Why you need a Toner
As you can see in this photo, when the hair has only been lightened there is lots of different shades of yellow going on! After applying a custom blended toner the hair is a lot more even and a lot less yellow.
We always mix our toners to suit your hair type, the current colour and the desired outcome. Sometimes we will use 2 or 3 different mixtures on one head of hair, and sometimes each of those will be made up of 4 or 5 different colours - definitely not something available in a box!
We recommend toning after all lightening services, a toner make all the difference between your hair looking like you bleached it at home, or having it done professionally in the salon.
A toner is a semi permanent colour, usually applied at the basin after pre lightening (also called bleaching) then processed for as little as 1 minute up to 20 minutes, depending on the end goal!
Any time hair is lightened underlying warm pigments left behind, these can present as red, orange or yellow and a toner will counteract these colours that are left behind.
A toner can't lighten your hair anymore, but what we call a 'clean blonde' that has been toned correctly often looks a lot lighter than a yellow blonde, whereas ash or grey colours often look darker.
Toner can also be used to make your hair grey, blue, pink, silver or lilac as long as it is light enough blonde before the toner is applied.
We can use a toner to do a root shadow, which makes the colour look a lot more natural, giving it depth and dimension at the roots, mimicking the way hair lightens naturally in the sun.
The more often you shampoo your hair, and the more damaged it is the quicker a toner will fade, if you have hair that tends to look yellow or brassy quickly in between appointments you can come in and have your hair re-toned to keep you looking fresh!
We also recommend good home hair care (such as a good quality colour safe shampoo and conditioner along with olaplex or bond fusion) as well as using regular treatments and purple shampoo to keep your colour looking great in between visits.