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A New Take On Toning

A New Take On Toning

Tailor Made to maintain the original beauty of your blonde hair. The new professional anti-yellow system for blonde, lightened, bleached or naturally white hair.

From icy highlights to all over platinum blonde, combatting brassiness is one of the biggest challenges to maintaining white, blonde, and highlighted hair. As hairstylists, we know that creating the perfect blonde shade starts with the lightening process, but it ends with the anti yellow products to keep our client’s hair bright and brass-free.

A New Take on Toning

Purple shampoos and purple conditioners have been around for a while and make excellent products to use at home to tone in between appointments. However, the problem with most of these at-home products is that they’re pretty much a one-size-fits-all solution. Unless the hair is extremely blonde, they tend to have no ability to combat brassiness at all. Even worse, these products are notorious for turning hair muddy and purple when left on too long. Luckily, anti yellow hair lines and purple hair care products have come a long way with new ingredients and a wider variety of products to choose from. Anti yellow lines such as the Light Scale Care Anti Yellow Line have purple hair care products such as Light Scale Care Anti Yellow Shampoo, Light Scale Care Anti Yellow Mask, Light Scale Care Anti Yellow Mousse,and Light Scale CareSpray Anti Yellow. These anti yellow products are highly customizable and help me put the finishing touch on my blonde clients. They can be used both immediately after lightening services and at home in between appointments by my clients to protect their hair against brassiness, keep their hair vibrant, and prolong their color. Another secret to fighting brassiness and neutralizing unwanted tones with these products is the formula itself. After all, ingredients that nourish, hydrate, and deeply condition the hair are just as important as the purple pigments that fight brassiness themselves. Not to mention hydration and conditioning are especially important after lightening and bleach services when hair is in a fragile state. That being said, the pigments that neutralize brassiness are equally important. Anti yellow ingredients such as Diamond Dust and Hydrolyzed Pearl can gently and effectively neutralize unwanted yellow, orange, and red tones. Historically reserved for royalty, the finely ground powder of diamonds and pearls has been used for centuries in a wide variety of beauty products for their benefits. Besides fighting brassiness, these gems are rich in protein-building amino acids, minerals such as calcium and magnesium, and antioxidants that protect against oxidative stress.

Anti-Yellow Hair Care Products

When it’s time to tone my blondes with hair care products the first step is determining which products to use. This depends on my client’s hair type, color level, desired tone, and the current amount of brassiness. For all of my clients, I start with the anti yellow shampoo that can tone light, moderate, intense, and extra intense levels of brassiness depending on how long I leave the shampoo on the hair. Suitable for both thin and thick hair, it can be left on for up to five minutes before rinsing out. After shampooing, I choose between the anti yellow mask or anti yellow mousse. For those with thick hair or brassiness that's intense or extra intense, I apply the anti yellow mask all over the hair while concentrating on areas with the most brassiness. Unlike other masks I’ve tried, this one has a slightly bluish tint for optimal toning and neutralizing. Like the shampoo, this is left on for up to five minutes. The other benefit of this anti yellow mask is that in addition to toning it deeply conditions and nourishes just-processed hair. For my clients with thinner hair and clients with brassiness that's moderate to extra intense, I prefer to use the anti yellow mousse. This conditioning anti yellow foam works as a lightweight, hydrating toner and is applied to wet hair just like the anti yellow mask. I leave this anti yellow mousse on for up to five minutes depending on the level of toning desired to neutralize any leftover brassiness. Another tip I’ve picked up: you can also use these anti yellow products to tone brunette balayages. To tone these light to mid-level shades, I follow the same protocol as above according to my client's hair type and leftover brassiness with one small change: I take whichever hair product I decide to use and apply it to the ends where the color is lightest, then move upward where I leave it on for less time before rinsing out. Last but certainly not least is heat styling, another obstacle to preserving color, which is where an anti yellow spray comes in handy for all of my white, blonde, and highlighted clients. This is a leave-in spray that can be used every time they style their hair with heat. The last step of their anti yellow hair routine, it’s formulated with anti-yellow pigment to lightly tone and neutralize in between appointments while it also protects against heat damage to prevent further brassiness from blow drying and hot tools.

Creating an Anti Yellow At-Home Treatment

A common complaint with white, blonde, and highlighted hair is the fading and brassiness that inevitably occur. In turn, many clients seek out commercially available anti yellow products of lower quality as soon as they notice their hair turning brassy and dull. How often have you had a client leave their appointment in love with their new locks only to call back later and complain about brassiness and wanting to know what went wrong? This is why it’s especially important to advise your clients on proper at-home maintenance by explaining the benefits of professional anti yellow products. For my white, blonde, and highlighted clients, I recommend both the anti yellow shampoo and anti yellow spray and then either the anti yellow mask or anti yellow mousse depending on their hair type and level of brassiness. After they’ve left the chair satisfied with their hair color, I recommend using the anti yellow shampoo and anti yellow mousse as needed when they notice brassiness start to appear. For those clients with especially dry and brassy hair, I recommend using the anti yellow mask once a week. This mask is also a great hair treatment for my clients with particularly dry or damaged hair. I also make sure to stress the importance of leaving all of these products on for no more than five minutes (in some cases even less!), and watching the hair while the product is on—the last thing I want is for them to overtone their hair. Last but not least is the anti yellow spray, the one product all of my blonde clients should be using regardless of their hair type or color level! Whether they blow-dry, straighten, or curl their hair, they should be using a heat protectant and leave-in every time after they wash their hair, and with a purple heat protectant spray, they get the added bonus of neutralizing brassiness and enhancing shine. While it’s impossible to avoid brassiness from happening altogether, taking the time to explain to my clients how to use high-quality anti yellow products goes a long way in keeping their blonde shades beautiful long after the appointment is over. Another reason it’s important to educate our clients about the benefits of professional anti-yellow products? Client retention. When our clients use the right products to maintain their color in between touch-ups, they’ll stay satisfied, and a satisfied client will keep coming back.

Rebecca Byrne started her cosmetology journey in Atlanta, Georgia, where she received her license in 2015. After working several years in the salon and then for herself, she now writes educational content to help other professionals make the most of their services.