If you want to know how to go from golden blonde to platinum or ashy blonde, you have come to the right place.
Because all my life, I have been blonde. Honey blonde, copper blonde, nude blonde, dirty blonde, and of course, platinum blonde.
My version of platinum blonde is my favorite.
Maybe because I’m a Marilyn Monroe fanatic, even though I don’t have a president to sing “Happy Birthday” to in a sexy voice.
But being blonde is a job 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
Because once you get to your idea blonde, you should work to keep it.
After bleaching your hair, it’s probably that you won’t get the blonde tone that you want.
It’s most likely going to look a golden blonde, close to a yellow blonde. You may even note some orange highlights.
To take that golden tone to a platinum or ashy, you will need to use a toner.
Don’t worry if you don’t know what I’m talking about. Remember that I am a blonde expert.
That’s why I will explain to you:
- What type of toner you should use to achieve an attractive platinum or ashy blonde
- How to get to platinum blonde in 5 very easy steps
- 4 important pieces of advice before coloring your hair light blonde
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What type of toner to use to get to platinum blonde
First thing is first, let me clear up something about color theory.
- Hair has a natural internal layer or secondary pigment which is visible when you bleach it, or even when you are out in the sun for a long time
- When you lighten your hair from a dark brown, you get a red inner layer or tone
- When you lighten your hair from a medium brown, you get an orange lower layer or tone
- When you make your hair blonde, you get a blonde layer or tone.
And that’s where the different blonde tones come into play. And how to get them.
If you are in the blonde gang, surely you have heard talk of purple or blue shampoo.
They are those special shampoos for blonde hair which are used to keep the appearance of chicken yellow pieces of hair at bay.
But sometimes, using these types of shampoo isn’t enough to make your hair platinum blonde.
For these cases, there is toner.
There are different types of toner which basically are defined by how long they will make your color last.
Temporary toners are less permanent and are used in the shower after washing your hair with shampoo.
Semi-permanent toner is applied like dye, but it penetrates less because it is diluted after various washes.
To obtain lasting results, a permanent toner is the best option, because it lasts longer without causing almost any damage to your already bleached hair.
This is important for us, because after bleaching and maybe after coloring your hair, it’s important to limit the amount of damage in each of our hair cuticles.
We’ll see each of the toners in more detail for blonde hair.
This toner offers the comfort of applying while you shower. However, it will only last for one shampoo, so it’s best to use it for toning problem areas.
To apply it, first, you should wash your hair with shampoo and then spray a bit of the product on your hair and massage it in.
Once you reach the tone that you wish, rinse it out and condition your hair.
Semi-permanent toner can be found in liquid or in cream form.
You apply it on washed and dried hair and let it process until you’ve reached the color you want.
This toner doesn’t contain ammonia or developer, so it doesn’t damage your hair, but it will only last a few washes.
Also, it conditions your hair and will make you feel better.
Semi-permanent liquid toner should be applied to your hair evenly and massaged deeply.
The faster that you apply the toner, the better the results will be.
On the other hand, the semi-permanent toner in cream is better to be applied with a brush due to its consistency.
After you get the tone you want, you can rash it, without shampoo obviously, and apply a smooth conditioner.
Now, if you want to be sure that you go from golden blonde to platinum, my recommendation is that you use a permanent toner.
How to apply the toner to go from a golden blonde to a platinum
Permanent toner goes in the long-term coloring hair products.
The difference between a permanent toner and a dye is that the toner is mixed with a developer or low-volume peroxide developer and it doesn’t penetrate the stalk of the hair unlike the dye.
Due to this weaker penetration and lower volumes of peroxide and ammonia used, permanent toner is not as damaging for the hair.
It can last up to four weeks, always depending on how often you wash it, and it can be reapplied again once it has noticeably faded.
How to apply the toner in 5 easy steps
- Mix the toner and the developer in equal parts, always in a non-metallic bowl
- Separate the hair in four sections, separating it down the middle from your forehead to the nape of your neck and then separating it from above the ear to the other ear.
- Apply the toner from below in small sections, starting from the roots moving towards the ends.
- Let the toner sit for between 15 and 30 minutes always checking how the toner reacts to the color.
- Once the time has passed and the platinum blonde that you want appears, wash your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo and rinse with warm or cold water.
Ready, now that you have a platinum blonde that we all breathe for, and even better, I promised that it would be in five steps.
4 Important Pieces of Advice before dyeing your hair light blonde
First and foremost, it’s important that you make the decision to transform into a platinum blonde because of your own convictions, and not for a simple matter of it being in style.
You should be sure that the platinum blonde tone looks good with your skin tone.
If you opt for an ashy color, remember that cold tones don’t reflect the light like warm colors, which can make it look darker.
The porosity of the hair can affect the form in which the toner is deposited and reflects the color. If your hair is very porous, it may be best to use a semi-permanent tone.
This way, the toner will deposit the toner more evenly and your hair will be healthier and shiner.
It’s very important to use sulfate-free shampoo for your platinum blonde hair to look vibrant and healthy.
You can also alternate using shampoo and leave-in conditioners to lengthen the useful life of the toner.
And if possible, stay as far away from flat irons and hair dryers as you can since they tend to dry out your hair a lot.
Lastly, I recommend that you nourish your platinum hair with deep-moisturizing masks or with an overnight coconut oil treatment.
Do you have any doubts?
Do you have any doubts in respect to the toner you should choose?
Let me know what doubts you have here below in the comments section and will try to respond to them as soon as possible.
Remember that a good idea before applying the toner is to do a color test on one piece of hair.
That way you can test if your hair will get to the color that you want or if you should change the tone of the toner.