How To Get Rid of Brassy Tones

19th Apr 2023

Wave goodbye to brassy blonde, and say hello to a cool clean base! ⁠ 

All good vivids begin with a clean, perfectly bleached base so what happens when your bleached hair turns brassy? The tone of your bleached hair will have an effect on the final colour you get from your chosen Crazy Color shade. A warmer base tone means your vivid results will not be a true to bottle shade.


Let’s break it down a little: 


What are brassy tones and how do they happen? 

If your blonde appears more yellow or orange, these warmer undertones in your blonde are what we talk about when we refer to ‘brassy toned hair’. Don’t get us wrong, we love a warm toned blonde but it doesn’t make for the perfect vivid base. 


Sunlight, haircare which is not created for coloured hair and other external factors such as chlorine from swimming can all affect your blonde tone. 


How does this impact my vivid colour? 

Blue dye for example would have a green tint if it was applied over an uneven yellow base, whereas pink dye can look redder when applied over a yellow base. 


The colour wheel is your secret weapon, If you learn your colour wheel, you’ll be able to mix your colours together to get the perfect tone. Purple cancels out yellow and brassy tones which is how our purple UV Shampoo helps you to achieve the perfect base. 


One of the biggest problems after bleaching your hair is keeping that cool, platinum tone! We’ve got a few ways to tone that yellow base to the cool clean canvas you need. 

Lift, Lift, Lift!

It’s true, the lighter your hair is, the more vibrant and true to shade our Crazy Color semi-permanent dye will be! Use the Crazy Color High Lift Bleaching Kit to pre-lighten your hair for maximum results: achieve up to 6+ levels of lift!

Protect your hair

This applies to all coloured hair types: always try to use a heat protector before heat styling your hair as the impact of the heat can dry the cuticle stripping or dulling the colour and in the case of blondes, encouraging that warm blonde undertone. 


If you swim or sunbathe, try to protect your hair with a cap or hair to prevent it from drying out. 

Crazy Color Ultra Violet Shampoo

The perfect rapid toner for blondes! ⁠Our Ultra-Violet Shampoo removes yellow tones from hair with its intense purple colour and nourishing formula. It’ll deposit just enough pigment to refresh and add cool tones to lightened, coloured and grey hair. You only have to leave this shampoo on your hair for 1-5 minutes to see a noticeable change.

Keep Hair Hydrated

Since hydrated hair retains pigment for longer, make sure you are using a nourishing aftercare system to maintain the health of your hair. This goes for blondes too. 


Taking care of your bleached & coloured hair is so important - check out our Colour Care Guide Here for more info.


Reach for our Bond Recovery Treatment to help! This mask is the perfect remedy to soothe and care for your hair - If you have dry, brittle, thirsty hair, this mask can help! Our formula contains Brazil Nut Oil which is a nourishing oil with a high antioxidant content, easily absorbed by the scalp to help moisturise your hair.

Make your own colour mask

Mix one of these shades with our Bond Recovery mask to create a colour mask at home. This will nourish and neutralise your hair leaving it shiny and restored. Mix 50/50 ratio with Crazy Color Marshmallow or Ice Mauve, leave it on for 5-10 minutes for the best results.  

Tone it down

There’s lots of ways you can tone your brassy hair – did you know some of our Crazy Color Semi-Permanents are perfect for this! You can use shades Marshmallow, Ice Mauve or Silver on your blonde hair to keep it toned and neutralise any yellow undertones. Apply the colour directly to wet hair (doing it in the shower is the easiest way) and leave it for a few minutes before rinsing out. 


Another top tip for keeping your platinum blonde cool is to add a few drops of Crazy Color Lavender to Neutral Mix. Apply as you would any other Semi-Permanent and completely saturate the hair, rubbing until you get a thick, creamy consistency. Apply as much as needed to keep your brassy undertones away. Read our How To Colour Guide for more info on the colouring process. 

Want to learn more?

For more ways of using Crazy Color Semi-Permanents as toners and neutralisers, read our blog Using Crazy Color as a toner.