Meanwhile, I was looking for a way to tone it at home, without using anything too harsh. My hair has a tendency to turn brassy, either due to a reddish pigment I have or the water in Montreal. I tried every purple shampoo I could get my hands on, I tried washing with baking soda and rinsing with vinegar... and although I did get my hair to look good I couldn't get rid of those coppery and yellow tones. Then I saw some interesting DIY toners on Pinterest that peaked my curiosity and I figured I would give them a try and I was surprised to see that they worked.
You'll need a good conditioner and good old Manic Panic in Ultra Violet. In a separate container I mixed the conditioner with a little purple dye, I would recommend to be conservative with how much dye you use, a little goes a long way. I figured I would see how my hair takes it and I could always twitch the formula in the future if I found the amount of pigment wasn't enough to balance the brassiness. Better safe than ending up with purple hair, right? I washed hair with a gentle clarifying shampoo and applied the purple concoction of towel dried hair; I then allowed it to sit for a good 5 minutes before rinsing out well and gently shampooing the roots to remove the excess conditioner on the scalp.
The brassiness is definitely gone. I think I overdid the Manic Panic as there are strands here and there with a grey or subtle purple tinge. Nothing too noticeable. As the dye is semi-permanent I expect it to wash away with the next shampoo. My hair is super soft, the whole process doubled as a deep conditioning treatment. I am very happy with the results and I wish I tried this sooner. Ladies, stop wasting your money on purple shampoos, this stuff is the way to go! The only concern I have is that I caught the Manic Panic bug... I am definitely tempted to get some colored streaks and really curious to see what I would look like with lavender hair. Stay tuned ;)