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How to Use Wella Color and Developer for Ash Blonde Hair

Updated on October 19, 2016
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Kerry spends her time researching beauty tips and hair care advice. She specializes in color-treated and bleached 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.

20 Volume Creme Developer
20 Volume Creme 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.

Have you ever dyed your own hair blonde and had a weird outcome?

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      Roxanne Jenkins 2 weeks ago

      Thank you so much for all your helpful information. I've been doing my hair forever but unlike you, I'd give up and end up with spending a fortune. Thanks again!!!

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      irene 4 weeks ago

      i dyed my hair silver now 2weeks ago now its blue and an orange is coming out what can I do

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      Sailery 4 weeks ago

      so i dye my hair dark blonde and now it is a little bit green, any help please? which toner should i use to fix the color, i would like my hair color be like sandy or light caramel... thanks

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      Victoria 5 weeks ago

      So I was just curious, i bought some ash blonde hair extensions and when I received them they looked more like an ashy champagne blonde, I thought maybe if I washed them it would come out eventually but no. Can't return them now either of course... :( is there anything I can do to get that pinkish color out and get them a little more bleach blonde looking, I do have some ashy tones with my natural hair but it's mostly light vanilla blonde do I don't want to tone them with purple shampoo like I've done before and have them turn an even weirder color.. help me!

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      Geri 6 weeks ago

      Is it safe to tone hair more than once in a day? I Have natural hair

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      Eve 7 weeks ago

      Thank you! My hair turns red no matter what color I seem to put in it. It's to the point that people comment how my ginger daughter got her red hair from me. I've tried various ash tones, as well as ash intensifier. Still red. The colors always look nice, but my ash blonde roots don't look good with the eventual brassy blonde I am left with after a couple months. This time I used the Wella medium smokey blonde with a natural blonde toner. It's still a golden blonde, but definitely not red.

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      NoelBlosser 2 months ago

      Hi Kerry~

      I have read off the the comments and your responses. You seem to have this all down to a science. I was in Sally's and the girl there told me about this process, so I came home and found you! =)

      I want to see your take on my hair. I have Olaplex highlights under my current color (changed full head in October) that is L'oreal's Professional Color light brown bought from Sally's (not box brand). I want to lighten the brown up a bit. Over some of the coloring, I have done my entire head and not just the roots and it is a bit darker now. I have to color my hair every 3 weeks since I have that wonderful almost full grey gene. I am seeing what I call "skunking" grey stripe too easily because my hair grows so fast. I do have natural red tones even though my hair is pretty much grey and color grabs pretty quickly. Although my temples just don't seem to grab the color as solid as the rest of my hair.

      Looking for your input to bring my hair color up a shade or two. Would it be best for my to use a 20 or 30? Should I mix with baking soda, developer and shampoo leaving out peroxide since I would not use the bleach? Also, I am coloring my roots today with Ion Dark Blonde and would think that I would not do my roots but the balance of my hair only. I just need to bring the darker part up a bit so there is not such a drastic dividing line. Should I wait till the weekend to do the cap giving my a break on the processing? The girl at Sally's says I could do it same day or the following with no issues so long I condition really good.

      Any suggestions would be very much appreciated... PS...I hope you recent health concerns are being treated well.

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      Kerry 2 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Laureleafy, you're welcome! ^_^ XX

      Kerry

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      Lidiya 2 months ago

      Okay, that was weird. Not sure why my whole question didn't post...Anyways, I was wondering if that since my roots were lightened by the developer, will the slight brassiness be toned down after washing it a few times? Or am I stuck with it?

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      Lidiya 2 months ago

      So I just toned my hair with Wella t18. My highlights look great, but my roots, not so much...The developer definitely lightened them!

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      Shannon Edwards 3 months ago

      I don't know what my natural hair color should be, my mom permed my hair every year as a child and I started coloring at 14. Last year I had a baby and let the color go. It grew out a dark dirty blond with gold and red highlights. I recently went light champagne blond and it turned a yellow color. The Sally rep have me T15 toner and 10 volume..whatever that is. How will this work?

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      laureleafy 3 months ago

      Thank you so much for this article, it is so clear and the exact information I was looking for.

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      Kat 3 months ago

      **In regard to roots, please be aware that using 10 volume can indeed lighten the virgin hair. If you have lightened or colored hair and any substantial regrowth or roots, avoid the root area when toning. Toner with 10 volume lightened my level 6 light brown ash roots to a level 7 dark brassy orange brown. Not cute. The rest of my hair toned looked great.

      If you can't avoid your regrowth it might be better to use a product like Redken Shades EQ to tone. You can get it on Amazon. It uses a processing solution instead of a developer and therefore will not lift any virgin root at all. It's a great option for people like myself who love the very grown out root look but still need to tone their blonde lengths.

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      Stef 4 months ago

      Hello, I recently used color oops to remove all the hair dye which did amazingly good job it left a little bit of a red tone and I dyed my hair dark ash blonde I i love you too the color but what can i use to tone down red tint it still has without bleach

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      Valia 4 months ago

      Hi I have a very dark brown natural hair . I just bleached with a 20 volume developer and turned like orange color then I bleached again and turned like yellow color. My question is what toner I have to used to get a smoke ash blonde?

      Thabks

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      Stacey 4 months ago

      I used a hi lift ash brown on hair that was already light with blonde and red tones. My hair now has platium/white coloring on the ends that were very blonde. How can I fix it to an ash brown?

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      Kerry 4 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hey Brianna ^_^ yes, quite likely. However, if it's still more Beige/slightly brassy than you desire, try mixing it equal parts with an ash blonde toner and use 20 volume developer - perfect!

      I hope you're enjoying your day

      Love,

      Kerry xx

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      Brianna 4 months ago

      I have a honey blonde ombré and it's brassy now,and it's slightly orange/reddish. There's the Wella toner T27 the color is Medium Beige Blonde,will that tone my hair and keep it honey blonde?

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      Hannah 4 months ago

      My hair was very golden but not too orangey but I just put wella t28 and it's just a different color of brass, how long do I have to wait to do another toner or can I do it immediately even if this toner is still in

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      Barbara 4 months ago

      After i color my hair at home with box color FERIA platinum blond , can i use wella toner T18 with 20volume?

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      Cbear 4 months ago

      I've always enjoyed golden wheat hair. My stylist made the mistake of putting purple shampoo on it (4 mos ago) and now I have two sections that turn a grayish green whenever my hair is dyed. What can I do to go back to the golden wheat and maintain that? 4 mos seems insane but I wuit going to her and it is still happening with new stylist

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      Kerry 4 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Rebecca, I see you're in the home stretch here though if you're seeing yellow too. I'd suggest lightening more, but leave the roots until last as they will process faster due to the heat from your scalp. Hence the different color. Lighten until you're at a banana lemon color, then the medium ash should work OK, otherwise you will encounter more grayish issues. I actually had a gray/blue result when I used medium ash over orange/yellow once, I didn't mind it, although it wasn't what I was aiming for. Use 20 volume developer. Let us know when you've finished please? - Love, Kerry Xxx ^_^

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      Kerry 4 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hello Tannie, that product is a color not a toner. If you are trying to go light blonde, it will be too dark. I would suggest using the Beige toner, however, you will likely need to lighten a bit more if you're still showing orange. Enjoy your day!

      Kerry Xx

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      Tannie 4 months ago

      So I just did my dark roots and that is the only part of my hair that is orange now. Do you suggest just toning the roots with the 632/7AA toner?

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      Rebecca Hd 4 months ago

      Hi

      I just bleached my hair from dark brown using wella blendor and it came out to a level 6 - light orange with very yellow roots. I then toned it using wella koleston medium ash blonde (7/1). It has come out very dark at the roots and is a dark smokey blonde with a weird greyish tinge almost. What can I do now as I wanted a lighter blonde? Thanks

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      Kerry 5 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi! Thanks so much, I will do just that :) And thanks for keeping me posted, I can't wait to hear how your hair turns out.

      Kerry Xxx

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      Deen 5 months ago

      Hi, Kerry

      Thanks for replying so soon. I'm still ordering the permanent color, waiting for delivery. Maybe gonna do my hair two weeks later. Hope things turn out as expected. I'll let you know.

      Just stay energetic, Kerry. You'll be fine

      Have a nice day (:

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      Kerry 5 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Kelly, just give it a couple of light washes with dish soap. Wait until it is dry properly before deciding what to do next, but I would suggest the Beige Toner listed above, it'll nudge some of that washy blue away also :)

      Have a wonderful day X

      Kerry

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      Kelly 5 months ago

      Just put a T14 blue toner in my hair, just highlighted as well. Have done this before. This time my hair has a blue tinge. What should I do? Will it wash out?

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      Kerry 5 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi deen, oh thanks so much for asking, I am doing well right now. Only two more chemo treatments to go, then some radiation for a few weeks. I feel so energetic today due to the steroids, I might get some extra work done! lol.

      As per your questions, yes I have often used those colors for toning, I just don't leave them for the full amount of time if I use them for that purpose. They won't really lift, as such, because the smokey color is considerably darker than one might think, a deep ash, the medium 7AA is slightly lighter, although the same color, if that makes sense, and will be a tad too dark if a true ash BLONDE is what you seek. So, leave it about 8 minutes then check. I know you will love it so much. I always use 20 volume Wella for these colors.

      I bet your hair is gorgeous! Please feel free to message me a photo of your pretty hairstyle on my FB page.

      Have a beautiful day ^_^

      Love,

      Kerry

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      deen 5 months ago

      Hi, Kerry. How's your health? Hope things are going well.

      You've been mentioning in some previous answers that the last 2 products (7A and 7AA) in the table were colors. Does that mean you toned brassiness with permanent colors? Didn't they lift?

      I have Asian hair. I'm having a plan to make my hair tip as light as possible (ombre), just for fun, maybe a bit blonde. But I got stuck to decide how I'll tone the blonde-bleached part. Since there's no semi nor demi permanent color sold in my country, is it okay to use permanent color as toner on bleached hair? If okay, what developer should I use? 10vol or 20vol?

      Thanks

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      Kerry 5 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Faith, thanks for the kind words. Yes, that smokey ash can be a little dark, the other color, the 7AA is more or less the same color, only lighter. But don't use this over the smokey ash blonde, it won't change anything.

      I didn't bleach again I just waited, however, if your hair is in good condition, wash two or three times with Dawn dish soap, that will strip some of the color. You could also just pull some strands for highlights and bleach those. Add a few more over time to create a whole-head lighter look.

      I hope this helps, and please accept my apologies for the slow response

      Regards,

      Kerry Xx ^_^

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      Faith 5 months ago

      When you went from the smoky ash blonde to the medium ash blonde did you have to bleach again? I followed your steps and I'm at the smoky ash and it's way to dark for me. I would like to lighten it up. I absolutely love your article! It has has helped me a lot.

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      Debra 5 months ago

      I went to a salon and they left the bleach on way to long. I wanted a golden blonde and now I'm gray. I just finally stopped crying. Is there a toner for that? And do I need a developer when using a toner?

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      Kerry 5 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Good afternoon Jill and Susanem3, I really appreciate you coming back to post, that's so sweet :)

      Kerry xxx

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      Jill 5 months ago

      Great article. Very helpful. My hair came out exactly as I had hoped.. thank you!

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      Susanem3 5 months ago

      Thank you! Tried the T50 with T14 and it made it a grey/silver - nice but a bit dark. Sticking with just T14 or T18 now..

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      Amanda Sykes 5 months ago

      Thank you! I had orange brassy hair after a few months of not dying, had about 2 inch new growth. I was dying my hair with box dye for a few years, medium ash brown, but apparently sometime the box dye really lightened my hair...leaving a golden brassy color after months of washing. So I used "Color Prep" by Color Oops last night, which took my hair to its natural state, which was a yellowish brassy dark blonde and it didn't look terrible but I don't like yellow blonde, so I read your blog and took your advice on using Wella Medium Ash Blonde with 20 Developer and it worked wonders on my hair! Thank you!

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      Kerry 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Susanem3, the t50 will give you anything ranging from silver, to purple/lilac, or even blueish hair. If you have very light bleached hair, I would suggest doing a strand test first, because you could possibly only need to leave it on for a fraction of the suggested time to get the color you want.

      Sorry for the long winded response, I've been out with health issues for a while.

      Please also visit me on FB via my profile page!

      Love,

      Kerry Xxx ^_^

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      Kerry 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Barbie, I'm so sorry I am having trouble responding to all the comments since I got back from tending to an illness, please forgive the slow answer, I hope your problem has been resolved. If not, try lightening your hair more first where the roots are darker brown. Using an ash blonde over dark hair will make it that greenish swampy color. After it's lightened, use the ash blonde color. Don't use the golden blonde as suggested to you, it'll just be a mess, unless you have once again, lightened first.

      Keep some purple shampoo on hand and use it once per week if you see a tinge of yellow you don't like.

      My regards,

      Kerry xx ^_^

      Love,

      Kerry XX

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      Kerry 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Mandie788, that's great, thanks for letting us know! That really is a gorgeous color, and if you care to lighten just a little more, you will see an improvement re the green tinge. You could also just chase what you have now with purple shampoo and that should resolve most of the green issue anyway. Sorry for the delay in replying, I've been tending to some health issues.

      Love,

      Kerry XX

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      Kerry 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hello Anna, how dark was your hair when you applied the 6AA? If it was darker than a mousey brown, you will need to lighten a little first for that to be true color when you use it. The darker your hair, the more orange it will become when you use a light color. Try to lighten it to a banana/lemon color, then use the 6AA again with 20 volume developer.

      Have a great hair day ^_^ xxx

      Kerry

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      Kerry 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Caroline, you will likely need to lighten those roots a little more. If they're too dark, the toner won't make any noticeable difference.

      Follow up with some purple shampoo :)

      Nice to see you, and thanks for your post.

      Sincerely,

      Kerry

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      Caroline 6 months ago

      Hi Kerry, I just did a wella toner t18 on my hair. Love the color my hair came out except for my roots, they are still a little golden...what can I do?

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      Anna 6 months ago

      Hi - I used 6AA with a 20% developer on my gray roots and they look brassy orange. What toner do u suggest? Thanks!

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      Kris 6 months ago

      I used about 1/3 of the T11 with the full bottle of t18 because my hair is long and thick, mixed with 20 developer on my pale yellow lifted hair, and the outcomewas a gorgeous sandy pale blond BUT some tiny pieces still have traces of lilac.. I've read some threads saying it washes out but I've scrubbed it about 4 times in 2 days and no luck. Anyone else experience this or have any remedies?!

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      Susanem3 6 months ago

      Hi there, and thanks for your previous answers. I'm curious - what will T50 do to bleached hair? I've scoured around for reviews on the product, but on sites where the Wella shades are sold the reviews are mixed all together and I can't ferret out the ones for T50. Thanks!

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      Mandie788 6 months ago

      Thank you. .the 7AA saved me. My hair was so yellow after bleaching. I want to wait a month to bleach again but I was so embarrassed by the color. I used the 7AA and looked presentable again. I left it on about 10 minutes. I.had a slight green tinge but better than looking like a muppet. Thank you

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      brenda 7 months ago

      Hi I boxed dyed my hair about three weeks ago to a blonde and It came out orange on the top and blonde on the bottom I started to read about these wella colors and I was wondering can I dye my hair with a wella color and then tone it or can I use a toner on box dyed hair ? Thanks in advance

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      Lindsey 7 months ago

      I have been bleaching and toning my hair for years. For some reason this time the toner just isn't working! I bleached my roots as I normally do, and used T18 with 20 volume developer in a 1:2 ratio (1 part toner, 2 parts developer) ...only on my roots of course.

      I did this twice and most of my hair is nice and platinum blonde but my roots are still slightly yellow/orange-ish! I even made sure to leave the toner on for 30 minutes the second time. I've tried purple shampoo as well. Any idea what might be wrong here? Thanks in advance!

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      Kerry 7 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Good morning Jazlyn, sorry I have been away so I'm now trying to catch up with comments and responses. The answer to your question is no, it wouldn't have been too soon for the toner, so long as you don't continue to do it so regularly. Also if your highlights are a little too dark and you don't want to mess around having them lifted more, you might consider just adding more highlights. The more you have, will make your overall highlights seem so much lighter simply due to the number of them.

      Kind regards,

      Kerry X x o o

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      Kerry 7 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Anya! Good morning to you. If it were me, I would lighten just a couple of shades more, then use a color, not a toner. Try Light Ash Brown, I know you'll love it. If you need to buy developer separately, you can still use 20 volume.

      Kind regards,

      Kerry X x o o

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      Kerry 7 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Good morning Roc13, please forgive the long delay in responding, I've been away with some health issues for a while. I'm so glad you finally got your hair the way you want it. And thanks so much for letting all our readers know how you achieved that look, I know they will appreciate your input.

      Kind regards,

      Kerry X x o o

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      Kerry 7 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Good morning, Daileigh November....sure, you can contact me via my Facebook page if you want to send a photo of your hair. Unfortunately this option is not available directly through here at this time. Just click my name to go to my profile page and follow the Facebook icon to get there.

      ....and the shaft of your hair is the middle section :)

      See you there!

      Regards,

      Kerry

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      Kerry 7 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Wendy Leigh! Thank you so much for all that wonderful information. I know everyone will appreciate those product recommendations. I have also added them to my shopping list.

      Have a wonderful day ^_^ Xx

      Kerry

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      Daileigh 7 months ago

      I have triesd bottle blonde since 6th grade (I'm 28) and even bleaching every yr at least onice/yr. Long story short, you

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      Daileigh November 7 months ago

      Any chance a photo could help someone tell me what category my hair falls in so I can get the right toner? I still have a 20developer I didnt use for bleaching. It did take 2 bottles&pks on already dyed blonde revlon extra light natural blonde hair. My hair is otherwise near black. It's really light now tho, amazingly. Some strands i think are "pale' the rest possibly lemon.

      Which parts are the shaft? I know the middle of my hair seemed to be dar

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      Anya Romaniv 7 months ago

      Naturally id say im a level 5. Last my hair was done I'm very unhappy about it wanted a suggestion on how to make it look more natural. Last time it was lifted and highlighted i dont know what with but I ended up with hair between a 10-11/12. Which could be nice except the problem is that the 10 is actually a bit brassy not horrible but not great so last time when we tried toning my hair with the white lady toner and 20 developer it turned the 11/12(highlights) purple and the other hair stayed yellow and I ended up looking silver all together but a ugly silver since the yellow was still there. I just kinda bared with it as I did not want to do more to my hair but now my roots have grown out and I have to do something. the problem is that I feel like my hair just looks very flat and dull all over but then by the root its looking more golden-y. I kinda wanted to lighten by natural 5 root growth to a maybe 7-6 but more ashy than warm. However, I don't know how to do this so that it doesn't go yelow-y on me-I just want more of a root grow-out look like a smudge root (but im not sure if I want to actually apply color, so wanted to just lift my root enough blend? is this possible or do I need to apply color?). But then also the rest of my hair just looks too flat and washed out and idk what to add to the hair to add a bit dimension and still match the roots? thank you!

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      Roc13 7 months ago

      Saved my hair from damage. I just bleached with wella twice to acheive an orangy gold yellow mix. I tried a single shade toner that did not seem to work. I decided to tone using wella 8a blonde gel. This really helped out but i felt i still had more gold than i wanted. I debated on eventually having to hi lift bleach or dye again and did not want to. So i found a response on here on mixing toners. So i mixed about half an oz of t11 with 1 oz t14 to 2.5 oz 20 dev. And left in for 30 minutes applying to roots last. Oh thank goodness it removed allllll the brass and gold tones without whiting or greying me out i looove the color!!! Thank youu

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      Genevie 7 months ago

      If I'm using color touch 9:16 well a how much developer 40 cream would I use to mix with it

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      Vane 8 months ago

      Hi I have an ombre. (my natural hair brown on top, with blond, mid-session to end). I want a little ashy tone. but is turning brassy and a bit orange. how can I tone it without damaging my roots, and what color toner can you suggest. I was looking and want something like T18-T14 from wella. But like a said i don't want to bleach or turn my roots green. Please help.

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      Jazlyn 8 months ago

      I just got high lights last week but they wete too dark. Is it too soon to put toner in my hair?

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      AJ 8 months ago

      This is a very well written,informative description of bleaching and toning blonde hair. Especially if you aren't a Cosmetologist. You go girl! Some people don't realize you cant go from black or even brown to platinum blonde in ONE STEP. There's different levels you go through to achieve the level of blonde desired. And I use 20v with wella T18 and it works extremely well. I also use purple shampoo in between touch ups. I recently found out about break the bass for in between coloring to lighten your roots. Have you used it?

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      Violet 8 months ago

      Hi, I had an ombre from red to blonde a year ago and most of it grew out and faded out. 4 weeks ago I had the bottom portion of my hair bleached to get a dark brown(top my natural color), blonde effect(bleached at bottom). She didn't make it the blonde that I was going for (ash blonde). The bottom part is now turning a bit brassy. I use purple shampoo 2 times a week (both Shampoo and conditioner), even tried leaving it in for over 30 minutes. Nothing. Next, I tried to test a strip of my hair with wella toner(I believe T18 or T11 but will double check)/20 developer and still no effect. When I initially got my hair done 4 weeks ago, she didn't tone my hair at all which seemed odd, so I know the color I'm seeing is straight from the bleach. What should I do to not mess up the rest of my hair and tone the blonde part to ash? It's not 100% the same color throughout the bottom I would say it looks more like a lot of highlights (so some brown and mostly blonde). THANK you in advance!

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      Wendy Leigh 8 months ago from Pennsylvania

      I have REALLY hard to bleach/tone hair. Even my medium-light brown "virgin" roots are a nightmare and I've had all bad experiences having salons touch up my roots. I always end up with golden "bands" (which happens when you lighten, get roots, lighten roots, regrow.....and repeat those steps. Eventually you'll get some banding where each touch-up wasn't perfectly the same color. UGH. So my roots end up too gold no matter what I do. So I bleach my roots twice using 20 Developer and Schwarzkopf BlondME bleach.

      I find that T18 is best used AFTER doing just your roots with mostly T14 mixed with some T10 and a capful of T050 (a liquid additive that is basically purple). It helps get the darker gold out of roots first (then I rinse completely, shampoo, and add a light detangler spray so that I can get a comb through my hair to apply the T18). You don't want to condition before using toner because it will make it less likely to stick to your hair.

      Then I do T18 all over (starting at the roots and doing the shaft and ends last) and leave it on just under the standard time (usually about 20 to 25 minutes). I still end up with a silverish color overall for a few days, but then the "fade" is a bit more even. The darker silver toner on the roots keeps the gold away longer and the lighter T18 on shaft and tips keeps the rest platinum.

      If you find that Wella Toners are too difficult to work with (because of all the rules about blue, purple, and neutral undertones)....you can also order the Redken Shades EQ line on Amazon or Ebay and use their version of the Platinum Toner. The difference is that it's much more neutral (no greys left) and the Developer you use with it has no/little peroxide. They have a "Pearl" as well as *what's supposed to be* a true "Chrome" (Silver). But I use the Chrome just to tone out gold and it works pretty well. The silver lasts barely a few days.

      But keep in mind that the Redken Shades EQ Developer does NOT have lift. So if you have really brassy tones, it will only coat them....not lift any additional color away. So this is best if you got an even gold or lemon color all over and want to avoid damage and just get a standard "pearly" blonde. The Chrome I only recommend if you have stubborn roots like I do and don't mind being a cool silver for a few days.

      I use both the Wella and Redken Shades EQ and they're all great for maintaining blondes. Basically you just have to be willing to mix and match toners to get a shade that works for your hair issue. Mine is hot roots and then dry ends so the darker/more purple in the roots and silver tone on the rest ends up making my color most even with the least damage. But you have to find what works on your hair. Everyone is different. But don't be afraid to tone. They come out easily. And once you've bleached, you truly have NOTHING to lose by trying a variety of Toner Colors and mixing them together (obviously only mix toners of the same brand if you're doing it in the same bottle or bowl, though).

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      Michelle 8 months ago

      I used a box of Loreal with bleaching to try and lighten and reduce brassiness on the a color that the salon put on my base ( I hated it!). It came out yellow orange :( Now I am scared as to what to put on it to make it look natural again. The rest of my hair is a light summery blonde. I usually use Majiblonde from the salon, but that's a whole other thread. Stupid hairstylist went crazy on grabbed the wrong color on me one time and then blamed me. Weirdo. So now I'm stuck with looking like a lemon head.

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      Hello 9 months ago

      I LOVE ALL OF YOUR INFO! I am just about to rinse out my bleach and try wella T10

      I used 14 once and it was ok....so now I'm trying this there was no 14..I have just started using toners....I certainly could have used it more than once in the last 30 years!!!

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      Zee 9 months ago

      Hi Kerry!

      I have very orange/red brassy hair. My natural hair color is very dark brown and I ended up with this. Will the 7a/672 get rid of this? Thanks!!

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      Katie 9 months ago

      Hey Kerry!

      I'm having a really difficult time with my hair. I used 9A- light ash blonde-on my medium brown hair (wish I would have read your blog first about that...) and it turned orange/yellow kind of like a strawberry blonde. Obviously this is not the ash color I wanted. I took your advice and went out and got T-18 toner the next day and mixed it with a 20 volume developer. It really didn't do much, so I might try dying again and using a mix of toners like you suggested.

      I'm eager to get rid of this color, but don't want to damage my hair badly-- how long would you suggest waiting ?

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      Kasandra Godinez 9 months ago

      Hi ,me and my mom just got our hair done about a month ago but the lady who did my hair didn't do it the way I wanted too so I waited about a month researching about the T18 hair toner , I wanted to go a little lighter. I went to Sally's yesterday and got it & put it on my hair but it turned out a little grey , can you please help me ? I want my highlights to stand out more and look more blonde.

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      J. 10 months 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.

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      Barbie 10 months 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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      Kerry 10 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      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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      Kerry 10 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      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

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      Andrea 10 months 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?

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      Laura 10 months 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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      Kerry 11 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      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

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      Sophie 11 months 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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      Kerry 11 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      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 ^_^

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      Taylor 11 months 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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      Kerry 11 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      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 ^_^

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      Sophie 11 months 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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      Kerry 11 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      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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      Kerry 11 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      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

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      kay 11 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 :(

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      Susanne 11 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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      Kerry 11 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      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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      Kerry 11 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

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

      Regards,

      Kerry

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      Susanem3 12 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

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      Terry 12 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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      Kerry 12 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      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 ^_^

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      Lacey 12 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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      Kerry 13 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      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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      Kerry 13 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      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 :)

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      Naf 13 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!

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      sarah 13 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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      Kerry 13 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      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 ^_^

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      Laura J 13 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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      Kerry 13 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      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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      Kerry 13 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      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 ^_^