As a hair artist in SoCal, the number one thing I hear nearly every day is how much women hate being brassy or yellow. In spite of the reality that our hair will never simply lighten to an “icy” blonde with just a lightener, which is a topic for a different blog, we have a wonderful product we use called toner.
Now, what exactly is toner? At the salon, we hear this word
We can see why toner is such a vital step to a highlight or balayage service, and usually, one bowl of toner is included in our lightening services. But it’s even good for color-treated hair. For example, I have a client for whom we colored her lightened-blonde hair back to her natural brown. But, after a month or so, it slowly started to become a lighter, reddish brown. Honestly, there is very little we can do to prevent this from happening. Hair just naturally wants to lighten red, orange, or yellow, depending on how dark it was before the fading began. But, we can neutralize those unwanted warm tones by using a professional-grade toner. So what neutralizes the exposed red in this scenario? The answer is green. I can mix up a green-based toner and either apply it to wet or dry hair, depending on the desired results. Magically, the red is gone, and the client is a happy camper. Many salons even offer this as an á la carte service. The bonus to toners is that they typically don’t contain ammonia, add extra shine, and can double as a mini hair treatment. It’s truly magic in a bottle.