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I use this with the Matrix Brass-Off shampoo. My hair is naturally salt and pepper - true jet black and silver. I made a grave error in judgment by coloring my hair. I immediately regretted the decision. As I let the color grow out, it is getting to be a very brassy yellow and orange. I was on the verge of coloring it again, as I simply could not stand it!
My hairdresser recommended I purchase this shampoo and conditioner. When used as directed, it will brighten your silver and white tones removing all the yellowish tone that can result from hard water, residue from other products, etc. Additionally, my hairdresser recommended that once a week (or when I choose it) I put the shampoo on my DRY hair, gently comb it through to be sure all hair is covered, and leave it for 15-30 minutes. When I get into the shower, I add water and treat it like I would generally shampoo. I leave it on my hair, with the water added for another 5 minutes. My hair is left with a very light, cool, almost-unnoticeable-bluish-purple tone instead of the harsh brassy orange and yellow. The best part is that if I feel like it is too bluish, the tinting washes right out with a clarifying shampoo!
If I feel my hair is too dry to do this treatment with the shampoo, I do it with the conditioner. The conditioner maintains the gentle bluish-lavender tone to the hair without drying it out. This is making it very easy to let my color grow out! I will continue to use this shampoo and conditioner after the artificial color grows out. It will keep my silver bright and shiny!
This conditioner is a very pastel blue, with a tad bit of gray. Blue neutralizes orange while violet neutralizes yellow. But blue will do nothing for yellow/gold and violet will do nothing for orange. The term “brassy” is often misused. It actually refers to one or more tones of “warmth”: orange, gold/yellow and a combo of the two, known to professionals as “blorange”. The “remedy” for each tone of warmth (yellow/gold OR orange OR a combination of the two) is different. If your hair has orangey tones, a blue shampoo/conditioner can work wonders. If your hair has yellow/gold tones, a purple shampoo/conditioner is a godsend. If your hair has both gold AND orangey tones, to cancel out these tones, you’ll need to mix blue AND violet. My hair is actually white (mostly natural at this point) and due to our hard water (as in high mineral content) my hair can turn both yellowy AND orangey, it really just depends. So in my tinted product arsenal, I use purple, blue AND gray shampoos/conditioners in order to keep the white nice and bright. Of course, each brand of tinted product has a different level of pigmentation. Some are quite dark while others are more along pastel lines. A tinted shampoo is almost always more pigmented than it’s matching tinted conditioner but I’ve found that I get the very best results by using both. Even though the tinted conditioner may be much more pale in comparison, it does add that little bit of extra oomph. However, using the tinted conditioner alone rarely does much of anything. This blue conditioner is very pale and therefore not a good toning option used solo. But for regular upkeep when a tinted product of some kind is used every wash, it’s sometimes sufficient. I do love the scent of this blue conditioner and it’s a great 2nd step after the Brass Off blue shampoo. But for more toning strength, I recommend Fanola No Orange shampoo (although it is quite drying). You can also make whatever strength of tinted conditioner you need by diluting any semi permanent formula with white conditioner or a white mask and in so doing get any level of pigmentation you’d like. I dilute Pulp Riot’s pastel blue semi permanent color (the best pro brand of semi permanent color in existence) with white conditioner but sometimes throw in a lightly pigmented blue conditioner like Brass Off too. This concoction has far more toning ability than any “ready made” tinted conditioner and any shade (or combo of shades) can be used. This is basically exactly what the brand Overtone is. As for ready made tinted products, my favorite brands are Celeb Luxury, Joico and Matrix. But the best products for maintaining white or silver hair are the Redken Graydient shampoo (which is purple) and Graydient conditioner (which is blue-gray). I’ve used these two for years now and when my hair really really needs toning, these are my go-tos.
This is a good product and works as stated. It does condition the hair and helps with brassiness. I use this product about twice a week along with a shampoo that removes brassiness. I gave it four stars because I have used better conditioners for my hair than this one. This one works, just not as well as others. It does have a lovely, very light scent. It leaves hair feeling clean and soft, not weighed down and definitely not oily. It is also a good price for the money. Tip- A little goes a long way.
This shampoo/conditioner works exactly as it says. I went back and forth between Matrix and another brand, I'm 100 percent satisfied with Matrix. They have purple shampoo and Blue. My hairdresser recommended the blue shampoo for my gray hair. So I ordered the Blue Brass Off but didn't realize I received the Purple shampoo instead until after i used it. I will continue to use Matrix Brass off. Hopefully it will be the blue that I receive in my next order.
I think the product was good for keeping my highlights from turning brassy, but I had to use a good bit more of the product for each shampoo then I have ever had to use with any shampoo. My hair is very fine and thin, so I should not have had to use so much to get it to spread throughout. It is not cheap for the size of the bottle and doesn’t go as far as it should. Also, I am not impressed at with the conditioner. It seemed to dull the hair as well and it is the only shampoo I used once my hair was highlighted. I hate to not have much positive to report on it because it kept brass away, but was frustrating to use making the price not worth it. : (