The hairdresser turned my hair gray, I’m furious and sad: read this and you’ll be one step away from the solution

sad and melancholic woman with gray hair

  • If your hairdresser turned your hair gray, you may be disappointed, but don’t despair.
  • You should wash your hair a few times to fade the excess toner. The annoying gray will be gone from your hair in about seven days.
  • Still, if you want the gray to disappear, wash your hair with an anti-dandruff or clarifying shampoo. I’ll tell you how to do it.


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I understand you’re furious and sad if you went to a salon and   trusted a colorist to look perfect ash blonde hair. Then, as soon as you look in the mirror, you notice your hair is gray.  


I also understand your first impulse. As you don’t like the color of your hair, you want to find out when you can dye it again.


I can imagine your disappointment. You feel sad as if you’re carrying the world’s weight on your shoulders.

You feel so angry that if you were a witch and could turn that colorist into a toad, you would gladly do it.


However, your disappointment and anger are so great that you can’t even find the words to express your feelings. You don’t know how to tell your colorist that you don’t like the color.

Unbelievably, you even feel like you might be wrong, and maybe your hair won’t look so gray after all.


In this case, the first thing you need to do is calm down. I know it’s easy to write, but you’ll see you’ll prove me right.

Do you know why? Keep on reading.


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Why did you leave the salon with gray hair when you really wanted it ashy?

too gray hair after toner

There are two main reasons:

  • Firstly,   when you apply a dye or toner, you always see the color more intense because the pigments settle inside the hair.   In other words, your hair is going through a two-step process: settling the color and expelling the excess pigments. This process takes approximately seven days. After each wash, your hair will expel the excess color and you’ll have the final color.
  • Secondly,   ashy hair usually looks gray in the light.  


Also,   I think the colorist made an essential mistake: not explaining what would happen to your ashy hair the first few days.  


If he had explained it to you, you’d have known what would happen to your hair color beforehand. You’d have known that maybe, the first few days, your ashy blonde hair would have some grayish tones   which would eventually fade with washes.  


That’s a colorist’s fatal communication error. The colorist starts wording before processing hair color.

It starts in the previous conversation when they discuss what his client wants and explain the steps of the process.

That conversation is essential to avoid anger and future disappointments.

hairdresser talking to blonde haired female client

I’m sure that even though you’re still angry, you feel somewhat relieved of the weight of the world on your shoulders. Now you know you’re one step away from having the hair color you’ve been longing for.

So I ask you, is it worth it to put aside the anger to look for the solution?

That’s right, my brave little girl! You’ve just taken a step that’s a leap to what you want to get: ash blonde hair without gray tones.


How to fix ashy blonde hair that looks gray after toner?

two head and shoulders shampoos that remove excess toner

To remove the excess toner that turned your hair gray,   you only need one product: an anti-dandruff shampoo.   You could also use a clarifying shampoo.


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This means that you shouldn’t use a color remover or a dye. Don’t even think about bleaching. The toner fades after three weeks even if it’s applied with a developer.

So, once you have the anti-dandruff or clarifying shampoo, you have to wash your hair:

  • Wash your hair with hot water to open the hair cuticles and ease the expulsion of excess toner.
  • Apply a generous amount of anti-dandruff or detox shampoo to your hair from mid-lengths to ends. Massage gently throughout your mane and   leave the shampoo on for five to ten minutes.  
  • Rinse and apply conditioner for at least five minutes. Remember to apply conditioner because both anti-dandruff and clarifying shampoo dry out the hair.
  • Rinse your hair with almost cold water to close the cuticles.

Let your hair air dry and take a look in the mirror. You’re smiling because you finally have the ashy blonde hair you’ve been longing for.

Can you see it? Ending disappointment and anger was easier than you imagined.



Blonde hair usually turns gray after toning it to make it ashy. The hair needs a few days to finish absorbing the color and expel the excess.

If your hairdresser turned your hair gray, you can wait for three or four washes for your hair to expel the excess toner or wash it with an anti-dandruff shampoo to get ashy blonde hair immediately.

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