How to Use Hair Toner After Bleaching (Without Ruining Your Hair)

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purple toner for yellow hair after bleaching

 

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  • Once you’ve finished bleaching your hair, you need to check the bleach level you reached to select the toner you’ll apply.
  • After bleaching, your hair may be yellow, orange, or red according to your base color.
  • If your hair is yellow, you should use a purple toner. If you notice that your hair is orange, you should choose a blue toner. Finally, if it has reddish colors, your best option is a green toner.

 

As you can see, to use the toner, you have to take into account your hair color after bleaching and the one you want after applying the toner.

Here are all the options:

 

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Bleaching removes the pigmentation of natural or artificial hair. After bleaching, unwanted colors may appear in your hair.

That can happen.

 

You look at an Instagram post of someone who magically bleached their black hair. Then, platinum blonde hair appeared in their head.

What the Instagrammer forgot to mention is that she had to bleach her hair several times to get to that blonde. Also, she obviously applied a toner.

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To know which toner to apply on bleached hair, you must consider neutralization

yellow hair after bleaching

All colorimetry specialists know that neutralization is a key step in the bleaching process. It’s what will finally get you the hair color you want.

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However, before we talk about neutralization, you should do something for me: take a close look at your hair.

 

Look at it under natural and artificial light.

Ask someone else to look at it too. After all, four eyes see more than two.

  Now, identify your hair color after bleaching. There are three possibilities: yellow, orange, or red.  

 

Take a good look, and don’t be fooled by the intensity of the color.

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I mean, it could be a paler yellow or a strident yellow, but it will always be yellow.

The same applies to the intensity of orange or red.

 

Then, once you know what color your bleached hair is, you can move on to neutralization. It consists of applying a toner of the opposite color of your hair.

  • If your hair is orange, you should apply blue toner
  • If your hair is yellow, you should apply purple toner
  • If your hair is red, you should apply green toner.

Let’s look at each individual case so you can apply the correct toner.

 

If your hair is yellow after bleaching, you should apply a purple toner

using purple toner on bleached yellow hair

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If you bleached your hair dark blonde 6 or blonde 7 or want to lift your blondes, unwanted yellow shades may appear. It’s the predominant pigment in this color.

The good news is that a purple toner works for any level of yellow.

 

Although toners are professional products, you can buy some alternatives on your own, on the web, or in specialized stores.

Here’s the list:

  • Wella Color Charm T20 (home use)
  • Schwarzkopf BlondMe Ice (professional use)
  • Pravana Chromasilk Vivids Violet (professional use)

 

Both the home use and professional use aren’t sold as a kit. So, you’ll need to get the 20-volume developer separately.

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Once you have all the elements, you can start applying the toner.

  • Separate your hair into sections. It should be dry and unwashed for at least 48 hours.
  • Mix the toner with the 20-volume developer.
  • Apply the mixture to each section of your hair and distribute it evenly.
  • Leave it on according to the intensity of the yellow.
  • If your yellow is pale (a buttery-like color), leave it on for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • If your blonde is yellow (chicken yellow), you should leave it on for up to 10 minutes.
  • If your blonde is golden yellow and bright, you should leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes.

 

  Check your color from time to time because the toner acts quickly.   If you leave it longer than required, you can end up with a purple mane.

 

  • Rinse with plenty of lukewarm water and apply your usual shampoo and conditioner.
  • Let your hair air dry to avoid excess heat.

 

As the weeks go by, you’ll notice that the effects of the toner disappear. Then, you should repeat the application following the steps above.

 

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If your hair is orange after bleaching, you should apply a blue toner

from orange to blonde

If you bleached your brown 4 or light brown 5 hair, it’s probably orange. It’s because the predominant color in brown hair is brown. When it’s bleached, it turns orange.

 

  The orange shade in your hair may be lighter or darker, but you should always use a blue toner. It’ll leave your hair ashy.  

There are several blue toners. Some of them are for professional use while others are for home use.

 

Here are the most commonly used at home and in the salon:

  • Schwarzkopf Blondme Steel Blue (professional use)
  • Wella Color Charm T18 (home use)
  • Pravana Chromasilk Blue Ash (professional use)

What is the difference between professional and home use toners?

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The intensity of their pigments.

Professional toners contain more intense and stronger blue pigments. So, you need to control the exposure time because you could end up with blue hair if you don’t respect the times.

 

  If you have no experience in coloring or using toner, I advise you to opt for the Wella Color Charm toner because   it’s widely used in salons due to its excellent results.

 

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The only thing you have to consider when buying one is that none of these toners are sold as a kit. So, you’ll have to buy the 20-volume developer yourself.

 

How should you apply it?

before applying to hair

  • Separate your hair into sections. It should be dry and unwashed for 48 hours.
  • Mix the toner with the 20-volume developer.
  • Apply the mixture to each section of your hair by covering them.
  •   The exposure time will depend on how orange your hair is.  
  • If your hair is light orange, leave it on for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • If your hair is medium orange, then you should leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • If your hair is dark orange, something like copper, the exposure time will range from 10 to 20 minutes.

 

Please!   Remember to check the color every two minutes because every hair is different.  

What do I mean by this?

 

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For example, if your hair has a high porosity, it’ll absorb the toner faster than hair with low porosity. By absorbing toner faster, the neutralization process is accelerated.

Therefore, if you notice that your hair becomes too blue, greenish, or too dark, rinse it.

 

  • After the exposure time, rinse with plenty of lukewarm water and apply your usual shampoo and conditioner.

Just like the purple toner, you should touch up your blue toner in three weeks to prevent the orange from reappearing.

 

If your hair is red after bleaching, you should apply a green toner

toning bleached hair red

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Red is one of the most persistent colors of the color scale in hair products or natural pigments. It can appear after bleaching a black 1, brunette 2, or dark brown 3 hair.

 

So, whenever you go to a salon to bleach your hair, the professionals will remove all the reddish pigment to achieve orange.

Is your hair red after bleaching?

 

  I’m sorry to tell you the bad news. You belong to those rare cases in which the hair remains fire red or doesn’t reach the bleaching level to continue to orange.  

As it’s an unusual post-bleaching color, you won’t find many green toners on the market.

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I recommend that you go to a specialized store and ask for advice on their brands.

 

If you want to buy online, Amazon has the following options:

  • Pravana Chromasilk Vivids Green (professional use)
  • Jordi’s Professional M3 Green (professional use)
  • ARUAL Collection M/V (professional use)

 

How do I apply the green toner?

hairdresser applying toner

  • Separate your hair into sections. It must be dry and unwashed for 48 hours.
  • Mix the toner with the 20-volume developer.
  • Apply the mixture to each section of your hair without skipping a spot.
  • Leave it on for 20 minutes. In this case, regardless of the intensity of your red, the application time of the green toner is always 20 minutes.
  • After twenty minutes, rinse with plenty of lukewarm water and apply your usual shampoo and conditioner.

 

  Hair that turns red after bleaching won’t turn green with the green toner. However, don’t exceed the exposure time.  

Remember that your hair has already undergone a chemical process like bleaching, and neutralization is also a chemical process because it involves using a 20-volume peroxide.

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Conclusions

Now you know which toner to choose and how to apply it to your bleached hair.

You just need to carefully check your hair color after bleaching and neutralize it with the corresponding toner.

If you don’t want to apply toner because it seems difficult, you can opt for color depositing shampoos that offer excellent results. They don’t contain ammonia or developer, and should be used a maximum of three times a week according to the brand you choose.

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