After bleaching my hair with L’Oreal Feria’s Bleach Blonde #205 and turning my hair a pretty unnatural yellow I turned to L’Oreal’s version of an at home toner: Colourist Secret Brass Banisher.
Whether you have just bleached your hair, have really blonde hair, highlighted hair or if you are older and have white hair, you may have had to deal with brassiness. Depending on the severity of it you can get rid of the brass in a few ways:
- you can use a toner which can counteract the blonde tones.
- you can shampoo/condition with a blue product to counteract the brass (like Clairol Shimmer Lights)
- you can try a brass banisher
I was previously a fan of Clairol’s Natural Instincts Brass Banisher because it was very easy to use and easy on your hair. However, I was disappointed when they stopped making it a few years ago. So when L’Oreal came out with this, I just had to give it a try. While I usually visit Sally’s where they sell all the professional beauty products, there is a convenience to being able to buy drugstore products (although often times they are nowhere near as good so be careful).
According to the box this Brass Banisher instantly tones down brassy gold, red and orange tones in your hair with our salon-inspired Color Balancing Gloss Treatment. In just 5 minutes it gently reduces brassy tones and infuses hair with luminous shine. With no ammonia, Brass Banisher leaves colour and highlights looking more natural and shiny.
My hair was pretty yellow, just bleached and dried.
Applying this product is really easy, it goes on like hair colour. It is nice and creamy so it doesn’t drip and has no smell what so ever. It feels nice on your head, almost like a regular conditioner and does not burn at all.
The great part about this is that it only takes 5-10 minutes to do its job. Since my hair was pretty yellow I left it for the full 10. Considering I had just bleached my hair, the fact that this went on with zero damage and irritation is amazing.
My hair came out a lovely pale blonde. While I still find it a bit yellow for me (since I do better with ashy tones) I will use a blue shampoo to help it, but the improvement was huge. My hair was over 10 times better than it was and in lovely condition.
PROS AND CONS
- Goes on nice and creamy
- Only takes 5-10 minutes
- Can be used right after bleaching or highlighting
- No smell
- No burning
Overall I give this product a ten out of ten. It is truly like a professional product but available from the drug store. It does exactly what it promises and causes zero damage to your hair. Many a bad dye job could be saved with this product (which is only about $12), although I am not sure how many people know it is out there.
I have also tried L’Oreal’s Colorist Secret Color Remover from the same line, and while the results were okay they were not even close to the professional colour removers from Sally’s so I have to say, the Brass Banisher is definitely better of the two.
Now, I am a beach blonde and ready for summer…if it ever comes!
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