How to Tone Golden Blonde Hair (to make it look exactly how you like it)

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  • You can use an ash blonde dye to tone golden blonde hair, which is the same color dye with a different tone. Don’t worry because I’ll tell you exactly which one to choose in each case.
  • If it’s not time to touch up your color, the easiest alternatives are to use a purple shampoo or, if you have experience with coloring your hair, a purple toner.
  • That way, you can leave behind those unwanted yellowy tones in your golden blonde hair that tend to appear after many washes or frequent use of heated styling tools.


One of the tones of blonde most loved by women is golden blonde. And the reason is simple: that tone of blonde lightens your face, making your best characteristics stand out, like your eye color, for example, and hiding any imperfections.

 But, unfortunately, nothing is forever, and with time, golden blonde can end up turning into a bright yellow. 


It doesn’t matter what you do.

You can take good care of your hair, you can pay extremely close attention to how often you wash your hair, and you can even spend a fortune on hair products made for dyed hair. Sooner or later, that golden blonde is going to turn into a nightmare.

So, what can you do?


There are three solutions, but it’s all going to depend on your patience, how quickly you want to change your color and your experience with coloring your hair.

Why don’t you take a little quiz to find out which of these three options is the best one for you?


Take a look at your hair.

  • Do you see that in addition to those orange tones, your roots have already grown in?
  • Can you easily see the difference in color between your roots and the middle and end of your hair?
  • Has it been more than four or five weeks since the last time you dyed your hair?


 If so, then the best solution for you would be to opt for a dye in the same color, but with a pearl or ash tone. 

That way, you’ll kill two birds with one stone: You’ll touch up your color, fixing the difference between your roots and the rest of your hair, and cancel out the yellow tones that you don’t like.

Let’s look at the next possibility.


You’re looking at your hair, and you’ve decided that you can’t see your roots very much, so it’s not quite time to touch up your color. You want a solution that’s not just effective, but also affordable, because you’re already ashamed of going into the office and your coworkers seeing you with those unwanted tones.

Don’t look any further, all you need to do is buy a purple shampoo, and within just a few washes, you’ll tone away that yellow.


Wait, are you experienced in coloring your hair?

Are you a methodical, responsible person that takes procedures very seriously and would never skip a step?

If so, your best option is a purple toner.


Alright, it’s time for the million-dollar question: Do you know how to carry out each of these options for toning golden blonde hair?


If you want to know how, keep reading, because I’ll tell you:

  • How to get rid of yellow tones in golden blonde hair using dye
  • How to use purple shampoo on golden blonde hair
  • How to tone golden blonde hair with purple toner (experts only!!)


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How to get rid of yellow tones in golden blonde hair using dye

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If it’s time to touch up your color, the best thing to do is use a dye in the same color that you already have in your hair, but with a different tone.


You’ll see, all colors have numbers, like for example:

  • Blonde 7.0
  • Light blonde 8.0
  • Lighter blonde 9.0

That number indicates the pure color of the dye, but some dyes have a second number after the decimal.

That number is the “tone,” for example:

  • Golden blonde 7.3
  • Light golden blonde 8.3
  • Lighter golden blonde 9.3

The 3 indicates a gold-tone, meaning yellow. So, to tone down that yellow, you’ll need to choose dyes with ash or pearl tones.


The ash tones are:

  • Ash blonde 7.1
  • Light ash blonde 8.1
  • Lighter ash blonde 9.1


The pearl tones are:

  • Pearl blonde 7.2
  • Light pearl blonde 8.2
  • Lighter pearl blonde 9.2


What is the difference between an ash tone and a pearl tone?


The difference is that ash tones have blue pigments and pearl tones have purple pigments.

Which of these two options is best for your hair?

  •  If your hair is an orangey-yellow then you should choose the ash tone, since blue cancels out orange.  
  •  If your hair is more of a rubber-duck yellow, then you should choose a pearl tone, because the purple will cancel out your yellow. 


So, when it comes time to touch up your dye, choose either of those two options, depending on which color you need to cancel out, and you’ll have your golden blonde hair back.

One thing to note is that you should always keep the same number blonde; don’t go darker or lighter, since you aren’t trying to change your color, just cancel out unwanted tones.


How to use purple shampoo in golden blonde hair

Do you want a simple solution, so you don’t have to drive yourself crazy over the numbers of your color and tones?


Go out and get a purple shampoo right away.

 This kind of shampoo works during every wash, depositing purple pigments, so in just a few washes, you’ll see that those bright yellow tones fade. 


All you have to do is replace your normal shampoo with the purple shampoo.

  • Wet your hair and apply the purple shampoo to it, massaging until you have a white foam.
  • Leave it in 10 minutes and rinse.


You’ll see that in just two or three washes, your hair doesn’t have that ugly yellow color anymore. And, the best part? This product is affordable, and you’ll be able to find it in many different stores.

Now, the option for those most experienced with coloring their hair.


How to tone golden blonde hair with purple toner

Warning: If you don’t have experience coloring your hair, do NOT choose this option.

I say that because if you do leave the toner in too long, you could end up with purple hair.

Do you want purple hair?


If not, don’t go for this option if you aren’t committed to using the toner correctly.

Because the worst part isn’t that you’ll end up with purple hair. The worst part is that to get rid of the purple pigments it leaves, you’ll need to bleach your hair three times. Yes! Three times, which would be a very, very bad thing for your hair.

Do you understand what I’m telling you?


If so, then let’s get into it, step-by-step.


  • 20 volume peroxide
  • Tube of purple toner
  • Gloves
  • Dye brush



  • Wet your hair and towel dry it since you should use toner on damp hair.
  • Mix the tube of dye and the container of 20 volume peroxide in a plastic container.
  • Put on the gloves and use the mix on your hair with the dye brush.
  • Once that time has gone by, rinse with plenty of cool water, and go on to wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner.



All you need to do to tone golden blonde hair is choose between touching up your color with a dye that either has ash or pearl tones, using the same color blonde you already have. If you have unwanted orange tones, use a dye with an ash tone, and if your unwanted tones are yellow, then the best option for you is a pearl-toned dye.

You can also cancel out those unwanted tones by repeatedly using purple shampoo, and if you have a lot of experience with coloring your hair, you can use a purple toner.

Now, the decision is yours.

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