DIY Hair: What Is Toner, and How Does It Work?

Updated on March 23, 2018
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What Exactly Is Toner?

Toner is a sweet little product that neutralizes brassy yellow and orange tones on bleached hair. It is usually purple-blue tinted. When applied to bleached hair, it takes it to more of an ashy, dusty, or platinum color. That means a much more natural-looking hair tone! It can also make your hair look shiner and healthier.

Toner is the term used for the product specifically meant to tone hair, but you can also use other products to tone your hair, such as hair dye or purple shampoo.

Have you ever seen someone walking around with yellow hair? And I don't mean like they picked up a bottle of Manic Panic's Electric Banana hair dye.... I mean they tried to go blonde, and it just came out a terrible mistake. Instead of Jennifer Lawrence, it was Lisa Simpson. That bad.

The problem is that they didn't use a toner.

Toned with Colorance 10p
Toned with Colorance 10p | Source

Important Things to Know About Toner

  • Toners alter the undertone of a hair color, but do not lift the shade. This is they they are meant to be applied on bleached or blonde hair and will not work on darker hair.
  • Toner can help you manipulate the shade of your blonde hair to make it look cooler, dingier, ashier, or even different colors like pink or purple.
  • You can use it all over your hair, or just in specific parts where you want to change the shade. For example, it can tone down just the part of your hair with highlights, or just at the roots to make them look more natural.
  • The more you wash your hair, the more frequently you'll have to tone it. You can either tone it at home or go to the salon for touch-ups.
  • You can use three different types of products to tone: purple shampoo, ammonia toners, or dye. I'll go into details about those below.

Using Ammonia Toner

What Kind of Toner Should You Use?

Types of Toner and How to Use Them

Toner Type
When to Use
How to Use It
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Ammonia-based toner
Hair should already be blonde. Wait a few days if you've just bleached it a bunch to avoid over-damaging.
Follow instructions on the product. Usually you'll need to mix with a 20-vol developer.
This will not lift the color of your hair.
Purple shampoo
After bleaching hair. Gentler than ammonia-based toner.
Wash hair with it 2-3 times a week and leave in for 5-10 minutes each time.
Different brands have different strengths of toning.
Purple hair dye
After bleaching your hair
Mix a very small amount with white conditioner and leave in 15-30 minutes.
Make sure to use a small amount!

Ammonia Toners

Wella has a great toner line called Color Charm. Check out this article for a complete guide to Wella toners!

An ammonia-based toner is actually a demi-permanent hair color that contains ammonia. It will change the pigment makeup of your hair shafts. So be careful!! If you've just done a bunch of bleaching, your hair is already pretty fragile. If you can stand it, wait a few days. In those few days, I'd really try to stay away from shampooing. Shampoo will only serve to dry out your hair even more.

Once your hair is done being mad at you, you'll be ready to apply toner. Wella, a well-known brand of toner, calls for you to mix 1 part toner with 2 parts 20 volume developer (click here for a guide to developer). The mixture is left in the hair for up to 30 minutes before rinsing.

Don't try to make up your own ratio or alter the instructions that you read on the bottle. Follow them! Each toner is different, and everyone's hair reacts slightly differently to the products. Give yourself the best chance at success and follow the directions.

Purple Shampoo

Some people skip that whole thing, and tone using purple shampoo. Yes, that's really what it's called. I use Generic Purple Shampoo, which you can pick up at a Sally's or online. It's got a really strong purple tone to it, so when it's left on your hair for 5-10 minutes it will neutralize brassiness. This is great because you can use it to maintain ashy tones every time you wash your hair!

You might need to try a couple of different brands to get the strength of toning that you need.

Dye

Another method people use to tone is to just use dye. This is technically not "toning," but it will serve the same purpose. The common theme here is using purple to neutralize yellow . . . So the logical formula to tone using hair dye would be to take a *small* amount of purple hair dye and mix it with a much larger amount of white conditioner. You'd apply the mixture for at least 15-30 minutes and then rinse out.

Using Dye as Toner

When to Tone

Obviously, you should apply it after bleaching. But when is best?

If you go to the store and buy yourself a toner, say, Wella's Color Charm in Lightest Ash Blonde, you'd really have to wait until your hair is lifted to a very light tone of yellow.

Otherwise, you run the risk of wasting your product and not achieving the desired results. So, once you're at a light light yellow, you're free to tone.

In general, you want to make sure that your hair is the desired level of blonde that you want, and that it's in a place where it can take more treatment (is not too damaged).

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What Results Can You Get?

You can get a huge range of color tones, from warm honey to light ash, and even silver! Wella Color Charm Toners have even got some red, brown, and violet toners that can be used on dark hair. Do your research and figure out what sort of tints and tones you can create on your own hair!

Sometimes, you get unintended results. If you choose the wrong toner to balance your color out, you may end up with green hair! You can learn how to fix it by checking out this article.

Rose tone created with Redken Shades EQ
Rose tone created with Redken Shades EQ | Source

What's the Upkeep?

Depending on your hair washing habits, you may have to re-tone anywhere from 2-8 weeks in. Make sure you don't wash your hair directly after toning, because the color will start to slip out.

The less frequently you wash, the longer your color will stay in. Not to mention, you really shouldn't be washing your hair every day . . . it strips out your natural oils and dries out your hair. Which is really not the best thing to do when you've just been bleaching and toning!

Hair toned with Artego
Hair toned with Artego | Source

Keep Conditioning!

Any time you mess with bleach or ammonia, it's a great idea to show your hair some love too. Use a leave-in conditioner, or apply a hair mask every so often! There are some really great ones that are so simple to make, and often use ingredients you probably have in your kitchen.

One of my favorites is to heat up extra virgin olive oil until it's warm to the touch. Sitting over the tub, lean over so your head is kind of between your knees, and your hair is flipped upside down. Massage the warm oil into your scalp to moisturize your hair and activate your hair follicles. This is supposed to help your hair grow too! Leave the oil in for as long as you're comfortable, but at least 30 minutes, before washing out with a sulfate-free shampoo.

Coconut oil is another great tool to use when moisturizing hair. Don't hesitate to look up different hair "recipes" to keep your mane soft and strong!

Other Beauty Articles by Alex

Hey all! Thanks for reading, and be sure to check out my other beauty articles on my page!

DIY Hair: How to Fix Yellow Hair

DIY Hair: How to get Rose Gold Hair

DIY Hair: How to Remove Red Hair Dye

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        Chelsea Skiles 2 weeks ago from Traverse City, MI

        Ok thank you. I noticed when I used the toner I might have put to much developer in there because it was a bit watery and didn't stay at my roots. I'll try the T18 again only on my roots. I did a bleach wash and my natural hair is a dirty blonde so It looked even. Thank you for help Alex :)

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        Alex Rose 2 weeks ago from Virginia

        If your hair was even that's weird that it stayed yellow up top! Usually the heat from your scalp will make that process faster. I'd try out T18 once more at roots only. If your hair isn't a level 10 blonde though the toner might not take very well - maybe go for T15 or T11.

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        Chelsea Skiles 2 weeks ago from Traverse City, MI

        HI, I'm Chelsea. I Bleached my hair, I toned it I used purple shampoo. The rest came up with was a golden blonde. So I waited a month till my hair felt healthy enough. I gave myself I bleach bath. and it turned brassy yellow. over all even though. So I used Wella 18 toner and now my roots are yellow and my hair is white.... what should I do now???? pls help

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        Tiffany 7 weeks ago

        @jane Toshack - Yes exactly what she said. You should grab a color wheel if you are doing your own hair. Its a must. I got mine for a few dollars at the art store near me. Yellow + Blue (Steel Color is blue based) make green.... so I would use a Violet with a super small touch of steel if you are going for that cool almost grayish color. But I mean like a 10:1 ratio on that.... that's what I do. I use Redken Shades EQ Mostly clear - Prob 1oz with 20ml 09V and maybe 2ml 09B (Sterling) and I love it! I will use 09T sometimes too. l

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        Alex Rose 8 weeks ago from Virginia

        Everyone's hair is different, depending on what toner you use you may end up toning only the yellow and not the orange! If you go for something with a blue-violet base it should cover both areas. If you're set on not bleaching, that's what I would look for. Just keep in mind, you may not be able to achieve ash from orange without another bleaching. Wella has a toner that works on "golden" hair, T35. You could also try using an ash blonde box dye. Another option for the oranges would be to pick up a blue toning shampoo, that will gradually reduce the orange tones should they not come out otherwise. There are pretty good reviews for Joico's Color Balance Blue Shampoo!

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        Katniss93 8 weeks ago

        Thank you for your helpful information!! last year I went to my hair dresser that I have been going to for several years and told her I would like my hair to match my roots that is a blend of dark ash and natural grey, it looks pretty (I think) the out growth that has been dyed and bleached over the years. She dyed my all of my hair like a dark chestnut brown then went in and weaved in bleach for the blonde streaks then a week later I went back and she added a toner to it, when she washed out the toner it turned all the dark chestnut color orange and a lot of my hair broke off from damage and I was mortified to say the least.....I have not put any color, toner in my hair since a year ago I've only deep conditioned and shampoo/conditioner 2-3 times a week. Now I am tired of this yellow/light orange hair that has grown out and have about 4-5 inches of my natural roots showing. I want to put a toner in my hair to hopefully get a light ash blonde to closer match my roots. Question is, do I have to bleach it again? I don't want more damage, my hair is in pretty good shape now.

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        Alex Rose 2 months ago from Virginia

        I've never personally experienced this problem, but from what I read "ash" toners have more green tones to them. If your hair was yellowish and you used a blue-tinted toner, those two colors could result in a green. Purple toner is better for yellow-toned hair!

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        jane Toshack 2 months ago

        I bleached my hair then used a toner (Steel Colour) my hair turned out green! fortunately I was advise to use fairy liquid to wash out and it worked. Why did it turn green though?

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        LWynn 2 months ago

        I did high lights on golden brown hair and then did a all over toner, all my hair turned a golden shade of blonde. All over one color . Should I do a low light to add dimension/

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        Christine Baylon 3 months ago

        hi! I'm planning on bleaching my hair. Right now it's a really dark brown because i dyed it a couple months ago. How many sessions do i need to achieve blonde without having too much damage? thanks!

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        Alex Rose 6 months ago from Virginia

        Toner does smell really strong as it typically contains ammonia, it could have been. I'm not familiar with MG7 and MG6 or what that could have been. Did it look lighter before she put the"toner" in? If the bleach was in for 20 minutes it definitely should have done something.

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        Autumn 6 months ago

        I just had highlights done. When stylist took foils out and washed my hair, she put something on my hair...it smelled strong (like dye). I asked what it was and she said toner. I never had toner smell like this. I think it was hair dye for a mistake. She said MG7 on roots and MG 6 on ends or something like that to her asst. My hair looks like it has zero highlights after having foils/bleach put on it for 20 mins. Stylist said it will fade. It looks like I never had my hair colored. Any thoughts on if this was really toner or not?

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        Aya 7 months ago

        Hi! I dyed my hair gray/ silver. Can I tone it every 2-3 weeks to intensify the color? Or will it wash the gray dye off? Thanks! :)

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        Brigitte Lalonde 9 months ago

        I just bought a beige blonde instead of ash blonde. I also bought a toner from Schwarzkopf. I would love to have the purple color with the girl with her face covered. Do I have to put purple conditioner in the toner to get this color or if you please, tell me the steps you have taken to achieve this color. I also bought from amazon a color only made in the UK and it is like this purple but has more color as it is a PEARL color. So I thought I would blond my hair first to get ready for the PEARL color. I want to get this right and would love to hear how to do the light blonde to purple as in the picture above. I am ready to go buy a hair stripper if needed and I found some expensive purple shampoo and I really would love to attain this color. HELP ME PLEASE? THANKS A MILLION...Brigitte

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        Freja 9 months ago

        Hey so my hair turned COMPLETELY yellow. We are talking pee yellow here. I was dark blond and used the l'oreal Perfect blonde creme that lifts your hair up to 6 tones. I bleached it once and it turned REALLY yellow, and then i realised it hadnt been sitting long enough. So a few hours later i did it again and let it sit the remanining time. It turned it lighter and a slighter bit less yellow. I was wondering what I should do? I'm starting in school in 6 days and i'd like it to be pretty there (when my hair has calmed down the plan is to colour it pastel pink, can i do that on slighty yellow hair? or?)

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        Alex Rose 9 months ago from Virginia

        The dye toner won't make your hair lighter, just take out the brassiness. I believe when I did a dye toner I left it in for about 20 minutes. It was still a darkish blonde, the only way to get any lift would be to use a product with bleach or ammonia.

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        maidenblush 9 months ago

        Hello, I was wondering how often can you tone the hair using purple hair dye + conditioner? I recently bleached my level 1/2 hair twice till it got to a orange brassy colour. Then I dyed it in a blonde shade and got like an ashy blonde colour, but still had the brassiness so I made myself a diy purple toner and left it for only 5mins. Should I leave the purple dye in longer the next time to achieve a lighter hair colour? Or should I re-dye it over with a blonde shade?

        Your reply would be greatly appreciated! xx

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        Laura 9 months ago

        If i have highlights and I add toner to all my hair would my natural hair change color I only want to the the highlights

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        Rachel Finlay 10 months ago

        Thank you for your great article! Very informative! Question for you- I have tried a couple different Color Charm toner shades after doing at home frosting (both lighter and darker blond highlights). Here's my problem- I'm a natural redhead that's now mostly brownish red with a bit of gray, now that I'm in my 40's. So, obviously for me, lots and lots of brassiness whenever I try to frost/highlight. Would you still recommend this toner for someone like me? I'm a bit stumped whenever I use it, as to whether I should leave it on for shorter or longer than recommended time.

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        Lori 10 months ago

        Great advice

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        Alex Rose 10 months ago from Virginia

        Wella has some great info on their website about toners - I would not use another toner on top. I'd go with a dye.

        http://maquillageobscura.blogspot.com/2015/08/hair...

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        Kate 10 months ago

        So I had highlights just done by a professional and I have dark brown hair. A friend who claimed she was a colorist offered to tone the brassy highlights a bit - using wella t18 with 20 developer and it turned my ENTIRE head orange. Question - is this permanent? will it fade? If I get it color corrected professionally with another toner what will happen when it starts to wash out- will I go orange again?

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        Christina Aitcheson 10 months ago

        Love to join your page

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        Alex Rose 10 months ago from Virginia

        I don't know if it would physically hurt or not, seems like you have a sensitive scalp. It would definitely help with the color though.

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        Libby Stephens 10 months ago

        Hey, my neice bleached my roots 4th of July. Which came out yellow blonde. Then put toner t18 on it. I had it on for 8 minutes and started burning. So, i washed it out. My hair in front is silver and my part and back and sides are still yellow. Would it hurt to go back with the toner again, or should i wait.?

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        Alex Rose 10 months ago from Virginia

        You will have to either bleach the ends again or use a color stripper! I would almost rather go with bleach to be sure it works. It's always going to work better on virgin hair that is at your roots, the heat from your scalp makes it develop quicker. So I would say try out another bleach and see if it's light enough to tone platinum!

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        Alex Rose 10 months ago from Virginia

        I would just try to tone again if it is only light yellow streaks! I have not used t14 before but if it has good reviews, may be worth a try!

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        Sammi huxley 10 months ago

        Hi

        I had brown hair which i had not dyed in over a year and decided to go blonde, have bleached, waited, bleached etc got it to a pale yellow so thought I could do the wella t18 tonight. It has turned out fairly well but still has some very light yellow streaks. My question is do I need to bleach, tone again or can I get away with just toning again? Should I use a different wella toner, heard t14 is good. My hair is holding up quite well. Thank you.

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        Alanna 10 months ago

        I did my roots with strawberry blond then I had my hair highlighted my roots look very brassy but in another week my roots will need touch up very concerned ????

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        caitlyn 10 months ago

        you are a godsend! most informative person i've found so far about hair! I have a question that i just cant figure out the answer to.. how do I achieve a platinum blonde? my natural color is a dark blonde/light brown but i had dyed it a deep burgandy, since then i've done one bleach session and now my roots are suuuper bleached but the further you get to the bottoms it turns orange pink and yellow.. how do i turn that into platinum?! please help!

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        Heidib 10 months ago

        My husband has grey hair the stylist colored him and it's way too dark. He wanted to leave some grey tips how can I get the grey back? I've tried dawn, v-c and head and shoulders. Can I use a bleach? Or toner?

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        Rachel 10 months ago

        Hi

        I had my hair highlighted at the hairdressers last week and it was a lovely ash colour. I washed my hair, and now the top looks yellow with bits underneath still looking lovely. What do I do, so want it to look platinum ash again! I'm really gutted, should I call the salon?

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        Ana 10 months ago

        Hello,

        I have dark brown hair and want to lighten it to a dark ash blonde. I bought a L'Oreal colour strip and the wella colours dark ash blonde and light brown because I don't want it to light. But I forgot to buy toner. Would John Freda blonde shampoo or conditioner work as good as toner or is there something else you can suggest I can just buy from walmart. I ask because Sally Beauty is not close by and don't want to have to drive there again.

        Thank you for your help!!

        Ana

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        Penny 11 months ago

        I just got my hair dyed yesterday and went from dark blonde to light blonde, but unfortunately the color turned out too yellow-ish and makes me looked washed out because my skin is really fair. I've been trying to figure out what the heck to do with it, and I believe I'll end up toning it with the purple dye method. Thank you so much for your help.

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        Alex Rose 11 months ago from Virginia

        Try using a cool toned brown dye!

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        Marg 11 months ago

        I have med to dark brown hair. I used med golden brown dye which was great except now my hair is getting lighter and more red orange are coming out. How do i make my hair just be brown

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        Nancy 11 months ago

        I stripped my hair, it was brown, want to go more blond.. I put a dye on it med blond . I am now blond with yellow. What should I do ?

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        Alex Rose 11 months ago from Virginia

        If you toned, nothing major would happen to your brown hair. If anything it would just be toned a little cooler too, but it won't lighten up or anything.

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        Leahcj 11 months ago

        Hi, sorry if you've already answered this question but I have brown hair with blonde highlights and lowlights. The highlighted pieces are starting to turn a little yellow and orange. I already use purple shampoo but it doesn't seem to make much of a difference. If I were to tone my hair would anything happen to the hair that is brown?

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        Lisa 12 months ago

        What color dye is the picture with the girl with the white blonde thats over her face. I am looking for that exact color for me. But the source on the picture says unknown

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        Alex Rose 12 months ago from Virginia

        Yes! That'll work just fine. Just make sure it's dark enough to actually hold!

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        Marie 12 months ago

        I bleached and used a purple dye to tone the yellow out, now I want to dye my hair purple but I dont want to mess it up. Can I just go ahead and use the same purple dye I used to tone to get my hair to turn purple.

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        Alex Rose 12 months ago from Virginia

        I would leave the pink alone and tone! You might even consider using a light pink from Manic Panic - that won't have any harsh chemicals in it like a toner would. They have Cotton Candy Pink if you'd like to check it out!

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        John Passanante 12 months ago

        I used clairol 7th stage bleached out 3 times with 30 peroxide but still orangey

        What bleach is stronger than 7th stage clairol?

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        Cheyenne 12 months ago

        Hey, loved your article. My hair has been through a lot recently; I made the mistake of listening to Sally's employees...So long story short, I dyed my hair a dark red, and eventually decided that I didn't like the color. I wanted to go to a light brown, that fades into kind of a rose pink. I waited a few days, and was told to go ahead and bleach it as pale as I can get it. My biggest mistake was not using a dye-remover to take out the red dye. I've got some orange, yellow, and really pale pink streaks going on. I've done several bleach baths; that's the maximum damage that my hair can take at this point.

        What would you suggest that I do from here? Should I leave the pink streaks alone since that I'll have the roses pink in my hair eventually anyway? And just tone the rest?

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        Alex Rose 13 months ago from Virginia

        T14 should work well on the darker parts of the highlights! If the rest of your hair is super dark, I would just put it on the lightened parts. Won't make much of a difference on your dark hair.

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        Nina 13 months ago

        My Natural hair is very dark brown (light black) last year my hairdresser bleached all my hair and then put light brown color on my hair, for about a year I just touched up my roots with out bleaching which was pretty fine. last month I went to salon to darken my hair and have some highlights on top of that, but the result of highlight is terrible, about 5 inches (highlighted part) close to my roots is Orange while the rest of them is light blond.

        can I use T14 Toner? and should I use toner for all my hair or Just the highlighted parts?

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        Nicole 13 months ago

        Irish down, Butterfly, tan bun, Sandra, blue down, Bloom, Irish bun and Kendra, pink up.

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        Alex Rose 13 months ago from Virginia

        If you're looking to go platinum, I would use the Wella T18 toner after you bleach your hair to a light yellow color!

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        ShennaR 13 months ago

        I used the color prep that comes in a box and is supposed to lift any old unwanted color. It is ammonia and bleach free. So my natural hair color is a little lighter thank dirty blonde but I had a dark burgundy dye on it and wanted to go back to blonde or even platinum. The color prep left my hair a really ugly orange what would be my next step ?? Bleach then tone with what??

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        Alex Rose 13 months ago from Virginia

        I haven't personally used that product, but it seems to have pretty good reviews online!

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        Judi 13 months ago

        Hi thanks this is great info. Can you tell me your thoughts on using magic silver white?

        Judi x

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        Ssshhh22 13 months ago

        Very informative article! Nice job... Thanks.

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        Alex 14 months ago

        Hi can i use toner? even tho my hair is not bleached?

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        Adele 14 months ago

        Hello, loved your article! I just wanted to ask you how long did the effect of the conditioner + purple dye last :)

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        Alex Rose 15 months ago from Virginia

        waveybadrian, are you bleaching or dying your hair? Toner is meant to be used after bleach, on a clean slate. I'm honestly not sure how it will work on hair that already has a product on it. It may be fine! But you can probably find a toner that would work in place of a dye, so you don't have to use double the chemicals on your hair. Wella 9a/940 or Wella 8a/740 1/2 may be some toners to consider!

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        waveybadrian 15 months ago

        Hi, I was wondering if using a toner would negatively effect another hair dye. I dye my hair using madison reed hair dye to a level 9 blonde, natural dirty blonde, but would like to use toner to bring out more ash tones. Would using toner after dying my hair have a negative effect on the hair dye?

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        Cynthia 15 months ago

        You should use a 20 volume developer to cover grays, that is what it is designed for. Also get an envelope of gray magic by Ardell that will help the color grab and hold on to your gray. Gray hair is more coarse than non gray, therefore harder to color. There us also the ardell to remove gold, and red, just add to your color... very easy! If you are coloring your hair red, you can extend the life of the color by using a red shampoo, or plum for the mahogany hair color. I use the Ion colors because they are the more true to colors as opposed to the swatches, however the age beautiful is great for your hair if you are older and my sister says it seems to work great. She has had gray hair since her 20's and now is 50+ and says it is great and does not wash or fade fast.

        Also if you are trying to fade your color out faster for any reason you can use dawn dish soap, it works great and you may have to do it a few times, but it is better for your hair, gen though it will damage your hair, it will not be nearly as harsh as bleaching or high lifts (against use 20 volume developer. However the most important part if using any of the above steps is to use a very good repair treatment to replace the nutrients, vitamins and proteins back into your hair that you have just stripped out. I use Ion repair in my hair, after shampoo and conditioning apply to towel dryer hair and leave in for 5 minutes, then rinse it out and your hair will feel like silk. If you blow dry it use a good heat protectant, again I use an Ion product that is pretty hew called bonding by Ion. These products are sold at Sallys, and you do not need to be a professional to shop there. I bought a discount card for $5 so I pay less than non members. When I joined I got a $5 coupon towards my next purchase so as it worked out, my card was actually free! I was in there earlier this week and got a free bag because I bought two products for my daughter! The bag is like a leather feel but huge, pink with the word love on it or I could have gotten a cream colored one with a beige heart on it.....so cute, and with my discount and my shampoo/ conditioners saved $48.69!!!!

        Sorry for the lengthy post , but just thought I would give a bit of FYI, hope it helps someone out there.

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        Alex Rose 15 months ago from Virginia

        if it is uneven, it always will be. The thing about bleaching is that it is permanently changing the color of your hair. Dye on top of bleach will always wash out to a certain extent. The best way to even it out would be to at least get the uneven bits to the same lightness as the rest, and then if you want to add color on top it shouldn't be an issue. Bleaching tends to take multiple processes, it is difficult to get it even the first time on a head of darker hair. If it were my hair, I would rock a hat for a few days, bleach the rest, and then use a toner.

        Eventually the dye you put on will wash out and leave your hair how it looked after you first bleached it, which is why I think instead of dying/toning, you really will just have to try bleaching again! Once it's all the same color, you will be able to easily move forward. Just be careful with the bleach, and if you already have sections of hair that are as light as you want them to be - avoid adding it to those spots. Just focus on the darker bits and trying to get those as light as the rest.

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        Caroline A 15 months ago

        Hey! I recently bleached my hair and it came out really uneven so i decided to wait a day or two and just dye it back brown. Once i did this for a day it was the desired color and than it faded into an orange blondish and i am NOT a fan. is toner the right way to go? I want to get a dirty blonde sorta shade, maybe darker so i'm back to my natural hair but that seems to far away from the shade it is now. Any ideas?

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        Judy 16 months ago

        So the hair has been highlighted blonde, client wants to go all blonde, no more highlights. The roots are a medium to dark blonde the ends are a light blonde. Which do you color first roots or ends, with a 10gnv and thirty developer.

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        Tara 16 months ago

        So neat! I never even thought of using purple hair dye I'm 100% going to try that, worse case scenario I'll have purple hair and it will be awesome!

        Aside from that, I'm wondering if you could give me some incite into where I went wrong the last time I used toner on my hair. My natural hair is light brown (some would call it a very dark blonde), I had dyed it a while ago and then decided to grow in my natural hair. I didn't like the way my dyed blonde hair looked with the natural growing in and just wanted to tone the hair a bit (it was still going to be blonde but I felt like a cooler blonde would look better with my natural hair color). I mixed a cool ash blonde toner with a 20 volume developer. Everywhere I've read including this article says toner will only tone up bleached or blonde hair. Considering that, I put the toner on my whole head, thinking it wouldn't effect the natural hair since it's not really blonde, and I would be able to make sure I didn't miss any spots. I was so upset to find that the toner dyed my whole hair, like basically bleached it! Could anyone tell me why this was? Was it the fault of the toner or developer? I just don't understand.

        Thank you for any help with explaining this!

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        Alex Rose 16 months ago from Virginia

        Katie, I think you should go for platinum! I personally love the whole light skin/light hair look, kind of Taylor Momsen. I really don't put much thought into how my hair color will look with my skin tone. Right now I have yellow hair, it's all good I think as long as you're confident! And if you're worried about light hair washing you out, I'd just work on a contoured look with your makeup to define your features.

        Gina, I wouldn't use toner on top of a dye, just because I think the chemicals together act funny. I think it's more of a one or the other thing. If anything I'd suggest using some sort of dye for grey coverage/root coverup in between your full-head dyes.

        And Emmy, yes! A bit more toner should do the trick. Like dye, toner will fade after time.

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        T Smith 16 months ago

        Great article, clear and very well detailed. Thanks!

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        Emmy 16 months ago

        Hey I LOVE this, so much good information!

        I have my hair done every 6 weeks, and I have it dyed silver using bleach and toner. my hair has faded fast in the last 4 weeks since I have had it done, and I am curious as to whether I can put just the toner in for 10 minuets to turn the now yellowing hair back to the silver, or if I have to do something else? any help would be greatly appreciated!

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        Gina 16 months ago

        Hi Alex Rose, thanks for sharing I like to continue to keep up my hair color at home. I went fron black to a caramel. I have 2 questions. Can I use toner after I color my hair? I do have alot of gray, so I try to color my roots every 2 weeks. Or toner goes in between hair coloring.? And I also use purple shampoo only 2 times a week. I hope I make sense. Thank you

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        Katie 16 months ago

        I really liked your videos! I was finally able to show my boyfriend why I use purple shampoo! haha. Super cool that you can essentially create your own version with dye + conditioner. I thought it turned out very well :) I've never had to courage to touch my hair myself, so I've always gone to a salon.

        But after watching your video you've really got me wondering if I should experiment!

        One question I always get caught up on with myself is weather the color I choose will match my skin tone.. my skin is really light with pink undertones. I currently have a dark "bronde"/ brown balayage. I'd love to try going totally bleach blonde but I'm afraid it would wash me out. Any thoughts on how you pick your colors?

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        Alex Rose 17 months ago from Virginia

        Tiffany - yes it will fade over time! Next time just don't leave it in for as long.

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        Tiffany 17 months ago

        I used a wella t18 ash blonde and I got purple tints in hair now. And can't get them out will they fade? Thanks

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        Alex Rose 17 months ago from Virginia

        Yes, I would trust your hairdresser. She is trained! Toner takes away the yellow and gives a more natural looking tone to your hair.

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        Mary Kay 17 months ago

        I have highlights which are bleached but they are a little light and aren't blended very well. My hairdresser is going to use a toner and she said it will make it look more natural and blended? Is this true?

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        Nicole 17 months ago

        So what type of toner was used to reach the color in the first/top picture, that's what I want?!

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        Alex Rose 17 months ago from Virginia

        If it is that light, the T18 toner should work just fine to get a platinum.

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        Taraneh naghdchi 17 months ago

        My hair color number is 9.5 nb .but my hair color goes to orange.which toner is good for me?

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        Alex Rose 17 months ago from Virginia

        If it came out darker, your best (and healthiest) option is to just wash your hair! Use shampoo, hot water. If you need, you can even shampoo twice during the same shower. You'll see the color start to bleed out and fade. No need to put ammonia (from toner) or other harsh chemicals in your hair if you don't need to!

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        Jolisa nazario 17 months ago

        So I tryed to do the pastel purple look by using purple dye and a lot of conditioner. My hair came out darker then what I wanted. Can I put toner on my already purple hair

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        Alex Rose 18 months ago from Virginia

        Chances are toning to a strawberry blonde is not going to work if you have brown and orange in your hair. You'll probably have to do a lightening session first.

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        Jennifer Collins mom 18 months ago

        My hair is three colors. Brown, orange and yellow. And the Gray's are coming in. My hair always pulls red. Can I do a strawberry blonde ? I'm want to stay light.

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        Alex Rose 19 months ago from Virginia

        Toning will be no better for your hair than dying, honestly. I suggest something like this!

        www.lorealparisusa.com/products/hair-color/products/root-touch-up/root-cover-up.aspx?shade=Light-to-Medium-Blonde

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        Mel 19 months ago

        Your article is very informative and helpful. Thank you for that. I have bleached hair and my hair is a mass now.

        I want to go back to my natural brown hair but only problem is that I have premature grey hair problem. I hate when people comment about my hair and I dont want to dye my hair. Can i use brown toner once a month? Just to cover a bit of my grey hair?

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        Alex Rose 19 months ago from Virginia

        Since you've already used the toner once, I'd try using purple dye again. At least then, you're not damaging your hair further! In my experience purple dye worked better anyways.

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        Ingrid 19 months ago

        Nice article! Informative, thanks :)

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        Eloise 19 months ago

        Hi.

        My original hair color is black and I used L'oreal wild ombre 102 for dark hair to dye my hair but unfortunately it turned orange and brassy. I did some researches online that purple tone would neutralize the color so I used Manic Panic Ultra violet to dye then I used Nak Blonde Toner but it's still a bit brassy and turned into yellow-ish kinda color. I wonder if I should try toning with purple hair dye one more time or just use the Nak toner.

        Please help!! Thank you.

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        Megan 21 months ago

        I highlighted my hair & the highlights are a super light yellow blonde. the rest of my hair is really dark brown. can I use a toner on all of my hair or do I have to individually pick out the highlighted hair?

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        Alex Rose 24 months ago from Virginia

        Hi Amanda! Thanks for your comment, and your concern! I'm really great, I was just super stressed about my hair when I was filming. Doing it yourself and not knowing how it'll turn out is taxing!! Mostly concerned because I work in an office and did not want to go in another day with crazy hair that I couldn't cover up.

        Unfortunately, I don't have any experience with a hilift dye! But cool to know that developer, baking soda, and honey works!

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        miss amanda 24 months ago

        Great video and thank you for uploading sweetie! I hate to post this comment publicly but I couldn't help sense some sadness in you, or that you seem like you are going through a rough time in your life and I want to let you know that you are beautiful and to believe in yourself.

        If for some reason you need some objective advice or feel like you need someone to confide in, my email is mandapandasd@gmail.com. I'm not a weirdo or some pervert trying to hit on you, I'm a 26 year old female from LA who just felt like God wanted me to leave you a comment and to reach out to you. On a lighter note I personally bleached my hair today with 30 dev, baking soda and honey and it is DEFINITELY lighter, prob needs another session (or maybe bleach next time) but I really like the manic panic idea because I cringe at the thought of using ammonia after that second bleaching. My hair is already looking damaged after this first round. I wonder if a hilift dye would do anything significant instead of the 2nd bleaching.. does any1 have any experience w that?

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