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What color cancels out Yellow Hair?


So you've bleached your hair. Or colored it blonde.

But it's still too yellow!

So why exactly is this happening and what can you do about it?

We'll find out in this blog tutorial.

And in the process we'll show you which toners you should use to deal with it.

Plus we'll show you how you can use them.

Keep reading!

Why is my hair yellow in the first place?

Yellow hair

Bleached Hair level 9 in need of toning

Even if you have used bleach or high lift colors, it is very likely that there will still be some yellow left in the hair.

As you start to bleach the hair, you will start to see the hair tinged with a color anything from orange to yellow.

If you started off with fairly dark hair (brown for example), then you will see orange or yellow orange.

As you lift the hair and take it lighter using bleach, you will then see yellow.

When you lift it all the way to level 10, you will see pale yellow.

How do I cancel the yellow in my blonde hair?

First, do an analysis of your hair to figure out what level it is exactly.

Use the chart below to guide you.

Hair Color Levels

Hair color levels

Then, Decide on your toner

If your hair is level 9 or level 10 (see chart above) and there is only a small amount of yellow left, you should use a purple based toner.

However, if your hair is level 7 or 8 and still very brassy, in other words yellow-orange, then you would need to use an ash based toner.

For both of these cases, you can use Ugly Duckling's Blondify liquid toners.

Blondify toners

Blondify Liquid Toners - Ammonia-Free, 10 minute gloss toning.

These toners are liquid, ammonis-free and work only in 10 minutes.

They can be mixed in an applicator bottle with either 10 or 20 Vol depending on how much lift you want.

See videos below:

How to tone away pale yellow hair to ash blonde: Watch Video

How to tone away yellow-orange hair to ash blonde: Watch Video

If your hair is level 6 or below, that means it is not sufficiently bleached.

You should bleach it first with a good quality bleach before attempting to tone this.

How should I mix and apply the toner?

You can make your mix in an applicator bottle and pour it out straight from the bottle.

The mix ratio is 1 + 1 with either 10 or 20 Vol developer.

Pour onto hair (make sure that excess moisture has been taken out if it is wet by towel trying) and rub in thoroughly.

Let it process 10 minutes.

Then rinse.

How should I keep my toned hair free from yellow?

Once the hair is properly toned, we recommend that you alternate between two sets of products during the week.

For keeping the hair white, we suggest you used Brilliant Blonde Purple Shampoo and Mask.

This treatment range has intense (non-staining) purple pigments which will help keep blonde hair white.

They are sulfate-free and acidic.

You should use them whenever you think the hair may be in risk of yellowing.

Purple Shampoo & Mask

Brilliant Blonde Purple Shampoo & Mask: sulfate-free, acidic.

How should I maintain my blonde hair in good condition?

To maintain your blonde hair, we would suggest Brilliant Blondexx hair treatment products.

This range has Bond Protect built in, and will help keep blonde hair strong and prevent hair breakage.

Brilliant Blondexx Mask

Brilliant Blondexx Bond Protect Mask

About the author

Sally has been a hair colorist and trainer for many years in both the US & Europe. She currently does hair color training for Ugly Duckling. She also helps develop new & awesome products for the brand.

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