- If you’ve bleached your hair expecting a nice shade of blonde, but you end up with orange bleached hair instead, you have two options: use a toner or a toning shampoo.
- A toner is a professional tool and you need some training to use it. Toning shampoo is easier to use.
- If you decide to apply toner on your orange bleached hair, you can choose Wella Color Charm T14 for a light ashy look.
- If you want your hair to be extra light ash, opt for Wella Color Charm T18, and if you want your hair to be deep ash, you can opt for the Pravana Chromasik blue ash toner.
- Regarding toning shampoo, I recommend Matrix Total Results Brass Off, Fanola No Orange, and Joico Color Balance Blue to tone your orange bleached hair.
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Before you run off happy to know what toner to use after bleaching your orange hair, let’s analyze something.
Because as the saying goes: “Forwarned is forearmed.”
Toner or toning shampoo will help you get rid of orange bleached hair. In other words, toner won’t lighten or darken your hair.This means that if your hair is blonde 6, it’ll still be dark blonde after applying either product.
Therefore, your color will be a dark ash blonde 6.1.
If you’re happy with the dark blonde and want to maintain that level, then just apply the toner or use a toning shampoo.
I’ll tell you all the details of each of the products later.
But, if you want to get to a lighter blonde, you’ll have to bleach your hair again.
You already know that you’ll have to wait at least three weeks to bleach again. In the meantime, nourish your hair intensively.
In this case, you’re happy with your blonde hair after bleaching, and you just want to get rid of the orange?
Let’s get to work!
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What’s the best toner for orange bleached hair?
A toner is a coloring tool designed to neutralize the unwanted brassy orange and yellow tones in your hair after bleaching, dyeing, highlighting, or balayage. Why use the toner?
It works according to the color wheel.
If you look at it, you’ll notice that different shades of blue counteract different shades of orange and neutralize them.
But, not everything is as simple as going to the store and buying the toner.
Its process and exposure time must be accurate. So, if you aren’t careful and detail-oriented, I don’t recommend toner.
If you make a mistake with toner, your bleached orange hair can turn blue.
Why do you have to be careful with the exposure times?
Because the toner contains just enough pigment to improve your hair color and may stain your hair if used without the proper training.
Why do you need to have some coloring training?
Because the toner is applied with a 20-volume peroxide.
It may also damage your hair if you’re not careful. Also, don’t forget that your hair is previously bleached, weak, and dehydrated.
If you’re going to use toner on your orange bleached hair, you can opt for Wella Color Charm or Pravana Chromasik toners. They’re the easiest to apply.
To find out which one you should choose, just imagine what color you want your bleached hair to look like.
- If you’re going a light shade ash blonde, opt for Wella Color Charm T14.
- If you want an extra light ash blonde, your choice should be Wella Color Charm T18.
- If you prefer a deep ash blonde, you can choose Pravana Chromasik’s ash blue toner.
Now let’s move on to the application process.
How to apply the toner step by step
Step 1- Prepare your hair
Comb your hair and separate it into 4 sections, from forehead to nape and from ear to ear. Hold each section with hair clips. Remember to use old clothes and gloves to avoid staining.
Step 2- Prepare the toner
In a plastic container mix the toner with the 20-volume developer. Blend to integrate. I recommend that you use an applicator brush to make the mixture.
Step 3- Apply the toner
Put on your gloves and start applying the toner and developer mixture to each of the sections you separated from roots to ends. Saturate them with the product.
Once all of the orange bits are covered, comb through your hair and put on a shower cap. Leave the toner on your hair for 20 minutes. Check the color every five minutes.
Step 4- Rinse
Rinse your hair with plenty of warm water until it runs clean. Apply your usual shampoo and conditioner and leave it on for three minutes to nourish your toned hair.
Now you celebrate! There’s no trace of the orange in your bleached hair.
The toner lasts for approximately three weeks. Repeat this routine every two or three weeks to see results
Which blue shampoo to use on orange bleached hair?
If you don’t feel confident with toner or your hair is too damaged after bleaching, my best advice is to use blue shampoo.
The toning shampoo contains violet-blue undertones that can cancel out yellow-orange tones from your hair.This shampoo is very easy to use and will wash out the orange undertones in a few washes. You just need some patience.
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Unlike toner, which works immediately, toning shampoo will neutralize the orange tones gradually. But don’t despair!
You’ll only need two or three washes to remove the orange tones from your hair. I recommend three blue shampoo brands:
- Fanola No Orange Shampoo
- Matrix Total Results Brass Off Blue Shampoo
- Joico Color Balance Blue
Any of these toning shampoos contain blue or purple pigments to remove orange and yellow tones and achieve an ashy color on your bleached orange hair. Here are some tips on how to use it.
- Wet your hair and apply the blue shampoo. Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Use cold water to rinse it out.
- You can also use a blue conditioner to strengthen the pigments.
- Depending on the brand, you can repeat the process up to three times a week to remove the orange. In the meantime, use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner so as not to counteract your blue shampoo.
- After removing the orange tones, you can maintain the color by using it once a week.
If you bleach your hair again, you can use the blue shampoo to neutralize it. Remember that as soon as you stop using it, the orange will come back in a few days.
It’s extremely disappointing to end up with orange tones after a bleaching session, especially when it turns out uneven and patchy. Now you know that you can use toner or toning shampoo to counteract it.
Toner requires a more rigorous application and control of exposure time. So, if you have no coloring training, you can opt for blue shampoo.