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Hair Toners

Everything You Need to Know About Hair Toners 

Ever wished you could tweak your hair color just a bit? Maybe reduce some brassiness or enhance your natural highlights? That’s where hair toners come in! Here at Chilli Couture, we’re all about keeping your hair looking its most vibrant, and toners are a secret weapon for it.   

What are Hair Toners?  

Unlike dyes which completely change your hair color, toners are a translucent conditioning treatment that deposits pigment to subtly enhance or neutralise unwanted tones. Think of them like a wash of color that elevates your existing hair hue. They come in various shades and formulas to cater to different hair colors and needs, such as toning down brassiness in blonde hair or adding depth to highlights.  

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Why Do You Need Toners?  

  1. Brunettes with highlights or lightened hair can often struggle with brassy tones. Toners with violet or blue pigments can neutralise those unwanted warm tones, leaving you with a cool, ashy blonde or a richer brunette.
  2. Sun-kissed and highlighted hair can lose its vibrancy over time. Toner can add a touch of gold, ash, or beige to bring back that dimension and shine. 
  3. They can give a touch of richness to your natural hair color by adding depth and shine, making your brunette more chocolatey or your blonde more honey kissed.
  4. If the hair color appears uneven or patchy after coloring, toners can help blend and even out the color for a more uniform appearance. Toners can also help to soften the color and achieve a more desired shade.  

Different Toners for Different Needs  

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  • These add pigment to your hair, intensifying your natural color or correcting unwanted brassiness. Brunettes can use them to achieve a cooler, ashier tone, while blondes can banish brassiness and achieve a platinum or icy blonde look.  
  • These are violet-based toners specifically formulated to neutralise brassy or orange tones in lightened hair. They work by depositing a cool pigment that counteracts the warm tones, leaving you with a brighter, more ashy blonde.  
  • Pastel toners like pink, peach, or blue can add a subtle hint of vibrancy to blonde hair.  

Aftercare Tips for Toned Hair  

Here are some hair care tips to maintain that vibrant, healthy tone and keep your hair looking its best:  

  • After your initial salon visit, try to wait 24-48 hours (about 2 days) before shampooing for the first time. This allows the hair cuticle to close and lock in the toner pigment. Going forward, avoid washing your hair every day. Opt for a gentle shampoo 2-3 times a week to minimise color fade.
  • Harsh sulphates present in the shampoo can strip away the color. Look for sulphate-free shampoos specifically formulated for color-treated hair. These will cleanse your scalp without compromising your beautiful tone.
  • Heat styling can damage hair and accelerate color fading. Minimise heat styling whenever possible. If you must use heating tools, apply a heat protectant spray beforehand.
  • Hot water can make the hair cuticle open up and cause the color to bleed. After shampooing wash your hair with cool water to lock in the toner and add shine.
  • The sun’s UV rays can damage hair and fade color. Apply a leave-in conditioner with SPF whenever you are going to be outdoors for extended periods.  

Knowing Your Hair is Key  

Toning works best on pre-lightened hair, so blondes and those with highlights will see the most dramatic results. However, brunettes can also benefit from toning to add richness and counteract warmth. Chilli Couture organic hair salon in Perth offers professional toning by assessing your hair color, porosity, and desired outcome to recommend the perfect toner for you.  

Ready to Transform Your Hair with Toner?  

 Hair toners can fix hair colour mistakes by subtly adjusting the tone, depth, and overall colour appearance. Choosing the right toner shade and formulation is essential. It can take your hair colour from good to great. Our expert stylists at Chilli Couture are hair colouring specialists and will help you achieve your hair dreams.