This Is The Only DIY Hair Hack You’ll Ever Need To Fix Brassy Hair For Good

Who says blondes have all the fun? Brunettes are pretty awesome, too! But, sometimes it is hard to maintain that beautiful, rich brown color. How can you remove nasty brassy tones from your brunette mane?

The sun, chlorine, the weather, hard water, and even frequent hair washing are all your enemies when it comes to keeping your hair color vibrant. These can all lead to unwanted red – and worse, orange – tones in your hair.


Getting a color touch-up or refresh is ideal, but who has the time? And, the money?! Besides, too frequent dye jobs often do more harm than good.

At-home dye kits are also an option, but it might be a difficult and tedious task to do on your own. You may also want try a purple shampoo, but these are not always readily available in many places.

Good thing there’s a simple, DIY hair hack that will keep your brown hair looking vibrant and brass-free – using ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.

Even better, it is quick to make and use, but provides a long-term fix so you can say goodbye to brassy hair for good.

What You Will Need

Go through your kitchen cupboards and wrangle up the following:

  • Blue food coloring (liquid)
  • Green food coloring (liquid)
  • Apple cider vinegar

You will also need:

  • Your favorite conditioning shampoo

That’s it! Seriously. Didn’t we say that this is a quick and easy remedy?

Kiss The Brass Goodbye!

This goodbye is going to be short and sweet, so get ready to say au revoir to those brassy tones for good.

  • To your conditioning shampoo, add 2-3 drops of green food coloring.
  • If your brassy tones are more orange-y than red, add an extra drop of blue. A little goes a long way – a few drops are enough for the whole bottle of shampoo.

Proceed With Caution

The exact balance between the blue and green, as well as the darkness or intensity of the color that you are going for really depends on the state of your own hair and how brassy it has become.

It’s pretty much a trial and error process, so for best results, it is advisable to do a strand test before using the shampoo on your whole head.

  • Use your colored shampoo to treat a few strands of hair. Choose a portion that will allow you easily see the results. You may even want to snap a quick photo so you can compare the before and after.
  • Let the shampoo sit for a few minutes, then rinse it out.
  • Observe your hair. If the result is still too reddish, add a little bit more blue. If it is still too orange, tone it down with a little more green.
  • Repeat strand test until you have the desired result.

Tone Up The Volume!

  • With your perfectly formulated colored shampoo, wash your hair as you would normally do. Lather well and leave in the shampoo for a few minutes to really get the color to work its magic.
  • Rinse as usual.

To maintain that rich brown, repeat this process at least once a month, or as needed.

How Does It Work?

It may seem too good to be true, but this DIY is backed by science.

On the color wheel, the brassy reds and oranges are opposite to cool greens and blues. These are also known as complimentary colors. When mixed, these polar opposites tone each other down.

In our DIY remedy, the blues and greens work together to cancel out the brassy tones in your brown hair.

It is really that simple. But the results will surely astound you. Who knew that the solution to fixing brassy tones would be that easy?

Give Your Hair A Treat

To further help your hair maintain its color, amplify the results of your DIY shampoo with this equally easy to make DIY toner.

  • Add blue and green food coloring to 2 ½ cups of apple cider vinegar. Refer to the perfect formula you figured out earlier for the exact amount of blue and green drops to use.
  • After washing your hair with your colored shampoo, massage the apple cider vinegar concoction into your scalp. Be sure to coat your strands evenly and do not neglect the ends either!
  • Rinse well.

Aside from giving the color a boost, toning your hair with this DIY mixture will let you reap the benefits of apple cider vinegar.

The all-powerful ACV helps manages the natural oils in our scalp as well as its pH levels, so you are less prone to having greasy hair. It also has antifungal properties to give your hair a thorough cleanse, which prevents dandruff and hair loss.

Overall, apple cider vinegar will reduce fuzz, add shine, and detangle your hair. Now you not only have brass-free hair, but a brown mane that’s soft and shiny, too!

Hair Are Some Reminders

Some things you keep in mind to further maintain your hair color:

  • Warm or golden dye shades have a higher tendency of going brassy. Stick to cooler, ash, or neutral shades. Usually these cool shades are marked with A or N, so look for those letters on the box or the color charts.
  • Find a good shampoo and conditioner that is formulated specifically for color-treated hair.
  • A healthy diet really makes your crowning glory glow. Keep your hair looking great by eating protein like lean meat and fish, as well as egg whites, spinach, and soy. These are rich in iron that strengthens hair and stimulates growth.
  • Use lukewarm or cool water when you do shampoo. Heat opens the surface of the hair strand, causing the dye fade faster.
  • Wear a hat or a chic headscarf when you are under the sun. The same way your skin tans, your hair becomes brassy when exposed to UV rays. You can even try some hair sunscreen.
  • Extend the life of your color by washing your hair every other day. If feel like your second-day hair is too dirty or if it gets greasy, try a dry shampoo. Alternately, you can try skipping the shampoo every few days and just use conditioner on the tips of your hair.
  • Avoid washing away your color by really keeping your hair dry on days that your don’t shampoo. Wear a shower cap to really protect your color.

With your new-found DIY remedy, there is only one more step left: get ready to receive compliments on your beautiful brown hair that always looks like it is fresh from the salon!

Do you have any horror stories about dye jobs that just make you want to die from embarrassment? Any pro tips on maintaining your hair color? Share them with us in the comments section. We love hearing from you.

Now, go out and have lots of fun, brunettes!


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