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Ask a Hairstylist: How to Make Brassy Hair Look Good

It's not always "wrong."
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Q: Does brassy hair look bad on everyone? Or are there people whose skin tone and eye colour can actually handle brassy colours? 

I ask because I have medium-toned neutral skin and hazel eyes, and get compliments on my light golden brown hair that actually could be called brassy brown. My mom had a lot of red in her hair, and so do two of her sisters. 

So is it bad, or it just only looks good on some people? Do some people just fight a losing battle when they should be taking advantage of the red tones in their hair? — Alex

A: Alex, brassy hair is not so bad. There are different shades of brassiness. 

Everybody wants Ombré, and Ombré is brassy. As long as the brassy is not on the scalp, people like it. 

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Look at Jennifer Lopez, for example. She has tones of mocha with neutral brown. Her highlights are a bit on the brassy side, but it looks great. 

Jennifer Lopez at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Your skin tone with your eyes sounds amazing for a few brassy highlights. Since you have a lot of warmth in the family, I wouldn’t fight the warmth. 

I would go a little bit lighter with some highlights to break up your brassy brown base colour—that’s all you need to do. Once you break it up with brighter highlights, you won’t look at it as brassy anymore. 

Miley Cyrus at the 2011 Grammy Awards.

For change, you can ask your hairdresser to use an ashy toner to neutralize it, if you want a cool brown.

Karlie Kloss at New York Fashion Week in 2013.

Tony Chaar is one of Canada's top celebrity hairstylists and the owner of Tony Chaar Salon at 140 Avenue Road in Toronto. Call 416-920-9965 to book an appointment.

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