Got bleached hair and want to change things up with a toner? It’s definitely doable, and gentler than dyeing it. But there are a few things to keep in mind, otherwise you might end up with a green or orange hue – and that’s probably not what you want. Generally speaking, the darker you want to tint your blond hair, the more delicately you need to tread. Bleaching roughens the surface of hair, so color pigments have a harder time adhering than they do to “virgin” hair. Choose a toner that’s too dark, and your result may be uneven.
Tone bleached blond hair with these shades
A toner is ideal on bleached hair if you want to check if a different hue suits you, before you really commit. In contrast to dye, a toner gradually washes out with each shampoo – i.e. it isn’t permanent.
First, choose your shade. Tip: If your bleached shade is warm, shimmering and yellowish, then a warm tone (golden blond, golden brown, chestnut or chocolate) is ideal for you. If your bleached color is a cool blond, then a toner in a cool shade will suit you. If you are unsure which nuance will suit you, consult a professional.
In addition to your particular shade of bleached blond, consider your complexion. Very dark hair can look severe with a Snow White complexion. Tip: It’s best not to wash your hair directly before applying a toner. Natural oils will provide some protection and make the color change gentler on hair.
The right care for tinted, lightened hair
A lot of care is required to keep bleached hair looking well-groomed and healthy, following the application of a toner. It’s essential you use color-protection care products for colored or tinted hair. These will keep your new color brighter for longer. Provide extra care by applying a hair mask every two to three days. Tip: Whenever you can, apply your mask, wrap your hair in a towel and leave it in for one to two hours. For extra TLC, a few drops of hair oil or a leave-in care product are ideal. And always apply a heat protection product before blow-drying or straightening.