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All You Need to Know About Hair Toner

Posted on March 15th, 2020 08:40 PM

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What is a hair toner? 

A hair toner is a product that helps you correct or personalise your colour. It is used to add natural or more visible tones after a professional colour treatment. As a result, it enhances the tonality of your hair. How? By creating a professional finished look. It is most commonly used for shades of blonde hair. But it can be beneficial for brunettes and redheads too. In order for toner to work, hair has to be bleached or dyed first. It is important to consult a professional before using bleach or toner. The process can be complex. So if done incorrectly, it can lead to undesirable results.

What is bleaching?

A professional term for bleach is pre-lightener. This refers to how bleaching is a method used to lighten hair. When bleached, natural or coloured hair is lifted to the lightness you require. This process can leave you with a creamy sun-kissed or pale white result. It will depend on the history of your hair.

It is important that the hair reaches the desired level of blonde before further colouring. This is then followed by toner. The stylist will apply a toner to your hair, which softens the colour left by the bleach. This will give your blonde a personalised, unique and professional-looking finish. It is also important to not wash your hair directly after toning at the salon. This will cause the colour to fade. For best results, don’t forget to always use Smartbond with every bleach and colour service. This will guarantee stronger, protected hair.

What does a toner do for hair?

There are two types of tone. Firstly, toner used by your hairdresser in salon after hair has been bleached. A toner allows the hairdresser to personalise your colour. How? By making it warmer or cooler in tone, and correcting unwanted shades. It is also possible to add a bright pop of fashion colour, without actually lifting the shade. In addition, it enables the hairstylist to make sure you get an even hair colour result from root to tip. Firstly in salon. Secondly, you can find toner in some haircare products that will help you maintain your colour between treatments at the salon.

A toner is useful for when you want to add some natural shine to your hair. When combined to key ingredients such as Ionène G™ and Incell, it also offers softness and high protection for your hair fiber. It brightens up and adds luster to your hair without lightening it further. In other words, it spreads the colour from the roots to the tips. It can be used all over your hair or in certain areas where you want to change the shade.

It’s important not to wash your hair directly after in-salon toning, as the colour will start to fade. 

What colour results can you expect from toner?

There is no one shade-suits-all toner. In fact, a toner is a way to make your hair tone your own. Therefore your stylist can mix colours together to create the right shade for you. You can choose from a range of colours. Warmer tones include a coppery or honey hue. Cooler tones, on the other hand, are light ash or even silver for blonde hair. Toners can also be used to create a pastel hair, with shades of pink and lilac.

Is a toner only for blondes?

No. Toners can also be used on brunettes and redheads who want to banish unwanted brassy tones. It’s also possible to use a toner if they want to personalise their hair colour by making it warmer, cooler or adding a colour. 

The length of time your in-salon toner lasts will depend on your at home hair care routine. Your toner will last longer if you use a professional brand hair care, for instance. A colour conditioner like L’Oreal Professionnel CC Cream Conditioner does this and lasts one wash.

What are the benefits of ammonia-free products?

With ammonia-free products, the hair’s natural structure and pigment is less disrupted when compared to products that contain ammonia. ammonia-free products can give similar colour finish, but with a result that sometimes lasts for less time.

What is purple shampoo and what does it do for hair?

Purple  Shampoo  or silver  shampoos is a way to tone your coloured hair at home in between salon visits. Toning your hair to remove shades of yellow or brassiness is all about the laws of colour. The first step is to use a toner that is an opposite shade on the colour wheel. Why? Because it balances out the unwanted colour. As purple cancels out yellow, finding the right balance between the two will leave you with a natural, more neutral tone.

L’oreal shampoo can be used to help maintain the shade of blonde you want. Firstly, it is gentle on the hair and scalp. This means that it can be used safely after hair has been bleached. It spreads purple pigment throughout hair to revive it. When washing with purple shampoo, the hair cuticles take in a small amount of purple pigment. As a result, it helps to cancel out the yellow undertones



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