What does toner do to brown or dark hair? Toner on dyed hair

brown, black and dark hair

First, I want to make it clear that toner doesn’t have any effect on naturally brown or black hair.

Toner only works on colored hair.


I want to make this clear because I keep reading in many Facebook groups that people want to use toner for their natural hair.

The problem is this doesn’t exist.

You can only toner colored hair.


So, if you’ve never dyed your hair, whether it’s brown or black, the toner won’t have any effect on your hair.


That’s how it is, friends.

Absolutely nothing will happen. Your hair will continue being as dark as usual, be it jet black, dark brown or light brown.


For dyed hair, things change.

 The results of using toner in hair that’s colored brown or black are really shocking because the toner allows you to match the color that you’ve applied to your hair. 

Do you want to know why?


Why I Decided to Try Toner in my Colored-Brown Hair

after bleaching

I admit it.

It was my fault.

I succumbed to the knowledge of a friend who said she knew all the coloring hacks.


We arranged our schedules.

I bought the products she asked me for and I have to confess that I spent a fortune because I only bought the ones that I thought were the best, which generally goes hand in hand with being more expensive. Almost always.

I got to her house with the bag of products in one hand, and in the other, my favorite chamomile tea. It wasn’t for my hair. It was to drink liters and liters of it to calm my anxiety and my nerves.


There she was with a smile from ear to ear while my body told me to run away, that there was still time.

But no.

My survival instinct wasn’t working and all of a sudden, I found myself setting up all the elements for coloring my hair on her dining room table.


I have to admit that at any moment my friend was ready for this moment that I would change my hair to be a moment of relaxation, of happiness, almost like a girls’ day.

She made me a jar of chamomile tea.

A plate full of my favorite cookies.

After forty minutes, she told me it was time to rinse.


She didn’t let me see anything. She covered the mirrors and with a small, nervous laugh, she told me it would be better if I waited.

It was about time for the much-awaited moment.

That moment that I would see my dark brown hair turn into a chocolate brown that make people jealous.


But there were no fireworks.

There were no bombs, no cymbals.

There weren’t even any sad streamers.

It was appalling.


My hair had a sort of horrible, intermixed red streaks, that made me feel like a new species of zebra.

I held back the tears, and the insults.

My friend’s face said it all. She was just as hopeless as I was.

But then, like a magician from his galley, she pulled out a toner and said that that was the solution.

Do you want me to tell you the truth?


I had already gotten played.

I wasn’t going to go bald.

So once again, I put myself in her hands.


I had hoped that my friend with the toner would finish off those horrifying red streaks in my hair.

But before you know what happened, let me tell you what toner is, a question that my friend explained to me perfectly.


What is hair toner and what is it for?

Toner is a hair product that neutralizes yellow and orange tones in your dyed hair.

Generally, it’s violet or purple in color.

When it’s applied to dyed hair, those orange and red streaks turn a much more natural color.


Also, it has a moisturizing effect on hair damaged from the dyeing and bleaching process.

Hair fibers dry out and become more porous so that it absorbs the pigments of the dye unevenly.

That is where it works to use toner to match the color of your after dyeing it.


In the case of blondes, the toner works by calming the chicken yellow in your colored hair to take it to more of an ashy blonde tone.

In the case of brunettes, like in my case where I was looking for a chocolate brown, it eased the red tones in some of my rebellious strands.

Ultimately, the toner worked by pairing the color of my brown-colored hair.

Would the toner be just as effective in my dark hair? Could I finish off the unwanted red streaks with the certainty of a bullet?

The only thing left to do was wait.

And pray.

Finally …


The toner worked on my dark hair.


Why did the toner work on my brown hair?

Because I had evened out the color of those red streaks to the color of the dye that I had applied.

My friend had been very patient.

Over my wet hair, she applied the toner streak by streak, in an even and uniformed way from the roots to the tips.

In addition, my hair was really shiny.


And, one last detail, although not less important, my friend assured me that the toner would make the color last longer in my hair.

The effects of the toner last longer in our hair, for at least four weeks, although this will always depend on how often you wash your hair.

Do you want me to tell you the truth.


My friend ended up being my hero, because thanks to the toner, my hair matched, and it was softer and shinier.

So, finally, I can say that toner does work on colored hair.


And you? Have you ever used toner on your hair?

Tell us about your experience.

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