Do you shampoo after bleaching before toning?

  • You must shampoo your hair after bleaching and before toning.
  • You should also shampoo your hair twice because you need to make sure there’s no trace of bleach before you tone your hair.
  • What you shouldn’t do after shampooing your hair is to apply conditioner.
  • Also, if you want to get the best coloring, wait a day to tone after bleaching and shampooing your hair.


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There’s no room for middle ground here. It’s black or white. It’s about shampooing or not after bleaching and before toning.

The answer is very straightforward.


You must   shampoo your hair after bleaching and before toning.  

Also, you should shampoo twice. Why am I so strict?


Because the bleach mixture has an inhibiting effect on the hair dye. Remember that toner is a type of permanent hair dye. So, if you don’t shampoo your hair, the toner won’t work.

That’s why   you need to guarantee that no bleach mixture is left in your hair before toning.  


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Also, to make things easier for you, the good news is that you don’t need any special shampoo. I’m not going to talk about sulfate-free, ph-balanced, acidic, or alkaline shampoos.

That shampoo that you have in your bathroom and that you bought in a hurry at the supermarket will be appropriate to wash your hair after bleaching and before toning it.


  Remember, you should only use shampoo. You shouldn’t apply any conditioner, oil, or serum   to avoid a creamy residue in your hair that will prevent the toner from settling in.

While we’re on the subject of toner, are you planning on applying it to your hair right after washing it?


Hum, maybe you should wait a bit. But I’ll tell you more about that in a few moments.

For now, let’s start with washing your hair after bleaching.



Why should I wash my hair after bleaching?

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I’ll tell you what happened to me a few days ago at the salon.

A regular client arrived with her teenage daughter who secretly and with her friends, decided to bleach her hair to apply an intense red color.


It usually happens nowadays that teenagers are motivated by tutorials on social networks.

  A video of a disastrous bleached hair on Tik Tok can be very funny. However, the reality can be far from funny.  


Anyway, back to our story. My client was furious with her daughter. It was not about the color but rather about how her hair had turned out.

Half of her hair had turned her natural color, which was brown 4, and the other half was red.

When the mumbling teenager told me how she had done the process, we discovered where the mistake had been.


She hadn’t shampooed her hair after bleaching – what a mistake!

That’s why   the toner hadn’t been absorbed in some areas of the hair.   In which areas?

In those areas with traces of bleach mixture. Why do I know there were traces of bleach mixture?


Because I continued asking her, and she told me that   the texture of her hair was sandy in those areas. That’s a sign of bleach mixture traces.  

What I did to calm them down was to rinse the daughter’s hair and apply brown 4.

The story had a happy ending because her hair looked as if nothing had happened, and they were both very happy.


If you don’t want the same thing to happen to you, you should shampoo your hair after bleaching it.

Please follow some important steps.

  • Rinse your hair with plenty of cold water until it runs clean
  • Drain your hair and shampoo twice
  • Don’t apply conditioner
  • Blow-dry your hair


It’s normal for your hair to feel rough and stiff at this stage. Even dull. Don’t panic.

  Remember that you bleached your hair and your hair cuticles are open and dry from the bleach.  

You don’t need to worry. When you apply the toner, the texture will disappear because the cuticles will close.


Now, when is the best time to apply the toner?

That’s what I’ll talk about next.


Can I apply the toner right away or should I wait?

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As the bleach is made by mixing a 30-volume developer cream and bleaching powder, I advise you to let your hair rest for a day because you’ll extend the duration of the toner.

Why is that?


Because your cuticles are left open after bleaching, and your hair dries out.

Therefore,   your hair will absorb the toner faster, but also the color will fade faster with washes.  

On the contrary, if you wait at least 24 hours to apply the toner, your hair will stabilize.


If you make this decision, you should moisturize your hair. You can apply a few drops of coconut oil, but wait at least 24 hours.

If you bleach your hair in the morning and apply the toner in the afternoon, you shouldn’t use any oil-based products. Otherwise, the toner may slip and not penetrate your hair.


Also, the timing of toner application will also depend on the color you achieved after bleaching.

  • If it’s a fairly even and not strident color, you can wait a day or two.
  • If your hair reached a very strident color, and you can’t even look at yourself in the mirror, apply the toner right away.
  • Now, if you notice your hair is very damaged, even if you achieved a very vibrant color after bleaching, my best advice is to wait three days to tone. In the meantime, deeply moisturize your hair.



Shampooing after bleaching guarantees that no traces of bleach can ruin the toner application.

Remember, you should rinse your hair thoroughly with cold water until it runs clear. Then, shampoo twice.

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