Ask a hairdresser: How can I tone down my brassy hair at home?

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The question

Reader Jean writes:

I need to slightly tone down the brassy colour in my brown hair that has a few soft golden highlights. I love my colour, however—I do not want to be blonde or a redhead! Who makes a great product for brassiness in brown hair that is available from the drugstores or beauty supply stores?

The answer

Tony Chaar’s advice:

I believe Goldwell Colorance will be your best bet.

Goldwell Colorance Ask a hairdresser: How can I tone down my brassy hair at home?

[Editor's note: This is a five minute express toner—or demi-permanent—that only deposits colour. Find it at beauty supply stores.]

Be careful though! Do not use the cool-toned dye on the gold blonde highlights. Only put it on the brassy brown.

Tony Chaar is a Toronto-based hairstylist who has worked with celebrities such as Coco Rocha, Freida Pinto, LeeLee Sobieski and Kim Cattrall. Visit his salon at 11 Hazelton Avenue in Toronto or call 416-920-9965. On the web, find him on FacebookTwitter or at

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