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How can a person get rid of brassy gold hair?

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Specialized purple-toned shampoos and conditioners as well as toning treatments can help get rid of warm orange and gold tones in blonde hair. Additionally, hair experts recommend avoiding the effects of hard water by using shower filters.

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Brassy tones in blonde hair can be caused by dye jobs gone wrong or by chemicals in shower water. They can be neutralized by opposing pigments and prevented by purifying the shower water used to wash hair.

  1. Use purple-toned shampoo and conditioner

    There are a number of products on the market that have cool purple and violet shades. Purple is the opposite of orange on the color wheel, so these products balance out warm tones to get rid of brassiness. Ideally, they should be used every other day in between uses of color-protective shampoo and conditioner. This keeps the hair healthy and protected from harsh ingredients.

  2. Get a professional toner treatment

    Typically applied by a professional stylist at a salon, toner treatments deposit cool-toned pigment onto the hair to even out any orange color.

  3. Install a shower head filter

    One potential cause of brassy tones in hair is iron deposits in hard water and well water, which turn into rust stains. To prevent the orange tones caused by these impurities, hair experts recommend installing a water filter on the shower head. These filters produce pH-balanced potassium ions, which can benefit both the skin and the hair.

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