After we finish taking out your foils and rinsing out your hair colour then towel drying, we tell you "I'll be right back, I'm going to get the toner for you" -which is sometimes met by a look of panic .....and questions follow such as.... "what's a toner?,what does it do?, did something go wrong?" " I don't want a toner because I don't want my hair to look grey !"
So, I thought I'd share this with you today and talk to you about what a toner actually is. Toners are semi-permanent hair colours that we use on pre-lightened hair (hair that has been bleached )to either -
Cancel out yellow tones, orange tones, brassiness.
Add a particular look to your blonde. If you come in with ashy white hair, and this time you want more of a creamy or slightly warmer more glowy colour - this is what we mix up and apply to your hair after we take out the foils.
What this means : toner is not just purple or blue based colour to cancel out yellow hair.
We have an entire colour pallet of hair colour that we can use to completely personalise your hair tone. Plus, we also mix them together to get a shade that is completely individualised for YOU. We can mix soft golds in with creamy colours to get a slightly warm result if you don't want your hair to look too " flattened out".
Once hair has been bleached, it can come out a really "raw "colour. The lightness might be there yes...but not everyone wants their hair to be super BRIGHT and sometimes having un toned hair just doesn't look natural. (Not everyone wants hair like Barbie !) A toner can help to soften the colour .
There are of course, exceptions to this rule. If your hair is already a lighter blonde naturally, many times we may not want to use a toner because your hair colour lightened beautifully and it just doesn't need one.
They are a deposit colour only, which means they won't do anything to your natural hair and they last about 4 to 5 weeks depending on how often you wash your hair .
If you wash your hair every day, expect your toner to fade out FAST.
If you wash it once a week, you will generally get a month of nicely toned hair.
If you feel like the toner just DOESNT last in your hair, the are a number of factors why this can happen.
Number one is , if you use a shampoo with sulphates and parabens - it's basically like washing your hair with dish washing liquid. This goes for most supermarket shampoos. Even some professional shampoos have sulphates though so make sure to always read the bottle. If sodium lauryl sulphate is listed on the back you can be guaranteed your blonde won't look nice for long.
Number two is if you swim in salt water, which can fade your hair VERY fast . Swimming at the beach goes hand in hand with laying in the sun, and too much UV will also bleach out your lovely toner.
Well, now you know. Next time you are getting your highlights done or your bleach retouch and they talk about using a toner, don't panic, it is just to give you that special touch to your hair to make it look fabulous!
"Toner is like the top coat of nail polish "
....And If your hair still gets too brassy after a couple of days, you can ask your colourist to mix you up your own special Evo Fabuloso pro toning conditioner.
For best results , wash and TOWEL dry your hair, ( if your hair is too wet it won't penetrate the hair ) leave in 3 to 5 Mins then rinse off.
Hair toned with a warm, golden colour .
Hair toned with an ash colour, using Evo Fabuloso pro to keep it with zero yellow tones.