Those of you that watch my on YouTube will probably be aware of my recent issues with the dreaded golden gleam of YELLOW hair! Anyone who’s ever attempted the DIY blonde will be familiar with this problem and now it’s fixed I thought I’d give you a run down of what I used and what I found most effective.
First and foremost for those who don’t even know where to start, it should always be with a purple/blue shampoo. The basic logic behind this is that blue is opposite to yellow on the colour wheel and should therefore counteract those unwanted tones in your hair. Fairly self-explanatory but there are so many different products on the market it’s often difficult to know what does what and why. Having dabbled with highlights and full on bleached blonde looks on many occasions over the past 15 years I have tried a lot of these brass banishers and these three are what I consider to be the best of the best in the budget price range.
Superdrug Colour Effects £1.99 (I’ve seen this in store but can’t find it online)
this is marketed as a wash in wash out colour and is available in various colours, the one I find works perfectly to tone blonde hair is 8.1 Cool Blonde. Given that there’s a golden blonde, red and brunette shades it’s not necessarily targeted at this issue but the product is a deep blue colour and if you leave it on too long.. your hair will be too.. very effective!
Provoke Touch Of Silver £3.09 (here)
Provoke actually do a whole range of these ‘silverising’ products and although they are formulated for grey hair the basic premise is the same.. you’re counteracting golden tones with silver ones. Again if you leave it on too long it will leave you with a blue tinge but just using it as a twice weekly shampoo isn’t going to do it in my experience. Leave it on for 10 mins once a week and you’ll be golden.. or silver rather.
Colour Restore iced Platinum* £11,99 (here)
I have of course saved the best ’til last and this was the treatment that finally allowed me to leave my hair alone as I was happy with the tone after 2 weeks of messing about with colours and highlights. I had a serious case of yellow head and this was my absolute saviour, the other toners will do to keep brass at bay but this was perfect to get rid of that initial hue. This is a much paler blue out of the tube and it develops as it’s on your hair, again I left it for about 10 mins and all was finally well. I shouldn’t be surprised that this was my favourite as it’s produced by the same mastermind behind Colour B4 which I am a HUGE fan of! Unfortunately it is the most expensive but I don’t have to use this as often (maybe only once a month) as it’s a true toner rather than ‘tone refreshing shampoo’.
You can leave any of these toners on for as long as you like but be aware that prolonged use of a toner of any kind will affect your colour but don’t panic.. if you’re reading this with blue hair don’t be tempted to colour over it.. it will wash out to an ashy blonde.. that is the nature of a TONER!