How long to Leave Wella t14 toner on hair? Don’t Leave it on for more than 20 minutes

  • You should leave Wella T14 on the hair for a maximum of 20 minutes.
  • If you leave it any longer, your hair can end up severely damaged. Add to it that you probably bleached it beforehand.
  • If you leave it on for less than 20 minutes, the unwanted tones you wanted to remove will remain.


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I’ll never understand why people insist on using hair products the way they think they should be used.

In other cases, because a friend convinced them to use them a certain way or because an influencer explains it as if he was the master of the universe.


I don’t understand it, especially at the salon after looking at different manes suffering the consequences of Wella T14 misuse.

It’s not because the toner is out of date or a low-quality product.


 Their hair is ruined because they leave the Wella T14 on more or less than the time indicated by the manufacturer. No more and no less. 

Tell me the truth. When you ask Google Maps for help to go somewhere, do you follow its directions or your instincts?


I thought so. You follow the directions.

So, why are some people doing what they want with Wella’s T14 instead of following their directions?


They should know they’ll pay a high price. If you don’t follow the GPS instructions, you’ll hear the typical phrase, “Recalculating.”

But  if you leave the T14 on your hair for more or less than 20 minutes, all you’ll get is bad hair and uneven color. 


  • It doesn’t matter if you think that leaving it on longer will make your hair ashier.
  • It doesn’t matter if your best friend swears that you should leave T14 on for 10 minutes.

The only thing that counts is what the manufacturer says.


And Wella’s instructions are clear.

 Wella T14 has a limited time of action. After 20 minutes, the toner will stop working. 


And if you leave the Wella T14 for more than 20 minutes, your hair will dry out.

But I know you’re not a kamikaze. In fact, I’m counting on it. That’s why I’ll tell you how long to leave Wella T14 on to avoid surprises.

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How to use Wella T14 the right way, including exposure times

toner, developer, bowl and brush

Before using Wella T14, you should be aware of what you are using.

If you want to use Wella toner to neutralize any unwanted color after bleaching, you’ll be applying two chemical processes with corrosive agents to your hair.


 Imagine what can happen if you leave T14 on your hair for longer than it should! 

Your hair will be rough, dull, and frizzy. To avoid this, you must use the toner correctly.


All toners neutralize unwanted colors that appear after bleaching the hair or applying a hair dye that brings bright undertones.

In that case, Wella’s T14 is ideal for neutralizing orange or yellowish undertones because it contains blue and violet. They’re the opposite of these colors on the neutralization chart.


You should also note that  Wella’s T14 is applied with a 20-volume developer. It must be purchased separately. 


  • If you want to use Wella’s T14 after bleaching your hair, you can use it immediately.
  • Now, if you want to use it to neutralize a hair dye, I recommend that you wait for at least three washes.

The final color of the hair dye is clearly visible after a week, which is the time it takes for the pigments to settle.


Let’s move on to the application.

  • Wella Color Charm T14
  • A 20-volume developer
  • Plastic container
  • Hair dye brush
  • Gloves and hair clips
  • Towel and old clothes
  • Comb


Step by step:

  • Separate your damp, detangled hair into four sections and hold each section with a clip.
  • In the plastic container, mix two parts of a 20-volume developer with one part of Wella T14 until the elements are integrated.
  • Use gloves because the toner stains the skin.
  • Release one of the sections of your hair. With the hair dye brush, apply it from root to tip to cover all your hair.
  • Now is the crucial moment. Wella T14 has a limited time of action. If it’s on the hair for more than 20 minutes, it’ll stop working. 
  • After the exposure time, (remember, never more than 20 minutes), rinse your hair with plenty of warm water until it runs crystal clear.
  • Don’t use shampoo. Just apply a small amount of your usual conditioner.


You’re done! You’ve left the toner on for the right amount of time, and the unwanted shades are no longer there.

Remember that the toner fades with washes. So, in about three weeks, you’ll need to touch it up.

Now it’s time to take care of your hair after using T14.

That’s what I’ll talk about next.


How to take care of your hair after toner

wash with sulfate-free shampoo

When my clients ask me how to take care of their hair after applying toner, I always tell them the same thing: “if you want healthy hair, you must have good hair habits.”

We often use products or do things without taking into account the damage they may cause.


  • Don’t wash your hair every day if you want to keep it moisturized: frequent hair washing fades the natural oils that moisturize your hair. Ideally, wash your hair every 72 hours.


  • Don’t abuse heat tools: straighteners, curling irons, and blow dryers work by stripping your hair of its natural moisture. Abusing them causes the hair to weaken and break.


  • Don’t apply essential oils on your scalp: coconut, argan, rose, almond, and castor oil should be used on lengths and ends. Otherwise, pores are clogged, and the hair cannot “breathe.” Therefore, your hair will dry out.


You can also use moisturizing aloe vera or avocado masks, which will give you extra hydration without fading the Wella T14 pigments. If possible, use shampoos and conditioners with keratin, such as Dove and Pantene Pro-V.


You can use Olaplex 4 shampoo and Olaplex 5 conditioner to structurally repair your hair and provide moisture from the core.

If you follow these tips, you’ll have healthy hair and be able to enjoy the color you got due to the correct use of Wella T14.



You should leave Wella T14 on the hair for a maximum of 20 minutes. If you leave it on longer, you could dry it out. Alternatively, if you leave it on for less, you won’t achieve the toner’s objective, which is to neutralize unwanted tones.

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