How long should you leave toner in your hair? How to apply it correctly?


hair toning

  • Never let the toner sit for more than thirty minutes
  • The application time of the toner can change according to the brand
  • The toner is an effective tool to even out the tone of your hair after bleaching
  • It also gives your hair a more natural look, giving it a healthy and shiny look 



Did you bleach your hair because you wanted to get a beautiful blonde with soft highlights, and instead, you got a horrible chicken yellow?


Don’t worry.

This happens in most cases for people that want to go blonde.


The explanation of why this occurred is very simple.

You missed a step.

Applying toner.


Toner is applied after the process of bleaching, and it should be left in your hair for about thirty minutes.



This time can vary:

  • According to toner brands
  • Depending on the color of hair you originally have
  • And the color you want to get to


Like I always say, when we talk about bleaching hair, the best is always in the hands of a professional.

Because even though it doesn’t seem like it, colorimetry is a science.

Do you know who will always be a platinum blonde icon?

Kim Kardashian?



No, I’m talking about true icons, not people that ride on the curtails of the rise of social media.

The true icon of platinum blondes was Marilyn Monroe.

Have you thought about why she always had short hair?


Because of the constant colorings that she had to do to her hair to maintain them impeccably blonde.



In that time, hair products weren’t as evolved, even for Hollywood stars.

So, she had to constantly cut her hair to make it look as healthy as possible.


 That’s why it’s always best to leave it in the hands of a good colorist, to avoid cutting your hair to reduce the damage. 

She will know how to get your hair as blonde as you dreamed.



No, if you are at home,

You don’t have enough time or money to go to a beauty salon,

And the boy of your dreams is coming to see you in five hours,

Don’t freak out.


Because I will tell you:

  • Why some of your hair ended up orange or chicken yellow after bleaching
  • How to fix the streaks of unwanted color by using toner
  • How and for how long to apply the toner
  • Some natural alternatives for toning the hair
  • Por qué quedan naranjas o amarillo pollo algunos cabellos después de la decoloración
  • Cómo arreglar los mechones de color indeseados utilizando un tóner
  • Cómo y por cuánto tiempo aplicar el tóner



Why do some hairpieces end up orange or chicken yellow when we bleach or color our hair?

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It’s very common for people with really dark hair that decide to go blonde end up with orange or yellow pieces of hair.

To understand why this happens, it’s necessary to have a minimum knowledge of the principles of color in the hair, meaning, color theory.



While the bleaching will lighten the hair color, it can’t eliminate the hair’s natural pigment.

Dark brunettes have Orange or red tones in the hair, which is the residual color that you get after whitening it.

People with medium to light brown hair will get yellowish tones after bleaching.

This is due to the underlying pigments.



I’m sure that you are dying to know how to solve those damned underlying pigments.

The answer is simple.



Yes, you should neutralize those pieces of hair using a toner.

But not just any toner.

  • But a blue toner that will counteract the different orange tones and neutralize them
  • A purple toner to neutralize yellows and a green toner to neutralize reds.


How and for how long to apply a toner

changes depending the toner brand

All toners come with their corresponding instructions.

I recommend that you read them and follow them to a “t.”

 But in general, I would say that you should never leave toner in your hair for more than thirty minutes. 

I insist.

Never leave the toner in for more than thirty minutes.



  • To start to tone your hair, you should mix the toner and developer in a proportion from 2 to 1.
  • With the help of a brush, distribute the toner throughout your hair.
  • Once the exposition time has passed, rinse your hair with a lot of water and wash it with a sulfate-free shampoo.


I can almost feel what you are thinking.

You are one of those that prefer natural products to chemicals.

At least, you are one of those that prefer the least amount of chemical products.

I have great news for you.



There are other natural alternatives to create your own toner with products that I’m sure you have in your home and are much less aggressive than those you can buy.

Take note.


2 natural toners for orange, red, and yellow streaks

Although I can assure you that natural toners will work, they’ll work much slower than the commercial ones.

So, in the end, the decision will depend on how rushed you are to tone your orange or red streaks in your hair.


Ultimately, perfect doesn’t exist, right?


1- Apple Cider Vinegar as a toner

Apple Cider Vinegar is extremely acidic, which is why it works well at getting rid of orange and yellow tones. It also acts as a deep cleaner.



  • One tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • Two tablespoons of water


Step by step:

  • In a container, dilute the apple cider vinegar in water.
  • Spray your hair with the mixture.
  • Let it sit for fifteen minutes.
  • Rinse your hair with cold water if possible.


 ATTENTION: Don’t use this mixture more than three times a month because it tends to dry out your hair. 


2- Lemon juice and honey

Honey is a natural bleaching agent, which is an efficient toner when combined with the lemon’s acid and vitamin C.



  • ¼ de cup of a fresh-squeezed lemon
  • ¾ de cup of water
  • Two tablespoons of honey
  • Spray bottle

Step by step:

  • Put all of the ingredients in the spray bottle and shake it well to mix all of them.
  • Spray your hair with the mixture being careful not to saturate your scalp.
  • Let it sit for at least two hours.
  • And if you can sit in the sun for thirty minutes, even better,
  • Rinse your hair using a sulfate-free shampoo.


 ATTENTION: Don’t use this mixture more than three times a month. 


One last piece of advice.


Before applying any toner time to your hair, do a strand test and carefully observe the toner’s color changes.

This way, you’ll get the exact time you need to wait to tone your hair.



Now you know how to neutralize the orange or yellow streaks that make you lose your hair’s tone.


Have you ever toned your hair?


What results did you get?

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