Have you ever heard of hair toners for blonde hair? Have your ever wondered how they worked?
When I used to get my hair done in high school, I had no idea how hair color worked. I remember that I really liked when she “toned” my hair after bleaching it. She didn’t do it every time, but I did really like it when she did it. At that time, I thought that hair toners made your hair lighter or more blonde, but that is not quite the truth…
The Basics of Bleach:
When you bleach your hair, the end result is going to be “pale yellow.” However, this is usually not the color that people are going for. If you want to be any other shade of blonde, you will have to tone your hair.
When your hair is freshly bleached, it is very porous and will soak up anything you put on it. Lets say you want to be platinum blonde, or strawberry blonde… you will put platinum blonde or strawberry blonde hair toners on your hair. The key is to follow the instructions. I have seen some toners work in as little as 3 minutes, and some take 20 minutes. It just depends on the specific product.
A Word of Advice:
I will advise that sometimes, when using ash or platinum toners, they can turn your hair grey if you let them sit too long. If it looks like your hair is starting to look silver or grey, I would say to wash it out immediately (unless that’s the look you want).
If you hair is over-processed and damaged, it will be extra porous and will grab the base color of the toner and hold on to it for dear life. This is why you should really consider having a professional do your hair as they know what to look for and/or how to fix the problem.
More Uses for Hair Toners:
The other way you can use toners is to balance out unwanted tones in your hair. For instance, lets say you have black hair but want to go blonde. You bleach your hair, but are left with that god-awful neon orange color. Since blue is the complimentary color of orange, you can use a toner with a blue (ash) base, to balance it out. The ash toner on orange hair will end up with a darker beige-blonde. This may not be the result you want, but the harsh reality is that you may have to accept it if you do a drastic change.
You are better-off lightening your hair a little bit at a time. Highlights are a good way to make sure that the brassiness is not as noticeable. It might just be my opinion, but I would way rather have a darker beige-blonde than neon orange hair. The main thing you need to be careful of in this situation is hot roots. If you put the same toner on your platinum blonde roots, they may turn a different color than the rest. I always advise to leave it to the professionals!
Do you have any advice for people toning their own hair? Have you ever used a hair toner? Please leave stories and feedback in the comments section below!
Monday 22nd of November 2021
HI, HOLLEE :) I HAVE BLEACHED MY HAIR WHICH HAD THESE COLORS IN TIMELINE PREVIOUSLY: BRIGHT RED THEN DARKEST BROWN THEN AMBER THEN LIGHT AUBURN ....AND ALMOST ALL OF THEM WITH SOME BLEACHING IN BETWEEN. AS I DIDN'T REALLY DYE MY HAIR IN BETWEEN THOSE CHANGES FOR MONTHS IT IS IN A PRETTY GOOD CONDITION. NOW I HAVE BLEACHED MY HAIR AFTER A FEW MONTHS OF NOT DYING IT AND I USED BLONDOR WITH OLAPLEX 1 AND 40VOL. (WHICH LOWERS 40 TO 30 VOL.) AND OLAPLEX 2 AFTER AND THE HAIR DID NOT BREAK OR GOT DAMAGED BUT I ENDED UP with KIND OF YELLOW WITH ''that god-awful neon orange colour'' (AS YOU CALLED IT IN THIS ARTICLE) AS AN UNDERTONE. WOULD IT BE A GOOD IDEA TO MIX WELLA TONERS IN ORDER TO TONE DOWN THAT NEON ORANGE? I HAVE T11, T14 AND T18. WOULD MIXING ALL OF THEM ACHIEVE SOME KIND OF BEIGE COLOR MAYBE? THANK YOU IN ADVANCE. V
Sunday 12th of January 2020
Hi. Im looking for a platinum or light blonde. Ok if I use bleach to bleach out all the colors .then I come out with orangeish hair, so THEn I use a ash toner. Then I get a beigh darker blonde how do I get to my light blonde or platinum hair color?
Friday 24th of January 2020
Unfortunately, it's really hard to get all the color out of your hair and might take several processes. You want to make sure to give your hair enough time to heal in between processes and do some good conditioning treatments or Olaplex to rebuild the damaged hair. Please don't bleach it several times in a row, because I've seen girls melt their hair off by doing this... just give it time and remember that it won't happen over night.