How To Fix Brassy Hair At Home

27 May 2016 - 18 Comments

Believe it or not, I have finally uploaded my first video on YouTube, which I filmed like months ago! I guess I just didn’t know what to do exactly and if it’ll be of any help to explain how to fixed my brassy ombré hair.

I went through a few failed processes myself and now have figured a way to make my hair more ashy instead of this bright embarrassing orange. I hope this is helpful and hopefully save you from going through the same thing. I won’t be explaining each step here as it’s easier if you watch the video.

Edit: to prevent damage to you hair when bleaching, use Olaplex! It’s amazing and I’ve been using this since.



I bought most of my hair products from Capital Hair & Beauty in the UK. If you’re not able to buy from there, Sally Express also stocks most things.

Mixing: DIALIGHT should be mixed in a 1 to 1.5 ratio, i.e. 1 tube (50ml) DIA LIGHT + 75ml of DIACTIVATEUR 6, 9 or 15 volume.

Demi-Permanent Hair Dye:
L’Oréal Professionnel DIALIGHT 9.11- Deep Ash Milkshake
Demi-permanent color contains no ammonia and deposits only. It doesn’t lighten your hair and is mixed with a low-volume developer to help open the cuticle. It basically neutralizes by adding just color to your hair.

L’Oréal Professionnel DIACTIVATEUR 9 Vol (2.7%)

Color corrector:
Ardell Hair Color Corrector, Red And Gold
This is optional but will definitely help cancelling all red and gold tones in your hair even more. I add this every time I dye my hair.

Purple Shampoo:
Clairol Shimmer Lights Shampoo + Conditioner
I used this once a week following their instructions. If you have really light blonde hair, this will make it purple if you leave it in any longer than recommended!


Stay tuned for my next video!
Melyssa x


  1. Tiff says:

    Loved your video. I am going to try this out this weekend. How much of the stuff did you put in the bowl so I can do it like you?

    • Melyssa says:

      Hi, thank you so much! First off if you have long hair, I’d suggest to buy 2 tubes just in case. I used a whole tube and had little left as far as I can remember. You can always use half of it and then mix more if you think it’s not enough x

  2. Tiff says:

    Thank you so much for responding! I just got my hair done and it’s the same length as you. It’s orange and I mean ORANGE. I keep getting it toned and I’m still orange. How much deactivating do I put in? Is this mixed all at once? I can’t afford to keep paying salon prices and they keep making my hair orange and worse. :(

    • Melyssa says:

      I know what you mean and that’s why I don’t get my hair done at a salon :D. Both should be mixed all at once in a 1 to 1.5 ratio, i.e. 1 tube (50ml) DIALIGHT + 75ml of DIACTIVATEUR 6, 9 or 15 volume. Hope that helps :)

  3. Dina says:

    Hi, i think your hair is beautiful.
    I am taking the plunge to attempt to lighten my hair and as im naturally dark Im expecting that orange colour to happen aswell..
    I have ordered the same Loreal dialight in deep ash milkshake 9.11 and the developer- I heard it pulls quite a grey colour… but im assuming if im going to be an orangy brassy colour it will help cancel out those and be more of an ashy blonde..?
    I await your reply,
    Thank you
    Kind regards

    • Melyssa says:

      Hi Dina, sorry for my late reply. Yes the 9.11 is pretty ashy so you wouldn’t really need to add the color corrector that I used in the video. I found it worked well for the level of my hair then but I haven’t tried it with my current lighter blonde. My hair was pretty brassy though!! xx

      • Dina says:

        Hi than you for your reply..
        I got my hair done to achieve an ashy slightly golden blonde with darker roots.
        I still have the 9.11 dialight and am wondering if it will be ok to use it for my next toning..
        I just dont want it to darken my hair but as i was dark brown when begining this transition to blonde- buy i believe its a good colour to tone the brassiness..

        I love the experimenting you’ve been doing with your hair.
        Which of the Loreal dialight or other toner colours from loreal helped you achieve the lighter blonde?

        Enjoying your channel,
        Kind regards
        Dina xx

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  5. Bernadette says:

    I love your post!!! I went to see a stylist and although she used a blue based toner, my hair is as brassy as yours. I want to try the L’Oréal Professionnel DIALIGHT 9.11- Deep Ash Milkshake but we dont have it here in the US. Is there an online store here in the US that sells it or is there anything similar to it in a different brand that can be bought here in the US. Thank you :-)

    • Melyssa says:

      Hey, I’m so sorry for my late reply as I didn’t realize there was a comment. I’m in the process of trying out another brand on my sister’s hair and see which color works best in comparison to Loreal Dialight 9.11. Once I found the perfect one I’ll post the video xxx

  6. sonia says:

    Hi I absolutely love your fair after the brassy colour was taken out. I got my hair balayage a few months back it ended up being a cooper look instead of light brown and now its orange brassy. so I want it like your now in the video. Do I use the mixture all over roots to tips or just on the orange bits and leave the dark bits alone?
    looking forward to your reply

  7. Jessy says:

    Hey! Lovely hair and thanks for posting the list with the stuff you used! Will have a go on my hair :) For how long did you keep the color on? Thanks!

  8. Carys says:

    Hiya, do I have to use the deactivateur developer or can I just use a Sally’s branded 10 vol developer? Thank you :)

  9. Marwa Abdelaty says:

    I used the same Dia light degree and also diactivateur but they both darkened my hair :( is there any way to make it better? Or to undo it ? :(

  10. Emily says:


    Love this video! I’m attempting this at some point this week, but I’ve accidentally purchased the 9.1 Ash Milkshake instead by mistake, will it make much of a difference?

    Please let me know!

    Emily X

  11. Michelle says:

    Hi! I am Asian with black hair. I recently bought the L’Oréal colorista ombré to color my hair only to achieve a copper brown result. My hair right now is of brassy copper tone— not as orange as yours and I was wondering if you think I can achieve the ash brown result if I use the dialight 9.11?

  12. Sabina says:

    Thank you for your video, it was very very reassuring ! And not only Asians can end up with orange hair, I am Caucasian and ended up with the most vivid orange imaginable after 35 min of bleaching (my hair was not black, but dark brown, level 4 maybe). Now is around level 7. Is toner level 9 like the one you used gonna work? What was the tone of your hair before the to toning and I can’t really tell from the photo.

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