Will Toner Even Out Bleached Hair? How and when to apply toner the right way

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Wanting to use a toner to even out your hair is like wanting to use pants in the place of a shirt.

Would you wear pants as a shirt?


Surely not, right?

If you don’t want to be taken for a crazy person, please don’t do it.


Every hair product was created for a purpose that must be respected.

  • Shampoo is for washing your hair.
  • Dye is for coloring your hair.
  •  And toner works to neutralize unwanted colors that appear in your hair after bleaching. But it can’t fix a bad bleaching job


So, first, you need to make sure that the bleaching came out perfectly even, and then after is the time to apply the toner.

How do you fix unevenly bleached hair then?


Here, I’ll let you know how to do it the right way.

The first step is to understand why your hair looks uneven. If you don’t understand why it turned out badly, it will be difficult to fix the problem.


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3 possible reasons that your bleached hair turned out uneven

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Bleaching is a chemical process that consists of removing color, whether natural or artificial.

When a bleaching treatment turns out uneven, it’s for 3 fundamental reasons.

  • Your hair didn’t get hot enough
  • You applied the bleach mix badly
  • The roots were grown out


Your hair didn’t get hot enough

This happens when you apply the bleach in a drafty place or you don’t cover up your hair with a shower cap.

The chemical reaction that happens when you apply the mix generates heat.

If this heat isn’t maintained, or “your hair cools down”, the bleaching stops instantly.

For that reason, the bleach looks uneven.

Remember to always cover your hair when you’re bleaching it.


You applied the bleach mix badly

If you put the bleach mix first in your roots and then in the rest of your hair, it will turn out uneven.

Your roots will be up to two shades lighter than the rest of your hair.

This is because the roots of your hair have been exposed to the least amount of dye or treatments.

On the other hand, the long part of your hair has gone through innumerable treatments.

So remember to always start with the long part of your hair and then apply the mix to the roots.


The roots were grown out

This reason is similar to the last one, but the difference is that the growth is virgin hair.

Virgin hair bleaches faster than hair that has been dyed before.

If you have a lot of new growth, I recommend that you apply the mix first to the ends of your hair and then later to the rest.


Now you know the different explanations for why your bleach looks uneven.

Keep these details in mind for the next time you go to bleach your hair.


How to fix uneven bleached hair then?

The only way to fix uneven bleached hair is to bleach it again.

But the way to apply the bleach mix will depend in great measure on the result that you’ve gotten from the first bleaching.

What do I mean by this?


  • If you bleached your hair and your roots look lighter than the rest, you should apply the bleach to the long parts of your hair so that it matches your roots.
  • If you bleached your hair and some sections turned out lighter than others, you should apply the bleach mix to these darker sections.

The main purpose of bleaching is to remove the pigment from the hair evenly.

What happens if you don’t even out your bleached hair?


 If you don’t even it out, when you apply the dye, the resulting color will also be uneven. 

It’s not the same to put in blonde tones over a light base as a dark base.

To be able to color your hair light tones, you need to make sure you’re starting with an even base.


If you don’t know how to fix your bleached hair or you’re unsure, head to the beauty salon so that a colorist can help you.


Bleaching isn’t an easy treatment and there are many important details to keep in mind:

  • Enough heat in your hair—remember to apply a cap to maintain the temperature.
  • The exposure time—you shouldn’t remove the bleach mix until 20 minutes have passed.
  • Always start by applying the mix to the darkest parts of your hair.
  • Don’t apply the mix directly to your roots. Always leave a half-centimeter of distance.


With these tips in mind, you can even out your bleached hair without a problem.


When should you apply toner?

As I told you at the beginning of the article, the toner is used to neutralize unwanted colors that appeared after bleaching.

Therefore, toner should be applied only after the bleach is evened out.


To apply the toner, your bleached hair should be even, with a more or less uniform tone.

If this isn’t the case, the toner won’t work like you were hoping.

What toner should you use to take out the color left by the bleaching?


  • If the bleach produced orange tones, you should use a blue-colored toner.
  • If it produced yellow tones, you should put in violet-colored toner.
  • If it produced red tones, you should apply a green-colored toner.

In this way, the tone of your bleach will be even, and the unwanted colors will disappear.



Bleaching is a complicated process and requires a minimum amount of experience to be able to do it.

If you’re unsure or don’t know how to do it, talk to a colorist. He or she can help you during the process and give more advice.

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