Proper at-home care for your color should sit high on the anti-brass priority list. “You want to use great professional products that keep the integrity of the hair intact—a healthy cuticle lays flat and prevents the color from ‘bleeding out,’ which can cause a change in color,” says celebrity colorist Amanda George.
When purchasing anti-brass products, celebrity stylist Christophe says to look for those that contain eugenol (a sunflower derivative), which prevents brassiness and color from fading.
Peek through some of our favorite color-preserving products and let us know what you think of them.
Shield Against the Sun
Like sunscreen for your hair, Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, ($27) helps to defend UV-induced damage on color-enhanced (and natural) locks for up to 16 hours to minimize dryness, fading and damage.
For Highlighted Hair
Laden with anti-brass and antifade ingredients like vitamins and sunflower oil, the shineboosting Fekkai Highlight Care Illuminating Cream ($25) keeps highlighted hair looking its best so it’s less likely to fade or turn brassy. As an added bonus it also helps to keep frizz under control.
Balance Out Your Water
Certain elements in your water can cause adverse reactions to your color. High levels of iron may intensify natural yellow or red undertones; too much copper can give a green tint. Malibu C Hard Water Natural Wellness Treatment ($42) counteracts the color-converting effects of heavy metals with a mix of water-activated vitamin-rich crystals that literally whisk the elements away.
Revive Colored Hair
Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Smoothing Glaze ($26) helps to add back lost shine that’s common in brassy hair. Acting as a leave-in treatment, shine inducer and styling aid in one, damaged hair and dull color is healthy and vibrant once again.
For Blond Hair
Ideal for blond hair that’s gone brassy (as well as silver strands that require a boost), the Philip Kingsley Pure Silver Jet Set ($35) three-piece kit comes with the Pure Silver Shampoo and Conditioner, both of which have violet hues and optical brighteners, to lessen the look of yellowness.
Tone Down Brassiness
Vocé Deep Purple Shampoo ($19.50) helps to eliminate unwanted brassy and orange tones, especially in darker hair, by keeping the pH balance of the hair at a more neutral level so its less apt to fade.
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