30th July 2021
So let's talk toners.
We have so many clients come in to our Crouch End Salon not really understanding what a toner is so I’m going to break it down for you so you understand why they are so important.
When we lighten hair it lifts to it what we call RAW lift. This will depend on about a trillion factors. The hair could lift to Red, Yellow, Orange and everything in between. This is why it is so important that you are honest with your hairdresser during the consultation. We just need to know what we are up against so we can choose the right product to achieve the desired result.
This is where your toner comes in to play
Toners are designed to either enhance warmth or neutralise, subdue excessive warmth or simply to sprinkle some absolute magic onto your hair to create something absolutely beautiful. They are great for neutralising any unwanted warm undertones.
Toners are what we is hairdresser mostly call a “semi” permanent colour meaning they fade from shampooing and once they are gone the hair is back to its Raw state.
Toner formulas can be tweaked to suit changing needs and trends and a great way to keep your hair shiny and fresh without having to foil work every time.
Toner will not lift your hair to make it lighter but they can certainly make a big impact when the correct formula is chosen.
Are toners bad for your hair?
No! Toners are meant to help your hair and simply helps to neutralise its tone. That being said, as with any colouring process, over-using toner on your hair can cause strain on your strands.
How ofter should you tone your hair?
This all depends on how brassy your hair colour goes. When you use less expensive shampoos, the sulfates that are in some shampoos can strip the toner which would mean you would need a one more often but generally we would recommend one every six weeks.
How to make your toner last longer?
Limit sun exposure. Wearing a hat or a hair sun screen is the best way to keep your hair tone from fading.
Use shampoos with toners. There are variety of shampoos that have toners built in to the shampoo. Purple shampoos are a great example to keep brassiness at bay.
Use shampoos with low or no sulfates. Sulfates are what cleans the hair but too many sulfates can strip the colour. Check out our blog on "Is it worth spending a lot of money on shampoo and conditioner".
Why not talk to one of our colour experts at Avalon Crouch End for more advice on what colours and tones would suit you.

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