Toning Brassy Hair

Something that I get asked a lot is how I keep my hair toned to an ashy, platinum blonde. It took a lot of trial and error but I’ve finally found something that works for me.

As many of you may know, when you have blonde, white or even gray hair it can tend to get some brassy tones, and although some people may want these tones, a lot of people would rather get rid of them.

My hair is originally a light reddish-brown. Luckily the color in my hair lifts fairly easily so I only need to do one round of bleaching to get my desired lightness. I will say that I DO NOT bleach my hair on my own and unless you really know what you are doing I don’t recommend doing so. It is so easy to damage your hair or for something to go wrong. I promise you that the money spent to have someone professionally bleach your hair is 100% worth it! After the color is lifted from my hair my hairdresser will then use a toner to get the brassy colors out and this is when my hair really becomes white. Sometimes it’ll even have a subtle violet hue to it, but that usually fades within the first few washes.

Most of you who have gone through this process know that the effect you get after toning usually doesn’t last too long before you start getting those yellow/orange hues. So what can you do to keep that desired look without having to go back to the salon or adding anymore harmful bleach/chemicals to your hair?


A fairly popular product that I use is Shimmer Lights by Clairol. You can buy these at Sally’s or any similar beauty store. These products are purple to counteract those yellow/orange colors.  I’ve noticed that when I use the Shimmer Lights shampoo and conditioner and no other products my hair tends to get a bit dry. I’ve found the best daily routine for me is to use the shimmer lights shampoo along with a more hydrating conditioner. I tend to switch up my conditioners, but they aren’t any specific brands, just usually whatever I find at Target. It’s best to let the shampoo sit in your hair and not to immediately rinse it out. On days where my hair is looking a little brassier than normal I’ll take the shimmer lights shampoo or conditioner and work it into my dry hair before I shower and let it sit for about 15 minutes.


Occasionally if I want to have a subtle violet hue to my hair I’ll take an entire bottle of white conditioner and add in about a quarter size amount of Manic Panic hair dye in the color Ultra Violet. You can also use Purple Haze if you’d like but I like the cooler tones of the Ultra Violet. Manic Panic hair dye is a great product. It’s vegan/cruelty free and is only semi-permanent, so if you end up a little more purple than you intended all you have to do is wash your hair a few times. For this conditioner/hair dye mixture you want to make sure the dye is mixed in really well. Most often I’ll do this all in Tupperware and just leave the entire thing in the shower so I can tell that it’s all mixed through. If it’s not mixed through and you get a very concentrated area of dye in your hair you’re going to have purple spots. If you use this mixture of hair dye and conditioner it will not only tone your hair but if you leave it on long enough you may get a violet hue which is really beautiful! If you want stronger effects you can also put this on dry hair for about 20 minutes, but you want to make sure you get all of your hair. (I use this in addition to the shimmer lights shampoo).

This is what I do to tone my hair, if you have any questions feel free to comment or send me a message!

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