Let’s be honest, we all want to eek out those hairdresser trips, while still looking fresh.
Whether you’re full blown blonde or have highlights/balayage, you have a hair maintenance routine.
Every 6-12 weeks (depending how low or high maintenance you are), like clockwork, those dark (or grey) roots start to peep their heads out – and your highlights go all shades of brassy orange.
You might not have the time/patience/dollars to sit for two hours in the salon every six weeks, but keeping your blonde bits bright in between visits is actually pretty easy, says award winning international hairstylist, Anthony Nader, owner of RAW Anthony Nader in Sydney.
“It really isn’t rocket science to combat those unwanted brassy tones that for some reason like to hang around. You just need to decide what type of product you need to use, that is prescribed by your hairdresser.”
Like a doctor of hair, here are Nader’s top three prescribed products for showing brassiness who is boss.
1. Coloured shampoo
Excellent for those of you that are time poor and need that quick fix, says Nader (hands up?!). “There are so many product companies today that have coloured shampoos that have a whole rainbow of colours that will “temporarily” wash away those stubborn brassy tones.” He recommends using this type of shampoo once a week at least.
2. Coloured mousse
“Now, a mousse is that little bit more (and I say this more drawn out and quieter) as it’s the level up from a coloured shampoo,” explains Nader. “Shampoo your strands as normal and then apply maybe a tennis ball size amount (read the instructions here) to towel dried hair and leave on as directed.” A touch more time consuming granted, but well worth it if you want your hair colour to last longer, reckons Nader. Bonus: a mousse is more conditioning. “This is key for those who have really dehydrated and over-treated strands that need that extra loving.”
This means business says Nader, and is normally done at the salon. “Toners are the norm usually when you’ve had say a bleach or highlights, as this wards off any brassiness from the very start,” he says. While not permanent, Nader says this option works wonders on red/copper hair “to keep vibrant for winter.”
By Melissa Shedden for bodyandsole.com.au