. I do concentrate on the ends, though because that’s where I need it the most! And then I super condition the ends daily.

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    Jenni
    May 3, 2013 at 6:05 am

    You talked about using WEN in a post a while ago, but I never did see a “review” on it. I’d be interested to hear if it’s worth the hype. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Liz Tea Bee
      May 3, 2013 at 6:14 am

      She did do one. With a before and after shot of the condition of her hair. Of course. I can’t seem to find it to link you to it. It was while her her hair was still dark, though.

      • Reply
        Sena
        May 3, 2013 at 12:27 pm

        The post is called WENNING and it’s here: http://www.maskcara.com/maskcara/?s=WENNING&submit=Search

        learned about Wen for the first time from that post and have been using it since. I got it from QVC and liked it, then I got it from Guthy Renker’s website (wenhaircare.com) and LOVED it. i did some research and found that QVC, Chaz Dean’s own website, guthy renker and Sephora (who now carry it too) ALL have slightly different formulas. people on forums kept saying it’s because some of these lines are made for international export which has slightly different regulations on some chemicals but that the difference should be negligible if they are being sold under the same name. Well I can tell you FOR SURE that from my experience the guthy renker formula is thicker in consistency and seems to me even more moisturizing. Some people said Sephora sells the guthy renker formula but I haven’t gone to the store to compare the two bottles yet.

    • Reply
      ellen
      May 20, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      Been using WEN for almost 2 yrs now. would not switch to anything else ever again. It really does work. My hair is very long (down past waist) and colored. It feels amazing, color lasts longer, fullness increased, ends mended almost immediately. 1st time I used it, I did not tell anyone just to see if anyone would notice. They did, including my sister. I recommend it to anyone.

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    amber
    May 3, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Thank you thank you!!! LOVE your blog! I really needed this info on brassy un classy hair!! Now time to find me some purple shampoo!!!

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    Betty Nauman
    May 3, 2013 at 6:16 am

    I would also like to see a review of wen. I only shampoo every 2-3 days. I used wen two times last week and then I had to shampoo with my sulfate free shampoo.

  • Reply
    Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)
    May 3, 2013 at 6:21 am

    You can also use this shower filter: http://www.aquasana.com/product_detail.php?product_id=2

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    brooke
    May 3, 2013 at 6:28 am

    I’m in the green too! We just moved and our new house didn’t have a water softener. We just added one and so happy to be back on the soft side. Got ours at Lowes. Install & all was around $800. But it also saves your appliances & water heater, which you will have to replace MUCH sooner. So if your budget allows, get one ASAP.

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    Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)
    May 3, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Don’t forget to vote before noon today everyone 🙂

    • Reply
      Cara
      May 12, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks gorgeous!

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    Emily
    May 3, 2013 at 6:35 am

    MALIBU! One of the glowing reviews on Amazon is probably mine. I don’t color my hair, but my boyfriend has VERY hard water. I noticed my hair was dull and slightly tacky after showering at his place & I figured it was due to the hard water. I did some research on Amazon and Malibu came up. I only use the conditioner, mostly because the shampoo was out of stock, but I’ve noticed a difference. And it smells amazing. I’m in love with this stuff.

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    Margaret @ Rummage Living
    May 3, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Cara,
    Your beauty posts NEVER cease to amaze. I’m not exactly a glamazon, as far as knowing all the best and latest products, but I always have to, scratch that, NEED to look good. I love how you break down looking your best into easy-to-follow steps and tips that actually work! I find myself buying pretty much everything you suggest because I totally trust your recommendations. I would never ever think to try to tone my hair at home, I just think “oh, boy, time to get my hair done again” but I can’t wait to try one of the at-home methods you suggested.

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    carly
    May 3, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Cara – you should try Aveda Blue Malva conditioner. Leave it in for 5 min as a treatment and it’s like a mini salon toner! I swear by it and just picked some up as I went blonde after being dark brunette as well! Pricey but worth it, and it smells amaze!! 🙂

    • Reply
      Cara
      May 12, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      oohh Thanks for the recommend! I’ll try it for sure!

  • Reply
    Deegan
    May 3, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Love this post I am in a constant Brass Battle with my hair….ohhh the loveliness of beige blonde. Can’t wait to try the Malibu shampoo and conditioner. Also has you tried the Joico violet shampoo, totally awesome, and not as drying as Clairol but just as purple. Thanks again Cara!

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    Jenn
    May 3, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Oh thank you so much for this post. It was exactly what I needed. I went from black to blonde about a year ago and today my hair sits at a ugly auburn brassy color. I was just pondering the idea on if I should try and bleach it again or just give up and go back to a dark brown. I am going to try that purple shampoo and the Malibu for the hard water. I’ve been looking for something to offset the hard water for some time now and haven’t found any product I’ve liked so far. Thanks again!

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      Maria
      May 3, 2013 at 8:50 am

      I always had brassy highlights. I would go into the salon with a picture thinking I would get the same results! Not a chance! The woman that did my hair didn’t even apply the toner. I hated my orangey, yellow brASS tones! Since I have gone back to my dark roots with carmel highlights. No more blonde for me but if this works for really dark burnettes, there may be hope for my inner blonde bombshell!!

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    Jennipher
    May 3, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I use Rita Hazan Foaming Gloss from Sephora. It comes in three options, one is just a clear gloss, one says “enhances golden tones”, and the one I use is blue/purple it tones down brassiness. It’s a bit pricey ($26.00) but I love if. You use it in the shower after shampooing and before conditioner or before wen. -Oh you can also get it at Amazon.

    http://www.sephora.com/foaming-gloss-P309108?skuId=1408673
    http://www.amazon.com/Rita-Hazan-Foaming-Gloss-Brassiness/dp/B007K6CJJM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367596469&sr=8-1&keywords=rita+hazan

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    Sara M.
    May 3, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I love this! I recently did an ombre, and some of the bottom areas of my hair were so brassy! Luckily I texted my girl up and she was more than happy to re-process free of charge, but I’ve noticed more brassy tones creeping back in!

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    elizabeth
    May 3, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Love this. You have Allure in the bag. End of Story.

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    Maggie
    May 3, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Hey maskcara, I dye my naturally very dark brown hair to cover up grays. I can’t afford to go to the salon every time so I follow your drugstore dying routine. Even though I am not going lighter, because some drugstore brands don’t advertise which dark brown color is cooler (to get rid of the orange) I have found some of my dyed ends are turning brassy orange. Would the purple Clairol shimmering lights shampoo work for this kind of dark haired brass? Thanks for your great advice!

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      SALLY
      May 5, 2013 at 4:08 am

      DID SHE REPLY TO THIS? I AM IN THE SAME SITUATION AND I WOULD LOVE HER DYE AT HOME ROUTINE IF YOU COUD SEND AN IF SHE ANSWERS ON THE BRASS I WOULD ALSO APPRECIATE IT! 🙂

      • Reply
        Cara
        May 12, 2013 at 8:56 pm

        I did and I have darker parts in my hair that were dark orange and the purple shampoo made a complete difference!

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      Cara
      May 6, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      You are spot on sister. I think it would really help a lot. Good luck:)

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    Maddy Cane
    May 3, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I use a purple shampoo on the bottom of the ombre part and it does an amazing job of reducing the brassiness, I love it! xxx

    Maddy from http://unstitchedd.blogspot.co.uk/

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    Madi
    May 3, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Hi! Will the Malibu work on dark brown hair with some highlights?? They are turning orangey looking…
    Great post by the way! Really helpfull!

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      Cara
      May 6, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      It will only remove the discoloration caused by hard water (which will improve not just color, but texture and overall health also). I recommend trying it, but if you still see the brassiness, then try the purple shampoo.

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    Jessica
    May 3, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I use Joico’s purple shampoo. It makes a huge difference! I wash my hair everyday to every other day, because it’s VERY oily (especially after the gym). I can only use the Joico shampoo every 10 days or so, it’s so strong. It’s going to last me forever! I’ve heard really good things about Clairol shimmer lights as well. You can buy that at Sally’s. I live in a green zone too!

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    cesstrelle
    May 3, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I shampoo with the Shimmering Lights shampoo, then I put my regular conditioner in the palm of my hand and then add in the Shimmering Lights conditioner (they have both at Amazon or Sally Beauty), mix it up and then condition (because, as Cara said…it’s drying). My hair keeps the blonde color instead of going red. We live in the boondocks and are on well water, even though we have a water system it doesn’t help that much and we can’t afford to invest in a better one right now. My well guy said he grew up around here and in school he always knew which kids were on well water because they had orange hair!

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    Laura
    May 3, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    You always post the perfect subjects that I have been wondering about! Your blog is my favorite, and I look forward to your posts every day 🙂

    Thanks for the brassiness info! I recently went ombre, and I have been noticing some brassiness on my ends (I have overall dark brunette hair, now ombre at the bottom). Do you rotate your use of the three items you suggested or have a favorite you use? Would you suggest using only the Malibu hard water one or just the purple one? I don’t want to overdo it if they do the same thing.

    Also, I have been hearing lots of my friends swear by Mane and Tail shampoo to promote hair growth–what are your thoughts on that? I know you are a long hair loving girl, and would love to hear your take on this! 🙂 Thanks for all the amazing suggestions and tutorials!! You’ve taught me so much! <3

    • Reply
      Cara
      May 6, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Some people swear by it. I tried it and didn’t notice much of a difference, except it was kind of drying. It’s definitely not for me:)

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    Valeria
    May 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Hey Cara!
    You made this post just in time for me! I’m going to get balayage (spelling?) done to my hair this coming tuesday and I was just thinking how I could prevent my locks from getting brassy! So thanks so much! BUT quick question: Is purple shampoo safe to use on brown hair? My hair isn’t going to be all blonde so do I need to be careful not to get it on my brown hair in the shower? Don’t know if you have answered this question, but thought I would ask! Thanks again sweets! 😀 🙂

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      Cara
      May 6, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      As far as I know it is safe. It won’t affect your brown hair at all, if it does it will just cut down the brassiness:)

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    lacy
    May 3, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Oh If you only lived right by me still so I could knock this brass out for you!! PS I miss you!

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    Kate Luna
    May 3, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this! I stupidly decided on day last year, “Hey, I wanna be a redhead!” Even though red fades the fastest, it’s red brassiness sticks to your hair like glue. I’ve color corrected my hair twice and dyed it a light ash brown. And it’s still a brassy mess. So thanks for post! Seriously. I’m going to try it this weekend actually. 🙂

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    breakfastatvictorias
    May 4, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Yes! Thank you for this. I go to school in Southern Wisconsin and the water(even in the city!) is damaging to my blonde highlights. I luckily use a purple shampoo/conditioner already but I will definitely be using the malibu as well. Thanks for your help.

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    Amanda
    May 4, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Love your blog so much! In fact I never ever post comments on people’s blogs so this is a first. Was reading everyone’s comments on the ombré hair and am having the same issue with my ends getting brassy so I can’t wait to try this. Also, not sure if anyone has this issue but the dark part of my hair fades super fast as well. Any ideas on how to prevent that? My natural color is like dirt and not very pretty so I like to go darker but its so hard to keep it dark.

    • Reply
      Cara
      May 12, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      Hi Amanda! Thank you so much for commenting! The biggest trick I’ve had for keeping my color vibrant is Wen. I think sulfate shampoos strip the color quicker than anything. If you go to my post here:http://www.maskcara.com/maskcara/2012/10/17/wenning/ You can see how much more vibrant my color was after sticking with Wen. Huge difference!

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    Kirby
    May 5, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    As a cosmetologist I love this, I love seeing people taking a step into at home maitnence blonde is so hard I keep bright an beautiful but the onu thing I will caution if your hair is a lighter blonde you have I be careful with Shimmering Lights as if it is used to often your blonde will get a put purple tint, but it is awesome for maintaining blonde and thosealibu treatments are in expensive an they work wonders, but be head makes and awesome shampoo and condition to help keep your blonde as well once ou get it to the color you desire called dumb blondes because being a blonde is hard. Because your flat irons curling irons hair spray will leave her hair looking file and a lot of heat will leave your blonde a yellow tone!!! Hope this helped!!!

    • Reply
      Cara
      May 12, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      Thank you! I totally agree I should have mentioned that about very light hair!

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    Renee Rister from Australia
    May 5, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    have you taken your extensions out to colour it?
    loving your blog as always and congrats on winning two weeks in a row in your beauty blogger awards xx

    • Reply
      Cara
      May 12, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      THank you! Yes, I took my extensions out and I was kind of wanting o focus on making my hair healthy again before putting them back in. They are sensitive to conditioner and right now I need a lot of it!

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    Karen Lynn
    May 6, 2013 at 4:48 am

    Another product you should definitely check out is Aveda’s Blue Malva shampoo and conditioner. They are amazing, I’ve been using them since I was 16 and the conditioner is a deep conditioning treatment so it leaves your hair feeling great instead of dry.

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    Lisa
    May 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    This post is so timely as I was a carbon copy of your before picture just a few short days ago. I think I am going to try the color shampoo because even though I did have a correction performed I am not quite back to the more champagne tone I am looking for. Congrats on winning…AGAIN!!! You SO got this week, the other bloggers just don’t stand a chance. I don’t want to tempt fate here so I will wish you the best of luck. Have a great day!

    PS…I printed this post in color to take to my stylist so I hopefully won’t have to be an orange version of Billy Idol again.

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    tidbitsoftandem
    May 7, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Love this post! My mom went gray (or is it grey?!?) early and there was always a bottle of Shimmer Lights in her shower! We have *extremely* hard well water and I’ve often wondered what effect it was having on my hair. The demineralizer is in my cart at Amazon now!

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    Jen
    May 8, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Pantene also has a purple shampoo and conditioner out. It’s their silver expressions line. It is a great budget friendly option to help keep the brassy tones out of my blonde hair!

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    Sarah Gatewood
    May 8, 2013 at 9:51 am

    How often do you use the Malibu Cars?

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    Savvy Jen
    May 9, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Malibu hardwater packets & Malibu Blond Shampoo & Conditioner have changed my Mama’s hair. We live in Indiana and her color would always end up very brassy. Not cool since I’m a hair dresser! Her color has never been more fab and I thank Malibu!

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      Rebekah
      April 20, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Savvy Jen, are you in indianapolis? I’ve got very very brassy hair and since I’m like75% gray I haven’t found anyone who knows how to color my hair without turning it red or black!
      It says on the back of the Malibu packs not to use if you are gray but I’m thinking since I bought them I might try anyway. Thoughts?

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    juleekimJulee
    May 12, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Very helpful, thanks!!!! I just had color done and can’t stand any kind of warm tone. Absolutely obsessed with cool/ash toned hair color. : )

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    JJ
    May 13, 2013 at 1:44 am

    You could always buy a filter jug and rinse your hair that way?

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    MolliemSmith
    May 15, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I love you!! Is there any way to DIY your own purple shampoo/conditioner at home as opposed to buy it? Thanks girl! You Rock 🙂

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    Priscilla
    June 7, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I found this post on Pinterest and it was just what I was looking for. What regular shampoo/conditioner do you use in between the purple shampoo? I’m hoping to keep this new found blonde in me!

    thanks! 🙂

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    Arnaz K
    June 25, 2013 at 10:52 am

    OMG Thank you sooo much for a solution for hard water problems on our hair!!! I recently moved from Toronto, Canada to San Diego, CA and what a difference in my hair. It’s become gunky, dull and flat and wont stop breaking because of the hard water here. I miss my soft shiny hair. I’ve tried three different kinds of shampoo/conditioner brands to see if something will take it back to the way it was. I cannot wait to try the Mailbu treatment. You may have just become my hair -fairy!

    xoxo

    Arnaz

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    Bree
    June 26, 2013 at 5:05 am

    Aveda Blue Malva shampoo and conditioner is an amazing purple shampoo and conditioner! It gets rid of brassiness and is even good for people with grey hair 🙂 it’s also amazing on platinum blondes, it will give you that “white” look to your platinum hair.

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    Katie
    December 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    If my hair didn’t ever get to a good color at the salon, just an orangey color, will this help at all? I went to the salon to go lighter and get all the red/orange tones out of my brown hair. She used toner but it still turned out orangish!

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    Sheileen
    December 7, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I had the ombre for the lady year. I recently went back blonde. I look better with cool blonde colors not warm. My hair hairdresser toned my hair, and it went platinum 🙂 however after one warm I could see the brassiness come back. I’m nervous to use the vinagar because I read it can make your cool blonde go orangey. Is this true ?How long do you leave it in your hair for ?

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    Bianca
    February 3, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Katie I just had the same problem. Two days ago I got my hair done and she made it so brassy. Today I went to Sally Beauty and bought Shimmer Lights shampoo & conditioner then went to Ulta to get Hot Shots 4 Blondes. I washed twice with SL shampoo and left it on 5 mins then applied a hot shot for 2 mins. Finished with the SL conditioner then styled. It worked great! My roots are still a little brassy since she didn’t leave the bleach on long enough but they blend so much better and the rest of my hair is brass free!

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    Nicole
    May 7, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Hey Cara, How long before I should see the brassy-ness go away from using purple shampoo??! I just started using it and you’re right, it is harsh! But I know it’s really 1-2 weekly use so I am working towards that but I want my brassy-ness GONE so I’m using it daily until I reach my desired result .. How long did it take you?? 🙂

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    jenfo
    May 14, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    ah, i see your from Vegas, my mom also got a water softener system installed, before hand though i did notice that vinegar rinse’s helped with the hard water build up, i have VERY fine hair that cant handle ANY build up and is sen-si-tive i get split ends just from looking at my hair i swear it!

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    sam
    May 25, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    You are a goddess THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    ToniAriel
    June 16, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    The picture of your hair “Brassy to Classy” was it recolored or just refreshed using these steps you describe?

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      Cara
      June 17, 2014 at 10:37 am

      It wasn’t recolored! That was all from mineral build up on my hair and the lack of toning!

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    Veronika Galjar
    July 8, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Hey Cara! Just wondering what colour you used for the top part? I love it!

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    tyler
    July 24, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    What toner did you use on your hair though?

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    Rania
    November 12, 2014 at 10:07 am

    I just got the tips of my hair colored on Friday. My hair naturally is dark brown I really wanted to get the tips of it colored same as your pic on the right, but it ended up with light brown/brownish color. I went back to the salon yesterday and told my hairstylist that I’m not happy with this color so she toned it for me again and unfortunately it turned darker/lighted down that I even regretted doing the second toning! 🙁
    Now, I’m researching online for a solution and came across this page, Do you think this shampoo will help getting it lighter/ lighten it up again I mean if I apply it on my tips (color treated)?

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    Sani
    December 5, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Rania. Toners doesnt lighten hair. They just neutralize unwanted tones. When someone lighten the hair and lighten it to a brassy level like orange or bright yellow. The toner will not make it lighter or ash blond. Toner on top of brassy many times will give a honey or a sandy tone. They last about 1 month if the hair is not wash to often.

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