My hair is red. Orange brassy red. After tweaking my hair color & adding in some highlights, my hair has expectedly turned a medium gingery orange shade. It might be heavy on the copper side but I like it. To tone things down (I am not expecting a miracle that turns my hair completely from orange to caramel light brown) I picked up L’Oreal Colorist Secrets Brass Banisher for $8.99 at my local Shopko. It is described as a Color Balancing Gloss Treatment that reduces brassy tones and unwanted warmth. It claims to tone down brassy yellow, gold, red and orange tones in hair in five minutes. It is ammonia free & says it will leave color and highlights looking more natural and shiny. I-AM-IN!!!
How did it work:
My results were good! But I was reasonable about my expectations going in. My all over tone is less coppery/warm & my highlights and ends (the lightest parts) are much cooler in tone. I left it on for the full ten minutes because I was super orange/warm before using it.
Using the Brass Banisher is completely comparable to most boxed hair dyes. 3 products in the box. You mix the toning gloss with the developer in the bottle and then you rinse & use the conditioner. It smells like hair dye but very mild compared to some brands out there! There were no harsh fumes or burning sensation. Neither my eyes nor scalp were irritated in the slightest.
Depending on how brassy your starting point is and where you want to go, this might not be enough for you. Remember, this is a toning treatment. It is not meant to change your color, but it will cool down your warm coloring. I think it did its job. My hair is not dried out, brittle, or damaged from the treatment. It had mild “hair-dye” scent, which I appreciated immensely! My assumption is that you will get a more noticeable result with a lighter color than mine.
The L’Oreal Brass Banisher is a great option if you need a toner from the drugstore, instead of during Sally Beauty’s limited hours. Let’s be honest–my hair emergencies tend to happen late at night! I would repurchase the Brass Banisher & I was impressed with the results.