How to get yellow out of hair without toner?

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Do you want to know how to get rid of that horrible chicken yellow that appeared in your hair after dyeing it without using toner?


Well, today I will you everything about it.

Because since I started trying out blonde tones in my hair, I always have to fight off those yellow streaks that make my blonde look so ugly.


Hair dye is a chemical process where your wet hair comes into contact with developing agents that dilute the melanin present in each one of our hair fibers.

Now, what happens is a lot of the time, the dye isn’t able to modify the underlying pigments of our hair.

  So, it’s normal that when you dye your hair blonde, some unpleasant chicken yellow streaks appear. 


At first, what I did was apply toner that they sell in specialty stores.

But after using it for some time, I noticed that it dried out my hair a lot.


Of course, between dye and toner, not even the blessed olive oil could reconstruct my hair fibers. No deep conditioning product was able to restore the health of my dyed hair.

 So, over the years, I discovered different, healthier alternatives to replace the toner and finish off the chicken yellow streaks. 

And today, I’m going to share it with you.


And I decided to share the solutions keeping in mind two things: the ease of use of the method and its effectiveness.

Do you want to end the nightmare of chicken yellow streaks every time you dye your hair?


Then keep reading, because today, I’m going to tell you:

  • 2 effective products to finish off the yellow in your dyed hair
  • How to eliminate the yellow with products that you surely have in your home


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Easy-to-use products to eliminate the yellow from your hair

shimmer lights

 I know.


You are a very busy person and you don’t have time to make magical receipes that will finish off the ugly yellow highlights in your hair.

Don’t worry. Because I have two products that will do wonders.

Have you ever heard of purple shampoo and gentian violet?


Well you should, because they can be your best allies in the fight against that ugly yellow.

The easiest is purple or violet shampoo, as some people know it.

And the best part is that it is very easy to use.


Purple Shampoo

remove yellow highlights from hair

Basically purple shampoo contains color pigments that eliminate the yellow from your hair.



Because they are opposite colors on the color wheel.

 When using them, the hair absorbs a bit of the purple pigement contained in the shampoo and cancels out the yellow tones. 

from orange to blonde

Simply wash your hair, no more than twice a week with the shampoo.

It’s very important that you never let it sit for more than two or three minutes, because if so, you run the risk of your yellow hair turning purple in a matter of seconds.

The shampoo neutralizes those unpleasant yellows until the next coloring session.

I recommend that you don’t abuse it, because you’ll dry out your hair even more.


Gentian Violet

buy in pharmacies

This product is basically a colorant that is used in various compounds, like mosquito repellents, or products to treat skin infections.

Basically, it’s a violet liquid.

But I should warn you of something.


 Even though it looks harmless, you should be very careful when using it. 

Because it stains absolutely everything.

  • To use gentian violet and eliminate the unwanted yellow from your hair, mix in a container, a portion of conditioner with one or two drops of gentian violet.
  • After applying it to your wet hair, let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Lastly, rinse your hair with plenty of water, to ultimately wash your hair as normal.


I repeat, one or two drops of this liquid is more than enough. And protect your hands by using gloves.


Get rid of the yellow with products you surely have at home

Before I continue to explain other methods to get rid of the unwanted yellow in your hair, allow me to give you some advice.

Evaluate the health of your hair.


 If you notice that the ends are split, you have a lot of frizz, when you touch it, it feels straw-like and dry, before using any of these products, moisturize your hair.  

This way, you will avoid more damage to your hair.


On the other hand, all of these elements should be used more than once a week to eradicate the chicken yellow, meaning, it isn’t immediate.

Should we keep going with the list?


Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is extremely acid, which turns it into an effective, natural toner to get rid of those orange and yellow tones from your dyed hair.

It also acts as a deep cleanser for eliminating the accumulation of products.


You will need:

  • 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of water



  • Dilute the apple cider vinegar with water in a jar
  • Pour the mixture on your hair and let it sit for 15 mintues
  • Rinse your hair with warm or cold water

Don’t use this mixture more than once a week, since apple cider vinegar can dry out your hair.


Hollyhock Lotion

The name sounds promising, don’t you think?

Hollyhock is a plant with flowers, that just like apple cider vinegar, has toning properties that counteract the yellow.

You can buy the dry leaves of real mallow in any natural herbs store.



  • Two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • Two tablespoons of dried hollyhock leaves
  • One cup of water



  • Boil the ingredients until you have a thick liquid.
  • Wait for it to cool off.
  • Apply the solution to your hair and let it sit for ten minutes.
  • Rinse with lots of cold water.
  • Wash your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo and condition.


Lemon juice and honey

Just mentioning honey, an image of health and well-being come to mind. At least, that’s what happens to me.

 But, to eliminate the yellow from your blonde hair, lemon juice with honey forms an unstoppable duo, almost like Batman and Robin.  

Do you want to know why?


Because honey is a natural whitening agent that is helped by the acid and the vitamin C in the lemon.

And all of that isn’t even the best part. You can use this mixture up to three times a week without running the risk of your hair drying out.



  • 1/4 cup of fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • ¾ cup of agua
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 spray bottle



  • Put all of the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well to mix.
  • Spray the mixture on your hair, being careful not to saturate the scalp area to not irritate it.
  • Let it sit for at least two hours, and if you can, in those two hours, enjoy the sun, because sun rays increase the effects of the mixture.
  • Rinse your hair with plenty of water and proceed to washing your hair normally.



Being a perfect blonde isn’t easy, and more so when we do the color change ourselves in our own hair.

However, thanks to a few products and natural elements, we can keep that chicken yellow at bay after dyeing our hair.

Which of these alternatives to toner would you use next time to finish off those yellow tones that run your blonde?

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