Bleaching Toned Hair, good or bad idea? Should I wait for the toner to fade?

  • If you bleach your hair immediately after applying toner, you can severely damage your hair.
  • Your best choice is to wait for three weeks until the toner is completely gone. Otherwise, use some alternative products to speed up the toner removal.


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Bleach. Bleach. And more bleaching.

Sometimes it scares me how easily people use this word.

It’s a word that seems harmless but hides a very aggressive chemical process for the hair.


Don’t get me wrong.

I am a hairdresser and, every day, I do a lot of bleaching.

Before bleaching, I ask about the hair history. Also, of course, I analyze the health of the hair on which I am going to work.


Bleaching black hair is not the same as bleaching blonde hair.

It’s not the same to bleach healthy hair as an elastic hair fiber at the point of breakage.

Moreover, it isn’t always possible to bleach hair. That’s the truth.


Can you bleach toned hair?

 Actually, you can, but you’ll end up with almost burnt hair. .

So, before you make any hasty decisions,  let’s take a look at why you want to bleach your toned hair. 


  • Doesn’t the toner look like you expected?
  • Isn’t the color what you were looking for?


Get inspired. Despite this discouraging outlook, I have good news:  the toner fades with washing and only lasts 3 weeks. 

If you’re still so desperate to get rid of toner, you can appeal to some tricks to make it disappear even faster.

Do you want to know what they are?


Then read on because I’ll tell you:

  • Why it’s not a good idea to bleach toned hair.
  • How to make toner fade faster to avoid bleaching

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Why isn’t it a good idea to bleach toned hair?

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The answer is simple.

When you tone your hair, you previously bleach it. Very corrosive chemicals are used for bleaching.

Therefore, the hair gets dehydrated, loses nutrients, and is weakened.


Up to that point, it’s still resistant.

Then,  you apply the toner, which can be wonderful but is applied with a 20-volume developer.  So, more chemicals act on your hair fiber.

Can you imagine the change your hair suffers during the two processes?


It doesn’t matter if you used Olaplex during bleaching. Even then, the effects of Olaplex will disappear as soon as you perform a new chemical process on your hair.

So, you bleached and toned your hair. Now you want to bleach it again.


 That’s equivalent to giving your hair a death sentence, metaphorically speaking. 


In the literal sense, it’s condemning your hair to breakage. It’s breakage that can only be saved by trimming all the damaged areas.

At this point, the only question I can think of is, is it worth it?


No, and I hope you agree with me.

 If you don’t like the toner, you can wait three weeks. Then, it’ll fade with washings. 

If you don’t want to wait because you can’t stand your hair color, you can fade the toner faster.


How to fade the toner faster to avoid bleaching your hair

You’ll only have to choose between two products: anti-dandruff or clarifying shampoo.

Which one to choose?


  • Anti-dandruff shampoo: use it if your hair doesn’t show signs of severe damage. This shampoo contains sulfates, which dry out the hair fiber.
  • Clarifying shampoo: use it if your hair is very damaged, as it contains neither peroxide nor ammonia.

Let’s see how to use each one.


Anti-dandruff shampoo to remove toner

for hair with dandruff

Anti-dandruff shampoos contain a higher amount of sulfates, parabens, glycerin, and alcohol than traditional shampoos. Those ingredients combat dandruff.

But dandruff isn’t the only thing they remove from your hair. Sulfates also wear out the color and quickly remove the hair dye or toner.


The application is very simple:

  • Wet your hair and apply the anti-dandruff shampoo.
  • Massage well until you create a good lather and leave it on for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Rinse and apply conditioner to moisturize your hair because sulfates decrease hydration


 You can repeat this process until you don’t see the toner color anymore. 

Don’t overdo it, though. Don’t use it every day. Remember that sulfates will dry out your hair.

My advice is to use it every two or three days. At the very least, apply a moisturizing mask once a week.


Toner removal with clarifying shampoo

remove toner from hair

Clarifying shampoo removes all the artificial pigmentation from your hair, leaving your base tone. So, if you bleached your hair and then toned it, you’ll go back to the color you had before you toned it.


The best thing about this type of shampoo is that it doesn’t contain peroxide or ammonia. It won’t damage your hair and you can apply it up to three times in a row on the same day. Let’s see how to use it correctly.

  • Wet your hair and apply the clarifying shampoo.
  • Massage your hair so that the product penetrates well and leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Rinse without applying any conditioner and blow-dry your hair.
  • If the color you had with the toner didn’t disappear, you can repeat the process 2 more times on the same day


Once the  toner has completely disappeared, I recommend that you let your hair rest for at least 48 hours. Then, reapply the toner you want. 

Remember you have to moisturize your hair with moisturizing oils such as coconut or argan. Alternatively, use repairing masks.



Don’t bleach your hair if you applied the toner and didn’t like the result. Otherwise, you’ll weaken your hair to the point of breakage.

The best thing you can do is wait for the toner to fade, which will happen after three weeks with washing.

If you can’t wait, you can speed up the toner removal by using anti-dandruff or clarifying shampoo.

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