To get away from trashy brass, make it rain purple baby! Put simply: this is the guide to take you from tacky porno blonde to naturally Swedish. Häftigt!! So let’s get down to the brass tacks. (I’m going to fucking torture you with terrible brass puns.)
Now I know that this glamourous pose that RiRi is striking right now is going to make you say “I want brass hair!” but NO. You shut your dirty, shitty mouth right now. You are not RiRi, for she is queen of all that is fabulously scandalous– including making bad dye jobs look good. If you are ANY skin shade lighter than this and don’t glow bronze you are going to look washed out and ashy. If you’re as pale as me you can count on looking as bad as a cracked out Lindsay Lohan.
Maybe you’re saying to yourself, “Meghan O., every time I get my hair did blonde it pulls orange! WTF.” I know, I know. It’s the fucking story of my life, that skanky strawberry blonde…EW. Going cool Swedish blonde for most of us, especially those with naturally dark hair, needs to be a slow, professional process which starts at the hairdresser. (Oh god please don’t use that box bullshit, you will regret it!)
Firstly, you’re stylist will decide with you what kind of color you will use and custom mix your shade(s). After the color is set, you need a gloss to tone down the orange or brass tones that your hair has pulled. After these two vital steps, you are ready for in home care which brings us to our hot topic of the day: purple shampoo!
Purple or “silver” shampoo is the legend of grannies the world over. Those senile old blue hairs had the right idea, though maybe let it set a little too long while taking the yellow out of their graying hair. Purple is the exact opposite to yellow on the color wheel which makes it ideal for canceling out orangy yellow, brass tinted shades of blonde. While it might look like alien poop, I promise you it’s not as scary as it appears and is just as easy to use.
Firstly, while most major hair companies make a version of purple shampoo, you want to choose one that is deeply pigmented and not a “pastel” shade of violet. More high end brands like L’Oreal Professional, mid-range classics like Clairol Shimmer Lights, drugstore brands like John Frieda, and natural based choices like Lush’s Daddy-O, all offer great toning treatments for stubborn skank hair like mine. My weapon of choice happens to be a Swedish brand called Sachajuan which is easier on my dry hair.
Secondly, use sparingly! When you first begin using the shampoo, you might want to use it every time you wash your hair for the first 2-3 times depending on how much correction you need. You will apply it only to the root area and massage as usual (unless this is your first time dying in which case you will need to use it on all of your hair). Leave it to set for 2-3 minutes and then rinse. After you’ve achieved the level of cool that you want, you can cut your usage down to once a week. Purple shampoo not only tones newly dyed hair, but helps revive blondes that have started to break down and look yellow. Remember, the more yellow your hair or highlights are (yes, even if you only have blonde highlights you can use purple shampoo), the less “she was born with it” it’s probably going to look. Maybe some of you are into that, but I am totally not. If you feel like you have left it in too long and your hair has a blue cast to it, don’t panic. Get back in the shower and shampoo and condition with your normal products. This should strip whatever the purple shampoo has just done to your hair and bring you back to normal.
Now that I’ve just laid down some knowledge on you blonde fools, go forth and be purple!
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