Best Brass Banishers

Those of you that watch my on YouTube will probably be aware of my recent issues with the dreaded golden gleam of YELLOW hair! Anyone who’s ever attempted the DIY blonde will be familiar with this problem and now it’s fixed I thought I’d give you a run down of what I used and what I found most effective.

First and foremost for those who don’t even know where to start, it should always be with a purple/blue shampoo. The basic logic behind this is that blue is opposite to yellow on the colour wheel and should therefore counteract those unwanted tones in your hair. Fairly self-explanatory but there are so many different products on the market it’s often difficult to know what does what and why. Having dabbled with highlights and full on bleached blonde looks on many occasions over the past 15 years I have tried a lot of these brass banishers and these three are what I consider to be the best of the best in the budget price range.

Superdrug Colour Effects £1.99 (I’ve seen this in store but can’t find it online)

this is marketed as a wash in wash out colour and is available in various colours, the one I find works perfectly to tone blonde hair is 8.1 Cool Blonde. Given that there’s a golden blonde, red and brunette shades it’s not necessarily targeted at this issue but the product is a deep blue colour and if you leave it on too long.. your hair will be too.. very effective!

Provoke Touch Of Silver £3.09 (here)

Provoke actually do a whole range of these ‘silverising’ products and although they are formulated for grey hair the basic premise is the same.. you’re counteracting golden tones with silver ones. Again if you leave it on too long it will leave you with a blue tinge but just using it as a twice weekly shampoo isn’t going to do it in my experience. Leave it on for 10 mins once a week and you’ll be golden.. or silver rather.

Colour Restore iced Platinum* £11,99 (here)

I have of course saved the best ’til last and this was the treatment that finally allowed me to leave my hair alone as I was happy with the tone after 2 weeks of messing about with colours and highlights. I had a serious case of yellow head and this was my absolute saviour, the other toners will do to keep brass at bay but this was perfect to get rid of that initial hue. This is a much paler blue out of the tube and it develops as it’s on your hair, again I left it for about 10 mins and all was finally well. I shouldn’t be surprised that this was my favourite as it’s produced by the same mastermind behind Colour B4 which I am a HUGE fan of! Unfortunately it is the most expensive but I don’t have to use this as often (maybe only once a month) as it’s a true toner rather than ‘tone refreshing shampoo’.

You can leave any of these toners on for as long as you like but be aware that prolonged use of a toner of any kind will affect your colour but don’t panic.. if you’re reading this with blue hair don’t be tempted to colour over it.. it will wash out to an ashy blonde.. that is the nature of a TONER!

Miss BB

*PR Sample



  1. 11 September, 2012 / 6:12 pm

    I’ve used several colours of that Superdrug product over the years, and I used this one a couple of weeks ago to make my gingerness more blonde, and it really did work for me too :)! x

    • missbudgetbeauty
      14 September, 2012 / 8:50 pm

      it’s awesome! such an old school product but so effective!

  2. Therese
    13 February, 2015 / 1:18 pm

    Any idea what will counteract ashy tones? I want white hair, bleached to a pale blond. Every time I use a purple toner (wella colour fresh, revlon colour ball 1002, provoke purple shampoo) it keeps looking ashy! Driving me mad ha! It’s not even silver which I wouldn’t mind. When I’ve had white hair in the past an I’ve used purple toners my hair had gone white/silver/lilac which I like better than this full crappy ash! Please help x

    • missbudgetbeauty
      13 February, 2015 / 6:11 pm

      tough to say as I’m not 100% sure what you mean by ashy.. that’s usually what you’re aiming for, a cool tone, ‘ash’ blonde – silver would be described as ash.. so I don’t really know but I prefer a pinky tone to my blonde so I use Lee Stafford Bleach Blond shampoo, it’s more pink/purple that blue/purple

  3. Therese
    13 February, 2015 / 7:10 pm

    Hi thanks for the reply! It looks quite dull and flat. I’m not sure if it’s a bit green :/
    I will give the pink/purple shampoo a whirl and see if it helps! Thanks x

    • missbudgetbeauty
      13 February, 2015 / 7:14 pm

      it’s definitely my favourite of all shampoo/toners.. I often leave it too long on purpose and get full on purple hair.. it fades to white blonde in a wash or two

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *