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The Thursday Review: L’Oreal Colorist Secret Brass Banisher

brass banisherAfter 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.Clairol Shimmer Lights
  • 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.

brass banisher before and after



  • Goes on nice and creamy
  • Only takes 5-10 minutes
  • Can be used right after bleaching or highlighting
  • No smell
  • No burning


  • none!


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!

Happy Blonding!

 You might also like these articles:

How to remove unwanted hair colour WITHOUT bleach

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Making the cut: going from long to short hair part 2



About Shannon

I am a university educated full-time working mother of four children. Proudly Canadian, I freeze my butt off along with my loving partner, two dogs and a cat. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them, but if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.


2 thoughts on “The Thursday Review: L’Oreal Colorist Secret Brass Banisher

  1. I always wonder about products like these – did know they had an “over the counter” one. I wonder if it works on bad salon jobs too.

    Posted by Laura | April 3, 2014, 8:28 am

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