I’ve been battling brassiness since the very first time bleach touched my hair, circa 2002. No matter how bright and ashy my hair looked when I left the salon, it was only a matter of washes before the yellow, dull and dingy brassiness took over. I have tried every single product that has been recommended to me, and here’s the good, the bad, and the useful about each one. Just to give you some background, my hair is thick, dry and naturally dirty blonde.
Although these are listed in order of preference, all of these products have been effective for me to some degree.
- Pravana,”The Perfect Blonde” Purple Toning Masque ($17) – This potent, powerful hair mask lifts my brassiness after one use. I leave the thick purple goop on my hair for 15-20 minutes instead of the recommended 5. Which is definitely off label, but has worked wonders for me.
2. Redkin Color
3. Agave Healing Oil ($24) While technically not a blonde product, this healing oil serum is the only weightless serum I have found that seals my frizzy, broken and color treated hair ends without building up waxy, greasy residue. Couldn’t be a bigger fan of the luxurious sweet smell either! Purchase directly on their site with code
4. Shimmer Lights Shampoo + Conditioner ($10 each, $20 for both) A great product that lasts forever, I definitely noticed a difference after using the Shimmer Lights blonde & silver shampoo and conditioner. However they aren’t particularly nourishing if you have extremely dry hair, and I often suffered from product buildup after continued use without a clarifying shampoo (If anyone has a good clarifying shampoo recommendation, please share!!). I think these products could really be great for someone with thinner and healthier hair! They seem less pigmented/concentrated than Redkin. However, for less money, you get double the product, so could be worth a shot! If you were going to just purchase one, I’d get the shampoo and follow with a deep conditioner of your choice.
5. Loreal EverPure Brass Banisher Blonde ($8) You cannot beat this price! This mask will definitely brighten up your color, but I had difficulty using the twist nozzle in the shower.
I’ve also tried John Frieda blonde shampoo and conditioner ($23) (for years!) and noticed a very subtle difference in my hair brightness, but not enough to put them on this list! I
Here’s a video explaining my favs (and me quoting their prices way off, haha) – leave a comment below with some of your favorite blonde products, I’ll check them out for my next post/video!
Special shoutout to my hair stylist