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How to Tone Brassy Blonde Hair

Toning on your own can be a little frustrating. It’s important to get the right amount of color on your hair for a particular amount of time – and there’s not a lot of room for error. Luckily, with a little strand testing an a little oVertone, toning blonde is easier than it’s ever been. Hey, it’s in our name – we’d know.

Our most important tips?

To cancel yellow, use Pastel Purple

If you also have orange tones you’d like to see gone, you can mix Pastel Blue with the Purple too. Either way, we don’t recommend using Pastel Silver to tone, since it will not cancel out brassy tones.

Strand test

Obviously, we always recommend strand testing, but especially when toning, it’s absolutely essential in order to know if you’re using the right color, or if you need to dilute it. In this video, we tried two strand tests – one using Pastel Purple Daily Conditioner, and the other with the same conditioner, diluted. The undiluted strand ended up being more purple than we liked, and having the strand tests helped us to know how to expect our model’s hair to respond.

Don’t be afraid to dilute

If your hair is platinum, you probably don’t need all the color power of undiluted Pastel Purple. Dilute it by mixing it with your regular conditioner – any brand will do! We diluted in a 1:1 ratio, but how you do it is up to you – your strand test will tell you if 1:1 is not enough, too much, or just right.

Rinse immediately

We weren’t kidding when we said toning is easier with oVertone. Once hair is saturated, no need to let it sit like you normally would with oVertone. Simply rinse out whenever you’re ready.

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18 comments on “How to Tone Brassy Blonde Hair”

  • Deb Moore says:

    This sounds incredibly promising because I have brown to blonde ombré that I have been using overtone to deep conditioner rose gold kit and it is super successful. My pink does get a little brassy though. Any thoughts to keep it pink and less brasssy?

    But this is so useful though because I have been wanting to go purple next in a month or so and this makes it sound like purple will be quite an easy transition from pink. Would you agree? Any advice?’

    • Alee says:

      Hi Deb, it sounds like you might need a little Pastel Purple Daily Conditioner to help take the brassiness out of your hair. Definitely check in with our Color Experts to be sure – just send a pic of your current hair and a pic of your hair goals to hi@overtone.co! They’ll be able to advise you on transitioning to purple, too – it’s usually pretty easy to get to if you’re starting from pink tones, but they’ll be able to give you personalized advice on exactly what you’ll need.

  • Simone says:

    I’m trying to tone my hair and ordered some pastel purple conditioner, as well as some blue and the pastel silver deep conditioner. You say leave the purple on for seconds. How do I ensure I get even coverage, and how long should I leave it on?

    • Alee says:

      Hi Simone, leaving the conditioner on for a super-short amount of time is great for toning small sections of hair, but if you’re trying to tone all-over, you might want to try diluting the Pastel Purple with some plain white conditioner instead. That way, you’ll be able to get even coverage! Check out a how-to for this technique on our Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiaw97B4Qug – and shoot our Color Experts an email at hi@overtone.co if you have any other questions!

  • Eri says:

    I want to go from permanent brown back to my silvery gray over a period of time — what shade should I use?

    • Chanelle Leslie says:

      Hey Eri – For dark hair we recommend a warm shade in Extreme, such as Extreme Pink, Red or Orange for a lovely hint of color. Results on natural gray hair can be tough to predict, since the strand structure of grays can vary a lot! Your best bet will be to start off with a sample size to see how oVertone works in your hair – if you have any more questions, definitely email our Color Experts at hi@overtone.co!

  • Carrie J Wellman says:

    I want to get from faded teal blue hair to gray. Can I just use thr silver overtone conditioner to achieve this?

  • Vanessa says:

    I have dark brown hair, will extreme purple even show up?

    • Chanelle Leslie says:

      oVertone works on all kinds of hair, but the darker your starting shade, the less visible color you’re likely to see. For the truest color from our conditioners, we always recommend starting with a platinum base, courtesy of your stylist. On dark hair, we recommend a warm shade in Extreme (like Extreme Pink, Red, or Orange) for the best results. Check out this video for more info: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iV6xJj9MZPY

  • Paula says:

    Hi there I had brown hair and dye blond, so now it’s blond but also a lot of brassy orange in it too. I want it to be cool blond not orange. Please help

    • Chanelle Leslie says:

      Hey Paula! A lot of our clients use diluted Pastel Blue or Pastel Purple Daily Conditioner to help tone out some of the brassiness from their hair. Purple is opposite of yellow on the color wheel, and blue is opposite of orange, so in your case, I would definitely recommend trying out some Pastel Blue conditioner to even out the brassiness! You always want to go with direct opposites for cancellation toning. Check out this video for a guide to toning hair with oVertone conditioners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiaw97B4Qug

  • Karen Baes says:

    I currently color my hair with L’Oreal 5G Medium golden brown. I am naturally mousy brown. I would like to stop coloring my hair to get rid of my salt/pepper roots. I would like to get a color as close to my salt/pepper roots so I can let it grow out without being too noticeable. I have order Extreme Silver deep and daily conditioner. Anything you can advice me on before I apply it for the 1st time?

    • Chanelle Leslie says:

      Results on natural gray hair can be tough to predict, since the strand structure of grays can vary a lot! Your best bet will be to start off with a sample size to see how oVertone works in your hair – if you have any more questions, definitely email our Color Experts at hi@overtone.co!

  • Louise-Annette says:

    Hi, there – my hair is a mix of gray, silver, a tiny bit of white, and a tiny bit left of medium brown. I think it would be fun to try some temporary, non-standard hair colors, since if you can’t do that when you’re 61, when can you? ;o) Would an Overtone color fade before roots started becoming obvious, if not refreshed every day/couple of days? Thanks!

    • Chanelle Leslie says:

      oVertone will begin to fade as soon as you stop using it. There are a few things you can do to help fade your hair fast and safely if you want to switch shades more quickly! Check out this blog post on how to fade your color: http://blog.overtone.co/how-to-safely-fade-your-hair. If it hasn’t faded enough, from there you can see your stylist about bleaching.

      Results on natural gray hair can be tough to predict, since the strand structure of grays can vary a lot! Your best bet will be to start off with a sample size to see how oVertone works in your hair – if you have any more questions, definitely email our Color Consultants at hi@overtone.co!

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