How to remove purple toner from hair? Yes! There’s still time to remove it!

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Did you apply a purple toner to get rid of the yellow undertones, and the result is a purple mane?

I know that it may seem like no words can calm your anxiety and anguish.

But I can assure you that most unpleasant things in life have a beginning and an end. In this case, I’m putting my professional hairdresser’s word on the line.

But why?


Because if you left the toner on too long and your hair ended up purple,  sooner or later, the toner will wash out.  That’s good news.

Of course, it’ll be sooner rather than later. The purple toner will most likely wash out in three weeks or so.


Yes, I know. If we’re talking about waiting three weeks to take a vacation and travel to a paradisiacal place, chances are that it’ll seem like a short time, like leaves falling off the calendar at the slightest breeze.

 But if we’re talking about enduring a horrible purple color you were not looking for, three weeks can be an eternity. 

Don’t you believe me?


Here I tell you the story of one of my clients.

Of course, later I’ll tell you how to remove the toner from your hair, whether the purple is light or intense.

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Melisa’s story: why she had to remove the purple toner from her hair

Melisa, one of my clients, called me one Saturday evening at six o’clock to book an urgent appointment to tone her blonde hair.

I understand that usually, in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, making an appointment at the salon can be the least of the problems.

But I ask for a little mercy – we hairdressers have a life too!

Our services are not 24/7. So, unfortunately, I couldn’t take care of Melisa that day.


Although I noticed her disgust, she didn’t hesitate to make an appointment for the following Tuesday. Of course, when the day came and she entered the salon, the situation had completely changed.

  Melisa didn’t have to remove yellowish tones from her hair. She wanted me to help her remove the purple toner from her hair. 

What had happened?


What happens in 90% of cases.

 She had no coloring experience.  Also, she was in a hurry because she didn’t want her date to notice her strident hair. So, she decided to apply the toner on her own.

She was confident because she thought it would be simple. Mix some developer with the toner, apply the mixture, wait a few minutes, rinse, and …Bingo! Your hair would look perfect.


 But toner is a professional tool even if they sell it online or in stores. 

That means you must have coloring knowledge. Of course, Melisa didn’t have any.


The only knowledge she had when it came to coloring was sitting in my salon chair and leaving her hair in the hands of a stylist.

Why did her hair end up purple after applying the toner?


Because she made two mistakes:

  • She didn’t control the exposure time correctly.

The toner contains more intense and stronger purple pigments than a purple shampoo. So, it has an immediate action on the hair.


  • She didn’t take into account her hair porosity.

Melisa has some enviable curls, but her hair has high porosity. Therefore, any product she uses on her hair is absorbed like a sponge.

 If you add these two mistakes together, the result can be fatal. 


However, we found the solution to remove the purple toner from her hair, and now I’ll tell you.

First, answer one question. What is the intensity of the purple?

Do you notice that your hair has a very soft purple shade?


Then, you only need two ingredients to remove the purple toner.


If the toner left your hair light purple, use a mixture of conditioner and developer

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If you don’t want to wait for the toner to fade even if it’s light, you only need two elements to remove it: conditioner and a 10-volume peroxide.


 My only recommendation is that you use a conditioner that contains moisturizing agents such as keratin or coconut oil. 

Some of the best are:

  • Organix Coconut Milk
  • Garnier Fructis Grow Strong
  • Tresemme Moisture Rich
  • Dove Nutritive Solutions Daily Moisture

They’ll protect and moisturize your hair during the purple toner removal process.


What else do you need?

  • Plastic container
  • 10-volume developer

I recommend that you prepare some of this mixture and label it to avoid mistaking it for your regular conditioner.


Step by step:


  • Wet your hair and apply the conditioner and developer mixture from roots to ends.
  • Massage to distribute the mixture evenly.
  • Leave in for 20 minutes and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.


If your hair had very soft purple tones, one application will be enough.

 However, if your hair still has purple residue after one try, you can use the mixture again after seven days. 

You shouldn’t overuse this mixture if you don’t want your hair to end up dull and dry.


If you want to remove the purple toner, but the color is very intense, you’ll need a more powerful method: the color remover

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This is how we removed the purple toner from Melisa’s hair.

In that case, the hair had completely changed its color. The color remover will remove the purple pigments from the toner and your hair will be blonde again.

 Color remover is a very useful tool to remove unnatural colors.  You can apply it immediately after using a hair dye or toner if the results aren’t what you expected.


Color Oops, Color Fix, Colour B4 are just some of the most popular color removers on the market. To tell the truth, they offer the best results.

Why should you apply a color remover instead of bleaching?


To avoid ruining your hair. While color remover may dry out your hair, they aren’t as damaging as bleaching.

Neither Color Oops, Color Fix nor Color B4 contain developer or bleach powder. It’s a great benefit for hair already damaged by the previous bleaching.

Having said that, I’ll tell you what you need to apply the color remover you like best.



  • Color remover.
  • Hair color brush (optional).
  • Hair clips.


Step by step:

  • Divide your dry, unwashed hair for 48 hours into small sections and hold them with hair clips.
  • Mix the remover kit ingredients according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Respect the indicated proportions and quantities.
  • With gloves on, begin applying it to the different sections of your hair, starting at the ends and lengths and working your way up to the roots.
  • Cover your hair with a shower cap or thermal cap so that the reaction progresses evenly. Leave in for 20 to 30 minutes as indicated by the manufacturer. Respect the exposure times. 
  • Finally, rinse your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water. You can use your usual shampoo to completely remove the product.


Dry your hair and take a close look at it. Is the purple toner completely removed?

  • If there’re no traces of purple toner left, apply a few sessions of moisturizing masks like Elvive Total Repair or leave-in conditioner for dry hair.
  • If there’re still traces of purple toner left in the hair, you can use the color remover again, up to three more times.



Now you know that you can use a 10-volume moisturizing conditioner and peroxide mixture or a color remover. It will have to do with how much color the purple toner has left in your hair.

You also learned that toner should be used by professionals in the salon and that you shouldn’t leave it in more than seven to ten minutes.

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