Why Brunettes Need Blue Shampoo
If you’re someone who invests a lot in your hair colour then you’ll know how important it is to look after it. Using the wrong shampoo, loads of heat and neglecting to hair mask will fade it really fast and ruin all your stylists’ hard work. Not only that, but it could also lead to some serious brassiness, which is one of the main bugbears for all of us with coloured hair.
If you have brunette hair that you’ve dyed or highlighted then you might have noticed that it goes slightly more orange and warm as it fades. This is basically the underlying pigments in your natural hair coming through, that weren’t completely removed during the dyeing process. The orange tones are more common in brunette hair and as blue is opposite orange on the colour wheel it’s the best for cancelling it out. It’s exactly the same as blondes using purple shampoo to correct the yellow tones in their hair and works really well in between salon visits.
That being said, it’s not just for those of us with dyed hair. In the summer months, the heat can cause a similar reaction to natural brunettes creating more warm tones and a slightly orange hue. Using a blue shampoo regularly will help to keep your hair cool-toned whether you’re a natural brunette or not so it’s still worth investing in even if you’re not using hair dye.
The best blue shampoo for brunette hair?
If your colour’s starting to look a little on the orange side then we’ve found a handful of the best blue shampoos to whip it back into line.
Charles Worthington ColourPlex Toning Blue Shampoo
This toning shampoo helps to repair your hair and restore your colour while killing any red or orange tones. It also uses their Plex technology to reduce breakage by up to 90% making your hair look shinier and feel softer.
dpHUE Cool Brunette Shampoo
You can use this shampoo once a week, as a 5-minute treatment to seriously zap the brassiness out of your strands. As a salon brand, dpHUE know everything about colour so their products are definitely worth investing in if you want to keep yours fresh.
Joico Colour Balance Blue Shampoo
This salon-quality shampoo instantly neutralises brassiness while helping to preserve your hair colour for up to 8 weeks. It’s recommended that you swap this with your regular shampoo 2-3 times a week to keep your colour looking fresh.
Rita Hazan True Colour Gloss in Breaking Brass
This is a colour reviving, gloss treatment that you can use weekly to give your dye more staying power and to banish brassy tones. You can leave it on for up to 3 minutes, 2-3 times a week, depending on the richness of your hair colour and it’ll help to keep it intact between salon visits.
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