The freedom to experiment with different colors is one of our favorite things about switching up hairstyles. As much as we love leaving the salon with a fresh hue, however, any salon blonde or brunette will tell you keeping brass at bay can sometimes feel like a full-time job. These days, anyone who has ever colored their hair has heard of toning shampoos and conditioners, but with so many options, it can be hard to choose.
If you’re in search of a new toning system for your ash blonde or dark brown hair, we’ve got just the products for you: Matrix Total Results So Silver and Brass Off. We sat down with Anita Gelman, Matrix educator, to get the scoop on everything you need to know about the Matrix Total Results So Silver and Brass Off lines and how to figure out which range is right for you.
If You Have Blonde Or Gray Hair: Matrix Total Results So Silver
If you’ve ever had blonde strands, you know just how tricky it is to prevent your hair from becoming brassy. While all shades of blonde are prone to brass, ladies with cool, icy blonde and gray strands have it particularly hard. Matrix Total Results So Silver range is formulated to help neutralize unwanted brassy warmth and eliminate dull, yellow tones. The system illuminates highlights on blondes and adds shimmering brightness for color-treated and natural hair ranging from gray to white shades.
Silver-haired ladies may be familiar with the Matrix Total Results Color Obsessed So Silver Shampoo, but the brand recently added two new products to the range: a conditioner and a mask.
“The range has both a color depositing shampoo, as well as a concentrated pigment treatment mask that delivers customized toning results,” Gelman explains.
The Total Results So Silver Conditioner has the unique ability to target each hair strand, zeroing in on hair’s most porous areas and depositing moisture and nutrition where they’re needed most. Thanks to hydrating co-emulsion mask technology, dry, brittle hair is nourished and feels soft and supple.
For a little extra love, Total Results So Silver Triple Power Mask thinks and acts like a toner and features highly concentrated silver direct dyes. In five minutes or less, this super concentrated mask provides customizable toning results. Used with So Silver Shampoo, it provides optimal, cool-toned results and healthy, supple, reflective hair. With regular use, blonde, platinum and gray clients will lose unwanted yellow tones and become more polished, with a gorgeous, silvery finish.
Not sure if So Silver is right for you? Gelman explains that icy blondes might want to invest in this collection (particularly a purple shampoo) if they’re looking to enhance their silvery hue.
“The So Silver range is for levels eight to 10, for neutralizing yellow tones on blonde, adding cool tones to platinum and enhancing gray—natural or colored—hair to stunning silver,” she says.
If you’re not sure which level your color is or if the range is right for you and your mane, be sure to consult a professional stylist.
If You Have Lightened Brunette Hair: Matrix Total Results Brass Off
Blondes and brass go together like peanut butter and jelly, but they’re not the only ones who experience distressing yellow tones. Brunettes are also particularly prone to brass—especially brunettes who have lightened their manes. Matrix Total Results Color Obsessed Brass Off’s blue and violet pigments neutralize the orange, brassy tones that can occur when warm, underlying pigment is exposed after darker brunette shades are lifted. Whether you’re looking for a new shampoo, conditioner, or mask, Brass Off has you covered.
“It has blue-violet color depositing formula shampoo, a non-color depositing conditioner, and a highly pigmented blue-violet color depositing mask that delivers custom toning results depending on how frequently the system is used,” Gelman explains.
In addition to the Brass Off Shampoo, Conditioner, and Mask, the system comes complete with Brass Off Blonde Threesome, a leave-in cream that targets specific concerns when darker hair is lifted to a lighter shade while protecting strands from heat damaged (up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit) for soft, touchable hair.
If you’re a brunette that experiences brass, Brass Off is perfect for you. If you’re still not quite sure, just heed Gelman’s instructions.
“The Brass Off range is for lightened brunettes, levels five to seven, and neutralizes brassy and orange [tones],” she says.
With these products in your arsenal, your newly colored strands will look salon fresh weeks after your appointment!
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