The Sneaky Reason You Have Brassy Hair

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It’s not just the gray roots giving away the fact that you’ve been neglecting your color (Yes, your colorist would like a phone call). Brassy hair, like stubborn grays, is a fact of life. After a salon visit your hair color is rich, vibrant, and gorgeous. Then, one day, it’s orange or dull, and faded-brassy.

Don’t worry. This even happens to the best intentioned. You see, when colored, the chemicals used open up the hair cuticle, allowing it to be more susceptible to damaging factors that can alter the color. What are these sneaky factors? Good question.

Salt, heat, and sweat: All dry out your hair and roughen the cuticle, giving color molecules an easy way to escape from the hair shaft.

Hair-care products: According to celebrity colorist Elie Jahanbigloo of Juan Juan Salon in Beverly Hills, using the wrong products-like clarifying shampoos and those with sulfates and alcohol-can lead to brassy strands since they strip away color.

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. Since you can’t control this (strongly worded letters to local officials will prove tedious), try products that counteract the color-converting effects of heavy metals. Maluibu C Hard Water Natural Wellness Treatment ($42) does just that. The mix of water-activated vitamin-rich crystals literally whisk the elements away.

To read other ways to brassy hair, make sure to see the latest issue of NewBeauty magazine, on newsstands now.

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