How to remove ash toner from hair like a pro today

  • If your hair is healthy and you don’t want to wait for the ash toner to fade with washes, you can use other products to remove it.
  • If you want to go back to your previous color, use a 10-volume conditioner and peroxide mixture.
  • If you weren’t happy with your previous color, but you don’t like the result of the ash toner either, you can apply a hair dye with copper undertones.


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They seem like simple solutions. However, when it comes to hair color, sometimes you have to act with emotional intelligence.

What do I mean?


I mean, let go of the impulse that made you use an ash toner without any prior colorimetry experience or knowledge. I can understand why you couldn’t fight the impulse.

You probably couldn’t resist it when five of your ten friends showed up with an ashy shade.

It’s also difficult to be carried away by the Instagram posts regarding hair color changes. At least 60% mark a trend towards ashy tones.


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However, ash toner is not for everyone.

  • First, because of a chromatic reason. Ash tones don’t look the same on fair skin as on dark skin.
  • Second, because maybe you didn’t use the toner correctly, and the ashy color didn’t come out as you expected.

Emotional intelligence and fighting impulses come into play now.


 Fortunately for you, all you have to do to remove toner is wash your hair because its pigments are not permanent. 

Of course, it won’t fade overnight. It’ll take several washes, which means several weeks.

After all, it’s not healthy for you to wash your hair every day either.


However, this option probably doesn’t match your urgency.

I know that urgency all too well because three out of ten women a week go to the salon to remove the ashy toner that “accidentally” didn’t suit their hair.

Did you apply a gray toner and it’s too dark? Are you tired of ashy tones?


Then, you need to make a decision.

Remove the gray toner to go back to the previous hair color, or slightly change your hair color.

What have you decided? To go back to your previous hair color?

Let’s see the solution.

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Remove the gray toner with developer and conditioner to go back to the base color

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Toner fades with washes because it has low color strength.

Toner is usually applied to neutralize hair after bleaching or when hair dye is too bright.

However, recently, many women are using gray toner as a hair dye. It’s a trendy color that’s here to stay.


Although ash can be very pretty, it’s widely used, and it’s the color of choice for Hollywood superstars it requires a lot of maintenance.

When you have to go to the salon every fortnight to maintain the color, the romance with ash will be as fleeting as a summer love.


So,  if you don’t want to wait for the gray toner to disappear with washes, you can easily remove it with a mixture of a 10-volume developer and conditioner. 


That’s all you need. You can do it in the shower, but be careful with your eyes because the mixture can cause irritation.

If you’re not sure if you can avoid getting the mixture in your eyes, the best thing to do is to apply the mixture outside the shower.


Here is the step-by-step:

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  • In a plastic container, place the 10-volume developer and conditioner. The amount will depend on the length of your hair.
  • Wet your hair and apply the mixture massaging for 3 minutes.
  • Leave it on your hair for 20 minutes and rinse with plenty of warm water.
  • Dry and style your hair.


Look in the mirror. Go ahead, do it without fear!

You’ll see that the toner is completely gone, and your base color is there again.



And when I say that you must respect the exposure times, I mean that if I tell you that the mixture should act for 20 minutes, it should be 20 minutes. Not 22, 25or 30.


 If there are still traces of the ashy toner, you should wait at least 15 days to reapply this mixture.  Although it’s not as aggressive as bleach, it can damage your hair if you use it frequently.

Now, if you don’t like the result of the gray toner, but you didn’t like your previous base color either, I still have a solution.

Do you want to know what it is?


Neutralize the gray toner with copper hair dye

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I didn’t go crazy, and I don’t want you to end up with carrot-colored hair either.

When I talk about copper hair dye, I’m appealing to my knowledge of colorimetry and neutralization.


According to the color wheel, blue and orange are opposite colors. So, they neutralize each other.

When the hair looks very orange, blue toner is applied to neutralize it. Alternatively, when the hair looks very ashy, a color that contains blue pigments such as orange is applied.

I ask you again to calm down. You won’t end with orange hair, and I have something else to explain.


Hair dyes have two main numbers: the color level and the undertone.

The color levels are:

  • Black 1
  • Dark brown 3
  • Brown 4
  • Light brown 5
  • Dark blond 6
  • Blonde 7
  • Light blonde 8
  • Very light blonde 9
  • Platinum blonde 10


The undertones are:

  • Ash (blue)
  • iridescent / pearlescent (violet)
  • golden (yellow)
  • copper (orange)
  • mahogany (orange-reddish)
  • red
  • green


  If your hair is too ashy, you can apply a hair dye with a copper undertone. 

For example:

  • If your hair is dark ash blonde 7.1, you can apply dark copper blonde 7.4.
  • If your hair is light ash blonde 8.1, you can apply light blonde 8.4


This way, you’ll neutralize the ashy toner in your hair without changing the color level.

And best of all, the well-known hair color brands offer a wide variety of colors with copper undertones:

  • Garnier Olia Cobre Intenso 7.4
  • Majirel Rubio Cobrizo Intenso 7.44
  • Igora Royal Rubio Claro Beige 8.4
  • Schwarzkopf Light Copper Red 8.4


These hair dyes can remove the gray toner and result in a warm color that will hide the imperfections of your face and give you luminosity.

Remember to choose the level you already have so as not to darken your hair. If you’re not sure, compare a strand of your mane with the “before and after” photo of the dye kit.



If none of these solutions seem right for you because you are afraid of ruining your hair, you can go to your trusted salon to have  your hair bleached. However, in my opinion, it should be your last option. 


Bleaching is a very aggressive process for the hair. And if the toner fades with washes, why expose your hair to the aggression of more chemicals?

As I always say, your life, your hair. It’s your choice.

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