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How to Use Wella Color and Developer for Ash Blonde Hair

Toner: A Bleached Blonde's Best Friend

Most of us know that to dye our hair blonde, we have to use bleach to lift out the color. Once you bleach your hair, though, there are a surprising number of possible results, and they may not all be what you want.

Have you tried to bleach your hair but ended up with hair that was too brassy or more orange than blonde? Personally, I prefer my hair to be a cool, silvery blonde. That’s an almost impossible color to achieve with just bleach.

That’s where toner comes in. If your hair is a masterpiece and bleach is your paintbrush, toners are the small brushes that allow you to add details and shading. In short, the right toner will let you achieve the exact shade of blonde you want for your hair. Keep in mind, however, that toner won't get your hair lighter if you're going from dark, only bleach will!

How to Remove Brassiness From Hair With Toner and Developer

This article will teach you how to use toner and developer to tone down the brassy, yellow, and orange tints in your bleached hair in order to get a more neutral blonde. There are several steps to this process.

  1. Bleach your hair (I am assuming you have done this). Your hair will need to be lifted to somewhere between orange and lemon in order for the toners I have listed below to work for you.
  2. Buy the right developer.
  3. Buy the right toner.
  4. Mix them.
  5. Apply them to your hair.

This article will walk you through this process using my personal experience experimenting with toners and advice from my hairstylist. Let's begin!

Toners will help you tone down the orange and gold in your hair after bleaching.
Toners will help you tone down the orange and gold in your hair after bleaching. | Source

Where Can I Buy Toner and Developer?

Wella hair care products have become my go-to products for maintaining my blonde hair. You can readily purchase all the Wella Hair Care products from any large online retailers such as Amazon or eBay. You can also purchase them from specialty beauty supply stores like Sally’s Beauty Supplies either in person or online. I went to Sally’s to compare prices and they are around the same for both sites.

Pricing: The only price variation you will find if you search for “Wella toners” or developers is the lower the price, the higher the shipping charge. Select “free shipping” specifically if you’re on eBay.

Which Developer Should I Use?

10 Volume
20 Volume
30 & 40 Volumes
Use this developer with a darker toner or to correct mild brassiness.
Use this developer with light toners and/or more orange-tinted hair.
Do not use these developers at home!

Use Only 10 or 20 Volume Developer

Developer can be purchased in either 10, 20, 30 or 40 volume. As I mentioned in my last post, I am not a professional stylist, but when my hairdresser warned me that I could fry my hair and end up with clumps of it in my hand if I used 30 or above, you can bet I was going to heed her advice!

  • 10 volume: This developer is better if you plan to deposit a darker shade of toner into your hair. If you’re adding an ash brown or dark blonde toner, I recommend this one. It also works well if you are using a light toner but are only trying to soften mild brassiness instead of combatting orange tints.
  • 20 volume: This developer has its own lightening effect. If you have bleached and you are ready to tone with a very light beige, honey, or ash blonde toner, the 10 volume developer might not do the job. 20 volume developer is a little stronger, suitable for use with your lighter blonde toners.

Wella - Color Charm Cream 20 Volume 32 oz. Developer
Wella - Color Charm Cream 20 Volume 32 oz. Developer

I chose the Wella Color Charm Crème Developer in 20 Volume based on information from my favorite YouTube hairstylist. It was a 32oz bottle and cost $10. I grabbed the larger bottle because although I knew I wasn’t going to need much, I wanted to keep this developer on hand for whenever I needed to touch up my color. It worked great!

 
Ash Blonde Hair
Ash Blonde Hair | Source

Lighter Toners are Not Necessarily More Effective

I started my hair toning adventure using a very light toner, which was a mistake for me because going from very dark brown to blonde, I still had a lot of orange color in my hair so it was just plain ineffective. Actually, my hair was orange, so this will save you a load of time if you’re currently orange. You can’t avoid the orange if you’re dark-haired. Dark hair bleaches in these stages: dark brown/black, red, orange, yellow, and finally lemon. Light toner will not cover very orange hair.

My Favorite Wella Hair Toners

Number
Name
Color Your Hair Should Be Before Using
Use
T-18
White Lady (Toner)
Pale hair
For residual brassiness on already pale hair.
T-11
Lightest Beige Blonde (Toner)
Lemon
On "lemon" bleached hair for a sandy blonde color.
7A/672
Medium Smokey Ash (Color)
Yellow or orange
On yellow or orange hair for a dark, smoky blonde.
7AA/632
Medium Ash Blonde (Color)
Yellow or slightly orange
On yellow or slightly orange hair for a lighter ash blonde look.
Although these are all technically toners, the 7A/672 and 7AA/632 are listed under "Color Charm" on the website. All of these will help remove gold and red tones from hair except the T-11.

How I Got the Perfect Hair Color

What Worked for Me

Color of My Hair
Toner/Color
Result
What Happened?
Orange
Wella Color Charm Toner T-18 “White Lady”
Very little effect in my hair
My hair wasn't light enough.
Orange
Wella Toner T-11 "Lightest Beige Blonde"
Not effective on my hair; just left it a different color of brass
My hair still wasn't light enough.
Orange
Medium Smokey Ash 7A/672 (Color)
Beautiful smokey blonde color
Still a little too dark for me
Dark Smokey Blonde
Medium Ash Blonde 7AA/632 (Color)
Same color as the Medium Smokey Ash, but a much lighter color
Getting closer to the right color
Slightly faded from the Medium Ash Blonde
Mix of T-18 and T-11
Perfect sandy blonde
My hair was already light, so this mix worked.
Note: Names of products might change, but the numbers do not, so look for the number

Details of Each Toner

What they're good for, and how I used them.

Wella T-18 White Lady

My first toner was the Wella Color Charm Toner T-18 “White Lady.” Again, my hair was still orange so this toner didn’t work well in my hair. If you’re quite blonde already, this will work great. It’s an ash color, so use this to remove any residual brassiness and to maintain a light shade of blonde.

Wella T-11 Lightest Beige Blonde

The next Wella Toner I used was T-11, which is a light beige blonde. It has a slightly gold finish—not too gold to make your hair brassy though. If your hair is already bleached to a lemon color and you want a sandy beach-blonde look, this should work wonderfully for you. Again, my hair was not lifted to the lemon color yet, so this was not effective on my hair and merely left it a different shade of brass.

This toner does not have the ashy effect, so it will not neutralize warmer yellow/gold tones. For a cooler tone and to neutralize the sandy effect, look for a toner with the word “Ash” or “Ashe” in the description.

Wella Medium Smokey Ash 7A/672

Next I opted for a slightly different route, and bought Medium Smokey Ash 7A/672 (color). This changed the color of my hair into a beautiful ashen color and, of course, smoky blonde. I loved this color because white blonde isn’t my thing and not what I was ultimately aiming for. It was darker than I wanted though, so I dropped the "smokey" label and graduated to plain medium ash blonde.

Wella Medium Ash Blonde 7AA/632

This Medium Ash Blonde 7AA/632 color is also lovely. It's the same color as the medium smokey ash, only a much lighter shade. It has such a pretty finish: not stark white, not brown, but perfectly in between. I stayed with this color until the next time I needed a touch up, then I let it fade out with several washes and finally got to where I am now: ready to try a mix of T-18 and T-11 together. This will let me keep use the ash tones to keep the brassiness at bay, but give me a more summery look with the "sandy" finish of the lightest beige blonde.


Color Charm 632/7AA Medium Blonde Intense Ash
Color Charm 632/7AA Medium Blonde Intense Ash

If you have any doubts at all, I would suggest the Medium Ash Blonde 7AA/632. You can’t go wrong here in my opinion because if it comes out a little darker than you wanted, it will fade after a few washes without allowing your hair to revert to the orange/yellow. If you work outside the home, you don’t want to go to work with bright yellow hair! This will help you out until it fades a tad; then you can tone for that lighter blonde look!

 
This is the current color of my hair.
This is the current color of my hair. | Source

The above photo shows exactly what color my hair is today. I do love it, and I hope my hair-color journey provided a useful guide for you.

By using the medium smokey ash and then the medium ash blonde colors first, I suppose I could claim victory at obtaining my desired blonde shade by sheer accident. However, the word accident is probably not a good choice to use when we are discussing bleaching and toning our hair. Suffice it to say my hair color now is perfect for me. It looks natural and not bleached at all, and I don’t have to lighten my brows. I just love it!

Be Patient!

The process of getting your hair the desired color will take time! You can’t bleach hair from very dark to pale lemon in one sitting. If you attempt to do this you will damage it beyond repair. It takes multiple bleaching sessions spaced out over time to lift enough color to get to this point.

Applying the Toner

With that said, here is a brief overview of the toner process. The video below offers an excellent step-by-step tutorial. There will also be detailed instructions on the box.

  1. Optional but recommended: do a strand test. Apply the toner to a small section of hair first, following the same instructions you would normally. Once you see how this turns out, you can decide if it's the right color for you and if you are letting it settle for the right amount of time.
  2. Wash your hair and make sure to thoroughly rinse out any shampoo or conditioner.
  3. Mix your developer with your toner. Use a ratio of 2:1 with your toner: two equal parts of developer to every one part of toner. I use a whole bottle of toner each time. If you're mixing the T-18 and T-11, you use a 1:1 ratio of those.
  4. Apply the toner to your hair in sections, making sure not to miss any desired area. Always start on the hair shaft, then apply to the bottom of the shaft, then apply to the roots last. The heat from your head and the extended time on your roots can make you look more gray instead of blonde. I seriously do not need any more gray!
  5. Once you've applied the toner thoroughly to your hair, let it settle for 30 minutes.
  6. Rinse it out! No need to shampoo, but you can condition.

I use toners about every 5-6 weeks to touch up my color.

FAQ's

How Can I Remove Gold and Red Tones from Only Some Pieces of My Hair

Purple shampoo just might be your best friend. In general, I use either purple shampoo or purple conditioner 2 times a week to keep brassiness at bay. It helps lengthen time between toning sessions.

However, if you're dealing with brassiness after getting some sort of effect and just have parts of your hair that are orange, purple shampoo should be your first try.

  • Try using it a couple of times.
  • Put it on damp, unwashed hair, rub it through evenly, leave it on 7-10 minutes (no longer), then wash it out and condition.
  • Wait two or three days, and then use it again.

To use it for color maintenance, damp your hair once or twice per week, apply and leave it for 30 minutes or so, then rinse and condition.

If the reds or oranges still aren't gone after that, you might want to try something else.

I used 7AA (or Another Product) and It Came Out Way Too Dark. Is the Blonde Gone?

Usually the toners, and some colors like 7AA tend to fade after washing your hair a couple of times. If you're in a hurry, though, you can wash your hair a few times with dishwashing soap, or use my soap cap recipe for bleaching at home.

Here's my “no-bleach soap cap" recipe:

  • 6 capfuls of 20 Volume Developer
  • 2 capfuls of 3% peroxide
  • 2 capfuls of baking soda
  • 6 capfuls of shampoo

Some people have said this is technically bleach, but I still think it's gentler than commercial bleach. It works very fast, so check after 5-7 minutes and incrementally after that. Keep a swatch of unbleached, wet hair close so you can compare.

My Hair Is Already Blonde and I Want to Make My Highlights Stand Out More

There's a product called Chi—actually it will say ChiIonic on the box. It comes in a tube like a large toothpaste tube. It's highlift for hair that is already blonde, so if you click and shop for "Chi Highlift Color 11A", it'll be your magic wand for those highlights!

Use 20 volume developer, and squeeze out one part color to two parts developer. Leave it for 15 minutes, then rinse it off, shampoo, then condition.

Please be aware that this is, as I said, only for use on hair that is already blonde, so if you were to put it on your brown hair, it will potentially create orange. Apply it carefully to your highlights, either wish a brush or freehand. Do not use this all over your head, unless your whole head color is blonde, with lighter lights.

How Do I Reduce Damage to My Bleached Hair?

Here's what I do:

  • As far as conditioning, I don't spend a bomb on conditioner at all, and I often use a favorite inexpensive conditioner, but I find that massaging some through my hair and leaving it for an hour or two before I rinse, lightly shampooing, and then conditioning again really helps a lot.
  • Use the cheaper brand for the deep conditioning and use your favorite for after shampooing. Also, make sure your hair is absolutely saturated before applying shampoo, or you can use way too much, and many brands of shampoo can be very drying if you use too much.
  • You can also try good old mayo and leave on before washing. Coconut oil is also a good choice, which you can wrap or wear a cap and leave on overnight.
  • Obviously you should avoid heat as much as possible with dryers or flat irons. Ironically, however, I've found that spritzing my very damp hair with some of that heat protector spray, or Argan oil, does good things for it, even though I'm not using heat.
  • When you're in the shower and have conditioner on your hair, 'finger comb' your hair, and don't moosh it dry roughly with a towel when you get out. Just gently squeeze the excess water out with your towel, and again, comb with your fingers. You'd be amazed how much your hair will thank you for avoiding a brush. Some are terribly rough on hair, plus if you have waves, the perfect way to get them to stay in place is by finger combing and air drying!

I Toned My Hair and It Turned Green! How Do I Get Rid of It?

Sometimes hair can turn green if it's still too brown when an ash color is used. Try lightening a bit more, and then use a pale ash brown color, not toner. Use 20 volume developer.

You could also try Epsom salts if your hair is very damaged and you don't want to do anything too drastic.

  • Try 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts, mix with the same amount of baking soda, and then add about a cup of shampoo, or enough to cover your whole head. Perhaps a half cup would be sufficient. Allow it to sit for 20 minutes, then check it.
  • When I used this method years ago, I covered my head with plastic wrap to keep the warmth in, and eventually left it on for about 45 minutes. I had a pretty bad pink incident going on at that time (toner catastrophe o.O). In any case, it took out loads of color.
  • Afterwards use a teeny bit of shampoo, rinse very thoroughly, and then condition afterwards.

Difference Between 10 Volume and 20 Volume Developers

The difference between the 10 volume and the 20 volume developers are like this:

  • 10 volume will not light your hair shade or color anymore than it already is. If you're adding a darker color, like that brown you used, this will help it to deposit to your hair.
  • 20 volume developer has 6% peroxide, and will lighten one to two shades, usually. Therefore, if you're adding highlights, it's best to use the 20 volume.

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J. 10 days ago

Hi there. I had aterrible experience at a salon. My roots are now a level 8 n but my highights are a pale blond. My roots have spots of brassy orange in between the color. I would like to know how to fix the brassiness without damaging my highlights. The stylist started with a 7a that was darkn green. I freaked and asked him to put a 9n to give warmth back. The base color is really the problem because of the irange spots.


Barbie 4 weeks ago

OK so question. Not comment. I normally go to salon and get hi and low lights my original roots color grows out dark brown, so I bleached my roots and side roots. It was yellow and orangish, so I was told by Sally's yo put in light ash blonde toner. So I did turned greenish, then I tried to put in lowlights with a DK brown so I had grey greenish. Yellow looking hair, Sally's told me to put in a permanent golden blonde color with 10 v. I did now my hair is thus mucky dull, orange, yellowish, grey green color. So then I put in color remover, now I have yellow orange hair with grey green lowlights. With yellow roots. How the hell do I even this color out. I just want a sandy blond color no ashy green or orange. Would tell t18 fix it? Help


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BeautyandFashion 4 weeks ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Andrea, yes I do have a FB page, that's a great idea to show what you have at the moment. Please also message me if you would like to just send it to me privately. I do have a suggestion, but looking first would be great as I don't always get that opportunity. If you navigate to my profile page here in HubPages, you will see the button to my FB page. Thanks so much, I appreciate your time.

Sincerely,

Kerry ^_^ xx


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BeautyandFashion 4 weeks ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Laura, if you didn't see my previous messages, please excuse me I have been attending to some medical issues.............I digress.

To tone that down, try the beige toner, and you could even try a different combo than I have listed, useT-14 with the beige blonde toner, or T-14 alone should work nicely also.

Thanks for popping back :) Isn't that 7A a delicious color? I do love it so much.

Cheers,

Kerry


Andrea 5 weeks ago

Hi:)

I first bleached my hair blonde about a year and a half ago and it ended up really nice, I had balayage and highlights, my initial goal was platinum blonde balayage like the one from Elle Bangs, but the further the salonist could reach for me was golden blonde and I actually ended up liking it, I did retouchs every 4 or 5 months since there wasnt a straight line between my roots and the bleached part and it looked sorta ombre. I bleached my hair again about a month ago because my roots were already about 4 inches, my natural hair is medium brown, I wanted to reach a platinum blonde this time, she did highlights all over my hair since she said only with highlights i could reach a lighter color and not with balayage, I dont know which toner she used, but the highlights instead of blonde ended up grey but realized it until the next day because when I left the salon it was already dark and with the salon light i couldnt tell. I tried with the purple shampoo for about a week and a half but it ended up showing the grey even more so I stopped using it, and the grey has kind of faded away, but still for some reason the highlights on my roots show lighter than the mid to ends part. Now im left with an ashy blonde color with a mix of yellow, light brown and orange babylights, and also damaged hair. I dont know what to do to fix it, I was planning to balayage it since part of my roots are still dark because the lady only did highlights(sort of look like zebra highlinghts) to retouch. I wanna reach a platinum blonde and even out my hair color. Also, how long should I wait before i bleach/dye it again?

Ps. Do you have a facebook page so that I can actually show you what my hair looks like?


Laura 5 weeks ago

Hello, okay so here is my dilemma. I have lightened my hair and after two applications of bleach got my hair to a brassy golden/ orange color, i applied a 7A permanent color with 20 vol developer thinking it would tame the orange and it did help some of the orange color but I still would love to have the brassy orange gone. i dont need it darker or lighter, just want it toned with NO orange. what should I do? I used Ion color but am familiar with Wella and would like to try it again.


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BeautyandFashion 7 weeks ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Sophie, please check the table on the page. It shows the expected results from from the &AA, and that it is a color, not a toner. Also, using it with a toner will not do anything at all, only the color will work if you do that, not the toner as it is then dark enough that the toner won't take effect. Never fear, there are remedies available -you might try washing a couple of times with Dawn, or another dish-washing soap, that will help to remove some of the 7AAcolor from your hair. Also, when you do lighten it back somewhat, you will need to use 20 volume developer with those toners. The 10 volume will only help deposit a darker shade of color o your hair, which is why the 7AA has colored so effectively. (effectively if you want that color).

The table on the page listing the toners will help you.

Sincerely,

Kerry


Sophie 7 weeks ago

Ok update: I used T11 and 7AA with a 10 developer last night. Simply made my hair about 2 shades darker and didn't add any ash or take out any copper. Now it's dark golden brown. Still want this yellow/golden tone out. I might go back to trying T18 with a 20 developer after a couple of washes with purple shampoo/conditioner. Im just nervous that this will actually it brassiness back in because of the peroxide in the 20 developer. If I use a 10 developer with it though, it just won't work. Not even sure if my hair is light enough after this T11 and 7AA mix for T18 to work. Thoughts?


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BeautyandFashion 7 weeks ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Taylor, please excuse the delayed response, you could also try Wella T-14 toner, it's pale ash blonde. Or you could try it in combo also with the beige blonde toner above. This combo on my hair provides the best ash result, (my natural hair is also brown) the beige really is subtle, but if you look at the video screenshot above with the young blonde lady - the right hand picture has a lovely hue and looks far more natural.

Thanks for visiting, Taylor :)

Have an awesome weekend!

Kerry x ^_^


Taylor 8 weeks ago

Hello there! I would love your opinion.. I have light brown hair that I dyed with garnier nutrisse champagne blonde and it looks great. However, I want my hair to have light ash colors... Should I try T18 and T11 or are there any other suggested combos? Will this look natural on me? I have blue/green eyes fair skin and blue veins if that helps.


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BeautyandFashion 8 weeks ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Good afternoon, Sophie!

Thanks for visiting. Please do a strand test first, but you might try the 7AA632, I do need to change the table above to reflect as much, but it is actually a color, not a toner, as is the Medium Smokey Ash. I have used these with success for what you describe, however, you will likely need to rinse prior to the recommended time because it may end up too dark. A strand test will be good for you to determine how long it will need to be in your hair to get the result you love. Be sure it's dry before you decide yay or nay!

It has been my experience that on hair your color, 10 volume developer should work best in this instance.

Let us know how it works out for you, Sophie.

Regards,

Kerry x ^_^


Sophie 8 weeks ago

Hi!! So my hair is naturally a beautiful bronze with ashy natural highlights. I tried making it all-over lighter and lightening the ash at the beach with the dreaded infamous Sun-In. Totally gold (too yellow/orange for me). So then I bought a dark ash blonde box color by Loreal which helped keep the gold down and made it more subtle for all of one day -_- I gave up for about a month and didn't touch it. Yesterday I did wells T18 with a 20 developer and it didn't make my hair ashier at all, it simply lightened it all over. I want to try again, I want a but darker, and much ashier. If it doesn't turn out as desired, I would rather be left with a gray color than a green. I'm trying to decide if I do T18 and T11 with a 10 developer, or a 7A with a T11 (if I can even mix those together?) with a 10 or 20 developer, or just 7A with either a 10 or 20? I have no idea what to do. My current color is a dark blonde (but too light for me) with all over gold/yellow/orangey/auburn. What do you suggest to simply darken a bit, and ashen a ton? Thanks!!!!!


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BeautyandFashion 8 weeks ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Suzanne, no you don't need to bleach between toning, unless your hair is not light enough. I mean if you use the toner and your hair still appears really yellow, or worse, orange, you will need to bleach more first for the toner to work properly. Otherwise you may not notice the toner effects at all. if it's light enough, say a lemony banana color, you should be good to go. Those very light toners will not work as well though, if your hair is not light enough. Sometimes you need to try a few different toners though to see which suits you best.

Thanks for visiting, Suzanne, I appreciate you taking time to do so.

Have a great week...

Kerry ^_^


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BeautyandFashion 8 weeks ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Kay, happy Monday :) I hate when a salon visit turns out disappointing, because it is nice to treat yourself to an appointment every once in a while. So it sounds to me like your hair wasn't lightened enough. When that happens, it is easy to see the toner effects disappear rather quickly. For a nice all over, and i know it's more money, but I would suggest you get a full head of foils, bleached light, then toned with an ash blonde...or whichever you prefer. Do you have a friend who can help you do this? Maybe a friend who has some experience doing her own hair. It'll be a breeze to do it on someone elses head if that person is accustomed to doing their own.

If this is not an option, and I have done this a lot, you could get a bowl and brush, and add some color, not toner, to your ends that have been lightened. I often do this because my hair doesn't always take the toner well, and depending what toner I use, it doesn't last long. But I can create a similar or same effect using color, which also lasts way longer than a toner.

Use the brush with just a little bit of product on it, and using feathery strokes blend the mixture from where your hair is dark, down into the lightened ends. If you choose not to lighten your ends a little more first, and if they're goldy colored now, you might try a light ash brown. Don't use this ash brown on all of your hair though because sometimes the ash on dark hair can create that swampy, swimming pool green hue. On your ends though, I think it'll be lovely.

I hope this helps :)

Have a fun week, and thanks for popping in xxx

Regards,

Kerry


kay 2 months ago

Hello Kerry! i had natural very dark hair. i went to the salon and had an ombré done. she used bleach and a toner. my

whole hair turned out yellow, too yellow for me. i felt so weird because my whole life my hair was dark and i didn't like it at all. also it was so expensive! my hair is very long. i went back and asked her for a darker tone. she used a mixture of toners and i liked it but i think it faded from the first time i washed my hair!! i want like a medium ash blonde but i don't want it so seem too even or boring. it doesn't matter if it turns out too dark because i like it better darker than too blonde. what can i do?? should i use a toner? which one? ohh and also the purple shampoo doesn't work for me :( please help me!!? i don't want to keep damaging my hair but this isn't what i had in mind :(


Susanne 2 months ago

I recently bleached my dark brown hair blonde and used a Wella T28 toner on it and I want to try the T18 toner

My question is....do I need to bleach my hair between toners?what if I want to change the toner shade? Or do I tone over the old toner? Thanks


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BeautyandFashion 2 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Terry, how are you? Sorry I missed your post the other day :/

I guess that would depend what color your hair is to start with. If you have lots of warm tones in your hair when you begin, it can change. I find that in my hair it gives a lovely oatmeal type blonde. It is generally very subtle, but those slightly warm tones make it just perfect for me.

Beige is a weird color, really. If you look up how to mix color to make beige, you will find a lot of contradiction in terms of the degree of warm versus blue/other in the mix. So I suppose it also depends what brand you use, too. The Wella color does have some warm tones, but the result for my hair leans toward an ashy oatmeal result, with a very subtle warm tone. This is when I begin with pale banana colored hair after lightening.

Happy hair day :)

Regards,

Kerry x


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BeautyandFashion 2 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Susanem3, oh that's great I'm happy you're happy with the results. Thanks for making my Monday special xx

Regards,

Kerry


Susanem3 2 months ago

Hey Kerry,

Wanted to say thank you! Used the T18 with Wella Developer and it worked out very well. I was very close to where I wanted to get so I only left it on for 5 minutes, but the effect was exactly what I was looking for. I may slowly go more towards silver and see how I like it. Fun stuff! Susan


Terry 2 months ago

Which gives a more lighter blonde appearance adding more sand blonde or light beige blonde when mixing these two colors


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BeautyandFashion 3 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Lacey, it sounds like you will need to bleach at least once more, assuming your hair is healthy. Bleach can be tricky, if you apply it to the roots first, it will lighten them significantly more, usually...because the warmth from your head activates the bleach, causing it to be in full swing processing before you get the bleach applied to the rest of your hair.

You might try applying it to the shaft of the hair first, then the ends, then the roots last. That should help a lot.

Have fun, happy hair days, and thanks for popping in.

Kerry xx ^_^


Lacey 3 months ago

Hi, the other day I re bleached my roots and the toned it using wella t14. We left both of them on for the longest time it suggests but my hair is still light orange/ strawberry blonde. Do you have any suggestions? We just can't figure out how to get my hair light blonde like all the rest of it.


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BeautyandFashion 3 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hey Naf :) Sorry, I am off to a slow start this week o.O

I always apply toner to damp hair. Don't wash it first though, the oiliness will protect your hair as the process takes place.

How orange is your hair? I have toned over orange/yellow before, and quite successfully. Can you let me know whether your hair is orange/orange, or yellow/orange....

You could tone, but I would suggest using two toners together like the ones I have recommended above. I only say this because it is my experience that the White Lady toner didn't do much to change the tone of my hair at all, but when I used it in conjunction with the Beige toner, it still gave me some ash tones, and left it as a pretty oatmeal color. I didn't want any warm tones from the Beige toner alone, because my orange/yellow was warmer than I already wanted.

Use 20 volume developer, and to complete the task, grab some purple conditioner and/or shampoo to follow on with. It'll keep that brassy color popping through. Apply it to damp hair and leave for 30 minutes, or more if you have time, then rinse and blot your hair dry.

You get so much more time between toning when you use the purple shampoo or conditioner. Most people use one of these (I alternate), so you'll save money.

Let me know how it comes out, there are other easy solutions if this doesn't work out quite the right color :)

Have a fun day Naf! Thanks for coming to visit.

Love, Kerry xx ^_^


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BeautyandFashion 3 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Sara, are you a professional stylist? I'm just curious as you used the word 'client'. If you work in a salon I would first suggest asking a senior stylist/co-worker, because they have so much more experience than me. Having said this, I haven't used that product much, but I do see what you're trying to accomplish, and I tend to think this would override the whole ombre to one color, rather than leave tri-tones in your client's hair. If it were me, I would try an ash toner on the person's hair first, with 20 volume developer. I think being already an 8, that the ash toner would pick up the various tones while still depositing sufficient ash to do what you intended. If it's not ash enough, I would think that processing with that Loreal color for a shorter amount of time than the product recommends, would be the best way to accomplish the task. Check every 5 minutes or so, so you don't end up too ashy or silver.

Thanks for coming by, and my apologies for the slow response - long weekend!

xx

Kerry :)


Naf 3 months ago

Hi,

I've bleached my hair three weeks ago for the second time. It still has a Orange collor. Is it's possible to use the toner whitout bleaching it again? Or will it not work because the hair sculptures are not open?

Do you use the toner on wet of dry hair?

Thank you!


sarah 3 months ago

I have a client who has golden highlights and a base of 8.She wants to be an ash blonde ombre colour. I was going to put on loreal luocolour po1, all over. will this look right and make it all different tones?

Thank you


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BeautyandFashion 3 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Laura J, how sweet, thanks for the kind words. :)

If you want to stay light, this will still possibly be a smidge darker than you'd care for on your blondie strands, so you won't want to just do a whole head, however, your idea of painting these on will work. I would do the yellowy underneath bits you mentioned with the 7AA, then T18 to tone your already blonde pieces. And of course, 20 volume developer for both.

Have fun, please let us know how it works out? You can also get me on YouTube, look on my profile for that link.

Have a lovely day xx

Kerry ^_^


Laura J 3 months ago

Love your article! I'm just about to do this - your suggestion to Cory... but with the medium ash blonde 7AA/632.... but I'm wondering if I paint this on with fine paints of T18? I'm not sure if I do this in the same sitting, or do base of the 632 as you suggest, see how it is and if I want lighter then add the T18 another time? I've got a ballyage that's too warm at my roots, then some soft light yellows on the strands and then some orangey yellows underneath... Tricky one! If you have any tips that'd be awesome! Thank you xxx


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BeautyandFashion 3 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Oh Cory, sorry I forgot to mention, this is a liquid permanent hair color, but it will fade just a tad after about 3 weeks, give or take. If your hair is porous or you wash it a lot, it will fade a little sooner.

K xx


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BeautyandFashion 3 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Cory!

The medium Smokey Ash is so lovely, however, it will be somewhat darker than you'd probably like - if you're wanting to stay mostly blonde. When my hair was on the way to blonde, and still quite yellow, I used it all over to give me an even base, then when it faded pale, the orangey yellow wasn't so orangey yellow, and the beige blonde toner went lovely over the top of it. As you are already very blonde, it will be much darker than mine was on me.

I think if you're only breaking your whole head blonde, it would be so cool to use the 762 to create lowlights. Do a strand test first, you'll see what I mean about how much darker and slate-ish it comes out. In your case, I would suggest checking the strand before the recommended processing time is completed, say about half way...then every five minutes after that. You'll have the same slate/smokey effect, just not so dark. Be sure to use 20 volume developer.

Let us know how it works for you!

Thanks so much for reading and posting, I appreciate you taking time to do so.

Kerry xx ^_^


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BeautyandFashion 3 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Susanem3,

the mix was 2 parts 20 volume developer, to one part toner.

Have fun, and thanks for coming by!

^_^

Kerry


Susanem3 3 months ago

Hi there,

I currently have short dark blonde hair that I streak heavily with L'Oreal 9.5a, lightest ash blonde. I like the color, but it isn't quite as ashy as I would like. Purple shampoo also doesn't quite get me there. I like the effect from the first video with the T18, but it skipped the application. Was the 2:1 mixture applied to the whole head? Was the mixture changed to 1:1? Thank you!


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Cory Fawn Mullins 3 months ago

I've had bleached hair for a few years now. I'm looking to break up the solid look of all over blonde. I bought Wella color charm 7A/672 medium Smokey ash blonde. After reading your article I found it is more of a toning formula. Nevertheless, will this color be permanent? Could you describe what it liked like on your hair?

Thank you so much for your article!


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BeautyandFashion 3 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi JogT, I always love the two toners mentioned in this article, mixed together. The Beige is really subtle, and not too sandy, and it the White Lady is an ash toner. The mix of the two leaves my hair looking like the image in the video above, on the right. I think it's lovely because it's ashy, but without being grayish or having a dull purpley gray hue like some ash toners leave hair. I think you will love it.

Also, I always use 20 volume developer for toning and/or lightening my hair and it's sufficient and not harsh at all.

I use purple shampoo twice per week to keep my hair ashy, which saves money not only on product, but is especially good if you are someone who generally like to go to the salon instead. Your toner will last way longer.

Thanks for stopping in JogT, I hope you have a wonderful week.

Kerry x :)


JogT 3 months ago

Hello,

My hair is highlighted with the balayage effect. The hairdresser toned the blonde to make it less brassy and more ash. It washed out quickly and I have had it retoned. However, I would like to buy some toner to use at home when the brassiness reappears to save money. Please can you recommend the right toner and developer please?

Many thanks


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BeautyandFashion 3 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Sami, I probably sound like a broken record, but try the purple shampoo first, because it will tone down that warm' in your hair somewhat, and possibly leave it exactly how you want it. Use it two or three times before you decide whether it is enough, or whether you want more change.

If you still want to change it up a little, try using the two toners mixed together - the White Lady and the Beige Blonde, with 20 volume developer.

Let me know what you decide please and how it came out?

Thanks so much Sami, I appreciate you coming by and reading ^_^ xxx

Kerry


sami 3 months ago

hi thank you for this article!! i have a quick question. so i've been dying my hair for a while. my natural hair is a light brown with natural golden highlights. i've lightened it and then gone to dark brown. right now, i have been going to the salon for the past year to slowly lighten it with highlights and balayage. as of now, it is a warmish golden blonde on the very top layer of my hair but everything underneath that is a warm orangey golden color. and the ends of my hair are light like the top layer. my hair is in pretty good shape since i recently got 4 inches cut off but the ends are still slightly porous though. so my question is, how do i tone my hair to a nice dark sandy blonde without turning the light parts of my hair a murky greenish grey color? thank you!!


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BeautyandFashion 4 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Eviee, you could try some purple shampoo first, don't leave it on very long, just a couple of minutes. Then rinse well and condition as usual. I tend to think though, if you need more white, you're going to have to bleach some more. But, the purple shampoo is a more subtle thing to try first.

Let me know OK?

Have a fun weekend!

Kerry xx ^_^


Eviee 4 months ago

Hi so I just bleached my hair blonde and it came out nice after I toned with T18 Wella. My only problem is that my roots are very white and the color is uneven while I still have some yellowish orange in there. My roots had grown out since my last color. How do I fix the yellows ando white?


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BeautyandFashion 4 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Monique, you're fortunate not to have turned out very orange all over...that can happen when dark hair is dyed, rather than lightened with bleach. Why not try an easier thing first, and get some purple shampoo. It's designed especially for blonde hair, if you are not familiar with it - and when applied, it keeps that brassiness at bay. I would suggest trying it first, because you mentioned that you have some highlighting effects that have happened. This could make those somewhat ashy, while not doing a whole lot to the rest of your hair, aside from removing some of that residual reddish brass. I think this should work perfectly. If it's still darker than you would like, or too much orange/brassiness, please pop back and let me know. This can be an easy fix :)

Thanks so much for coming by, and I'm so sorry for taking so long to respond!

Love, Kerry x ^_^


Monique 4 months ago

Hi, I recently dyed my hair black to a lighter brown/blonde. My hair has hints of orange and has its own highlights? Some parts dyed more than others creating highlights. I'm going to re dye it because it needs touch ups. My question is when I dye my hair do I apply the dye to my ends also or just apply toner to the ends? Which toner would you recommend, I'm going for more of an ash/ sandy color, not fully blonde though. My skin complexion is tan. Also would you recommend buying hair color from a box (like the loreal ones you can buy at Walmart) I'm not sure if that matters, haha I have only dyed my hair once so I'm not familiar with a lot. One more question, I like how my hair looks like there are highlights. I don't like when hair is one solid color, I think it makes it look fake. Any tips or tricks to keeping it like that? Thank you so much!


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BeautyandFashion 4 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Dani, gosh I am so sorry, I am missing notifications all over the place here lately. Will you please tell me what color your was before you started? That will help us to figure it out together.

Hope you had a fun day otherwise!

Love, Kerry x


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BeautyandFashion 4 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Dani, gosh I am so sorry, I am missing notifications all over the place here lately. Will you please tell me what color your was before you started? That will help us to figure it out together.

Hope you had a fun day otherwise!

Love, Kerry x


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BeautyandFashion 4 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Nicole, you can wash your hair a couple of times with dishwashing soap to help fade the color faster. If you see my other article about going blonde without packet bleach, that can help also. When it's faded out enough, you could try using the lightest beige blonde toner, rather than the ash toners.

Let me know how it comes out.

Kerry xxx


Nicole 4 months ago

Hi! I used the 7AA on my bleached, gold hair, with some pale yellow bits. I was expecting it to be a lot darker, but not for it to be green? I already washed my hair out a couple times and Im worried that the green may never fade out of my hair. Is there any way to fix this? Or would a color remover like "color oops" work?


Nicole 4 months ago

Hey quick question....I used the T18 toner with the 20 developer on my hair and don't love the color. It's more silver than I like, and Now I wish I still had my golden blonde hair cause it just looks better with my skin tone, etc. Because Wella is a permanent toner, will it still fade, and how long would that take? Also, is there any ways I can speed up the fading process to get my hair back to normal?? THank you!!


Dani 4 months ago

Kerry can you please help me?

I recently used 7A and my hair turned into a swampy green color. What can i do to fix this?


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BeautyandFashion 4 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Eileen....that color is fine, but it's a color that will change your highlights to a much darker color, although the name of it suggests it's blonde, it's actually like dark smoke. And if you put it on your whole head, your whole head will obviously be a dark grayish ashy color. Too much ash on brown hair can also create a green hue like that yucky swimming pool green...so no, don't use that. It's a great product otherwise, just not for your current circumstance.

Use a toner with 20 volume developer, I would suggest white lady and lightest beige blonde mixed together, it's just a beautiful combo I know you will love it. Then, follow on with purple shampoo. There are so many brands now you can find a decent one at a great price. This will make your highlights stay toned for much longer and less runs to the stylist for touch ups. Just apply some with your fingers to your damp highlighted strands a couple of times per week for best results.

Have fun, and don't worry, the purple looks really dark and scary, but it absolutely won't stay purple - promise :)

Love,

Kerry x


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BeautyandFashion 4 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Chrissy, you can try it again anytime, unless your hair is badly damaged, in which case I would definitely wait. From your post, I don't think that's any issue, so just whenever you want to do it again should be fine. Just follow the directions on the box with regards to the timing, and don't panic when you see that purple because it's an ash toner, and that purple is what cancels out the orangey/yellow brassiness :)

It should be much better after you do it again, but do follow up using purple shampoo. It will keep any leftover brassiness from becoming too brassy. You don't need to use it every time - just damp your hair once or twice per week, apply and leave it for 30 minutes or so, then rinse and condition. If you're still not happy with the result, pop back and we'll try the next idea to get you where you want to be.

Have a lovely afternoon,

Kerry xx ^_^


Eileen 4 months ago

Hi,

I'm a first timer at toning on my own. I have brown hair and get blond highlights (full head) every 6 weeks plus a toner. the toner fades and i've been wanting to tone myself in between dyes to save some money.

I purchased the developer in the 20 and the 7AA/632. I'm concerned though as I'm still confused whether this is a the right product as there is a warning not to purchase the "wella color charm liquid haircolor with liquifuse technology" and that's exactly what the back of the box claims that this product is.


Chrissy Noell 4 months ago

I had my hair bleached by a stylist and it turned out more brassy orange blonde than the cool blonde I was hoping for, 4 days later I used two bottles of Wella T-18 and a 6 oz bottle of developer. I was wearing purple latex gloves and freaked out because I saw purple all over my head, long story short I only left the treatment on for about 5-10 minutes. I have less brass, but I'm still not at the desired color, how long should I wait before I try the T-18 toner and developer process again? You


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BeautyandFashion 4 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Sasha...first of all, it was obviously someone else who mentioned the green hue...so oops from me lol.

Okie doke, so if you lighten a little more, the semi will last longer than it normally would on unbleached/otherwise lightened hair, because the hair is more porous. Otherwise, yes, I would definitely recommend the demi instead.

Also, the 20 volume developer is better for lightening, the 10 volume is best if your trying to deposit darker color. I really do think lightening more first would be the perfect solution though.

Last time I bleached, I did use a color because it lasts so much longer than the toner. If it comes out a little different than you would like, give it a few washes then tone over. Too easy.

Thanks for coming back, and sorry I was slow answering, again. It was my birthday yesterday and I decided lazy was a great gift.

Regards,

Kerry xx :)


Sasha 4 months ago

Hey there! After I posted my initial question to you, I went ahead and decided to try a 10 Dev toner and the Wella 714 (pale ash blonde) with 1 capful of the violet 050...it helped tone out the reds/gold a bit, but I still have a fair amount of reddish goldish color I'm not loving. I think you're right and I probably need to lift my hair a bit more and then try for a lightest brown ash color (or "bronde"). Another question: actual hair dye (even the professional stuff) seems to be really harsh on my hair (I'm guessing due to the ammonia)...can I use a semi-perament color? I know Wella makes a demi-permanent line that's ammonia free. And no, I don't have any "green" tone to my hair...only reddish, goldish tones that aren't attractive ;) Ugh..I wish I lived in a bigger town with great hairdresser's to figure this out for me. But instead I'm trying to be my own colorist via Sally's Beauty ;) Let me know your thoughts on if I should do a semi-permanent color vs toning, after I do another bleach shampoo cap. And a HUGE thank you in advance for taking the time to provide your expertise/two cents...I really appreciate it!

Sasha~


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BeautyandFashion 4 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi anon, can you please tell me what color your hair is right now? I mean is it more blonde, or more brown?

Thanks,

Kerry xx


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BeautyandFashion 4 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Sasha, gosh I keep missing my notifications for new questions - so sorry. I haven't used that violet too many times, so I'm really not versed on that one, however for warm colors you will need to use ash toners to get rid of that brassiness. Now, having said that, you mentioned you have some green showing...that can happen if your hair is still too brown and you have used an ash over it. It sounds contradictory, I know. But, if I were you, I would lighten just a little more, then use a pale Ash Brown color, not toner. Use 20 volume developer. I think you will be happy with the result.

If you'd really prefer not to lighten anymore, you could try the lightest beige blonde toner listed above in the article. You could mix it with an ash toner also. I am just a little reluctant to send you all the way to ash toners because it will probably enhance that green because your hair isn't light enough to get the color you're after.

I hope you found this helpful and not confusing...please pop back and let us know how it worked out?

Thanks....

Kerry x ^_^


anon 4 months ago

Hey I need help! I have bleached my hair a while ago and now its starting to turn green? I haven't dyed it since and I have a very important event soon. Could you help me please?!


sasha 4 months ago

Opps, and I should have mentioned: I'm going for an ash-ish light brown color...at the moment, I have way too much golds and reds. I don't mind a little warmth, but it currently looks too gold and reddish/brassy. The T 050 violet seems to work, but darkens (and I don't want any darker)...and the T18 seemed to do nothing at all. So perhaps the t14 mixed with a couple of capfuls of the 050 violet? I'm wondering/hoping it will remove the yellow gold and orange brass tones!


Sasha 4 months ago

Hi! I need your guru expertise! My hair was originally dark brown...and I've lightened it gradually via a bleach shampoo cap...I've experimented with various Wella toners (T 050 violet, T18 lightest ash blonde) and then recently did an actual full color (Argan Oil brand at Sally's that was supposed to be a "medium ash blonde", but it put a tone of yellow-ish "gold" tones in my hair, especially at my roots area). What Wella toners should I use to get rid of golds (and some reds)? Perhaps the T14 mixed w/ a capful or two of the Wella 050 cooling violet? Also, should I use a 10 Developer? I don't want to go any lighter ;) Thank you in advance!!!

Sasha~


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BeautyandFashion 4 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hey Becky, once again, I apologize for not having seen your post sooner.

To be perfectly honest, I would suggest you see a professional stylist. All that processing in one day is way too much for your hair, and I am not too familiar yet, with Olaplex...enough that I would like to give any advice about how to correct any problems one might have after using it.

Please let us know what the stylist did to help you as it may very well be helpful to some of the ladies and gentlemen who visit this page.

Sincerely,

Kerry xx


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BeautyandFashion 4 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi nikole, I mixed the two toners together in the same bowl, with the developer. I used 20 volume developer. Thanks for asking, and I'm sorry I did not see your question until today. I'm off now to see why this is happening :/.

Have a happy day ^_^

Kerry


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BeautyandFashion 4 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Chrissy! Thank you so much. I'm sorry to have not seen your post until now, my notifies have not been coming through and I was not aware - until five minutes ago. I do appreciate your kind words.

Have a great weekend

Regards,

Kerry x


nikole 4 months ago

Hi, when you say you mixed the two color tones together, did you mix both in the same bowl and apply all over? Or did you highlight some parts of your hair with one and then use the other for lowlights?


Becky 5 months ago

Hi, I need help!! on Wednesday I bleach my black hair for 3 times, first I used the Lorel feria for 30 minutes then I decided to bleach same day my hair with regular bleaching with 30 v developer for about 45 minutes, then I bleached again same day but this time I used olaplex, I had to cut my hair 5 cent because was damage and un even, my hair is a light orange I don't know what to do :( should I go to a professional or should i use the Wella medium smokey ash 7A/672?


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BeautyandFashion 5 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Good morning Monalisasmiler, no I think you've been doing fine - we just can't say the same for your stylist in this instance. I'm feeling quite disturbed about it and it's not even my hair! I would personally take a break from using any developer etc for as long as you can, but when you do shampoo, keep up with the purple shampoo not regular, and that should keep it ashy for longer.

I'll be here every day, pop in and out we'll have coffee :)

Kerry xx


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BeautyandFashion 5 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Ali, not to have you spend more money, but sometimes the purple conditioner as well as the shampoo works a smidge better. It sounds like they just didn't lift your hair light enough, but we should be able to ash it up for you, somewhat. Having said that, have you ever toned your own hair before? As usual, I recommend the T-11 and T-18 combo and 20 volume developer if you think you'd like to go that way. I feel like you have long hair, do you? Maybe get a friend to help.

Happy Monday!

Kerry ^_^


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BeautyandFashion 5 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi RachelGreenlee23, yes that sounds like it should work, especially if you're using the Olaplex. If it turns out you're not quite happy with it, try using the T-11 and T-18 mix - it's a terrific combo. Let us know how it works out please? Sounds like you're all set! ;)

Have a great day!

Kerry x


Chrissy 5 months ago

Whoever wrote this was is incredible. Thank you so much! Finally a tutorial/blog that answered all of my questions. Thank you! Thank you!


RachelGreenlee23 5 months ago

Have you ever tried Wella's Demi-Permanent lightest ash blonde toner? I had my hair bleached at the salon and I'm going to bleach the new hair growth at home myself. I haven't found a stylist that I 100% trust. Even the best one uses too much heat on my hair and causes damage, so I'd rather bleach the hair myself to minimize damage. Anyway, I'm using Davine's purple conditioner to keep the brassiness at bay in the meantime, and I'm using olaplex (steps 1, 2, & 3) and coconut oil treatments to maintain the integrity of my hair.

I thought I'd try Wella's demi toner first since it will wash out eventually. Would the lightest ash blonde demi toner work after I bleach the re-growth to a very pale yellow? Or do you think the permanent toners mentioned in the article would work better?


Monalisasmiler 5 months ago

thanks so much Kerry - really appreciate it and will start from this week :) notice some of my text had got lost - going forward should I also avoid the medium ash blonde and 20 developer, had I been doing anything wrong tia xx


Ali 5 months ago

Hi there! Yes I have the oribe purple shampoo and it didn't do much. It's still pretty golden brondish. the underside is nice and ash toned


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BeautyandFashion 5 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Monalisasmiler......GAH! What in the world goes through some people's minds?

Ok, did you get your ends trimmed? If not, don't worry, if you can do that yourself though please do. Just a few millimeters is sufficient.

-Get some coconut oil as soon as you can. A couple or three times per week, apply it to your hair, damp, cover in plastic, and leave it for the whole afternoon if possible. If you work at home with kiddies, cool...if you work elsewhere outside of your home, do this in the evening and wrap your head with plastic wrap and maybe a shower cap and wear it to bed.

-When you shampoo, use as little product as possible, concentrating near your scalp more so than the ends, those are obviously the driest right now and the oil will mostly be near the root, of course.

-You might even try a dry hair shampoo! I personally don't like to use it, but it's a psychological thing for me, I don't feel 'washed' :/...or something. Not sure.

-When you condition, leave it in as long as you can, i.e. if you're at home...do as you did with the coconut oil and just pin your hair up for a few hours before rinsing.

-Wash your hair as infrequently as is comfortable for you.

-One more thing that I found EXTREMELY beneficial...when you put the conditioner on your hair, gently comb your hair through with your fingers while you're still in the shower. When you get out of the shower, just blot your hair with the towel, rather than the usual twist and heap on top. Then, use your fingers again to comb your hair while hanging your head downward.

You'd be surprised how much difference it makes just staying away from a brush or comb. This is especially true when hair is wet, because then it is in its most vulnerable state.

I know all this will help you, I guarantee it, however, this is mostly a problem that only time can fix completely, unfortunately. You will notice a good difference though, your hair will feel much healthier if you try the above. You poor baby, that is so distressing to have happen, and from a professional. Some people are so thoughtless/careless, sadly.

Keep me posted please?

Love Kerry x


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BeautyandFashion 5 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Ali, thanks for popping in. Do you have any purple shampoo? It's for blonded hair, and it keeps that brassiness at bay - just in case you hadn't had your hair done like this before and weren't aware of its existence :) On damp, towel dried hair, gently rub it into the hair where you want to remove some of that warm color, then leave it for about 10 minutes. Then just rinse and condition. It should make a huge difference.

Let me know how it works out please? There are other things you can do, but this is the more gentle approach to try first.

Have a lovely day :)

Kerry.


Monalisasmiler 5 months ago

Hi Kerry I have been following your advice and had been using the medium ash blonde with the 20 developer - sometimes only left on for ten minutes and really like the colour this gave me. I have hughlighted hair with a base of about six. Had used this 2-3 times in between visits to hairdressers and preferred this colour to what I got at the hairdresser. It was ideal also for taking down the yellow brassiness - the medium ash 7aa does state it's a colour not a toner though and got it from the Lin on here. Anyway I had an appointment at hairdressers last week as thought had better keep a hairdresser as backup. I had about an inch approx of regrowth but not very noticeable. She put on a bleach first to lift it - did say I didn't like it white etc and then agreed to tone. Sat with this in for around 45 minutes and then had toner on - my hair was still white in places and on drying started to fall out in clumps


Ali 5 months ago

Hi there, I went to a hair dresser to have balayage ombré on my natural brown hair that has a lot of red naturally, I asked her to make it a beige blonde and the under part of my hair came out nice and beige but the top part seems to be way more golden and even copper blonde. The highlights are all blended beautifully it's just the copper I wanted gone.She is super expensive so is there -anything I can do at home to get my desired color until I can go get my hair done again?


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BeautyandFashion 5 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi lucysvo, oh so annoying that yellow isn't it? Yes, I would try the highlift first, then tone. Also, try to use some purple shampoo, it will keep a little extra yellow out of your hair especially on those parts. Rub some into those root areas, leave for five minutes, then rinse and condition. I'm sure it'll be fine, but if it's still too yellow, please do come back and let me know how it worked out for you.

Have a happy day ^_^ Thanks for coming here - sorry I took so long to answer!

Kerry xx


lucysvo 5 months ago

I have a question for your DIY soul :)

I have the blonde I want in all but 2.5 inchs from the root SO i attempted to bleach the roots and turned out with SOO bad lol!

Roots out i have the following stripes lol total of about 2.5 inches: stripe of light yellow, light orange, red-orange then my blonde down to the ends.

Should i just bleach the roots followed by toner all over or

Hi lift ?

I have product for both all Wella.

Any thoughts ?


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BeautyandFashion 5 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi erica k - after toning, just rinse then condition :)

I hope you're having a fun weekend!

My regards,

Kerry x


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BeautyandFashion 5 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Torri, gosh stubborn hair! I haven;t used that product before...however, you might consider Joico Semi-Permanent color in Titanium. Google it first and check out some photos, and being semi color not a toner, it should give you an all over even shade. After a few shampoos as semi fades, you could then tone. Just a thought. I think a color is the way to go though, considering the uneven nature of the color right now. Sleep on it :)

Enjoy your Sunday!

Kerry x


erica k 5 months ago

are you suppose to wash your hair after toning or just rinse


Torri 5 months ago

Decided against the oil while toning. But, the back of my hair just will not budge! Still an extremely pale yellow even after toning for 30 minutes, did the top of my head for only 10 and it's a really nice violet grey (recall this was WHITE). So. I guess I have to change directions. I think I have to go darker just to get something that will cover this hair that won't take to ANYTHING.

Do you have any experience with Wella 050 cool violet? I'm thinking of mixing half a bottle of that with some t18, to hopefully get something kind of silvery.

Thoughts?

Thhank you!

Torri :)


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BeautyandFashion 5 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hey! Good to hear from you...great job!

The coconut oil is way better than I expected when bleaching, isn't it amazing stuff? However, I haven't tried it when toning. I tend to think it would inhibit the toner, but if you have plenty of toner it's well worth a try. I know I have used toner in my conditioner before, and this generally isn't recommended, but I found it was good for a slight change/freshen up, rather than doing what the toner is meant to do as a complete job.

Pop back and let us know what you decided to do please?

Kerry x ^_^


Torri 5 months ago

Hey Kerry!

Just an update :)

So, did the pink ombre thing. Ended up still noticing some blue/green up top so used a super diluted blood orange and died it all but the roots. Actually came out kind of cool so i let that fade. STILL had some blue on the under bits and around my temple region. So, I used one packet of effasol color remover mixed with water and shampoo and applied it where needed, left that on for about 10 min. Then hopped in the shower and doused the rest of my head with what was left in the bowl, waited about 5 min and rinsed/shampooed/conditioned. BAM no more blue/green. Phew. By this point my roots needed a bleach touch up, so I did those and mixed what was left over with shampoo and did a bleach bath to the rest of my hair that was a bit yellowy (recall i mentioned after toning the back didn't really take). Also, wanted to note both the effasol and bleach were used on hair that was highly oiled with coconut oil as to lessen damage. So, the top of my head is now WHITE (yay) and back/ends/underneath is a lighter yellow. I'm going to oil it up for the night and tone tomorrow. Question for you: Can I tone over hair with coconut oil in it? Or does that lessen the effect of the toner?

I'm hoping the yellow region will come out white, and the already white will be a purply silver, eventually all to fade to a more even white. Obviously I will leave the yellow regions toner on longer than the white bits.

Thank you!

Torri


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Shana, oh I'm so glad you got where you wanted to be. As far as conditioning, I don't spend a bomb on conditioner at all, and to the horror of (probably) most stylists, I often use el cheapo conditioner, but I find that massaging some through my hair and leaving it for an hour or two before i rinse, lightly shampoo, then condition again really helps a lot. Use the cheaper brand for this, use your favorite for after shampooing. Also, make sure your hair is absolutely saturated before applying shampoo, or you can use way too much, and many brands of shampoo can be very drying if you use too much.

You can also try good old mayo and leave on before washing, coconut oil, which you can wrap or wear a cap and leave on overnight.

One other trick I love, is to obviously avoid heat as much as possible with dryers or flat irons etc, BUT, spritz your very damp hair with some of that heat protector spray, or Argan oil, even though you're not using heat to do your hair.

Oh, and when you're in the shower and have conditioner on your hair, 'finger comb' your hair, and don't moosh it dry roughly with a towel when you get out. Just gently squeeze the excess water out with your towel, and again, comb with your fingers. You'd be amazed how much your hair will thank you for avoiding a brush. Some are terribly rough on hair, plus if you have waves - perfect way to get them to stay in place by finger combing and air drying!

I hope this helps.

Kerry xx ^_^


Shana 6 months ago

Hi Kerry,

Thank you for all of your great advice. Is there a conditioning treatment you can recommend after all of this bleaching, dying and toning I've been doing? I finally got my hair to the color I want, but now it's very dry. I have a couple hair masques, but is there any that really worked well for you?

Thanks!


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hey Molly! Try using purple shampoo a couple of times, say once, wait two or three days, then use it again. Put it on damp, unwashed hair, rub it through evenly, leave it on 7-10 minutes, no longer...then wash it out and condition.

Let me know how that works out first, then we can help you make the change back. I have those grays too GAH! Just enough to be a nuisance. Like when you really don't need to color that often, but you need to go through all that nonsense of touching up so you can't see those bits peeping through. Especially fun when you want to be a bit darker, they're obviously then WAY too bright to ignore.

Pop back OK? I will be here every day of the week, a couple of times each day :)

I hope you've had a great weekend!

Kerry x ^_^


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Terry :)

T-28 and T-11 together might work. If you find it to be still a little dull or muddy yellow...I have also used T-18 on it's own, which is an ash toner, but my hair doesn't always pic that up to correct yellow properly, but when I mix it with T-11, it seems to help cancel out that yellow, without leaving too much ash. I hope that makes sense!

I'm still not sure why, but this seems to be a really magical combo T-11 and T-18 ;)

Let me know how it comes out please?

Have a great Sunday afternoon!

Kerry x


Molly 6 months ago

Hello! I'm hoping you can help ... I am a level 6 ash brown naturally with grays (eew!) and wanted to lighten up a bit and cover grays so I used a level 7 dark ash blonde all over. It turned out a orangey grayish color. It was not cute so thinking I'd go back to my natural color. I went back over it with a level 6 light ash brown. The only part that took was the gray and none of the natural light brown tones. I was thinking I may be able to use a toner to fix it but wasn't sure if any of the ones you mentioned would work?? Any thoughts?


Terry 6 months ago

My hair picks up to much ash even with the lightest ash and makes it look dull and muddy. What toner can I mix with T11 to give it a more "sandy" color? T28? I like a multi-tonal effect and my hair doesn't take color evenly anyway which works out well for that. I lightened it to much much so it's pretty yellow and white in places. Just want soft blonde but light. Ideas?


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Lilly, Are those highlights too you mean? If so, same same :)

Kerry x


Lilly 6 months ago

Thanks Kerry ! I'll try that!

What about the few highlights that stick out around the face when hair is up ! Kinda bothers me seeing them !! Ahhhh


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

LeslieE ! hey sorry, took the morning off today...

OK so if your hair is really white, beware of too much ash toner or you could very possibly turn any combo of blue/gray/purple. However, as you have yellow orange roots, go grab some t-18 and t-11 toner, one is beige so its a little more subtle. We all often mix them, it's cool to do so. The ash of course, will cancel out that yellow, so strt mid hair shaft, then the ends, then the root. This is only a suggestion, please remember I am not a pro stylist, however, the roots always process faster because the warmth from your scalp makes that happen. See how long the toner pack recommends, I'd check after 15 minutes, you might be good to go already.

Also, PLEASE grab some purple shampoo, it will keep you toned down and also make your pretty blonde last so much longer without going yellow.

So sorry to keep you in suspense! Have a great day tomorrow!

Kerry x

Edit* use 20 volume developer!


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Mariem, wow I bet you have awesome hair!

You could go with the T-15, I do love that one actually, or you can also mix both of those toners together. Many people do that, too.

Regards,

Kerry x


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Lilly, first, I'd try applying some purple shampoo all over, on towel dried hair, wait five minutes, then wash it out. It'll take that brass out of your highlights, and add a slight ashy tinge to the rest - not enough to make a load of difference, but it will help to blend highlights with the rest of your hair. If I were you, I'd see how that goes first, it'll be a much easier, no damage fix if it comes out how you love it :)

Thanks for coming!

Kerry x


LeslieE 6 months ago

EMERGENCY! Couldn't get into my salon so colored hair at home... I had a ombré dark blonde to pale silvery ash blonde. I wanted all over blonde. Used Loreal feria platinum blonde. Everything looks good except my YELLOW-ORANGE roots! Can I use a toner to help? Do I put it all over? Just on roots? Any input would be GREATLY appreciated! Need to do it today as I have a wedding tomorrow!


Mariem 6 months ago

I have virgin black hair,planning for a balayage using loreal quick blue bleach and 30vol develeoper. But I m confused whether to use wella t18 toner or t15?My hair being too dark is not going to turn light blonde on first attempt. So which toner is going to work best for me?you must have the fair idea.please help.


Lilly 6 months ago

Hi Kerry !

I recently had my hair done at a salon, told my stylist I don't like stripey near my face (I like a few inches left so my natural hair showing at top ) so blonde balayage highlights start 2-3 inches from root. Well he didn't listen and gave me a few blonde strand that are popping right out on my roots. I really want to get rid of these ( not many) should I use 7A/672 mixed with dev 10 just on my roots ? Will that change the natural color of my roots which is light brown ?

Also if I want tone down some of the pieces that seem a little brassy ( light brown mixed with sandy blonde) he said he was adding like sandy beige blonde but some seem too stripey and brassy throu out the rest of my hair.

Please help !!! Dunno if I should send a pic to see what I'm talking about ? Hope it makes sense.

Thanks much!!!


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hola, Marien!

Muchas gracias :) Sí, trate de que el producto recomendado para el cabello, y por favor dime si no funciona correctamente.

7AA / 632 es precioso, pero si te gusta el pelo rubio, por favor, no lo deje en el cabello por mucho tiempo o puede ser demasiado oscura.

Que gracias por leer mi aricle, espero que mi translation está bien. Mi español no es muy bueno, pero estoy aprendiendo ^ _ ^

Oh! Por favor, use también 20 desarrollador de volumen para ambos productos.

Kerry xxx


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Torri! Awesome! I'm glad you got to there...I was just about to say go for it with that toner actually, since you had said you were so close to being on the right road on top. Sorry I couldn't help you resolve this one a bit sooner. However, you managed to get the job done without bleaching the life right out of everything and ending up with deep fried hair! Always a bonus lol.

Stay in touch, Torri! I'd be interested to hear about your transition back to where you want to be :)

Hugs,

Kerry xx


Marien 6 months ago

Hola, me ha gustado mucho tu artículo por lo detallado q lo explicase todo. Hoy fui a Sally a comprar un tinte y la vendedora me recomendó wella pero el T18, y al leer el artículo veo q el q necesito es el 7AA / 632, pq tengo el pelo amarillo llegando a naranja. Mañana lo voy a cambiar, y cuando lo utilice te cuento como me fue. Gracias, saludos Marien.


Torri 6 months ago

Hey Kerry,

So, I was bored and wanted to try SOMETHING. I ended up dying the blue/green bits with a blood orange (heavily diluted with conditioner). This helped tone out some of the greens to more of just a yellow one washed out. Afterwards i did you suggested epsom salt/baking soda/clarifying shampoo concoction and left that on for one hour (took a nap in the sunshine). This didn't get much of the stain off at all.

So, I just went for it. Put some T18 on, left it for 25 minutes. My bangs and top of my head look awesome, sort of a white silver. This is where my hair was basically white to begin with. But the back that was yellow blonde (think inside of a banana), it didn't actually do much of anything to. And I'm pretty sure it wasn't an application error as my head was soaked in it. The underside that was still more green is a little more of a blue green under a silver tinge now.

Since I don't want to have to wear my hair up all the time, the next day I went ahead and mixed the rest of my blood orange with conditioner and did a silver/white roots to pale pinkish/blood orange ombre since that pigment is on the other end of the color wheel it covers the green nicely. I'm going to let this all fade, then maybe try a color remover one more time. I think the blood orange will go away pretty quickly as it was heavily diluted and I didn't leave it in long.

I was just SO tired of seeing green.

Thanks so much for all the advice and quick responses!


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Deanea, try gently rubbing some purple based shampoo into your lowlights. That will cancel out loads of that brassiness :)

Thanks for coming by and posting

Kerry x

Torri, hi!

I tend to agree with your idea of going blonde, I'm a tad concerned about the titanium/silver just for now though, weird things can happen. I know it's the opposite problem to yurs right now, but for example, I had stubborn, very peachy pink once. I got some of it out with epsom salts and baking soda, then when it was down to a dull roar, I got hubby to grab me a box dye of medium ash blonde. Instead, he bought me home medium ash brown. I used it anyway, but only for ten minutes, it came out with a perfect blend of light ashy brown/dark blonde, with silvery gray highlights. Fascinating stuff this pastel phenomena, albeit very confusing to neutralize. So, you're on the right track with the reddish blonde - perhaps try a pale golden blonde, do a strand test first of course, but wait until it's completely dry. How many times have we all jumped the gun thinking the color is terrific...until it dried :/

So yes to answer your question, I'd try a semi-permanent gold blonde/medium golden blonde. It will fade, but you'd be rid of that green I'd be sure to say. Then you can start lightening up again. Call it a safety net. Green and pink are creepy colors to get rid of. I know I'm over that pastel phase, once was enough for me lol.

Regards,

Kerry xx :)


Deanea 6 months ago

I have really blonde hair and i had some low lights added. The low lights came out orange. What should i do


Torri 6 months ago

Hey Kerry,

No worries on the response time! :)

I'll try the Epsom Salt bit, for sure. I just don't know how much color there really is to take out. It seems to be more of the ever pale left over stain at this point. Maybe slightly slightly darker on my under side. But i'll give it a go. I would really like to get to a white/silvery blonde.

My question on going with a "shade of blonde" would be, what shade? Obviously a 9 or 10, as my hair is really very very light (white roots), but i think i'd still need a blonde with a reddish undertone, as that will do more to counter act the blue (from my understanding). I'm definitely at a stand still with the process, lol. All the blondes I find that are that light are ashy, which i'm not sure is the way to go...

I've also dabbled with the thought of just dying the whole mess silver/titanium, then letting it fade and lightening/toning from there... Thoughts on that?


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Torri, so sorry I was out for most of today! Have you tried epsoms salts? I was just thinking, before you do anything more drastic, and before your color remover product arrives, try 2 tablespoons of espom salts, mix with the same amount of baking soda,and then add about a cup of shampoo, or enough to cover your whole head. Perhaps a half cup would be sufficient. Allow it to sit for 20 minutes then check it. When I used this method years ago, I covered my head with plastic wrap to keep the warmth in, and eventually left it on for about 45 minutes. I had a pretty bad pink incident going on at that time lol(toner catastrophe o.O ) In any case, it took out LOADS of color.

My next question is, what color do you have in mind to get to once you've gotten rid of this minty yellow? I know you said white, but perhaps you might need to blonde your way back to white with a 'shade' of blonde first, not necessarily a darker one, but one that won't allow any residual color to peep through.

I hope this helps, oh and PS, that epsom salts actually leaves your hair feeling smooooth, as it's rinsing out. A teeny bit of shampoo, after a very thorough rinse then condition afterwards, of course.

Kerry x


Torri 6 months ago

Kerry,

Yes, it was bleached then died teal/silver with ion semi color brilliance. Now I am stuck with a lemony mint green as I've been going through the fading process. The back of my head is far more "yellow blonde" then the underneath or sides where most of the blue/green is.

To give you an idea, it's only been about 1 month. I've done 3 bleach baths, a couple vitamin c treatments to fade, lots of anti dandruff shampoo, and many, many deep conditioning treatments. My hair is not in the best condition, and I'd really like to not do any more damage, but do not want to die it darker. My roots and general top of my head are nearly white (ultimate end goal).

I realize it's going to be very difficult to get this evened out, but am wondering/hoping I can put a toner in and hopefully have something I can walk around woth for a month or so while my hair regroups and repairs itself before trying again.

I've just got a mess! Thank you SO much for your help.

Torri


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Torri,

just a few questions first, are you bleached white or very light underneath this blue/green, and how long has it been in your hair for?

This will help us work out your solution. I am assuming you;re about a minty green verging on lemon about now then?

Thanks :)

Kerry xx


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Karlie, do you have any purple shampoo? I do feel that will help with your overall color. It will make your highlights nice and ashy fresh, and it will help keep that brass out of your brunette also. Apply it to damp hair, wait for five to ten minutes, then rinse and condition. That 7AA will make your hair like a granny gray, and your highlights will mostly disappear. Not only that, I often use it if I am on the way to blonde, and still at that really yellow, but it's great if I have to be somewhere and don't want to rock up yellow lol, so it's a great mask until it fades after a few washes. In your case, I really don't think it would be for the best though Mainly because it WILL come out way darker than you would like...considering how your hair is right now.

I hope this helps! The purple shampoo you will only need to use once every 10 to two weeks, so it does go a long way.

Kerry xx


Torri 6 months ago

Hi!

So super odd question... I currently have a light (like, level 1 light) blue/green with some yellow (fading out a teal, terrible process, waiting on some effasol color remover to come). I am curious what you think might happen if I toss some t18 toner on it... will it give me a general ashy color with pinkish (where blue currently is)? Or is this idea just crazy?...

Thank you!


Karlie 6 months ago

Hi Kerry! Thanks for the previous response. I need a little more assistance. I had my hair professionally highlighted this past Monday. It was still very brassy/almost orange. I took matters into my own hands and put the T-14 toner on the next day. I did my whole head so it definitely lightened the highlights but almost my base brunette. I toned it again yesterday with a mix of T-11 and T-18. It did help with the brassiness of my base brunette but it is still sorta brassy. Can I use to 7AA to help with that or will it work at all? Thanks in advance!


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Taryn, do you have any purple shampoo? You could try damping your hair, applying some to your highlights and leave for 5-10 minutes, then rinse and condition as normal. The highlights should ash up nicely. You can do it once a week to keep those highlights fresh. To answer your original question though, I am a little concerned about the Pale Ash Blonde all over your head, you said your hair was dark blonde/light brown, this could very possibly leave brassiness in your darker blonde/brown hair if you do your whole head with it.

Thanks for coming by, Taryn ^_^

Enjoy your afternoon,

Kerry x


Taryn 6 months ago

Thanks for the information! A quick question - I usually use Wella T18 and T14 to tone my highlighted hair. My highlights got a little too light this time (but still need to be toned) and I wanted to tone them to an ashy blonde. I picked up the Wella color charm in Pale Ash Blonde. Since this is not technically a toner, can I apply it to my whole head? I don't want to lose my highlights and lighten my entire base (my natural color is a dark blonde/light brown). The box says to leave on for 30-45 minutes but I'm used to the suggested time for the toner. If you couldn't tell, I need help!


CateMDP 6 months ago

Grazie!!!! Buona giornata!


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

CateMDP...feathering is just a term I use for when I am holding the brush vertically and making short sweeping strokes, so as not to apply too much product at once.

Grazie bella signora!

Karlie, hi how are you? Yes, those are liquid colors:) The 7AA/632 will be lighter than the other.

Regards,

Kerry xx


Karlie 6 months ago

I'm confused. Is the 7A/672 and 7AA/632 are listed under "Color Charm" on the website but is it liquid hair color or toner?


CateMDP 6 months ago

Oh by the way: what does feathering mean? :-)


CateMDP 6 months ago

Thank you so much! You are brilliant! Will let you know how it goes. Ciao from Rome.


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi CateMDP, I hope you're doing well today :)

I have two ideas that I would personally try. It doesn't sound like you have too much of a problem going on here, so try using a good purple shampoo first. You might need to use it two or three times before you see the best result. I would say once each week, then decide if that's enough. I have found that the best way to use purple shampoo, is to wet the hair, squeeze out the excess water by wrapping with a towel, then apply some purple shampoo, being sure it is evenly distributed. Leave it for about 5 minutes, then hit the shower, rinse, and condition as usual. You won't ever need to use purple shampoo for every wash, and I'm certain this will correct your issue - easily on those ends and mid length hair, and enough to cancel out most, if not all of that brassiness near the roots.

If you find this does not produce the results you love, try the Color Touch 9/1 with the 1.9 developer. It will freshen your ends, but.... "feather" it beginning just below your mid shaft color, and then head down toward the ends last. Don't apply it to the darker areas of your hair any higher, because you could end up with brassy tones on those areas where you don't want/need it. Also, I would still use the purple shampoo if you do this. It will keep the brass at bay all over your hair, including the top/root area.

Have fun ^_^ and thanks so much for visiting. I hope this helps!

Sincerely,

Kerry


CateMDP 6 months ago

Hi, thank you for this very informative article.

I recently went to the hairdresser to balayage my hair. It turned out a very brassy level 6 at roots (my natural color) level 7 in middle and 8 towards the ends. I tried to tone it with Color touch O/81 with 1.9 developer and it slightly improved the brassiness but I'm still way too "orange". I was thinking of getting a Color Touch 9/1 using a 10 volume developer. Do you think this will take away the orange? I don't want to go darker and want to maintain level 8 at the ends and I know Wella colors run a little darker than other brands. What do you suggest? (I have no access to color charm in Italy.) thank ypu!


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Shana,

Ok easy fix :) Mix a portion of your ash brown into a bowl with the 10 volume developer, then, avoiding contact with your highlighted strands, use a 'painting' method to apply some of the brown to the bulk of your hair. I personally find this is best done using the brush on the vertical, so it's easier to get in close to your hair at the top near your part.

You can also opt to section your hair from ear to ear, as you will probably notice that the most auburn tinge is over the top/outer layer of your hair - the hair which is mostly only seen anyway, unless you're in the habit of wearing your hair in an updo.

Just 'feather' the ash brown color onto the brown areas where needed, using the brush vertically in those tricky to get at places, i.e. perhaps also near your hair line as well as your part.

You'll find that this random application method is so easy, and really is less time consuming to do, AND you'll still get evenly distributed coverage.

Make sense? Please feel free to keep popping back if necessary. I'm positive this will get you right on the spot.

You could also try twisting up, and pinning your highlights out of your way in case of a little slip of the hand. ;)

I'll be in and out of here all day, FYI :)

Regards,

Kerry xx


Shana 6 months ago

Hi Kerry. It not at the top of my highlight.. It's more just a orange tint in my brown color. I have a big bottle of the 10V and bought another one of my brown color to keep on hand just in case I messed up :) I also have this ash green color corrector I bought for red tones, but not really sure if that will work for me now that I have blonde pieces in my hair.


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Shana, it's not always easy to add highlights and not get that into your base, especially with foils, I've found. I often get some bleach bleed right up there at the top near the roots. Is that where it is? Do you have any of your brown color and 10 volume left at all? I will pop back here in a couple of hours :)

Kerry x


Shana 6 months ago

Hi Kerry,

I tried the T-14 with 20 V Developer and got a little orange tint in the brown part of my hair. It's not horrible, but if there is a way to get rid of it, I would love to try it. :)

Thanks!


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

God evening EsmeraldaAsya :)

Yes ma'am, you use developer with the bleaching/lightening powder, and the toner is also used with developer. Check the package for directions, but toner is generally 1 part toner, to 2 parts developer. Some brands may vary, so be sure to check that before you begin.

Have fun! :)

Regards,

Kerry xxx


EsmeraldaAsya 6 months ago

Okay so,

I have "Ion Color Brilliance Amonia Free Powder Lightener" that is going to be mixed with 20 volume developer. I got toner which also says to use 20 volume developer. So I put developer in the toner as well? I'm confused. If I already used 20 developer do I use it again in the toner? Is that okay?


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Shana, sorry, I was a little unclear on that, now I look back. When it is mixed with the toner, the 20 shouldn't* do too much to the rest of your hair. If you use an ash toner on those highlights it will be even better because that will discourage any orange from happening on your brown. If you do get a little orange tinge, pop back and let me know, we can fix that too ;)

Have a happy one :)

Kez xx

Hi Desiree, how are you this afternoon?

Can you please tell me what kind of blonde you are right now please? It'll help us work out the best and easiest way for us to create a plan for you.

Thanks so much for coming by!

Kerry xx ^_^


Desiree 6 months ago

Hi! I was just curious if I needed to bleach my hair first if I already have blonde hair to begin with before using the toner?


Shana 6 months ago

Thanks!

Sorry, just one more question! When I use the T-14 with 20 Volume Developer to tone my hair, will it turn my brown part orange like it did before?


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Shana :)

the difference between the 10 volume and the 20 volume developers are like this: 10 volume will not light your hair shade/color anymore than it already is. If you're adding a darker color, like that brown you used, this will help it to adhere to your hair.

20 volume developer has 6% peroxide, and will lighten one to two shades, usually. Therefore, if you're adding highlights, it's best to use the 20 volume. If you use the 20 volume just on darker brown hair, it will try to lift your color, somewhat, so that's why you would have gotten orange in your brown.

I will be in here tonight if any of that was confusing lol.

Kerry :)


Shana 6 months ago

Ok, I will try this! Thanks!

I was asking about the developer volume because last time I tried to tone my brown hair to get rid of orange/red, it turned more orangey and lightened it, but I can't remember which toner it was that I used... maybe T-18. I just thought maybe the developer volume was too high that time...


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Shana,

Oops I'm slow today! The T-14 is an ash toner as you are aware, so if it goes through all of your hair, it's very likely to get rid of (most, if not all) of those extra red pigments you have left in your brown hair also. I usually tone all over because it's easier. It's a little more mixture, but in your case with ash brown hair, probably beneficial, too. Always use 20 volume for lightening, so yes, 20 for your balayage. The 10 helps deposit the darker colors, so it was better for your ash brown.

Great job gf ^_^!


Shana 6 months ago

Hi Kerry, Thank you so much so the advice!!

I dyed my hair the light ash brown color (there is still a bit of red in it, but much better than before!!) and now want to add some blonde balayage to it. after I do this, I will want to tone my hair ( I got a Wella T-14 toner). Will the toner affect my already brown hair? Should I use a 10 volume developer instead of 20? I used a toner on my brown hair in the past and it made it turn an orange ugly color. How can I avoid this?

Thanks again!!


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Shana - edit* when you use that ash, you might leave it for slightly less than the recommended time. If your hair is reasonably dark brown, that ash can sometimes leave a slight swimming pool green hue. Please don't panic, it happens more on just dark brown hair without* the red tones, but that's what you have and what you need to get rid of, so we're on the right track. Just thought I should mention that, for future reference ;)


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Shana, yes, that color should work out nicely. it's a permanent color though, keep that in mind. If it is a little darker than you would like, wash once with dish soap on your first shampoo after coloring, that should take a little of that back out.

Re: your Q about the balayage/highlights, yes! That would look lovely. Do a few fine foils and see what you think first. You could add more. 20 volume is better for lightening though.

Have fun :)

Kerry


Shana 6 months ago

Hi Kerry,

You suggested I try the 8/71 light blonde/brown ash or 4/71 med brown to get rid of unwanted red/orange in my brown hair. I went to Sally's and couldn't find either of these, but did find a color that looked good- Wella 5AA/336 light brown intense ash. Will this work in my hair? Should I go to a different store and try again? I did get the 10 volume developer as well.


Shana 6 months ago

Hi again,

If I wanted to brush on a few balayage lighter blonde pieces in my hair after I dye my hair with the 4/41 or 8/71 ash colors, what would be the best way to go about doing that?

Shana


Shana 6 months ago

Kerry,

Thank you so much for the great advice! I can't wait to try it.

Shana


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi anon, sorry sweets, I missed your reply last night. You might need to lighten those blondie bits up a little. Use 20 volume developer, and whichever packet bleach you like. I listed a couple of my favorites in my other article. It sounds like they used a toner that way way out of sync with what you were wanting. If you have a friend to help you with some foils, do that. Nevermind how it looks, my foils look so funny when I put them in o.O, but I get same result as the stylist!

Leave it for the recommended time, or until it's banana colored. If you see banana, wash it out before the time is up. Then you can simply tone. I like the Beige Blonde/White Lady mix 50/50, personally. If you choose one over the other, go with White Lady for ash, or beige for a slightly more natural hue.

Have fun!

Kerry xx


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Shana, Wella has some darling ash browns. Try an ash brown, it (will) should cancel out all of the red pigment. I say will/should because I have loads of red hues and this is a lifesaver for that intrusive auburn color when I want to mid brown. There is Wella 4/71 Medium Brown/Brown Ash. You could also go one shade lighter and use 8/71 Light Blonde/Brown Ash. I don't think that'd be too much. If you're not happy with the 4/71, or it's a little darker than you would like, the 8/71 should be spot on :) You can use 10 volume developer with either of these, and bonus, these colors leave a gorgeous shine.

Enjoy your afternoon, thanks for coming by I appreciate your time.

Sincerely,

Kerry x ^_^


Shana 6 months ago

Hi,

I had my hair dyed a medium brown color. After several washes it has an orangey-redish tint and I want to get rid of it. Is there a toner you suggest to do this, or should I just have my hair dyed again?

Thanks!


anon 6 months ago

thanks Kerry, they used loreal i think? it was 3/4 head foils (: ive had my hair done around 4 times before and its never been a problem, however this one faded quite badly after being toned, basically back to brown, i really want to get the blonde back, thanks for your help (:


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hello "anon", can you please tell me what they used to blonde your hair at the salon? Or the method they used? That will help us figure out how to correct the problem :)

Thanks in advance, I will pop in tonight to see if you left a reply.

Kez x

Hi Stephanie...it sounds like to the easiest way to fix this issues is to simply lighten those ends/areas a little, then tone. If the yellow/orangey color is dark enough, those toners have a difficult time making any difference. It sounds like you won't need to lighten too much. Go for a banana color and you'll be good to go for toning. I personally like the 50/50 mix of the two toners mentioned above, but that's just my preference. That Beige toner isn't so beige either, so don't let that put you off. Oh and use 20 volume developer, not 10 ;)

Let us know what you do and how great it looks!

Sincerely,

Kerry xx :)


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Natalie...yes it will come put evenly, that's the great thing about that color, it leaves an overall even canvas if you need to make a correction, without going back to yucky yellow.

Thanks for coming back :)

Kerry x


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Natalie Cespedes 6 months ago

Thanks for the very detailed reply Kerry! You are awesome :) I will try the soap cap, testing a strand first and if all goes well will do the rest. I know the 7AA will wash out eventually but I don't want to wait so long :D


anon 6 months ago

i got my hair dyed blonde two weeks ago and loved the colour however it faded quite a bit after washing, i then went back to the salon to get it "fixed" and they put an ashy toner in it, it has now turned brown and basically back to my natural colour, is the blonde still in there and if so how do i get it to come back out? thank you (:


Stephanie 6 months ago

Hi Hun so my question is I have a light orange/yellow on my mid to end hair. What color of toner should I use to cancel it. I did t18 and it brought the very orange down to a strawberry orange or strawberry red. I want a ash blonde color. Should I use a toner or just dye my hair an ash blonde color?


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Natalie, yes! ...your stylist might not appreciate little old me telling you how I did mine either...but it took me years to figure out how-not-to-go-or-stay-blonde properly lol.

Ok so if you check out my other article about going blonde without bleach....you can try that soap cap recipe. Please* do a strand test first though, it's not unusual for that to work very fast, and don't start at the roots because your scalp warmth will make it process faster there.

This will strip some of that color from your hair, then you can tone with an ash blonde toner, or beige blonde, whichever you prefer. I don't know why, but I never have any result from that White Lady Toner when used alone, but I get a lovely result when I mix it half and half with the Beige Blonde Toner. The numbers for those two toners are listed above. The Beige I was worried would be too golden, but it's not, it's very subtle.

That 7AA is darling, I love it. Having said that, I always warn people that it does come out darker than they'll want, so be prepared for that. It does, however, help out a lot if you come out orange and can't go to work like that because it's just way too creepy o.O.

If you are worried about using all the ingredients in the soap cap recipe in my other article, you could just wash your hair a couple of times with good old dish-washing soap. it won't be as good a result as the soap cap, but it will speed up the fade of the 7AA. That 7AA tends to fade over a couple of dozen washes, on average.

Oh and also...the 10 volume developer is best for depositing darker color rather than if you wanted to stay light, so for next time, 20 volume is best for blondies :)

Pop back if you have any questions and I'll do my best to help. I'm certain the soap cap will help though, or the dish soap alone. If the result is satisfactory to leave your hair for a few days, condition well and allow your hair to rest until it becomes oily, then tone.

I hope this helps...a little longwinded :/

Have a wonderful week, Natalie:)

Kerry x


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Natalie Cespedes 6 months ago

Hi Kerry, I really need your help! The 7AA/632 made my hair way too dark and I don't know what to do now.

This is what happened: I'm naturally a level 4 and I had a level 7 blond with highlights done at the salon several months ago, which had lightened up too much to a very warm yellow/brassy 8 due to a recent couple of weeks in the caribbean. I also had like 2inches of roots showing.

So I came back from the trip and wanted to tone down that yellow and brass, so I used the 7AA/632 with 10 developer, half an hour as suggested on the box and it's made my hair too dark. It's now a medium ash brown, which I really wasn't expecting and do not like. It's only like 1 or 2 shades lighter than my own natural hair color, so I've now lost all the blond. :( Please let me know what I can do? I don't want to go to the salon because my hairstylist will throw a fit if he sees what I did, lol.

Thanks in advance! - Nat


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Scarlett...how are you? funny you should ask this today, an offline friend has the same problem and asked me the same thing a couple of hours ago! If your roots aren't really a concern here, and it would seem not, I wouldn't worry about lightening those, just brightening up your highlights should be enough. And you're right about the 7AA. I think with your natural color and then the 7AA, it wouldn't do for you what you need in this particular instance.

There's a product called Chi, actually it will say ChiIonic on the box. It comes in a tube like a large toothpaste tube. It's highlift for hair that is already blonde, so if you click and shop for "Chi Highlift Color 11A", it'll be your magic wand for those highlights! Use 20 volume developer, and squeeze out one part color, to two parts developer. Leave it for 15 minutes, then rinse it off, shampoo, then condition. Please be aware that this is, as I said ^ only for use on hair that is already blonde, so if you were to put it on your brown hair, it will potentially create more orange.

Pop back and let me know how much you love the results - our other friends here will also be delighted to get your input :)

Thanks, Scarlett, have an awesome weekend!

Kerry x ^_^


Scarlett Watson 6 months ago

Hii Kerry! Thank you so so much for this post! As many others, I'd love a bit of your input on what to do with toning my hair :)

I am a natural level 6-7, and recently at the salon I had asked for my hair to be dyed allover to my natural color, and then some lighter balayage on top. I loved it so much, until my roots grew in! It seems the colour is a TAD lighter than my natural hair, but I think what the issue really is is that the "new" colour has just gotten insanely brassy/orangey. So, the level of my roots isn't that different from my dyed hair, just the tone.

I tried the T18 with absolutely no result, and then I found your article! I wish I would have read this sooner! Do you think I should go for the 7AA/632? Im a little bit scared this will be too dark, but Since I have a brass problem and my hair isn't "blonde" enough to take the T18, I feel like its my only choice...

Let me know what you think, I appreciate it so so much! Have a wonderful day! x


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BeautyandFashion 7 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi virginia!

How are you? Yes, I have used the demi-permanents too, they're really gentle on your hair. What color are you now? I'm assuming some shade of medium blonde, or those 7's and 9's would have left you orange, and I'm sure you would have mentioned that lol.

I really loved the demi 8A Light Ash Blonde. It's ashy, obviously...but not such that it leaves a violet/gray hue if you're just looking to brighten up but stay a natural blonde. The demis will last around 2 dozen shampoos, so it's a pretty good deal, really.

Oh, and the demi-permanents are excellent if you want to darken your hair a tad. They seem to be much more effective than semis for this, because semi's will just coat the hair and fade out rather quickly, while a demi will 'take' into the hair shaft. Plus they're so much better than permanent in case you don't aren't in love with the results.

Let us know what you decide and what your results were.

Thanks, virginia, have a wonderful Friday! ^_^

Regards,

Kerry x


virginia 7 months ago

Hi Kerry! Ive been using 7A then 9A for a while now but the weather here is so dry I'd like to try Wella demi-permanent hair color so my hair looks healthier...have you ever tried or heard about those? They don't have a lot of shades...thanks!


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BeautyandFashion 7 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Monalisamiler, go to YouTube, and search for the young lady with username "Ellebangs" She's a stylist and has so much information to share. You'll be able to see her doing root touch ups and so forth. She's my fav YouTube hair person!

Have fun, and thanks so much for coming by :)

Kerry x


Monalisasmiler 7 months ago

Hi Kerry thanks for all your help, wondered if you could provide a link to the advice on how to lighten before using the toners?

xx


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BeautyandFashion 7 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Thanks Sheri! That'd be great. We look forward to hearing from you

Have a great weekend :)

Kerry


Sheri 7 months ago

Thank you so much for your feed back Kerry, I'm going to follow up with what you said to do. I will post back in a couple weeks or longer:)


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BeautyandFashion 7 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Lidi, thanks so much!

If you're trying to get a nice blondie ash blonde, you will probably be better off, and it'll be less steps to lighten those roots first, and then use a toner. I would say even look at T-10 and T-14, if I recall correctly, those are pale ashy toners too.

Incidentally, the Medium Smokey Ash color, is darker than the 7AA, so if you do choose to color your highlights, you could lighten your roots to lemon, then use the 7AA so the highlights and those roots would match up better.

When it fades a little, you could then tone. Also, you might check out the purple shampoo if you haven't yet, it really does make your ash tones last so much longer.

Have fun!

Happy hair days, Lidi ^_^

Kerry


Lidi 7 months ago

Hi there... I loved your post, it's amazing.

I have a question. I have highlights and I tried to lighten up my roots with a hair color that I got in the drugstore... as you mentioned, the results don't reflect the picture in the box... now that it's done I want to fix and use a toner to give my dark blond an ash tone to it. I just got confused because you mentioned that:

"One word of caution, be sure you are selecting Wella Color Charm Toner and not the Wella Color Charm Liquid Crème Hair Color."

But at the same time :

"Although these are all technically toners, the 7A/672 and 7AA/632 are listed under "Color Charm" on the website."

So I guess mu question is.. could I buy the "Color Charm Liquid Permanent Hair Color #672/7A Medium Smokey Ash Blonde" to use as a toner to my roots?

Thank you so much for sharing your findings.

I'll read your post to treat root for the next time so I don't mess things up.


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BeautyandFashion 7 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Danni, yes you can save it. Only when it's been mixed with developer and you have some left over..,then toss it out :)

Thanks for coming by, enjoy your weekend.

Sincerely,

Kerry x


Danni 7 months ago

Can you save the wella toner to use 6 weeks later if you only need half the bottle or does it lose its potency once opened?


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BeautyandFashion 7 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi ladies…first of all, I’m so sorry for the late responses! I logged in this morning to see I had a notification about ‘1’ comment, not several that were missed. In any case, I hope I can address your concerns below adequately and thank you so much for your kind words and your visit. I appreciate your time 

Hi Yardley, I would just wait, that color seems to fade off nicely after a few shampoos. You could also just bleach those lighter spots to brighten them up a little of it’s bothersome to you. It has been my experience though, that after that 7AA fades, the overall color is still nicely uniform so then the white lady toner or a mix of the two I mention in the article above, usually work well, as they won’t have any effect on the rest of the hair that is slightly darker. When I first used that 7AA I was like OMG it’s way too dark, I was annoyed, but it provided a great base for toning when it faded. If you do plan to lighten some of your highlights again, use bleach and developer, because using a blonde dye will make then orangey yellow, not blonde. Blonde hair color is for hair that is already blonde. The box colors are misleading, I wish they'd change that.

Dear Sophie! It sounds like you will need to lighten your roots a little first. And also the parts where it is reddish brown. Those very pale toners won’t do much if your hair is more brown that blonde anyway, so you probably won’t get a cruddy outcome, it’ll be more like you just won’t notice any change at all. Thanks so much for your visit!

Hi Sheri, thanks so much for those lovely introductory remarks 

I have also been guilty of that multi blonde/gold/yellow thing lol. Never fear. Your roots are so light because your hair is so much warmer right next to your scalp, and so the heat activates that bleach and helps it process so much faster. In future, bleach the mid length of the hair shaft, then the ends, then the roots. Be aware too that if your ends are porous, those will also lighten significantly faster, but won’t be that funky yellow like what happens near your roots. In this case, if I were you, I would use an all over pale ash brown, or a medium ash brown, and keep your shampoos to a minimum. More oil in your hair is best, so leaving it as long as you can between washes always helps. If you can afford it, because it’s not always cheap- shop around for different brands…try some coconut oil. I saw plenty of different brands recently, and the price seems to be getting lower as it’s probably so popular. Use it as a leave in conditioner if you don’t need to go out for the day. Or maybe just a few hours on your weekend when you get some downtime.

One more thing…when you add your color, a box color for the ash brown or pale ash brown is fine, it will have the correct developer strength, obviously. Just don’t leave it longer than recommended. When you DO use your own mixture with developer you have purchased, use a 20 to lighten, or a 10 to deposit a darker/warmer shade of color. The 20 you will find is sufficient and so, so much more gentle to you hair. After your hair has had a rest, you might try adding highlights,then periodically add more and more until you’ve achieved a blonde, but without being an all over block type blonde. Unless that’s what your goal is, of course.

Once again, to everyone, my apologies for the delayed replies. I will pop in and look rather than rely on my notification alerts in the future. Technology is what it is though, so nobody to blame 

I hope all this helped.

Sincerely,

Kerry ^_^


Sheri 7 months ago

I just thought I would let you know your amazing at all this info. I have a quick question for you. I had my hair dresser do a bodywave perm in January then dye it black two weeks later after the perm. Since then I've only dyed it three times. I'm a natural dark blonde. I had a couple blonde highlights in it before I permed it and dyed it black. I now want to go back to my natural blonde so I bleached it with a 20 developer yesterday first my ends and then my roots and my hair went different colour of blondes which is okay but my roots are big time yellow and orange a lot lighter then all my hair. My hair is pretty fried I used a 40 developer with a 10a and it did nothing for my roots. I am currently using a heavy conditioner to try and bring it back to life. I just need to know what to do with my roots to match the rest of my colour of blondes. I think I have about 4 different shades of blonde going on. Should I just go darker with all of my hair for now to get it all matched up? Or bleach my roots and re-dye them the same 10a? I should have realized like you stated many times it takes a couple time to change from black hair to blonde. Thanks so much:)


Sophie 7 months ago

Hi I've been using the t-18 toner with no problem. My roots have grown out about three inches though, they're are a lightish brown and the sides of my brown hair have a reddish tint. I bought the t-14 toner to take the orange tones out of my blonde hair but Im wondering if I can also put in on my roots? or will it look like total crap if I do?


yardley10 7 months ago

hi. Please help. I did use the 7aa/632 and my hair turned so dark. The highlights and the bottom of my hair are also gone. Prior to this, my hair is about at level 8 coz I bleached it before. I really want my hair to be lighter(not super blonde/white) but more of a tan blonde. Could you please help me what to do? Should I i color it again but with a light blonde instead or rebleached it? or just tone it? thank you so much in advance!


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BeautyandFashion 7 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Maggie, thanks for popping back. There is one other strategy I have used, and this may or may not be for you, but reminded me when you mentioned about the toner lasting as long as a color.....I have gotten to a "just darker than banana" color before, and had a pretty annoying time trying to get a toner to last and/or give me the shade I was looking for, so I did use a color first...the 7AA/632. It used to be called medium ash blonde, but I think it's now referred to as medium intense ash, either way, just make a note of the number, not the name. Using this color, I got a more uniform shade all over, BUT, it was a grayish ash, and a little darker than I would have liked, although not terribly. After just a couple of shampoos, as soon as there was a very slight lemon hue coming back to my hair, BOOM, I then hit it with the toner, and it came out so, so pretty. If I ever get stuck with a "nearly-got-it" shade, I do that every time now. If you try it, use a 20 volume developer still, and don't panic if you feel like you're all gray, it's just so lovely and gives a more even base to tone over. I'm almost 52 now, so those gray hairs can really feel like a slap in the face when you're having a down day lol, ask me.

Just give your hair a little rest for a week or two, or 3-4 washes, whichever comes first. Like most people, I find that when my hair is lightened, the dryness means I don't need to wash as often. Be your own judge of that, but less is best, generally.

Please stay in touch!

My regards,

Kez xx ^_^


Maggie 8 months ago

Thanks so much, Kerry. I will try that toner mix next time. I did not shampoo right after toning this time with t28, but even after 1 shampoo 2 days after, my hair is changing. The purple shampoo doesn't seem to make a difference, but I will give it another chance. I thought the toner was a "permanent" color and wohld last 4-6 weeks. Is that not true? Is there a better product choice all around than toner? I'm 85% grey in front and maybe 60% in the back on light brown natural base.


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BeautyandFashion 8 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Maggie, how frustrating, I can relate. I find the white lady toner isn't very effective on my own hair and barely makes any difference, unless I mix it with another toner. Try using an equal mix of T-35 and T-11, and with your 20 volume developer. Also, when it's time to wash it out, don't shampoo (if you are - sometimes people feel the need to shampoo and then condition like the usual routine. Instead, just condition. Are you using purple shampoo when you do wash though? It really does make a difference and allows your tone and color to last so much longer. Shop several brands, it is becoming cheaper with popularity.

Pop back and let us know how it works out please?

Have a wonderful evening :)

Sincerely,

Kerry x


Maggie 8 months ago

I bleached my hair to a light orangey yellow stage with some pure white around my face. I have tried three time to use a toner, T-18, T-14, and T-28. Color-wise, the T-28 is what I want, but it washes out of my hair in a couple of days! I am using a 20 developer which is recommended. What could I be doing wrong?


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BeautyandFashion 8 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hello :) I hope you enjoyed your weekend

..it sounds like you'll need to lighten your darker areas before you can tone them. If you don't the toners simply won't make any difference. The red shows up on the way to blonde, so the lighter it is, the less red and more lemon it will go. You can do it a bit at a time, and tone after each time you lighten. After you lighten the first time, use an ashy toner to soften that orange hue. As it gets lighter, you might also like the beige blonde listed above, or a mix of that, and the other toner which is an ash toner. So t-14, t-18, alone (ash toners), or mixed with t-18 50/50. The Wella color creme developer, 20 volume I generally find the best. It's not harsh, and 10 really won't let you lighten properly. Try to avoid 40 volume though, it IS rather harsh and if you need to lighten a couple of times to get where you want to be, the 20 volume will be much more gentle to your hair.

Let me know how it works out please :) Other people can benefit from your input. I appreciate you stopping by to read and post. Enjoy your day!

Sincerely,

Kerry

Sorry...edit* if you need to use a bleaching powder, I list one in my other article, along with how to lighten without using bleaching powder.


anon 8 months ago

I was wondering, I had previously bleached my hair to a level 8 or so blonde, and my natural hair color is dark brown. The last salon appointment I wanted to have a more rooty look but with demi they painted in too dark of roots, so it doesn't blend as well. I didn't want to damage it so I just waited and now its faded to more of a red/orange medium brown. Do you think theres anything I can put on it to get more of a light brown/darker blonde instead? Or products you'd recommend to take out the red/orange hues and lighten it?


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BeautyandFashion 8 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Megan, that smokey ash is actually a color, not a toner. You might try something i haven't mentioned here, and that is a light/pale ash brown - color. It'll settle all that brass and orange down somewhat. If you use it all over, you'll at least get some uniformity again until it fades after a few washes. it should be enough to make your light color stand out when it fades off, too.. and without all that orange. As it fades, you could then tone with any of the toners mentioned above, but use 20 volume developer, 10 is best to deposit darker color, not lighten. The toners should make your highlights stand out nicely.

Thanks for stopping by!

Kerry :)


Megan 8 months ago

Hi! So this is going to be a novel but I really need help! I have naturally dirty blonde hair, and basically I want my end result to be my natural hair with maybe some light blonde highlights/ombre. However I have been dying my hair a dark brown color (Demi-permanent although it never fades) for a couple years now. I used a color remover to lighten it a little bit knowing it would get brassy. So I put a light cool blonde dye on it so that I could tone down the brassiness without darkening it, and I was left with light brown but very orange roots and the rest of my hair is medium brown/orange. I'm wondering if I could use the smokey ash blonde toner with 10 volume developer (because I don't want to lift my roots even more) to tone down my entire head? Would it work on my light roots as well as my darker ends as well? Thanks!


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my goodness, my typing skills aren't good today lol. ;)


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BeautyandFashion 8 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Sam, nice to 'see' you this evening ^_^

... it sounds like you just need a subtle lift to the top end of your hair there, I'd try again with either T-14 or T-18, or maybe even 50/50, but try using 20 volume developer instead. The 10 is better if you're adding some color, especially darker color. It helps to deposit color into your hair. 20 volume is best if you're lightening, and not as harsh as 30 or 40. I think it should work out just fine for what you need. Could you pop back and let us know please? Your response could help someone else having a similar issue.

Thanks so much for stopping by x

Kerry

Oh by the way, you can also maintain your highlights easier and give them an extended life if you use purple shampoo, but instead of using it on your whole head, just dampen your hair and gently rub some of the purple shampoo onto your highlighted pieces. It might sound like a lot of work, but not really. Just do a few either side this time, a few the next etc. try Sunday afternoon and leave it on while you read a book for 45 mins or something like that. Then, just go shampoo and condition as you normally would. You can get more for your money by doing this, your highlights will last so much linger.


Sam 8 months ago

Hi Kerry, I need your advice please!! My natural hair colour is light brown (with slight warm tones), I've been having blonde highlights for years but recently decided to try baylage. I wanted light ash brown roots and ash blonde ends. After colouring the ends are lovely and light ash blonde, but my roots were a bit warm. I used T14 and T18 with 10% developer as I didn't want to lighten them just tone them ash, but it seems to have lifted my roots and now they're even warmer!! How can I tone down my brown roots to an ash colour without darkening the blonde bits too much? Would the smokey ash blonde work? If so should I use it with 10% or 20% (I don't really want to lighten it any more as I'm happy with the level, just not the tone). Thanks!


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BeautyandFashion 8 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi haragosa :) Good morning, I hope you enjoyed your weekend ...so this is a relatively easy fix, so please don't panic. Toner can be drastic on lovely white blonde, the ash can leave you purple, blue and/or granny gray. Likewise, on darker hair, ash toners is what causes that yucky swimming pool green hue. So, what you can do is use mix 2 parts shampoo - (clarifying shampoo is best if you have it, but not necessary here) to one part 3% hydrogen peroxide. You can apply it with the bottle applicator, or the bowl and brush. Apply it all over, rub it through your hair well, but don't massage it into your scalp, as peroxide can cause a nasty little burn on tender scalps, as you are probably already aware. Leave this on for about 15-20 minutes, but no longer. I would cover the hair with plastic wrap, but it's not necessary. When you cover with plastic wrap, it's usually to help with bleaching because the hair processes faster when it's warm. Hence, always bleach your roots last or you'll have white ghostly roots, and your length won't quite match up.

When the time is up, shampoo and then condition well. I would also recommend using a leave in conditioner every day, if you don't already. I like the Garnier cream leave-in, it's easier to apply the correct amount. The one I use is in a short, stout bottle, you can't miss it. ( And it's not expensive, either). I find the sprays often leave too much in one place, and not enough elsewhere.

When you tone, you might try using T-11 Lightest Beige Blonde. Or, mix it half and half with T-18 White Lady. The beige alone might be OK, because it's really not too golden at all, it's quite subtle. You can always go back and half/half later if it's sandier than you would like.

Ok, so please read this all again lol, it was a lot of info. I know it will fix your purpley blue problem though. White blonde hair is porous so taking up additional tone doesn't take long to happen.

Pop back and let me know how it came out for you...we might be able to help someone else who is worried about their own hair.

Thanks so much, I appreciate you taking time to visit my page.

Sincerely,

Kerry x ^_^


haragosa 9 months ago

I need your help please! I have bleached my hair and it is a white blonde but the problem Im having is when I use toner on my hair it ends up turning a purple tone. I use it as quickly as possible sometimes I can't even finish getting it on all my hair before the first area I put it on starts to turn purple. What can I do to stop this.


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BeautyandFashion 9 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi ladies...Alice and Julietza , so sorry for the longwinded reply o.O

Alice, I have a lot of grey too. Those heavy ash toners and colors can leave a greenish hue in brown hair, I would try the T-11 beige Blonde toner. it will give a more natural hue and should take care of that green. It won't come out too golden, in fact, it may make very little difference. But any difference to a slight green is good...been there!

Also, those heavy smokey ash colors tend to fade out after a few shampoos, you might wait just a few washes, if you feel you can, then apply the toner. Use 20 volume developer and don't leave it longer than the package recommendations.

Let me know how it works out, Alice x :)

Juietza, hello again! Ok so the next thing I would try for that henna leftover red..is 7AA/632 Wella Color. It will be possibly darker than you want it, but it will fade after two or three washes. At this time, I would tone again using the same toners you used before.

Oh P.S. I did email you a few weeks ago after you requested. I may have ended up in your spam folder.

Take care :)

Thank you both so much for stopping by, I appreciate you!


Alice 9 months ago

My hairdresser has been taking my medium brown hair (which is 97% gray) to a blonde using the baleage technique. My most recent visit left me with too much brassiness so I used the smoky ash toner all over. It is darker that I wanted and I fear has a slight greenish tone. What now?


julietza 9 months ago

Hi again Kerry!!

How are You? Thanks for your reply!

I write you because I already tried the mix of T11+ T18.

On the roots and ends of my hair I got a nice color.. But in the middle I still have a kind of "red" color due to Henna... I would like to ask if you can recommend me something to get a uniform color. I tried a lot of things but it seems that nothing can change the reddish hue.. I would like a uniform Blond and maybe then I can make some highlights.. But I need to change or quit the middle color before do that. Can you help me? Thank you so much!!!


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BeautyandFashion 10 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Julietza, hehe I love your photos, that's how I like my photos too, anonymous. I'm a little camera shy...

I do love your hair color right now, I see what you mean about the color being reasonably light. I left mine this color once, then I bought some strawberry blonde, long, wavy hair extensions and it was a perfect match. So, the whole effect was that it looked like I had colored it that way intentionally, and I was able to give my hair a rest for a cpl of months by jazzing up with those extensions.

Moving on. I think you're correct in your thoughts re the T-11 and T-18. I would definitely try that combo first because your hair really is light enough that it could actually do the trick immediately. If it's still a little more strawberry than you'd like, pop back and tell me what's going on.

Have fun!

Kerry ^_^


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BeautyandFashion 10 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Jina, woops! So sorry, I'm slow this week lol. The toner won't affect the rest of your hair if its way darker than your ends that are brassy so if it's easier to just tone all over, do that. I know it's a little more product, but it's relatively inexpensive, and much easier if you're all thumbs using the brush to apply it. At the very worst, it won't make any difference to the brass at all...I have had this happen on very brassy hair, but then again, my hair is rather stubborn. If that happens though, that you don't eliminate the brassiness, you might try the medium ash color, the 7AA, BUT just on those brassy areas.

The medium ash color will likely change your main color, so I wouldn't recommend using that as an all over.

Pop back ok?

Thanks again for coming by ^_^

Kerry x


Jina 10 months ago

Hi Kerry,

Thanks so much for responding!!

My hair is actually not ash right now. I got it bleached from a bit over my ears to the tips and had an ash toner over it but the toner washed out and am left with coppery/brassy/orange hair. My roots are untouched so I just want to have the bleached parts toned again with an ash brown/blonde, but I mainly am desperate to just get rid of the orange tone! Would the T-14 work on orange toned hair? Would that make it too light at all?

Do you have any other suggestions without going TOO light? How would the medium ash blonde look? And you said that this one is named as a hair color and not a toner but will still work like a toner? Will this not affect my natural hair color either?

Look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks again I really appreciate it!!

Jina


julietza 10 months ago

Hi!!

how are you?

I just make this mail account just for talk to you!

First of all, thank you very much for this post!

And.. If you don't have problem I would like to ask you some questions:

I have my hair yellow, but seems like "orange"..

the color looks a little fake ..

and I really want the same color that you got!!

So... I don't know if I need to take the mix of T11 + T18 giving the fact that I already got light hair..

Or, get the Ash color.. but I'm afraid that I could get a darkest tone..

I'm not fan of platinum hair, I just want a soft blonde... really natural..

My real color is dark blonde.. like the roots of the picture here:

http://cdn.playbuzz.com/cdn/7395060e-b990-4e0f-bbe...

I would like to get the same color than the longest part of the hair on that picture... because I think that when my roots grow I can get a nice result.

Here I leave pictures of my current hair with natural and indoor light, and perhaps could recommend me the best way! 1 year ago I had dyed my hair as redhair... so I have my roots more lightest than the rest:

https://imageshack.com/a/2XrJ/1

I will follow your advice and sure than the result it will be the best!

Thanks!!!


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BeautyandFashion 10 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

@ Misty, in the comment below...I hope you see this I didn't get an option to respond directly to your comment box for some reason....is your hair very, very blonde? I have this trouble if I'm looking for a silvery blonde, but not a white blonde. You could try using the Wella Color Charm 7AA/632 first, but please do a strand test and see how long it takes to go a pale, pale shade of grayish first. If you do this, you could achieve that nice violet hue by toning afterwards with the same toner you used before. The 7AA/632 can help you achieve that granny gray if you have really light hair and leave it on for the full recommended time, so if you're quite light, you will need to leave it on for only a short time. This color lasts longer than any toners do, so this should do the trick.

Thanks for coming by :) Let me know how it works out for you please.

My regards,

Kerry

*Please remember, these are responses based on my personal experience, and that I am not a professional hair stylist.


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BeautyandFashion 10 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Jina, wow, I bet you have awesome hair :) If I am correct, you have the ash through all of your hair?...or just at the ends? Either way, if it's still reasonably light yellow, try the T-14 Wella toner, you can use 20 volume developer, and yes put it through all of your hair. If the rest of your hair is still reasonably dark, you won't see any change on those areas. If you have long/a lot of hair, you might need two bottles of the toner. Mix with the correct ratio of developer as per the instructions on the bottle.

Let me know how this works out first. If there's really not much change, pop back and let me know, I do have another idea that might help.

Thanks for visiting, I appreciate you taking time to do so.

x

Sincerely,

Kerry


Jina 10 months ago

Hi there! Thanks so much for this post. It's actually given me confidence to do it myself and the info I needed! Just a quick question though - I have Asian hair so have naturally dark and thick hair and recently got a balayage done. It was toned to an ash tone but now has washed out and is turning brassy/orange. I was thinking of toning it with either the smokey ash blonde or the medium ash blonde. If I want it to tone down to an ash blonde but not too dark or too light, what color would you recommend? You said medium ash blonde would be the safest if you weren't sure ... What about on Asian hair type? Will this turn my hair too blonde? Also what does this do to my unbleached hair? Will it turn color? For example, do i apply this to my roots as well where I don't have any color (just natural hair color)? And if so, do I apply all at the same time from root to tip?

Sorry for so much questions but hope you can share some more insight! Thanks so much!!


Misty dunn 10 months ago

I used a toner wella t14 i believe. My hair turned beautiful blonde violet. But washed out quickly like within 3 days. Normally everything sticks to my hair. Is there a way to make this last. ? I asked the girls at sallys. They dont know.


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BeautyandFashion 11 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Marian, thanks for popping in :) It has been my experience, that to get the true color from the 7A/672, and especially the 7AA, that the brown needs to be lightened. So yes, bleaching will give you the best possible result. I have bleached down to yellow before and used 7A with perfect results. For the 7AA I would go a tad lighter first. I never use a toner with either of these products. Oh, also, I always use 20 volume developer with these colors, although a 10 volume can also work as you're not necessarily going lighter as you are depositing color.

Let me know how it works out please?

Kerry :)

Enjoy your day!


Marian 11 months ago

Hi, I am a medium brown rite now. I want to use Wella 7 A-672 and want my hair to actually turn out that color. I usually tend to get red/ brassy tones when I color. What steps should I take to ensure my hair turns out like 7- A-672. Also should I use a toner in addition to the color, if so is it used before or after coloring? Should I bleach my brown hair, then tone, and finish with the Wella color? Please any help is so appreciated!! Just unsure how to get my hair ending up with the rite color.


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BeautyandFashion 11 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Cooky123, oh that's great! I'm glad it helped. If you scroll to the top and click on my name, you will be on my profile page where you will see my other articles.

Thanks so much for stopping by to let me know how your hair looks. I do appreciate you taking the time to do so ^_^

Happy New Year!

Kerry x


Cooky123 11 months ago

I wanted to thank you, totally saved me from awful yellow, brassy hair! I mixed the T11 and T14 toners with 20 developer and it looks amazing:)

I am interested in your article on bleaching, but cannot find it, do you have a link?


Merime 11 months ago

So decided to do a screen strand test last night with the medium ash blonde and it didn't even take first I left it on for 30 minutes then I left it on for 45 minutes using the 20 volume developer and absolutely nothing happened. Now what I guess I'm back to the drawing board I think I'm just going to try to T 14 I did a lot of research last night and if you people were saying that this was the only thing that's home their hair without having it to be that really light yellow. Or should I do the medium ash again but with a 10 developer just to distribute the color and I'm even starting to think could my developer have been expired I've had it for over 6 months. I don't know so if you have any suggestions I would really appreciate it thank Kerry!


Merime 11 months ago

Hey Kerry thanks for the response but im confused I bougth both the mediumm ash 7aa and smokey ash that you talked about. I was just about to do the 7aa but now im scared what if I did the smokey ash instead. Or what if I didd the 7aa and if it looks bad then use the smokey ash 7a to fix it. I need to do this tonight im going to give you my email maybe I can send you a pic of my color its def yellow with bits of orange. Here its is MerimeKodra@gmail.com


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BeautyandFashion 11 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Merime Kodra, you can use the T-11 and T-18 mixed together, but unless your blonde bits are pale, banana yellow, it won't make very much difference, if any. I would suggest lightening a little more before using these toners. The T-18 won't even make any difference whatsoever if your blonde is very orange/yellow, at least, this is what I have found to be the case. If you use 7AA be careful, because it will give you a more granny gray than a natural look. Another combination, after lightening a tad more, would be T-14 and T-11. The T-11 is a lovely golden, more natural blonde, without being too gold, and the T-14 is more of an ash toner is I remember rightly. I have found the T-14 a better option than T-18, which only seems to work for me when my hair is very, very light. Oh, and use 20 volume as per the directions :)

Regards,

Kerry


Merime Kodra 11 months ago

Hi my ombred hair is between orange and yellow im going for the natural ashy blonde like kylie jenner what should i do i dont want to be a very light blonde more if a natural should i use the 7aa or the t11 mixed with t18. I really need to fix this bt tom since new years is thurs pls help. Thank u


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BeautyandFashion 12 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hey Jenna! I'm so glad you found this information useful. Gosh, $200 is scary! lol....and that 7a/672 is the bomb isn't it? I have used it so many times, mostly between color changes. If I want to change colors but can't decide how right away, I use that to cover old brassiness from a previous 'do', until I decide what I want to do next.

Enjoy your weekend, and thank you so much for popping back in to update me, I always love to hear back from my net friends.

Regards,

Kerry ^_^ x


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Jenna Booti 12 months ago from Bushwick, Brooklyn

Hello!

Just wanted to stop by and say how useful this was. After thinking I was going to have to deal with the leftovers from dying my hair bright orange, this really helped! I used the 7a/672 last night and it turned out close to my natural. I will definitely be bleaching my own hair at home from now on... as I live in NYC and a simple touch up costs $200!!!!

thank you for taking the time to post!


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BeautyandFashion 12 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Emilie, I ave a real treat for you actually, seeing how your own hair is already a light brown, you might like to try this technique. It's somewhat reversed in that you're bleaching now then adding back some darker roots, but this also means you're not using bleach to lift your hair a lot, which will save it from being overly processed and damaged. Go to youtube and check out this video, search for "DIY Fall Hair Tips - How to Get the Perfect Blonde Balayage". I have used this technique three times now, SO easy!

Let me know how it works out for you, too. And yes, you will be using 20 volume for both bleaching and toning/coloring....having said that, if you add color for your underneath level of hair which is particularly dark, I would use 10 volume - but 20 with the bleach ;)

Have a great hair day :)

Kerry


Emilie 12 months ago

Thanks for this post! So I have virgin light brown hair right now, and I'm wanting to do an ombre/balayage type thing myself. I guess like this:http://unusual-hairstyles.com/hair-colors/subtle-b... So this is my first time buying products, and I've heard the Loreal Quick Blue is good as the powder bleach, and then I was thinking of getting the Wella Color Charm Cream 20 vol developer. And then...I'm not sure what toner to get and if that will be all I will need? Can you walk me through it? Also, developer will be used with BOTH the bleach and the toner right? Thank you so much for your help!


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BeautyandFashion 12 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Jen :) thanks for stopping by...

I'm just guessing, but is your hair naturally very dark brown or black? You will probably need to lighten it some more if it's still very orange. If you're using a light, light blonde color or toner, and your hair is still extremely orange, it won't work as well as you would like, or not at all, which is apparently the case here. If you don't want to bleach it anymore, you could try a medium ash brown color, that should help to reduce that very dark orange.

I hope this helps!

Kerry :) x


jen 12 months ago

hi im bleached my hair a few times now, the rooths are orange,i tryed 12 ash colour but did nothing, i would like to get it as natural as i can , and get rid of the orange thint, can u help me as i hav only knowen wat colour cream is now thanks :) x


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BeautyandFashion 12 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Jolene, I have heard this a lot from people who leave ash toners on for too long. It sounds like your hair has been lightened enough though. If it were me, i would wait for a a few shampoos- you will see that darker gray fade out and you'll possibly be happy with that result. If not, you could tone again using a mixture of either T-14 and T11, or T-18 and T-11. I have used combos of both these before myself. That T-11 is a beige toner, so mixed with the ash toners it comes out really pretty, and not ashy enough to leave you so gray....provided you don't still leave it on too long.

If the box says 30 minutes, for example, you might try leaving it on for 15 and see how far the color has progressed. remember it will look darker though because it is still wet. You can always tone again a bit longer the next time once you know how your hair responds. Also, try using 20 Volume developer because it works best with those light toners. The 10 volume is best if you're trying to deposit darker tones/colors into your hair.

Thanks for visiting, please let me know if you have any additional questions. Remember, I am not a stylist, but I have had that gray result myself, which I liked, but I wanted it lighter the next time I toned and it came out lovely with the mixture of the toners, one ash, and one beige blonde, the T-11. The 20 volume will make all the difference.

Kerry ^_^


Jolene 12 months ago

Help!

Hello. Originally my hair is dark brown. After a few weeks of bleaching I got to the level I wanted however still had a little yellow and some light orange. After trying a couple different toners someone suggested mixing the t18 and t14 with 10 developer since it was already pretty light. I also added a color corrector for brassiness since I've had such a hard time getting rid of it even with many used of purple shampoo. I think I let it sit too long because my hair looks a little grey and darker. What do I do now?


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BeautyandFashion 12 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hello, oh yes, absolutely lovely on natural blondes. If you're trying to get away from the golden hues, I think T-14 (not listed in this article) or T-18 would be perfect for you....with 20 volume developer.

Have fun, and thanks for your visit :)

Kerry


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greeneyedblondie 12 months ago

Do you think this would do anything for natural blondes? Sometimes my hair does look more yellow than blonde (in some lights) so maybe lightening it up a little would help.


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BeautyandFashion 13 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Elsa, if you tone all over, with a light ashy toner it won't darken your roots, and your brass should just cancel out. 20 volume will work just fine for this :)

Take care

,

Kerry x


Elsa 13 months ago

I had my hair balayaged and after my first wash it became super brassy. I wanna tone it but I really wanna keep my dark roots as they are. If I tone my hair with 20vol developer, will I mess up my dark roots? Should I apply in a balayage motion or all over my hair? *so confused!*


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BeautyandFashion 13 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi ladies :) Sorry I haven't responded to your questions sooner, I have been out of the country and offline for a short while....

To Jennifer, you won't have any luck with toners, or lighter dyes than the color of your natural hair. Color won't make color lighter, so you will need to lift your hair a few shades with bleach. Or check out my other article about going blonde without using bleach. You might find that to be useful too. After you have lightened your hair, that lovely ash color with hold perfectly :) Have fun!

To Virginie, I usually leave my hair a few days to allow it to become oily. The oil protects your hair when you treat it, with most things. Then I dampen my hair using a squirty water bottle. I have mine drier than it would be if it were towel dried. You can put it in completely dry hair though. I just find that the damp hair is easier to work with.

Let me know how you do, ladies xxx

Thanks for dropping in!

Kerry


Jennifer 13 months ago

Hi,

I just dyed my hair last night I had dark brown hair with light ashy highlights. However, I want an all around light ash brown throughout all of my hair. So I bought two boxes of Revlon Medium Ash Brown. My hair looks like a dark brown all around instead. Please advise on what toner to buy at Sallys or hair correcting conditioner. Thank you, hope to hear from you soon.!


Virginie 13 months ago

Thank you so much for your article it helped me a lot after trying the toners T14 and 18 without any nice results because my hair was too dark (medium blonde). My brassiness is now gone with the 7 A 672!!! Do you apply this color on wet hair like a toner?


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BeautyandFashion 13 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Oops! In case anyone noticed, I made a boo-boo on the product numbers in my my recent comment response. Suffice it to say, the Wella 7AA is the lighter result, while the 7A color is the lovely darker, smokey outcome.

Thanks ;) x


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BeautyandFashion 13 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Anon, I usually do mine once every couple of months and chase with with a trim - the 7AA/672. I t's not always necessary to do it that often, but I love the shade so much and it's a subtle application with the 20 volume developer so it works out well. I am almost certain you'll fall in love with the 7AA/632 for what you described about the color of your ombre, however, if you wan't the same color only more dramatic, try the 7A/672 Medium Smokey Ash, it's a little darker.

Let me know how much you love it!

Enjoy your week and thanks so much for stopping by to read me :)

Kerry


Anon 13 months ago

Hi! I have bleached ombre that fades to an orangey tone (my natural hair is black) and your results using 7AA is pretty close to my ideal! :) My salon tones it to that color (maybe slightly ashier and darker) but I'd like to start toning it myself. My question is, since it's technically a permanent color, is it ok to use it often? I currently have to tone my hair about once a month or month and a half.


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BeautyandFashion 14 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi! Yes, that's the one ;)


Monalisasmiler 14 months ago

Thank you so much Kerry, I can order the products from Amazon, fingers crossed :) but thank you for your guidance.

This is the correct one isn't it Wella ColorCharm Liquid #632/7AA Medium Ash Blonde Haircolor

Will let you know how I get on. xx


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BeautyandFashion 14 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi :) this is actually a color, not a toner. You mix it with the developer as per the instructions - and just apply to your whole head. If your roots need lightening first though, you may need to lift them with some bleach. Don't bleach all of your hair though, just those dark pieces. If they're (the roots) not wayyy too different, the 7AA/632 will help to blend them nicely. I would give it a go without the bleaching first and see what you think. I feel as though you will be happy with the result.

Do the length of your hair first, then the roots and ends last. The ends are more porous if your hair has been treated, so they will take up color more easily. Ditto on the roots - but the heat from your scalp helps process faster. Let me know if I have confused you further lol, I am here to help. I will pop back in my early a.m. and check on you x

Kerry

I'm honestly not sure of what the color match would be for the U.K. version of this product, maybe call Wella customer service from their website, or call Sally's. Wella would be better, I've had some odd experiences calling Sally's, but maybe that was just me. I found myself buying toners that were no use at all :/


Monalisasmiler 14 months ago

Thanks Kerry - just to clarify I will mix the developer with the 7AA/632 and then put it on my roots - should it be on for about 15 minutes, or did you mean just use the developer and then do the toner after? Sorry am a novice to this. I can buy the color charm on amazon but just wondered if I was to buy this in Sallys in the UK what would it convert to in the colour touch? Thank you so much and have a wonderful day


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BeautyandFashion 14 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Mona, you will need to lighten a bit more, but just do the roots where it is orange and you need it lighter. Try to get it as close to banana color as possible, unless you find that the required time is up, in which case, please wash it out. Then color over it. - for the color you want, which is what I have now, I would personally use the 7AA/632. It's my go-to color. Color over color sounds a bit dopey I suppose, but the toners just don't give me the pretty ash that I need, OR, it just doesn't last long. When you color, color your whole head, if the roots have come to about the same as the rest of your hair. Any couple of shades or yellowy brass will even out. Be aware that the 7AA will give a very silvery/gray, almost blue hue, if your hair is light, so just cut back on the complete processing time. You can always go back and do it again. Subtle is good first, I think. Oh, and use 20 volume developer - at least, that's what I use, always. (p.s. the one that says "smokey" is just as pretty, only it is much darker on pre-lightened hair.

Have fun :)


Mona 14 months ago

Hi Kerry I am in the UK ad have highlighted medium blonde hair. About six weeks ago I used nic n easy light ash blonde - all worked ok but roots were slightly orange. I managed to tone these down with touch of silver. My roots are now showing dark - was told at Sally's that my base is about a six - medium ash brown. I love the colour of the picture with the hair up withe the roses on and this is what I am aiming for, based in the UK went in with my list of your recommendations but was told that Color charm is American and wella Color touch is the same. What I wanted to know is should I just do the roots or all of my hair and which one do I need to achieve the similar colour as the picture with the hair up the smoky ash or the medium intense blonde ash? Thank you so much for your help x


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BeautyandFashion 14 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Kay! Thanks so much, and I'm glad it was helpful. I actually meant to reorder some 7AA last Friday myself, so thanks for the prompt, I'm off to do that right now! lol

Have a great week :)

Regards,

Kerry


Kay 14 months ago

This article totally saved my hair. I opted for the 7AA and am very happy with the results!


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BeautyandFashion 15 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Nam, thanks so much, I appreciate your kind words and return visits :)

Kerry x


Nam 15 months ago

your article is a go to for me every time I highlight! thanks so much


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BeautyandFashion 15 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hello, so sorry I was not here this weekend, and I'm always close by :/ You can always run a box dye through your hair, just choose one with natural tones, not an ash. Alternatively, try a soap cap - see my other article, "how to get blonde hair without using bleach" but check it every five minutes because you're stripping toner, not so much color.

So sorry I wasn't here sooner! I hope you solved the problem somehow. Please let me know!

x

Kerry


Jess 15 months ago

Help! I toned my hair with T14 and must have left it on too long and its like a pale blue gray! I can't go to work like this Monday. What should I do?


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BeautyandFashion 16 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Sara, yes that should leave a lovely ashen tone in your hair and get rid of that unwanted chestnut-ish orange hue. The medium smokey ash is a bit darker than the 7AA/632, so you might try that first if you want it a slightly lighter ashy effect.

Have fun, and thanks for stopping by. Let me know how you love your hair when it's done!

Cheers!

Kerry x


Sara 16 months ago

Hi Kerry!

I recently lightened my dark brown hair using a permanent hair color which lifted it quite a bit, however its this weird orange hue all over. Instead of continuing to lighten it more, I was thinking of now just going for a very ashy brown/blonde color to get rid of the orange and give my hair a very cool tone look. Do you think that the wella medium smokey ash blonde will help me achieve the look I am going for? Thank you so much in advance :)


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BeautyandFashion 16 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi shay, sorry I was in here this morning but lost my wi-fi connection for some reason....-sorry to hear about your orange issue. I don't understand why those folks keep recommending t-18 for orange hair as it's a toner, and doesn't lift the color anyway. You will need to bleach again, and the Olaplex is an excellent idea. Unfortunately I can't offer any tips on using it, specifically because haven't used it myself. However, I recently saw a gentleman on YouTube coloring a young lady's beautiful red hair, if you look for Guy Tang on YouTube, and check a few of his thumbnails for a pic of the red-haired lady, he does offer the step-by-step process he used with Olaplex. I was under the impression one could not purchase it if they were not a professional. Did you buy it at Sallys?

I look forward to hearing back from you!

Enjoy your evening,

Sincerely,

Kerry :)


shay 16 months ago

Also I do have olaplex to use. I am trying to go blonde.


shay 16 months ago

Hi! Hope you can help me ..My hair was dark brown I have bleach my hair twice in the last 2 months and now it has a lot of orange in it... they told me at sallys to get at T18 it didnt hep any!!!!!! then added some color and have been trying to give it a break. Please help what do I do next. I want this orange gone. Thanks for your help!!


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BeautyandFashion 16 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Mariena :) ....so I usually use 20 volume developer as it is a little less harsh than the 30. Develop until your highlights are a banana yellow color, then you might like to try the Wella T-11. Its a lovely subtle light beige blonde. And yes, add more highlights through your hair to achieve an overall lighter result. Don't forget to tone periodically to keep the slight brassy tinge away. I would also recommend a purple shampoo for blonde hair because that will keep your highlights refreshed and you won't need to tone as often. Any time you tone, of course, you need to use developer so it's an extra process you can skip for a longer period of time

Have fun!

My regards,

Kerry


Marlena 16 months ago

Hi. About 2 months ago my hair was dark brown. I wanted highlights. I used a highlight kit and then followed with white lady toner and I think 30 volume developer.my hair was big time orange but after I toned it. It turned out beautiful. Well my roots have grown out Alittle over an inch. Time to high light again. So I bought all the same stuff as before. But as I've been reading I think I should of bought a different kid of toner and developer because my hair isn't dark anymore. I love my hair color. Wanting to get it a little lighter this time but not much. I figure just doing more highlight will make it look lighter anyway. My question is what toner and developer should I get. Thanks


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BeautyandFashion 17 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Araceli solis, your mother in law's hair was too dark for that shade. You will need to lift those highlights to a lemon/banana yellow before the toners will work properly. Toner will not lift the orange out of those pieces of hair. If they are light orange, you could try painting some 7AA/632, permanent Wella color which is my go-to favorite for orange hair between bleaching. It will have a slight grayish hue, but not too bad, and then it will fade somewhat after shampooing a couple of times. Then bleach again.

Please let me know how it works out for her :) And I hope this response wasn't too late, I have been away ill for the past week or so.

Enjoy your day :)

Kerry


Araceli solis 17 months ago from Texas

Hello,

So I have a quick question I did highlights on my mother in laws hair from her natural medium brown hair ,the highlights turned out yellow -orange but since it was my first time using the brand wella I used the 10n/1001 in permanent hair color with 20 vol. And put it all over ,I realized that was a big mistake because it ended up lifting her natural hair color so we took it off quickly cuz it was lifting up her hair color to a light brown color but the highlights didn't turn any color they stayed the same it just turned her natural color to a light brown and my question is what toner can I use to tone the highlights because she wants light highlight but not white or gray or orange looking . and I'll be using permanent color to get hair natural hair color back I just want to fix those ugly tones of highlight can you please help me


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BeautyandFashion 17 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Mayaan, I'm so sorry - half asleep here lol. I see you already us the 7AA, so yes, I would try that Chi Ionic 11A first, definitely. If you see too much orange, bleach or soap cap as mentioned above, then 7AA again for about a month before Chi Ionic a second time. So sorry for any confusion, I simply misread your post.

Kerry xx


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BeautyandFashion 17 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Lauren and Mayaan! Thank you so much for reading, and for the kind words - Lauren, I would definitely try the 7AA/632 all over, it will blend your hair evenly, but so you know, where your hair is blonde-ish, it will make it a dirty blonde shade if your hair is already light enough in those areas. I personally LOVE the dirty blonde. Just follow the directions, and leave it on for about 25 -30 minutes. It will dull off a little after a couple of shampoos, but I think at that point you will love it even more.

Please come back and let me know what you thought of your results!...I appreciate you coming by ^_^

Mayaan, you could also try the 7AA/632 Wella color. I would leave it for about a month, this would give your hair a rest and also allow it to fade a little, (unless you turn more more brassy than you would like in the meantime, but I don't think so) then try the Chi Ionic high lift color. I used shade 11 A, as I mentioned to another lady earlier, but my hair was already quite light. That said, the 7AA could help your shade out enough to warrant using that Chi Ionic 11A anyway. If it's still darker than you would like, you might need to bleach once or use a soap cap first ( see my other article for instructions/suggestions on that). I generally find that using some of the 7AA/632 right after bleaching gives me a pretty color until my hair has a break and until I decide if I want to go lighter or not. Sometimes I don't bother, I just love the 7AA/632 so much.

Again, please drop back in and let me know!


Maayan 17 months ago

Hi,

Thank you SO much for this post. I have dark brown curly (mixed) hair and I had gotten to orange-y blonde hair using Wella 12AA but couldn't, for the life of me, despite trying various toners, get the red out. Your point about it being still too dark for the toners to work is BRILLIANT. I just used 7AA and FINALLY the red is MOSTLY gone. I'm thrilled. That said, my question is: How do I get the red-now-dark-blonde hair to go LIGHTER in a few weeks without bleach and still keeping the red out? Thank you so much!!!


Lauren Elizabeth0 17 months ago

Hey Kerry,

Your advice and posts have been very helpful as the top layer of my hair is a brassy shade of orange and the bottom my natural medium golden brown hair. I tried "glam lights" for medium/light brown to touch up my highlights and roots but the results were awful. I immediately ran to Sally's & was recommended the T18. Did it the same day as the highlights but didn't work (reading your post I see why now!). Tried again a couple of days later to no avail. Like your previous writer Alexa, I don't necessarily want to go blonde but would like to make the orange turn into a pretty light ash brown. You recommend such all over color to her but mentioned the 7AA/632 which sounds beautiful! Is that color for pale/brown ashy or pale blonde ashy? I just want to get rid of the brass and somehow end up with a pretty all over color which will blend and correct what I've done. Thanks so much!


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BeautyandFashion 18 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Suzanne, again, my apologies for time taken to respond :/ You could try the T-14 or T-11 - T-11 is a Beige Blonde toner, T-14 is an ash toner. You will need to use 2 parts developer to 1 part toner, and I would recommend 20 volume, although you could use 30, please follow directions on timing carefully. You didn't say if you were going for the ashy look or the oatmeal/golden color. If you're undecided, try mixing equal parts of those toners together.

I just mentioned to Alexa, above, that I have done that several times and the color is so pretty, not too ashy, but removes a lot of the brassy gold hues. As I'm not exactly sure what your blonde level is, I think it'd be reasonable to assume you will need to lighten it a cpl of shades first f you see little to no result in the tone of your hair.

Take care, please call back in and let me know how you do :)

*to all my awesome friends who stop by,

.......as always, please be advised that my suggestions are based on personal experience, not formal education as a color technician/hairdresser*

Sincerely,

Kerry


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BeautyandFashion 18 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Alexa, so sorry. I have been away ill for the last cpl of weeks. A 20 volume developer or even a 30, is best for the light toners. If you're applying darker stuff you'd then use the 10 volume developer. I had a problem getting the t-14 to do anything on orange hair. You could do one of two things - lighten your hair a few shades, or, try mixing the t-14 with t-18 I think it is -Beige Blonde Please check that T # to make sure. I got nice color from that 1:1 mixture :) Sorry for the slow reply!


Suzanne 19 months ago

My hair right now is about a medium-dark blonde, but has a definite orange hue. I tried the T-10 toner last night and it helped a little, but not much. I assume it's too dark for the toner?


Alexa 19 months ago

Hi Kerry!

Thanks again for reply. Should have read before toning. In any case, I applied t-14 with a 10 volume developer, in hopes that it would help diminish the reddish hue of the high lights - and get closer to an ash blond - or at least - make them more blond than red- . I applied twice - it barely did anything . Should I've used a 20v developer with the toner? Or used a different toner all together ? Thanks again ! This time I'll wait for your reply!! Xx


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BeautyandFashion 19 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hey Alexa, :) I love the Wella permanent colors myself. I absolutely adore the 7AA/632, its a kind of gray/pale brown ashy color, so so pretty. I found it great in my darker brown hair because as it fades I get that pale ash brown anyway. I want your hair I think lol. I digress....short story made long, I would definitely recommend Wella's permanent colors, keeping in mind it will grow out and leave "the firebreak" root border, so you're going to need to touch up roots every couple of months as with any other permanent color. Use 20 volume developer, the stronger is better for very blonde hair (but more damaging too) , and the 10 is good if you're needing to deposit dark colors. Oh P.S., on a pleasant note, the permanent colors from Wella don't have near as strong smell as their toners, even then, those are pretty tame, too. I do love Wella products, such reliable results for me.

Cheers, drop back and let me know how it's progressing!

Kerry x


Alexa 19 months ago

Hi Kerry!

Thank you for your reply ! I'm just starting the wella products & love them. Would you a wella pale ash brown permanent color? I'm familiar with the toners not so much with their permanent. If so , what volume developer do you think might be a good try. I'm aware that's not an exact science . But your experience and feedback is more that welcome! Thanks again !!


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BeautyandFashion 19 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Alexa, how are you?.....you could try coloring all your hair with a pale ash brown, assess your color, because it will leave the highlights ashen also, then perhaps tone with T-11 Lightest Beige Blonde. That will wake your highlights up to a little more golden without adding too much of a reddish hue to the rest of your hair. It can be a problem keeping the bulk of your hair ashed out without losing those pretty highlights.

Have fun :)

Sincerely,

Kerry


Alexa 19 months ago

My hair is naturally brown - I added a few high lights - some of the stands lifted to yellow- a few days after - I colored with medium ash brown. Now the highlights are very brassy, and the rest of the hair is brown brassy.

Which toner would you recommend / ideally I would like the highlights to have a muted golden honey. And no brass in the rest. What would you recommend to get even close to that? Thanks!


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BeautyandFashion 20 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi luna, I would go straight for the T-11 since your hair is already pale lemon. The really ashy toners do have a tendency to deposit loads of silvery/gray when your hair is already very light like that. I didn't want a golden/beige blonde, I was looking for ash, but, the T-11 is really subtle, I'm pretty sure you'll love the result. If it happens that you're more goldy than you would like, you can tone a second time with the T-11 and T-18 mixed together in equal amounts. (2 parts toner to 1 part 20 volume developer), it's such a pretty effect, neither too ashen or gold. I'm sure this will lead you very close to the shade you want.

Please let me know how it comes out!?

Have a wonderful week ^_^ x

Regards,

Kerry

(so sorry for the long-winded response!)


luna 20 months ago

Hi Kerry:)

I had dark blonde hair (origionally its dark chestnut brown) I bleached w a 9n and it's a lemon/peach color. I've used t-10 in the past but think it wouldn't come out the pale yellow it did b4. Last year I used t18 & my hair turned silver...so what toner should I use now if I wanted a pearl blonde? Thanks in advance ssl :)


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BeautyandFashion 20 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Lauren, any of the ash toners will get rid of that brassiness. If the rest of your hair is light brown/ish, it may lighten a teeny tiny bit, otherwise it will have no effect . Tone once per month to keep your ombre ends nice & bright ;) I'd go for T-18 or even T-14.

Follow the mixing and timing as per the recommendations on the package, you'll be fine ;)

Have a fun one! ^_^

Kerry


Lauren 20 months ago

Hi, i bleached my hair to a high ombre about two months ago and the stylist used an ash blonde. Its starting to turn orange/blonde. Will the wella lightest ash blonde just cancel out the brassyness or will it tone my hair really light? Ive never done my own hair so im kinda nervous haha.


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BeautyandFashion 20 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Jodie, my bad, I only said T-18 first, I meant either T-18 and/or a mix of T-18 and T-11 like I said further into the reply. Either way I'm sure you will be happy with the result. Go more ash or more gold, depending which of those toner results you'd prefer. ;)

Kerry


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BeautyandFashion 20 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Jodie I see my comment didn't post (or it'll post later, twice) in any case, the lighter roots happen like that because the roots are 'hot' meaning the bleach processes way faster there than on the rest of the hair strand. Always lighten the middle, then the ends, then add the bleach/lightener to the roots last.Keeping in mind I am not a professional colorist (but I have also made this, and many other boo-boos of the same nature before) I would use color here - color with Wella color charm medium ash 7AA/632, then wait a couple of weeks and tone it down with T-18. The 7AA/632 is a lovely ash, it'll probably be darker than you would want it for a start, but it will fade a little, so when you see a hint of ginger showing, tone with a mix of equal parts T-18 and T-11. This way you wont be too ashy, or too gold. Use 20 volume developer.

Let me know how what your result is. And P.S. if you like the color after you have colored, waited, then toned, make a note so you know what to use next time. These days I usually just lighten then use a toner, no color - but for corrective purposes from this initial blunder, I did have to color AND tone after ending up with a problem like the one you have right now. It really did work well, for me.

Enjoy your week, Jodie :)


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BeautyandFashion 20 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Cindy, how are you? I see that the 7N is a natural shade, not ash or golden, you could try that on it's own if you're afraid of the color being too ash for you, or, you could mix 1 equal parts of that with say T-18 or even T-14, to ash is down just a little.

Let me know how it comes out? I also have about 40-50% gray so I am aware of your concern with "over-ashing~".

Have a great day, Kerry


Cindy 20 months ago

Thanks for the great information. I have medium to light ash brown hair naturally, about 50% gray now. I've colored it for years, and I recently switched to Wella from a discontinued private label product. I've tried the 7N/711, went lighter to 811, but my roots are orange. I'd like it a bit lighter yet, so I bought the 811, but I haven't used it yet. I'm afraid of the ash because of a bad experience years ago with the green tones. Can you make any suggestions as to how I can tone down the orange a bit? I'm open to trying different colors or mixing. Thanks.


Jodie 20 months ago

Can you help me please? I used colour b4 colour remover on my black/dark brown hair and it turnt my hair a little lighter brown with very subtle ginger highlights. I then bleached my hair with a 30 developer on the top and started to run out so I needed to use 40 halfway through but I rinsed out and conditioned, my hair is now very VERY light almost white at the very roots, neon Orange in the middle and a few streaks of blonde, will wella colour charm toner in pale ash blonde t14 help me, please help this is urgent!!! Thankyou x


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BeautyandFashion 20 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Trish, sorry to hear of your hair issues, can relate, believe me. I would suggest lightening it just a little more if it's really orange, provided you aren't really brittle, and making sure you do it on oily hair. Mine is very oily after about three days, it drives me nuts, but best to do it then because it will protect your hair somewhat. When I had the super dooper orange problem, I used the Wella Medium Ash 632, see above, it's a color, not a toner. The smokey ash you will find comes out much darker, and rather gray looking. It's lovely, but I can tell it's not what you're aiming for it'd be too dark.

After two or three washes, the 632 will fade a little, then you might try toning it will the T-18 again, This is what I did to get the color in the photo above. You may even need to wait a few more than two or three shampoos, but you won't look like an orange in the meantime. Please let me know how it works out for you, I'm always interested.

The T-18 is the White Lady, and it's an ash, this is what you'll need to keep the orange under control, of course. Having said that, the 632 Medium Ash Color will already have deposited a lot of ash to your hair color, so you could even try the T-11 Beige Blonde (only if you haven't faded too far back to orange though). I have also used a mix of both T-18 and T-11 together after coloring with 632 Medium Ash and it came out lovely. Oh P.S. - yes 20 Volume developer, definitely. The others are too harsh, and the 10 vol. is mostly only suitable for darker color.

Have an awesome day, Trish ^_^ !

Kerry


Trish 20 months ago

This article (and all the comments) were VERY helpful. Thank you so much! I have a light brown hair naturally, dyed it medium ash blonde (not Wella, Clairol Nice N Easy) and it turned out orange, yes it was disgusting. I went to Sally's and they said use a Wella T-18 toner + 20 volume developer. I did, left it on 30 mins, it did practically nothing. So I went back to Sally's and I said T-18 did nothing, should I try T-14? They said no do the T-18 and leave it on longer, so I did (45 mins), and still nothing. I still have orange hair. I love the darker blonde color you have in the first picture, exactly what I am trying to achieve, what I would call a darker ash blonde. So, do you think I should try T-14 or the Medium Smokey Ash 7A/672? Also, I have dyed/toned my hair these 3 times in 3 weeks. It looks fine & healthy, a healthy orange, so any idea how much time I should wait to dye/tone it again? Also, just to verify, if I tone it or dye it I should use only a 20 developer? Thank you so much. :)


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BeautyandFashion 20 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Dani, my response didn't show up, I will try again :/ I would personally tone using the T-11, it is slightly gold but not so much it will be brassy. It should add some lovely dimension to your existing color without making it brassier. After a couple of weeks, follow up with the T-18 toner for a lighter more ashy finish. This will lighten the blonde regrowth for that balayage "look" without going through all that fuss of doing the whole process - you're lucky to have lighter roots here! Oh P.S. your English is perfect, I would never have guessed it wasn't your first language ;)

Have a great week :)

Regards,

Kerry


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BeautyandFashion 20 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

@Mila, you're so welcome, and thanks for letting us now about the product you used. It's always handy to know which of these products have the least odor, some are quite overwhelming aren't they? I use Wella for that exact reason. Great job, and thanks for sharing I will be trying that color line at some time in the future.

M best to you :)

Kerry


Dani 20 months ago

Hi Kerry, thank you for this post!

I'm reading so much about coloring that i'm getting a bit overwhelmed.

At the moment my hair is dyed light brown, but over time it's more a flat, brassy orangy-red brown color. Not good, not good at all. My own haircolor is basic dark blonde, showing at the roots.

What I would like to do is color my hair light ashbrown with some ash blonde 'balayage'. Could you help me out what you think I could do best? Should I first tone my hair (and with what) for the brassiness? Or first color my hair and then tone? Thank you for your help!

ps: my foreign language is Dutch, if I made any mistakes in my post that's the reason ;)


Mila 21 months ago

Thank you for responding so quickly. I actually tried the Blonde Brilliance platinum toner line, also available at sally's. It worked pretty good and doesn't smell strong at all. They also make toning shampoos (purple shampoo)

You are very helpful and nice.

Take care


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BeautyandFashion 21 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Mila! ^_^, I think you're on the right track with the T-18, because it should brighten your highlighted strands with little to no change to your natural color. However, the 20 volume will be best for this toner, the 10 is best for coloring with darker toners/colors etc.

Thanks for dropping by, I appreciate you :)


Mila 21 months ago

Hi I also have a few highlights in my hair that actually look fine without a toner however, I'd like to bring it to a more ashy blonde look. I don't however want to change my natural hair color which is a medium ash brown. Can I use a volume 10 developer toner and which color toner would you recommend? I was thinking to get Wella T18? Thanks for your help.


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BeautyandFashion 23 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Araceli, hi and Happy Holidays! If it were me, I would try the Wella T-11 Lightest Beige Blonde. It will brighten your existing highlights and very possibly offer a shade or two lighter on your dark hair without making it orange as if it were bleached. Another option would be to add more highlights which would make your entire head look more blonded.

Have fun :)


Araceli h 23 months ago

Hi . I have highlights and I was wondering what can I do to Lighten my hair that isn't bleached ? (I have dark brown hair with overly brighten highlights) If I put a blonde ash toner will it brighten my U bleached hair but keep my vleached hair the same color? What do u recommend to make the colors look more natural ?


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BeautyandFashion 2 years ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Ella, my apologies for the slow reply... I would personally be satisfied trying the combo you mentioned, the t-14 may help to lighten the 7AA somewhat, you will probably see it comes out darker than you might expect, but the t-14 should be OK over it so long as you don't leave it on for longer than the time specified. It will have a tendency toward turning your roots a little more gray than you want them to be. I would use the 7AA then wait a week or 3 washes, then use the t-14. When the 7Aa fades a tad the t-14 should counter the orange near the roots. Be careful though, it will process faster on your roots because it's warmer near your scalp.

Let me know how it works for you!

My regards...:)


Ella 2 years ago

Hi, I just found your post. So today I got my orders, I ordered the Wella Colorcharm 7aa and the Wella toner T14. I dyed my hair, and it turned orange, so I bleached it again and the roots stayed light orange. So I used the T14 toner only, and It worked well, mainly on the rest of my hair. However, my roots are still orange somewhat, so now my roots are medium orange/ash light brown while my highlights (all over my hair) is blonde/ashy (which I like, maybe a bit too blond but it blends with the medium orange/ash light brown hair).

My hair was so damaged after bleaching twice, had conditioner on, including olive oil and honey etc. A few days ago I bought organic coconut oil (this worked so well, I had it in for 3 hours, my hair is soft now, soft enough for all that I've put it through), I also stopped ironing my hair or even doing anything to it, I keep it in a ponytail for 3 weeks.

So to my question, what kind of color do you think will come out of mixing the well 7aa color charm permanent+ well t14? Im ok, to going dark ash blond at this point. I just don't want to bleach it anymore, and get rid of the medium orange color on my roots.

Thank you :)


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BeautyandFashion 2 years ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hello Sophia, I leave mine in for around 30 minutes. Check your packaging for recommendations, of course, but that's what works best for me.

Thanks for calling in, let me know how it works out for you ^_^

Enjoy your week,

Kerry


Sophia 2 years ago

Hello, can you tell me how long you leave the toner on?


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BeautyandFashion 2 years ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Samantha55, how are you today? T14 is an ash toner, so yes that will help to neutralize the orange/yellow. If you're ultimately looking for a more golden/sandy beach type of blonde, you will just need to avoid the ash toners and go for something like a T15, 27...35 etc. I saw a lovely shade recently for this look - I believe it was 12W Malibu Blonde Plus* If it were me, I would ash tone it first to get rid of the bulk of the yellow, then go with the beige a cpl of weeks later. It won't "brass out" so quickly. Have fun, I look forward to hearing how it turns out :)


Samantha55 2 years ago

Hi so I bleached my medium brown hair almost a month and a half ago and right now it is a dark blonde with yellow and orange hues in it. I bought the Wella T14 toner, was that I good choice or should I purchase another toner?


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BeautyandFashion 2 years ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Great! I'd love to hear how it works out for you...please drop back in and let me know when you get time. Enjoy your day ^_^


kleenreid 2 years ago

this really helped me decide color toner. Going to try mixing T-11 and T-18. Im a pale yellow right now. Just bleached it to that stage last night.


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BeautyandFashion 2 years ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

That's a great idea ^_^ Feel free to send me an email/photo etc. You can contact me via my profile page, or add me on Pinterest.

Happy hair day!


anon 2 years ago

Good to know! I think I have decided to go with a light ash brown due to the fact that my hair is still very much in the brown stage with red undertones. Thanks again! Happy Coloring! :)


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BeautyandFashion 2 years ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi!, you're so welcome.......I have used the ash toners on several shades to to remove the brassiness, and with great success. My only suggestion is to refrain from using the very lightest of the toners as those will not be as effective if the hair is still in a brown/brassy state. For example, if your hair was already a dark blonde and your bleaching left it brassy, the lightest toners would probably work well. However, if you've lifted the darkest of your color but your hair is still in the brown family, the medium is the better choice. The whiter the toner doesn't mean your hair will become lighter, only the bleaching will do that ;) I hope that all made sense, please ask for clarification if I left you a little confused.

Sincerely...


anon 2 years ago

Thank you for your quick response...will this even work on medium/dark brown hair that has been lightened to a brassy color? Thank you again!


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BeautyandFashion 2 years ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hello, thanks for popping in...yes, the ash toners are the ones you will need to cancel out any of those red tones. Have an awesome day ^_^


anon 2 years ago

Thank you for your advice! I have one question though. I recently bleached my hair and there are some orange/red tones near my roots. Will the wella medium ash blonde help cancel these out?

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