Does hair toner wash out? How long does it last?

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  • Yes, the toner washes out of the hair because it lasts approximately three to four weeks.
  • The duration depends on how you take care of your hair.
  • If you want the toner to last longer, you should wash your hair less frequently and use sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners.
  • You should also add a toning shampoo to your beauty routine to extend the effects of the toner.


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How long does toner last? 5 Tips to help your toner last longer


Of course,  once you apply the toner, the first question you ask yourself is, “does the toner wash out of my hair?” 


Then, as you know that the magic may not last forever, you ask again, “how long will it take to wash the toner out of my hair?”.


Let me tell you that you’re well on your way.  The toner does indeed wash out of the hair and will disappear after three to four weeks. 

lock of orange hair in hand

Remember that three to four weeks is the maximum time the toner will last on your hair as long as you implement a special care routine.

Do you want to know what this routine is all about? I’ll tell you all the details later.

But every story has a beginning. And I think you need to understand why toner washes out of your hair.


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How long does toner last? How long does it take to wash out from the hair?

a few hair toner boxes

As I mentioned, the toner lasts three to four weeks according to your beauty routine.

What does this mean? I’ll explain it with an example.


Let’s say your favorite t-shirt is black. And since it’s your favorite t-shirt, you wear it frequently. You wash it after you wear it. And you wear it and wash it. And you wear it and wash it again.

But, the problem is, you don’t wash it with black laundry soap. You just use regular laundry soap and then dry it in the dryer.

How long do you think the color of your black t-shirt will last?

woman shows her black shirt

I can assure you that the color of your black t-shirt won’t last long. After a month, you’ll most likely have to buy a new black t-shirt.

The same goes for hair and toner.


 If you wash your hair every day or every other day, don’t use the right products, and use a blow dryer or straightener too often, , the toner will last a week.


And I think there’s a big difference between one and four weeks.

Why does the toner wash out?

toner and developer box

Although toner is applied with a developer, it has a low ammonia concentration. Therefore, it doesn’t last long inside the hair fiber.

Then, with each wash, you’ll notice that the unwanted color that the toner had neutralized, starts to reappear.

But there are ways to extend the duration of the toner. And that’s what I’ll talk about next.


How to care for hair to make toner last longer

I’ll give you three key tips to make toner last up to four weeks.


Wash your hair less frequently

Washing your hair every day isn’t healthy. Your toner will fade faster and your hair will lose moisture and nutrients.

Then, your hair will dry out and the toner will wash out.

My advice is to wash your hair three times a week at most. 


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Include a toning shampoo in your beauty routine

woman washes her hair with purple shampoo

If you want your toner to last longer, you should use a toning shampoo of the same color as the toner you have applied.

  • Purple shampoo for yellow hair.
  • Blue shampoo for orange hair.
  • Green shampoo for red hair


This way, every time you wash your hair, you’ll be reinforcing the strength of the toner.

You should follow the manufacturer’s instructions because some are used once a week, and others, which contain less intense pigments, can be applied up to twice a week.


 If you don’t want to take the trouble of washing your hair with different shampoos during the week,  you can apply a color mask with a toning conditioner once a week.

On dry hair, apply the color conditioner and leave it on for 30 to 40 minutes. Then, rinse with cold water.


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Don’t abuse heat tools

This means you should use the hair dryer, flat iron, or curling iron as little as possible. Heat is the main enemy of hair color because high temperatures evaporate the natural moisture of the hair and the color with it.

And finally, when using any of these styling tools, apply a heat protectant.



Although the toner is washed out of the hair and lasts a maximum of four weeks, you can implement extra care to extend its duration.

Wash your hair less often, use a toning shampoo, and don’t abuse heat tools. With these little tricks, you’ll make sure your toner lasts longer.

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