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Toning can sometimes be a bit of a mystery. Does it add colour, shine, health?

  We’re getting to the bottom of it now so you know exactly what’s going on at your next hair appointment when your stylist tells you they’re about to apply it.

1 . T H I S  I S  W H E N  T H E  C O L O U R  I S  A D D E D

When your hair is bleached, the pigment is being taken out. The toner is what is used after this to add in the desired tones to the hair, whether it’s icy or golden! It’s actually the most important part of the colouring process, this can make the difference to you walking out of the salon with yellow brassy locks or a golden creamy mane.

2 . I T ’ S  N O T  P E R M A N E N T

Hair toners aren’t a permanent colour, they can last up to six weeks depending on a variety of things. Hair that hasn’t been coloured before tends to grab colour a lot better than heavily processed locks. This is why there is so many different shampoos for colour care at home. It’s so important to make sure you have a specific shampoo for your colour at home to ensure you can maintain your desired colour for as long as possible between appointments.

p.s if you’re washing your hair everyday, your toner will fade fast. As ever, the longer time you can build in-between washes without hitting grease city, the better. 

3 . N O T  J U S T  F O R  B L O N D E S

Toners can be used on any coloured hair, and even on uncoloured hair to add a serious high gloss! They’re mainly used for tone correction so you can achieve that warm brown or icy blonde but if you want to maintain your natural colour but add an amazing gloss then acid based toners can be used and they won’t even touch your mane colour!

4 . T O N E  A T  H O M E

There is a big difference between shampoos and conditioners that contain toning agents and toners alone. There is a whole lot of colour calculation that goes in to your hair dresser selecting the right colour toner for you so unless you have good experience with toners in the past and understand colour correction, just stick with the shampoos and conditioners. If you get the toning process wrong at home you could be left walking around with green hair and spending more on your mane at an emergency hair appointment. 

So next time your hairdresser starts talking about toners and what kind of shade you’re wanting to go for, you’ll know exactly what’s about to go down.


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