Cool blonde hair is all the rage right now, but it’s not as easy to achieve as it may seem. If you’ve ever gone blonde, you know how hard it is to fight those dreaded brassy tones in your hair. The onset of COVID made it even harder — with salons closed down, many of us resorted to at-home bleaching to maintain our blonde locks, which more often than not results in aggressively orange or yellow hair.
Believe it or not, you absolutely can get that enviable cool blonde without spending time and money at the salon. When I went blonde a year and a half ago, I decided I was never going back. I, too, found myself battling orange tones after my at-home bleaching earlier this year, so I turned to the internet to find the best products for brassy blondes.
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Note: Some reviewers of products that are purple in color report the product turning their hair slightly purple. This could happen if your hair is particularly light or porous and should come out in a couple washes, but it’s something to be aware of.
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Without further ado, here are my 5 top brass-fighting hair products:
Not Your Mother's Blonde Moment Leave-In Conditioner
Violet rice is the secret ingredient to this leave-in conditioning spray -- it helps keep my bleached hair soft and nourished while fighting brassy tones. I spray it throughout my hair after I wash it, comb it through with my fingers, and voilà! Any subtle brass tones in my hair are gone.Shop - $8.49
Wella t18 Toner
A video review of this product sent me running to my local beauty supply store to get Wella’s t18 toner. And let me just tell you, this stuff works. In fact, it was out of stock the first few times I tried to get it, which is just a testament to how good this product really is. Do yourself a favor and grab this product ASAP.Shop - $7.69
Bold Uniq Purple Hair Mask
The Amazon reviews of this product have some unbelievable before and after pictures. Many of the reviewers swear by this product. It’s a bit on the pricier end compared to the other items on our list, but the results are worth it. If you need to go from yellow to ash blonde in one toning session, this is the product for you.Shop - $29.95
Blond Brilliance Lathering Toner
I love this toner because it’s super easy to apply. I just apply it like shampoo -- squeeze some into my hands and rub it through wet hair. It lathers like other shampoos and conditioners, so it’s easy to apply this toner evenly throughout. I use it whenever my hair just needs a little toning touch-up.Shop - $21.53
Verb Purple Toning Mask
This is another product that has rave reviews. Some women even said it saved their hair during quarantine. Once-a-week application of this purple hair mask will eliminate any yellow tones in your hair, making it super easy to maintain that cool blonde look you’d normally only get from a salon visit!Shop - $18