2 Best brown toners for blonde hair: how to apply it step by step

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  • The two best brown toners for blonde hair are T27 and T35 from WELLA COLOR CHARM.
  • They lower the brightness or intensity of your blonde shade without having to apply a permanent dye.
  • If your hair is light blonde 8 or very light blonde 9, apply WELLA T27 to turn it honey blonde.
  • Alternatively, if your hair is a very light blonde 10, apply WELLA T35 to turn it caramel blonde.


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Today I saved one of my clients from a mistake she would’ve regretted for the next few months.

And believe me, knowing my client, I’m not exaggerating.

Do you know why I say I saved her from making a terrible mistake with her hair?


She called me in a hurry because she didn’t have time to come to the salon but couldn’t stand her blonde hair.



She felt that  her blonde hair was “too light” and “too bright” for the autumn season in the southern hemisphere.

What did she decide to do to tone down her blonde hair?


She wanted to apply a permanent light brown dye.

I was relieved she hadn’t applied it to her hair yet.



I know my client loves her blonde hair. She had gone through several bleaching sessions to reach light blonde 9.

 So, if she applied brown dye on her blonde hair, she’d have to bleach her hair one more time to go back to blonde. 


I knew she’d regret it when looking at her resulting dark hair.

So, what did I suggest to tone down her blonde?

I suggested applying brown toner on her blonde hair.


And since she didn’t have time to come to the salon, I recommended WELLA COLOR CHARM toners because they are for home use.

As her hair is   very light blonde 9, I advised her to use WELLA T27 brown toner. 


Two days later, my client called me again. But this time, she wasn’t desperate. I could feel her relieved on the other end of the phone!

Now, she loved her honey blonde hair. What’s more, she had avoided bleaching her hair to go back to blonde.

Do you currently feel you also need to tone down your blonde?


Then, read on. Today, I’ll tell you which WELLA brown toner is best for your hair.


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Which WELLA toner is best for my blonde hair – T27 or T35?

mix with developer

Stylists use toner to neutralize unwanted bright colors such as orange or yellow, which usually appear on blonde hair.

They can appear after bleaching, as a consequence of using hair products containing sulfates, or even after exposure to the sun.


However,  the toner can also tone down the “brightness” of blond hair. 

The toner is applied with a 20-volume developer. It gradually fades with washes and lasts approximately three to four weeks.


WELLA brown toners are ideal to fade very light blondes without the need to apply a dark dye, which must be removed with bleach.

 WELLA offers two brown toners for blonde hair: T27 and T35.


How do you know which one is suitable for your hair?

You only have to take into account the blonde level of your hair, which could be one of these three:

  • Light blonde 8
  • Very light blonde 9
  • Extra light blonde platinum 10

Have you identified the level of your blonde hair? Then, let’s move on to choosing the brown toner.


If your hair is light blonde 8 or very light blonde 9, and you’re looking for a honey blonde shade, choose T27 by WELLA.

The resulting color will be ideal for autumn because it’s warmer and more sophisticated.

Why is this brown toner right for you?

WELLA gives us a clue.


The name of this toner is Medium Beige Blonde T27.  Its beige or light brown pigmentation warms up your blonde. 

Its shade of honey will leave your blonde perfect. Also, the honey blonde will brighten up your features and conceal any imperfections on your face.

When you apply it over light blonde 8 and very light blonde 9, you’ll achieve luminosity without losing the base level.


If your hair is a very light blonde 10, and you’re looking for a caramel blonde, choose WELLA T35.

This Wella toner is a little darker than T27  because it has a higher brown pigmentation. 

It is ideal for extra light blonde 10 hair because it brings out subtle golden notes to soften your features.

Caramel blonde is a warm, soft color, which flashes secondary colors such as gold and copper.


Now that you know which Wella brown toner to choose, let’s move on to the procedure.


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How to apply Wella Color Charm brown toner on blonde hair

before applying to hair

WELLA doesn’t sell brown toners in a kit. So, you’ll need to buy the 20-volume developer. I recommend that you use WELLA’s BLONDOR developer.


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What do you need to apply the toner?

  • Wella Color Charm T27 or T35
  • A 20 volume developer
  • Gloves
  • Plastic container
  • Hair dye brush



  • Comb your hair and separate it into four sections. Hold them with hair clips. You can apply the toner to your dry or wet or dry hair.
  • In a plastic container, place the Wella toner of your choice with the 20-volume developer. Mix to blend.
  • Apply the toner to your hair. Distribute it from roots to ends. Repeat on each section and cover your hair with a shower cap to keep the heat of the chemical reaction.
  •  Leave the toner on for up to 20 minutes. 
  • Finally, rinse your hair with plenty of lukewarm water until it runs clean. You can shampoo as usual and apply conditioner for 3 minutes to restore moisture.


Now, enjoy your honey or caramel blonde hair. Remember that the WELLA brown toner needs to be touched up every three weeks.



The best at-home brown toners for blonde hair are Wella’s T27 and T35.

Your base color will determine the results. Your hair could get a honey blonde or caramel blonde shade that will brighten and soften your features.

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