Warm Undertones

I knew this girl in high school who had the best color of blonde hair. I overheard her talking about her hair color one day and found out that she used a box color called "Ash Blonde". I was delighted to hear it was a box color and it meant that I was less than ten dollars away from having that gorgeous blonde for myself. I asked the exact brand and stopped by the dollar store after school to pick it up. That night, I put the color on my hair and, while it processed, I imagined flipping my new light blonde hair over my tan shoulder. I pictured how my blue eyes would pop brightly against the backdrop of Ash Blonde instead of my natural dirty blonde.

I finished all the steps, washing my hair upside down in the tub, and using that special box color conditioner that made my hair feel like silk. I panicked a little when I stood up and took the towel off my hair. There's no way to describe the color other than... orange. It was wet and I wanted to reserve my full judgment for when it was dry, but it was almost florescent. Drying it didn't change much and going to school the next day with orange hair did nothing to help my popularity. 

I didn't know it then, but my DNA --my own God-given natural pigment-- was a huge factor in what color my hair turned out. I have warm undertones and that means that, unless I follow a very specific set of guidelines,  I will suffer from warm hair for the rest of my cool-blonde-loving life.

I'm here to help you with the specific set of guidelines. 

1) You need to go lighter with your hair than you actually want, so that your stylist can bring it back down to the tone you want without the warmth. Only a professional can do this, so find someone you trust. It's not cheap because the risk is high. So is the time it takes to get there and the maintenance to keep you there. If you want platinum, the lightest of the light, with zero warmth, then plan to pay top dollar to have a specialist get you there without dissolving your hair. Don't shy away from it based on what I'm saying. It's worth the time and the effort because you can actually have the hair you want. 

If you want me to be your Blonde Shaman, then come talk to me about the specifics. I'll give you a realistic plan with realistic expectations.

Even if you don't want blonde hair, but your hair is too warm, these guidelines still apply. Schedule a consult and I'll help you get the color you want. 

Important Note: If you have fine hair, yellow undertones, and your hair is darker than dark blonde (a level 6 or lower for those in the know), then getting all of the yellow our of your hair will not be possible without making your hair very weak. You need to know this. Find a professional who also knows this.

2) You have to take care of it. The water you wash it in, the products you use on it, the heat you style it with, and the time you wait in between glosses and retouches can cause it to turn warm. I've written about this subject on my blog. You can check it out by clicking the box below. 

Get the right supplies

Shower Head Filter

  • You’ll need a filter for your shower head at home. The water you use to wash your hair at home matters. Minerals and chemicals can alter the color of your hair and cause buildup that a regular detox shampoo won’t remove. If you have mineral, chlorine, etc. buildup, then the products you bought to make your hair healthy aren’t getting to your hair. Schedule a professional detox treatment at the salon and give your hair a clean slate.

Toning Shampoo and Conditioner

  • There are many toning (purple or blue) shampoos and conditioners on the professional and non-professional market. It’s hard to know which is the best. I have clients who listen to my advice and some who don’t. Those who listen have shiny, healthy, cool blonde hair, and those who don’t have dingy, dry, gray blonde hair. The reason for this is in the shampoo’s approach to toning the hair. Some shampoos will dry the surface of your hair so that the pigment sticks to it better. That’s great for covering the brass, but it’s bad for your hair and it’s not shiny. Read more about brassy hair by clicking here.

Rebuilding Blow Dry Serum

  • The products you use on your hair should be helping, not hurting. Glossy Nectar is an organic hair serum that helps your dry your hair faster, helps rebuild your hair, and makes it feel amazing. Every man, woman, and child needs glossy nectar.

Heat Protector

  • If you’re going to use a hot iron on your hair to style it, then protect it with something that is not an oil. I recommend the Thermal Protection Spray because the organic ingredients help the hair, protect is from heat, and has some hold.