Toners are often the best option for anyone that is close to their goal hair color, but not quite there yet. If your blonde hair is a little green or a little yellow, it is probably time to go over your locks with a little toner.
Toning vs. Dyeing
Toning your hair and dyeing your hair are two very different things. While dye penetrates each strand’s shaft to fully change pigments, toner simply lays on the surface to make light changes to the hair’s shade. Since the shaft is never penetrated when a toner is applied, your hair will actually remain healthier than it would after dyeing it.
If you are trying to go black from a light brown or medium blonde, you will end up using a dye. But if you’re blonde trying to get rid of some unwanted chlorine green, you are better off with a toner. Since it will be just a slight tonal change, there is no need to apply a product as damaging as an oxidative dye.
The Art of Neutralization
Toner works by neutralizing light undertones. On blonde hair (which usually requires toning more than other hair colors), there are a select few colors that can leave you with shiny, icy locks. These colors are: light violet, light pink, light salmon, and silver. It is up to your stylist to determine the toner that will best suit you.
Various light green undertones are best neturalized with a mixture of light pinks, salmons, and purples. This hair color faux pas is commonplace after swimming in chlorinated pools, but sometimes, it can also be caused by ash-colored dyes or toners. Sometimes, damaged ends pick up the base color of a dye, leaving you with an unwanted swampy green. Luckily, a flash of fuchsia can usually neutralize the color. That is not to say that you should pick up some Manic Panic and start experimenting. Always be sure to consult with a professional.
Yellow undertones (aka brassiness) tend to be less tricky than greens. Usually, using light violet or silver, stylists can easily fix brassy blonde hair. Yellow undertones are usually caused by at-home bleaching or showering with hard water. Quite commonplace, you will not surprise your cosmetologist when you tell them that your hair is too yellow. They will assist you through all of the necessary steps to achieve your goal color.
Other undertones may require a special toner or more in-depth color correction. If you have undertones other than light green or yellow, it is best to speak with your stylist about your options.
If you already have the beautiful blonde hair that you have always wanted, it’s important to take care of it! Violet-based shampoos are a wonderful at-home solution for any blonde trying to fight brassiness. Often referred to as purple shampoo, you can find this staple at your local salon.
The video below will teach you all that you need to know about purple shampoo and how important it is for silvery blondes.
What Toning Can’t Do
While toning can easily turn pale yellow into ethereal silver, there are some expectations that you should not have if you schedule a toning appointment. Because toning mostly neutralizes, you should not expect your dark blonde hair to become platinum with a simple toning treatment. This is because your blonde strands must be at a certain color level before it can become light silver. Expect to book a few separate appointments or have your hair bleached before achieving very light, icy tones.
Keep Being Blonde!
Blonde is such a fun hair color to have, and there is no reason to let chlorine green or hard water yellow be the cause of your woes. With some help from your cosmetologist, you can keep your blonde hair at its absolute blondest.