How To Tone Brassy Hair At Home

how to tone brassy hair

Salons may have closed again, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep flaunting a beautiful head of hair! We show you how to tone brassy hair at home to keep your colour looking cool and vibrant until lockdown eases again.  

What Causes Brassy Hair? 

Before we explain how to tone brassy hair at home, it’s worth noting why tresses turn brassy in the first place. 


All hair has a natural brassy undertone at its baseBlack and dark brown hair have a natural red or orange pigment, while blonde to light brown hair have a yellow natural pigment. When you lighten hair with bleach, you lift those natural pigments and dilute the colour. You can then dye your hair to cover your natural colour. Over time though, sunlight, heated styling tools and excess washing can cause your dyed colour to fade, and emphasize those natural red, orange or yellow undertones. The result? Hair starts to look brassy.  

How To Tone Brassy Hair At Home 

Luckily, you can banish those brassy tones, and instead maintain and enhance your statement colour at home thanks to our Clean Blonde and Cool Brunette ranges … 


How To Tone Blonde Hair  

When it comes to toning blonde hair, purple shampoo and conditioner are your new BFFs!   


Purple Shampoo


As purple is the opposite of yellow on the colour spectrum, the violet pigment in purple shampoo draws out the yellow brassiness from your blonde, neutralises those unwanted tones, and makes your colour look cooler, healthier and more vibrant.   


Who not try the Fudge Professional Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo and Conditioner? Formulated with salon-strength violet micro-pigments, these two haircare essentials instantly knock out unwanted brassy and dull tones. Better yet, hydrating guarana cleanses and refreshes your hair, while Opti-Plex™ technology repairs and strengthens.  


Related: How Opti-PLEX™ Technology Revives Dry, Damaged Hair


Once a week, lather evenly through wet hair and leave for 1 minute to banish brassiness, or leave for up to 5 minutes for maximum results. It’s the ultimate way to achieve your best blonde yet! 

Fudge TipIf you‘d like to tone your colour further, we recommend using either our Violet Tri-Blo or our Violet Xpander Foam to style your hair. Both are infused with violet micro-pigments to help erase those brassy tones and enhance a fresh, cool blonde. Use the first before blow drying to shield hair from heat damage or the second to add volume to your look. 

How To Tone Brunette Hair 

Toning brunette hair is a bit tricker, as you need to establish which undertones you’re looking to erase. 

Blue Shampoo

Light undertones: If you have blonde or grey undertones in your hair, then your tresses can benefit from purple shampoo too! Apply our Clean Blonde shampoo and conditioner once a week to erase those unwanted hues. 

  • Warm undertones: If it’s orange or red tones that you want to wash out, opt for our Cool Brunette Blue Toning Shampoo and Conditioner. Formulated with powerful blue micro-pigments, they instantly knock out unwanted red and orange tones from brunette hair, whilst the unique Opti-PLEX™ technology strengthens and smooths. 


Fudge Tip: Make sure you know which undertones you’re looking to erase. Using blue shampoo on blonde, grey and lighter tones may turn your hair colour green.   

Using purple and blue shampoos is the easiest way to tone brassy hair at home, and can keep your colour looking cool and vibrant for longer. Shop the Clean Blonde and Cool Brunette ranges on our website.


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