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Say Bye-Bye to Brassy Tones for 2019

Jan 282019
By Lisa Haynes
How to give your lighter hair colour a new dimension – that lasts…

Thinking of going lighter for the new year? In winter, our wardrobes are darker and our faces are paler, so it makes sense that colourists advise their clients to give their look a lift by going blonder.

More than 3.5 million women are getting colour services in the salon every year and experimenting with new colours. If you’re in the blonde camp, the technology of eliminating brassy tones just went up a notch (hello, Brass Off), so you can be braver with your blonde tones.

These are the blonde shades on our 2019 radar – and how to keep them looking classy, not brassy…

Lighter and Brighter Colour

Blondes never go out of fashion but some tones are more on trend than others.

“Even though I am a lover of cool icy blondes, I would like to see the return of warmer blondes make a comeback this year,” says Ria Kulik, Artistic Educator for Matrix.

With new innovations on the hair scene to ward off brassiness, we’re likely to be seeing a return to warmer blonde tones, like golden blonde or soft strawberry. Watch this space...

2019 Top Tones


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We’re looking at Barbie for inspiration – everybody’s favourite golden blonde. Cool-toned olive skin will glow with golden blonde hair. Using a multi-dimensional mix of warm blonde tones like butter, gold and honey will keep your blonde colour looking super-natural.



It’s platinum colour, but with a warmer edge. This will instantly warm up your complexion if you want to go mega-light, but icy/white platinum is too cool for you. Try wearing a bold, bright lip colour for contrast.



Want to go warmer? Give your blonde a rich and warm spin – without going too red or orange – with soft strawberry blonde. Asking your colourist for a dark blonde base will keep your colour convincing, even during root regrowth.


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This sweet shade looks amazing against light skin and light eyes. If you want to go ‘bRonder’, a dark honey blonde will let you keep your roots intact so you don’t have to panic about regular touch-ups.

Blonde Aftercare Hacks

  • Investing in toners, colour enhancers and silver shampoos are all major blonde protection solutions once you leave the salon.
  • Always ask your Matrix colourist for their top recommendations for your hair - blue pigments intensely neutralise any orange or warm tones in blonde hair.
  • If you’re extra light, go for a violent pigment to neutralise warm tones, like Total Results So Silver.
  • Save your new colour with Matrix’s blonde saviour, Brass Off. Enhance your back bar experience with the Total Results Brass Off treatment
  • Get takeaway Brass Off Mask sachets to use in your shower to help combat brassy tones at home in-between salon visits.

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