How to use Wella T18 on dark roots to neutralize unwanted tones

  • Wella’s T18 toner is the best choice for neutralizing orange tones on dark roots.
  • It can be used on naturally dark, as well as on brown or chocolate-colored hair. Also, if you have highlights.
  • The only thing you’ll have to be careful with is the exposure times. Today I’ll tell you about it with two real client stories


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Did you think that orange tones appeared in dark roots only in colored or bleached hair?

Well, actually, orange tones also appear in naturally dark hair such as brown hair.

Do you know why?


 The sun’s rays, chlorinated water, and even seawater have a bleaching effect on the hair even if the color is natural.  When brown hair is bleached, what color appears?



Since your dark roots are the most exposed part of your hair, they bleach to a nasty coppery color.

Of course, natural brunettes are not the only ones who suffer from orange tones in the dark roots. Those who have a balayage or darkened roots also suffer from it. How do you solve it?


You should apply Wella T18 to neutralize orange tones on dark roots

before applying to hair

Wella developed T18 for those who want to recover the vibrant color of their roots without orange tones.


Before I tell you the story of two of my clients, let’s review neutralization.

Don’t get annoyed because I’m not going to take a test. If you decide to use a toner on your dark roots, whether it’s T18 or any other,  you must know how the product works. .


Neutralization consists of applying the opposite color to the one you want to remove. It’s clearly detailed on the color wheel.

What are the colors women hate the most when they appear in our hair?


 They’re orange and red, especially when you haven’t dyed your hair with a fantasy hair color such as passion red .


The advantage of T18 is that you can apply it all over the hair or just on the dark roots.

Wella T18 is ideal for orange tones because it’s  formulated with blue and violet pigments. Therefore, it neutralizes a wide range of orange undertones, from the palest to the most intense. .


Now, let’s get down to the core of the matter.

Do you want to know how I use Wella’s T18 on two of my clients?

Then, continue reading.


Case 1- Wella T18 on dark natural hair roots

on dark hair

Lorena is a beautiful young woman in her twenties with energy that lights up the place where she is.

She proudly wears her natural brown hair. She must be one of the few people who aren’t influenced by YouTubers’ hair miracles.


However, there’s a problem.

Lorena is very sporty, I mean super sporty.

She signs up for every race, marathon, triathlon, or cross-country run that crosses her path.

That leads her to many hours of summer and winter outdoor training. That’s all good if we’re talking about improving her physical endurance.


But it’s bad news for her hair. Naturally dark hair wears out from the effects of the sun’s rays. .

Also, Lorena swims. Even though she wears a cap, her hair is exposed to chlorine. It also wears out the color in her dark roots.


On top of that, Lorena doesn’t pay much attention to hair care products. Therefore, as much as I hate it, she uses sulfate shampoo and conditioner. As they’re detergents, they also wear out the color.


All these things,  lighten Lorena’s dark roots until they get horrible orange tones that make them look messy. .

Every time Lorena visits me in the salon, I use T18 on her dark roots to neutralize the orange.

Do you have the same problem as Lorena?


All you need to solve it is:

  • Wella Color Charm T18
  • 20-volume developer
  • Hair dye brush
  • Gloves
  • Hair clips
  • Comb



  • Untangle your hair and separate it into 4 sections, holding them with hair clips.
  • Put on your gloves. Mix the T18 with the developer until the elements are integrated.
  • Release one of the sections of your hair and apply the mixture to the roots only.
  • Leave the mixture on for 10 minutes, just 10 minutes!


 Remember that natural or virgin hair takes on pigmentation faster than previously colored hair. So, you have to check your hair color every 5 minutes. 


  • After the exposure time, rinse the toner out from your roots and scalp.


As Lorena doesn’t have much patience in hair matters, she visits me in the salon every time the orangey tones appear on her dark roots.  Now, let’s move on to the next case, Romina’s.


Case 2 – T18 on color-treated hair dark roots

lighten to even out all hair color

Romina wanted to follow one of the latest trends. So, she decided to darken her roots.

Although she uses sulfate-free shampoos, conditioners, and color protectors, the orange tones appear in her dark roots.


That’s why I also apply Wella’s T18 to Romina’s roots. If this is your case, you must be very careful with the toner’s exposure times. What should you take into account to control the time? The color you dyed your roots with


  • If your roots are dyed black or dark brown 3, you should leave the T18 on 15 to 20 minutes.
  • If your roots are dyed brown 4 or chocolate 5, you should leave T18 on 10 to 15 minutes


The application is simple and similar to the application on natural dark roots. The only difference is the exposure time.

Therefore, I’ll detail the application of the mixture on dark roots.


  • Apply Wella Color Charm T18 to your dark roots starting with the front sections.
  • Don’t go over the dividing line between growth and lengths.
  • Leave the toner on your hair according to the suggested times above. You shouldn’t leave it on longer. As the toner is applied with a 20-volume developer, it could lighten your hair and ruin your coloring technique.
  •  Keep an eye out for color changes. When you no longer see the orange color in your dark roots, rinse the product out. .
  • In Romina’s case, I usually leave the T18 on her roots for about 15 minutes because she has dark brown roots.



The T18 Wella Charm Color is the best tool to neutralize the unwanted orange tones on dark roots.

It works both when dark roots are natural and when they’re the result of a hair dye. The important thing is to carefully control the exposure times of the product.

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