What Exactly Is Hair Toner?

The Hair Colour Experts at REEDS Hair Salons in Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds & Sawston Explain What a Toner is & Why You Should Use One

Have you ever seen someone walking around with yellow hair? We don’t mean punky neon yellow, but a brassy “home dye” blonde. The problem is that they didn’t use a toner.

Toner is a fabulous little product that neutralizes brassy yellow and orange tones on bleached hair, leaving hair looking a more natural looking colour. Toner can also make your hair look healthier and more shiny. At REEDS Hair Salons in Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds & Sawston we use the very best quality toners to ensure you always have a beautiful blonde hair colour when leaving our salons. 

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Important Things to Know About Toners

Toners alter the undertone of a hair colour, but they do not lift the shade. Toners are meant to be applied to bleached or blonde hair and will not work on darker hair.
Toner can help you manipulate the shade of your blonde hair to make it look cooler, dingier or ashier. You can even use a toner to add fashion colours including pink and lilac tones. 
Toners can be used all over your hair, or just in specific parts where you want to change the shade. For example, it can tone down just the part of your hair with highlights, or be used at the roots to make them look more natural.
The more you wash your hair, the more frequently you’ll have to tone it. 

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What Kind of Toner Should I Use?

Once you have had your hair lightened at our salons, your colourist will use an in-salon toner. Our toners are of the highest quality and are deisgned to minimise damage to coloured hair. Your REEDS colour expert will work with you using products during the colouring process which strengthen and repair damaged hair. 

Using purple shampoo is a popular “at home” toning service, which is more gentle than ammonia based toners. The great thing about purple shampoo is that you can wash your hair 2-3 times per week to preserve the tone of your blonde hair. 

Toner Maintenance

Depending on your hair washing habits, you may have to visit REEDS for a toning service from 2-8 weeks after your colour service. You shouldn’t wash your hair directly after toning because the colour will start to slip out.

The less frequently you wash your hair, the longer your colour will stay looking fresh. Not to mention, you really shouldn’t be washing your hair every day; it strips out your natural oils and dries out your hair, which is not advised when you have been bleaching and toning your hair!

What Results Can You Get With a Toner?

You can get a wide range of colour tones from reds, warm honey to light ash blonde, and even silver with toners. 

 Condition Your Hair After a Toner

Any time you mess with bleach or ammonia, it’s a great idea to show your hair some love too. Use a leave-in conditioner, or apply a hair mask every so often at home, and book in for a deep moisture treatment regularly at your local REEDS  Hair Salon. 

Book Your Toning Appointment at REEDS Hair Salons in Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds & Sawston

Book your toning appointment with us and keep your hair colour looking beautiful! Call your local REEDS salon using the links below.