2 Ways to Fix Over-Toned Hair at Home (yes! it’s still possible to fix it)

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Did your hair end up over-toned?


  • If your hair ended up over-toned after using toner on it, you have three options to fix it: clarifying shampoo, hydrating masks used in conjunction with heat and bleach.
  • If your hair ended up over-toned after using a toning shampoo, don’t worry because the tones you don’t like will disappear after a few washes.


As you can see, the solution to over-toned hair will depend a lot on which product you’ve used to tone your hair.

Did you use a toner, or did you use toning shampoo?


  • If you used toning shampoo, whether you used purple or blue or any other color, and your hair is over-toned, I’ll tell you the solution.
  • And if you used a toner, and that is how your hair ended up over-toned, I’ll also tell you the solution.


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How to fix over-toned hair from toning shampoo

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Toning shampoos come in many different colors.

There are the classic purple or blue toning shampoos, but there are also toning shampoos that are yellow, red, and orange.

I have no idea what color toning shampoo you used because I’m not a mind-reader (at least for now).


  • What I can say, though, is that if your hair is over-toned, you should stop using the toning shampoo.

It doesn’t matter which color shampoo you’ve been using; stop using it right now. If you keep using the shampoo, the only thing you’ll accomplish is worsen the problem.


  • The second thing you should know is that unwanted tones will disappear with washes. So, the more you wash your hair, the faster the tones you don’t like will go away.

How often do you wash your hair?


 If you wash your hair every three days, you should start washing your hair every day. That way, the tones that the toner left in your hair will disappear quicker. 


  • Make sure you’re washing your hair with an extra-nutritive shampoo or one that contains keratin and doesn’t contain pigments that will either lighten or darken your hair. That will ensure that you aren’t further damaging your hair or changing its color.


Now let’s get into how to fix over-toned hair if you used a toner.


How to fixe hair that was over-toned with toner

If you used toner and your hair ended up over-toned, the first thing you should do is wash it a few times. Why?


 Because after three or four washes, you’ll know exactly what your final hair color will be. 

It’s often the case that after a few washes, your color will “settle,” and you won’t need to do anything if you’re happy with how it looks.


Now, if after 3-4 washes, you’re still stuck with a hair color you don’t like, you have three choices to fix it.

Let’s go from the easiest option to the hardest:

  • Clarifying shampoo
  • A hydration mask plus heat
  • Bleach


Clarifying Shampoo

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Let’s start with the most straightforward option: Clarifying shampoo.

Clarifying shampoo has an expulsive effect on the color that your hair artificially absorbed.


  All you need to do is buy a clarifying shampoo and wash your hair with it two or three times until your hair expels the color that you don’t like. 

Wash your hair with the shampoo and fully rinse it out. After 2-3 uses, your hair will have expelled the unwanted colors.


The good thing about clarifying shampoo is that it doesn’t damage your hair. It does have a strong odor, though, so make sure you use it in a well-ventilated space.


Hydration mask plus heat

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The second method for fixing over-toned hair is to apply a hydration mask to your hair with heat. This is an especially ideal method if your hair is damaged or weak.

How does the method work?


  • The first thing you need to do is get a restorative hair mask that contains keratin.

Since these kinds of masks contain sulfates, using a hydration mask will accelerate your hair’s expulsion of unwanted pigment in your hair.

And, to intensify the mask’s effect, you should apply the mask with heat.


  • So, besides the mask, you’ll also need an aluminum cap. If you don’t have one or can’t get one, you can get the same effect by using a nylon bag and a head wrap.


  • Apply the mask to your moist hair, taking care to cover all of your hair, from your roots to your ends.

When the mask has covered all of your hair, put the aluminum cap or nylon bag on.

Let the mask sit for 20 minutes, then rinse.


Repeat this process twice a week until your hair goes back to the color you had before using the toner.



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The last method for fixing over-toned hair is to bleach it.

I only recommend this method if neither of the previous two options worked for you. Why?

Because even though the bleaching process that you’ll need to do to your hair is not so strong, it still uses bleach, which makes it – by definition – aggressive for your hair.


 If, in the end, you do decide to use this method, make sure your hair is in perfect condition in terms of its health before you start.  And one more thing.

If you don’t have any experience with bleaching your hair and you still want to bleach it, I’d recommend that you get it done in a professional salon.


Before, I mentioned that this bleaching process wouldn’t be so strong because, unlike traditional bleaching, which uses a 30 volume developer, you can use a 20 volume developer.

And, you’ll only leave it in your hair for 5-10 minutes.


Let’s talk about what materials you’ll need to bleach your hair, then how to do it step-by-step.



  • Bleach powder
  • 20 volume developer cream
  • Protective serum
  • A plastic container to prepare the mix in

Once you have all of your materials ready and a space to work in, you can begin the application.


  • First, you need to prepare the bleach mix

Mix 2 parts 20 volume developer with 1 part bleach powder in a plastic container until smooth.


  • Apply the mix to your hair.

Start by applying the mix to your ends, working your way up to your roots because your roots bleach quicker than your ends.


  • Let sit for 5-10 minutes.

Once that time has gone by, rinse your hair with lukewarm water until it runs clear.


  • Lastly, dry your hair with a blow dryer and use the anti-frizz serum.


What color should you use on your hair after removing the toner?

If you followed one of the above methods, your hair should end up the same color you had before you toned your hair.

But, let me tell you a secret.


Colors like red, purple, or blue are strong pigments, and they will come back with time, even if it seems like you’ve completely eliminated the toner.

So, I’m going to leave you a list of dyes that you can use to neutralize these tones that might reappear in your hair.


  • If you used a toner that left your hair a purplish color, after removing the toner, you should apply one that is somewhere in the range of yellowish-orange.

For example, 7.3 or 8.3 /7.4 or 8.4


  • If you used a toner that left your hair tinted green, you should apply a red color after removing the toner.

Example: 6.5 or 7.5


  • If you applied a toner that left your hair yellow, you should use purple after removing the toner.

Example: 7.2 or 8.2


  • If you applied a toner that left your hair red-orange, you should use a green-blue one afterward.

Example: 4.1 or 5.1 or 6.1

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