Do you put toner on wet or dry hair? How does it work better?

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Every time I have to apply toner to kill those horrible yellow strands in my hair, I ask myself the same thing.

Do I have to apply toner on dry or damp hair?

Do you ask yourself the same question?


Luckily, like Indiana Jones in his incredible adventure during the Holy Grail search, I found the answer.

You should always use toner on hair when it’s seventy percent dry. That is, neither completely dry nor completely wet.


Of course, I did not get to this conclusion by mere inspiration. It was after many comings and goings, successes, and mistakes.

But who doesn’t risk, doesn’t win. And I was willing to get to the absolute truth, even if it took me a few experiments.


My relationship with toner began a few years ago when I got the idea to be blonde in my crazy mind.

Of course, the way that would take me to my goal had a name: bleaching. And several thorns: the yellow strands like hay that appear after bleaching hair.

They even appear after placing some dye to color bleached hair.


  I got tired of dyeing my hair blonde every twenty days, enduring that horrible smell of ammonia and the occasional scalp itch, I started trying toner. [/ su_highlight]

Toner is a product that delivers a light touch of color to neutralize the yellow and orange tones of bleached hair.


They can come in sprays, dyes, drops, and masks.

Meaning they allow small changes and subtle corrections in hair color without having to use stronger dyes.


In my case, toner helps me deposit a cool tone that cancels warm tones, like that horrible yellowish one that appears when you go blonde.

You can see this in the color wheel, purple is in front of orange and blue is in front of yellow. When one tone is applied to the other, the result is a neutral tone.


   There are different brands, depending on the consumer’s possibilities. [/ su_highlight]

As my hair looked very mistreated by bleaching and subsequent coloring, I decided to buy a better product.

And better, is synonymous with more expensive. But you know how the saying goes, you get what you pay for.


And that’s when this love affair began between toner and me, and like any romance, it had its ups and downs. But finally, we came to a solution.

Do you want to know the details of the romance between toner and me?


Then keep reading, because I’ll tell you:

  • What happens when you apply toner on wet hair
  • Why it’s convenient to apply toner on almost dry hair
  • How to enhance the effects of toner [/ su_list]


Therefore, I’m inviting you to discover the correct way to apply toner without having to go through a path full of thorns.

You will only find pure roses, which is the best for your hair.

What do you decide?


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What happens when you apply toner on your wet hair

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What do you think I did the first time I used toner in my hair?

  1. Do you think I read the instructions carefully?
  2. Pour the product as if it were merely water?
  3. Wash my hair?

Have you answered option 2?


You were wrong. I am not the kind of person who takes hair products lightly.

So if you chose option a, you are correct, because I read the instructions thoroughly.

And if you answered option c, you also got it right. Because since the instructions said nothing about whether it should be applied to dry or damp hair, I decided to wash my hair.


And I did it for two reasons.

  • First, I thought that water would open my cuticles, helping the toner work better.
  • Second, well, I'm a little embarrassed to say it, but I did it out of sheer greed. I thought that with wet hair, I would need less product.[/ su_list]


   So I finished washing my hair, I barely dried it with a towel and started applying toner. [/ su_highlight]

But things did not go as I expected.


And not because I had not waited for the expected product exposure times.

Where before there were yellowish strands, horribly yellowish and ugly, there were strands that were neither yellowish nor golden nor ash.

They were a mixture of I don't know what color, but not an ugly one. It was awful, so horrible, I was embarrassed to go outside!

What was the mistake?


That’s what I’ll tell you next.


Why it’s convenient to apply toner on “almost” dry hair

After that first experience that I used toner on my wet hair, and the results were catastrophic, I decided to try it on almost dry hair.

And, yes. I waited about fifteen days before I applied toner so that my hair wouldn’t get drier than my mom’s broom.


   And the results were completely different. Finally, toner made those hay yellow strands into a neutral color.  

Do you know why toner worked on my “almost” dry hair?


Let me ask you a question.

When your hair is wet,  is it the same color that when it’s dry?


In my case, because I’m blond, when my hair gets wet, it generally looks very yellow, but it looks ashier as it dries.

  When applying toner on wet hair, we run the risk of leaving the product more time than it’s needed.  

Also, toner is made with semi-permanent color, and when it’s applied on wet hair, it automatically jeopardizes the lifespan of the product and color.


I finally found the perfect toner formula to neutralize those yellowish strands that appeared while the dye vanished!

Which was helping me from running to the hairdresser every twenty days.


Toner is a magical product, and it can be an excellent ally for blondes. But it has some secrets, and I’m not selfish because I’m going to share them with you.

Nothing will prevent the dye from working as you expect it in your hair if you follow my advice.


How to take advantage of toner’s maximum effects

Let’s say that I have discovered that for toner to fulfill its objective, there are some golden rules.


  • You must apply toner on 70% dry hair. Remember, neither completely dry nor completely wet.
  • Once the exposure time has passed, rinse your hair with plenty of water and apply a conditioner. Never wash your hair with shampoo because you run the risk of dragging the toner pigments.
  • If possible, rinse your hair with cold water, or as cold as you can stand it. Hot water can also carry away the toner pigments.
  • Wash your hair with shampoo just three days after applying toner. And always use a sulfate-free shampoo.
  • Once a week, wash your hair with a purple shampoo, which will extend toner effects. Of course, never leave it more than three to five minutes in your hair since you can end up with completely lilac strands. [/ Su_list]


Now you know how to properly apply toner to take the most advantage of its benefits.

How do you apply toner in your hair to dye the yellowish strands?

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