How to Dye Hair Blonde without the Brassiness

by Andrea Griffith ; Updated September 28, 2017

Many people love to add blonde to their hair. Whether your natural hair is dark and you want to go all blonde, or your hair is a shade of blonde and you want lighter highlights, you need to be careful of the color. The biggest problem with going blonde is that sometimes the hair can look brassy and orange. There are two things that you can do to ensure that your hair stays the stunning blonde that you're looking for.

Dye Your Hair the Right Blonde

Put on old clothes and rubber gloves to protect your clothing and hands from stains. Never wear clothes that you wouldn't want ruined while dyeing your hair.

Mix the color with the developer as directed.

Apply the dye to your hair. Massage the hair dye into your hair until it is completely saturated.

Allow the color to set in your hair for the amount of time specified in the directions. Most hair dyes need 10 to 20 minutes for the color to set.

Wash your hair under warm water until the water runs clear. Apply the hair color conditioner (it comes with the hair color) to keep your hair healthy.

Wash Your Hair with Special Shampoo and Conditioner

Apply a blue or purple shampoo to your hair as part of your daily routine. Wash your hair with the shampoo and then rinse out. According to Blonde-Ambition.co.uk, tinted shampoos and conditioners work by neutralizing and calming the brassy and orange tones of the hair.

Apply blue or purple conditioner to your hair. Leave it in for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash out.

Add a semi-permanent hair dye, called a hair toner, to your hair. Use a color that's one shade darker than your hair to help reduce the brassiness. Apply the toner to your hair (like you would with hair dye). Allow it to set for the time specified in the directions (normally 30-45 minutes). Rinse out the toner with warm water; style as usual.


  • Get your water tested. If you have hard water (or well water), iron may be running through it. The iron deposits found in the water can "dye" your colored hair orange. If this is the case, adding a water softener to the water tank will filter out the iron in the water.

    Protect your hair during the summer months. UV rays can turn highlighted hair brassy if you're out in the sun too often.

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About the Author

Andrea Griffith has been writing professionally since 2005. Her work has been published by the "Western Herald," Detroit WDIV, USAToday and other print, broadcast and online publications. Although she writes about a wide range of topics, her areas of expertise include fashion, beauty, technology and education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and English from Western Michigan University.