Toner for Gray Hair: How to use it in your hair right

  • Gray toner will help you neatly make the transition to naturally gray hair. But you must choose the right gray toner. Don’t worry, today you’ll find out which is that ideal toner for you.
  • If what you’re looking to do is to keep your hair that’s been dyed gray brighter and more vibrant, then you should use a gray toner every two weeks and choose a pearl gray color.



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It used to be unthinkable that a woman would want to wear her hair gray. But, of course, trends change.

That’s why,  whether you’re considering letting your gray hair grow out to wear a full head of natural gray or you want to keep your gray dye bright and lively, toner is your greatest ally.  But you always need to choose the right gray toner.


  • Because if you’re in the middle of letting your gray grow in, gray toner will help color your hair, since gray hair is hair that doesn’t have any melanin and tends to grow in more of a pale yellow or white color. By using a gray toner, you hide those colors to get your own personalized, gray look.
  • And if you decided to dye your hair gray, the toner will be your best friend when it comes to keeping up with the color. But, I won’t lie to you:  Gray is a hard color to get since you’ll need to bleach your hair several times to make it light enough, and you’ll need to follow a strict maintenance schedule. 


When it comes to hair color, we stylists use as much toner as we do dye. I’d say that a good toner is like the perfect accessory to good hair color because it allows you to correct or accentuate certain colors in your hair.


For example, after bleaching your hair, you can use a toner on it to neutralize yellow or orange tones that dyes leave when you remove them. Or, after a fading technique like balayage, you can use toner to give your hair a softer color that makes the transition look more natural.

You can also use toner to revive your hair color when your dye has started to fade.


Although toner is very useful when it comes to coloring hair,  it’s not that easy to use. Because you’ll need to find the exact right color of toner to get the effect you’re looking for.  

When you bleach your hair, permanent dyes leave remnants of color that are often unpleasant or uneven colors, which us stylists call unwanted colors or tones, and might include orange, chicken yellow or even a rusty color.


And all of those colors have an opposite color that neutralizes them, according to the color wheel.

  • Blue cancels out yellow
  • Green gets rid of red
  • Purple neutralizes yellow

When it comes to gray toner, you’ll also find different options: silver-gray, pearl gray, smokey gray, and feather gray. And you’ll have to choose that color gray depending on your hair color.


So, today I’m going to teach you how best take advantage of the benefits gray toner has to offer for its two main uses. Stick with me, because today you’ll learn:

  • How to use silver-gray toner to transition to naturally gray hair
  • How to use gray toner in hair that’s dyed gray

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How to use gray toner to make the transition to naturally gray hair

let gray hair grow

If you’ve decided to let your gray hair grow in because you’re tired of religiously dyeing your hair, gray toner is an incredible ally.

But, get ready because leaving dye behind to let your gray shine is a long road and you’ll need to be very careful about maintenance. That’s why toner is ideal for this transition.


You can use it to make your white hairs turn gray and keep an even and neat color.

But, you must choose the right gray toner. And in order to do so, you need to keep in mind the color your hair is right now:

  • If your hair is light or very light, you can choose a silver-gray toner
  • If your hair is medium or dark, you can choose a smokey gray or feather gray toner

This way, you’ll have a harmonious transition, since you won’t see an unpleasant contrast between your gray and the color of the rest of your hair.


In order to use the toner on your hair, you’ll need:

  • Gray toner, in the color that you’ve chosen
  • 20 volume developer (peroxide)


Once you have all of the supplies, you can start using them on your hair.

  • Part your hair down the middle so your roots and white or gray hair is exposed.
  • Prepare the mixture by adding the 20 volume developer and the tube of dye to a plastic container.
  • Stir until you have a smooth mix.
  • Put on the gloves and begin to use the mixture on your hair. First, you’ll need to apply it to your gray or white hair, and then continue to the rest of your hair.
  • Leave it in for 10-20 minutes, depending on the color your hair takes on.
  • Rinse with plenty of cool water and then dry and style your hair as you normally would.


Now, all that’s left for us to talk about is maintenance. Toner will last in your hair for about 2-3 weeks. After that time, you’ll see that your gray hairs have turned white again.

And that is when the time has come to use the gray toner again.


And now, let’s look at how the toner works for people with hair dyed gray.


How to tone hair that’s dyed gray

color maintenance

If you’re one of the many women that have fallen in love with the color gray and decided to dye your hair that color, you should always have toner on hand since it will help you maintain a perfect, bright color.

To dye your hair gray, you need to bleach it until you have a buttery color, and then you can use a silver-gray or pearl gray toner on it. Those colors will highlight your facial features to give you a very sophisticated look.

And, those colors look fabulous with dark roots.


  To use the toner on hair that’s dyed gray, you’ll need to mix the tube of dye with a 20 volume developer, and once you’ve reached a smooth texture, you can use the toner on your hair. 

Leave it in your hair for 10-20 minutes and rinse.


Now that you have that gray you were dreaming of, it’s very important to pay attention to your color maintenance.

  • You should use a gray toner every two weeks, so your hair doesn’t lose its color.
  • Use a purple shampoo once or twice a week instead of your normal shampoo. That’s because since you’ve bleached your hair, you’ll want to neutralize any yellow tones that appear.
  • If you’ve decided to leave your roots darker, remember that eventually, you’ll need to bleach them too, once they’ve grown out more than an inch and a half.



If you’re considering making the transition to gray hair, the best thing you can do is use a gray toner because it will allow you to keep your hair color even and hide white hairs.

In this case, it’s very important that if you have light or very light hair, you choose a silver-gray toner and if your hair is medium or dark, you opt for a smokey or feather gray.


And, if you’re looking to tone hair that’s dyed gray, the best thing for you is silver or pearl gray toner, so you can go for a look with darker roots because of your bleached hair.

Now tell me: What are you going to use the gray toner to do?

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