As a brunette, I know that whenever I highlight my hair I have a chance of ending up with orange streaks! If you’ve had bouts in the past with sun-in and ended up with ugly brassy streaks instead of the golden locks you dreamed of –  then these tips are for you.

If you’re thinking about getting highlights, try to stay away from honey and caramel shades. These shades are warm and have a higher chance of turning orange on you, instead choose neutral or cool colors. Look for words like ash or natural, these shades work better. Since most brown hair has the tendency to turn brassy, these types of colors will look more like the golden tones you are looking for.

From R to L: Extra Light Natural Blonde, Light Natural Blonde, Light Ash Blonde, Medium Ash Blonde, and Medium Natural Blonde

So now that you have your gorgeous highlights that were strategically placed on your head after waiting 6+ hours at the salon, how do you preserve them?

Only wash your hair with sulfate-free shampoos or shampoos for color treated hair. These shampoos are not as harsh as regular shampoos, which can strip your color. Also try not to wash your hair too much, over washing your hair dries it out.

Protect your highlights from the sun with a SPF hairspray. Sun exposure is the main reason your highlights turn brassy. Applying a SPF will protect your hair and preserve its color. Redken and L’Oreal both offer good UV protectant sprays. I have used both with great results.  My travel sized one lives in my beach bag! Just remember to reapply for best results. Argan oil also helps protect against UV and heat damage. Always use a heat protectant spray when using heat styling tools.

Get a color rinse to help boost and revive your highlights. You can get a color rinse at your salon within a month or so to revive your color, or you can make this DIY version: Simply brew a few cups of chamomile tea, enough to saturate your hair. Apply it to your hair, put on a plastic cap and leave in for 15 minutes. The chamomile will refresh your hair color.

So all these tips are great but….. uh-oh your highlights are already brassy! Don’t worry you can still save them!

Purple Shampoo can help.  These shampoos help tone down the brassiness and refreshes the color of your highlights. It’s also great if you dye your hair blonde. Clairol makes a good one that saved my highlights last summer.

Highlights are a great way to update your do, but they can be high maintenance for sure! Hope these tips helped.

( Photo courtesy of Polyvore and © Miraclesmaster  Dreamstime Stock Photos)


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