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All You Need to Know About Hair Toner

Bleaching and colouring can cause hair colour to turn brassy over time, meaning it can be left with undesired warm undertones making it look unnatural. To eliminate these unwanted undertones and help to maintain the desired colour, your hairdresser can use a hair toner.

Pink tube of hair cream with silver lid

What is a hair toner?

A hair toner is a product that can neutralise and correct the tone of your hair without lightening it further. This will help you to achieve the finished look you’re after. A toner can also have the effect of brightening dull looking hair and enhance the shine and condition.

Types of hair toner

A colour conditioner like L’Oreal Professional’s CC Cream conditioner can be used in the shower for a quick colour fix that lasts one wash. 

For a toner with more longevity, try a semi-permanent tone-on-tone colour such as L’Oreal Professionnel Dia Color that gradually fades away. These results can last up to 4 weeks, depending on your at-home hair care routine. Professional haircare recommended by your hairdresser will help you to achieve optimum, long-lasting results.

Colour wheel

How do toners work?

These Ammonia free, low-level oxidant toners don’t lift the hair colour any lighter, instead they deposit pigment onto and just beneath the hair surface to adjust the tone, without disturbing the internal structure of the hair. 

If you’re toning your hair to remove unwanted pigment, it’s all about the laws of colour. By toning your hair with a shade opposite to yours on the colour wheel, any unwanted undertones are neutralised. For example if your blonde is a little too yellow, you’ll need a violet-hued ash blonde toner to achieve true neutralisation. Your hair colourist will be able to advise you if you have any queries.

Looking to refresh your hair colour? Your professional hairdresser can help advise you on the right shade for you from the L’Oreal Professionnel Dia Color range for beautiful, shiny results.

Caring for toned hair

For regular upkeep and to prevent your toner from fading between colours, use a professional haircare range such as L’Oreal Professionnel Vitamino Color AOx. Enriched with an anti-oxidant complex and UV filters, these products help to prevent fading and provide you with radiant-looking colour and hair that feels silky soft.