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How to use level 10 toners to get hair Platinum Blonde


What exactly is Level 10 Platinum Blonde Hair?

Level 10 hair is basically the very lightest that hair can possibly be.

Very few people are this level naturally.

Most blondes in the US are typically level 7.

And many women are much much darker than that.

How do you get hair to level 10?

The first thing you need to do if you want to get a client to level 10 Platinum blonde hair is to bleach the hair really really well.

There are no two ways about it. And in fact the ability of the hairstylist to do this is very often the deciding factor here.

You get some stylists who say to their clients: "Going blonde is a process."

or: "You need to come to me for three sessions if you want me to take your hair platinum blonde."

But at Ugly Duckling we beg to disagree.

Done right, you can do it in just one session.

You just need the right products and the right techniques.

So let's start right now.

Your choice of bleach

Brilliant Blondexx Bleach

Brilliant Blondexx Bleach with Bond Protect

The most important choice here is the choice of your bleach.

You need to use a very good bleach, because some bleaches don’t have enough lifting power.

Others will lift but will damage and break your client’s hair in the process.

This is why we recommend you use Brilliant Blondexx with Bond Protect.

It lifts by up to 7 levels, which is enough for most women. At the same time, it contains Bond Protect.

And this means that you don’t have to add any additives to protect the hair while you bleach it.

A bleach that you can place on the scalp

When mixed with developer, Brilliant Blondexx produces a creamy white mixture which is very unique: much more creamy than regular bleach mixtures.

And as a result it can be placed on the scalp area with much less discomfort than regular bleaches.

How to use Brilliant Blondexx Bleach

Bleach on scalp

Brilliant Blondexx should be mixed with either 20 Vol developer or 30 Vol developer according to the amount of lift that you need.

Our model today has really dark hair, so today we are going to use 30 Vol developer.

Use 2 parts of the developer to 1 part bleach, and stir together with a whisk in a plastic bowl.

Make sure that you get a smooth, creamy white mix. If you get a mix which is nice and wet then that;'s good, as it means you will be able to saturate the hair really well. 

Just make sure it is not too wet, otherwise it will drip off your brush.

Applying your bleach

Bleach and developer

With bleach it’s all about timing, because the mixture is going to be working for the amount of time that it is on the hair - as long as the mixture remains wet of course.

With that in mind, if you have a dark regrowth, clearly you will need to apply on that part first. 

If on the other hand, you are doing a full head application, then you will apply wherever it is the darkest. Typically this will be on the back of the head. That is where the hair is thickest.

Applying bleach to the regrowth

In our case we apply first on the regrowth.

When doing this, try to minimize the overlap with the rest of the hair . That way we avoid bleaching parts of the hair which don’t require bleach.

If you have overlapped, don’t worry. Just wipe the mixture back with a wet cloth during processing and you will be fine.

Wait and check as the bleach mix processes

Once you have applied your bleach mix, wait until the root part has turned to yellow. There should be no orange visible to the naked eye at all.

At this point you have only reached level 9. You need to wait some more. You need the hair to get to very very very pale yellow: a true level 10.

Extending your bleach mix to the lengths

If the rest of the hair is short of level 10, and is showing yellow, then you will have to extend to this part of the hair for the last 10 minutes.

Make a separate mix appropriate to the level of the hair that you are dealing with.

So, for example, if this hairhas been colored or lightened in the past, it may be anything from level 8 to level 9.

So in this case, 20 Vol is all you need, and you should not use anything more powerful.

Rinse and towel dry after bleaching

After you have lifted the hair to a very consistent level 10 as above, rinse the hair with tepid water.

At this point you may like to treat the hair with some Brilliant Blondexx mask. This mask has very high concentrations of Bond Protect, and it will help you add strength to the bleached hair.

It will also leave it very soft, more elastic and more voluminous.

Toning the hair with level 10 toners

Level 10 toners are specialized hair products that are specifically formulated to counteract undesirable tones in very light blonde hair.

These toners are often used after the bleaching process to achieve a more desired and balanced blonde shade.

Benefits of Level 10 Toners include the following:

  1. Neutralizes Unwanted Tones: One of the primary reasons to use a Level 10 toner is to neutralize unwanted brassy or yellow tones in very light blonde hair. These toners contain pigments that counteract the warm undertones, resulting in a cooler, more balanced blonde shade.

  2. Enhances Blonde Vibrancy: Level 10 toners can enhance the vibrancy and brightness of blonde hair, giving it a more polished and professional look. By neutralizing unwanted tones, the hair appears more vibrant and healthy.

  3. Achieves Desired Blonde Shades: Level 10 toners provide the opportunity to achieve specific blonde shades, such as icy, platinum, or ash blonde. They help to eliminate any undesired warmth and create a more desired cool-toned blonde hue.

  4. Adds Dimension and Depth: By using a Level 10 toner, you can add dimension and depth to your blonde hair. These toners can create a multi-dimensional effect by toning different areas of the hair, resulting in a more natural and visually appealing look.

  5. Long-lasting Results: Level 10 toners are designed to provide long-lasting results. They help to maintain the desired blonde shade for an extended period, reducing the need for frequent touch-ups.

Which Platinum Blonde toner is right for me?

Different people have different preferred platinum blonde looks.

That is why we have selected not just one, but four highly rated platinum Ugly Duckling platinum blonde level toners for you today.

Each once gives a slightly different platinum blonde result.

All of them are level 10 toners.

Go through them, and select the one that would suit you and your client the most.

Remember: there's no one answer. It's a personal choice at the end of the day.

Intense Silver Blonde 100B - The Ultimate Platinum Blonde Toner

Silver Blonde

Intense Silver Blonde 100B

This toner is perhaps the ultimate Platinum blonde toner.

This toner also has an extra level of lift, meaning that it lifts as well as tones. This is very helpful if you have a lot of yellow to get rid of.  

The silver and blue pigments will eliminate any yellow, enabling you to get a very white, pure silver blonde result.

Pearl Blonde 10V - Pearl Grey Platinum Blonde

10.2 Pearl Blonde

Pearl Blonde 10V

This toner is a platinum blonde toner with a pearl or irridescent reflect, meaning that you will be creating a white bordering on grey blonde result.

It contains purple based pigments which help it do that.

A very unique, stunning cold blonde look.

Extra Light Cool Blonde 10.2 - Whitest Platinum Blonde

Extra Light Cool Blonde 10.2

Extra Light Cool Blonde 10.2

This is another level 10 platinum blonde toner which is purple or violet based. This toner's purple pigments are excellent at eliminating yellow.

It effectively neutralizes yellow and brassy tones, leaving the hair with a cool, icy platinum blonde look with a great deal of depth and richness.

Blondify 010V - Natural Platinum Blonde

Blondify 010V

Blondify 010V - Natural Violet Blonde

Our last chosen toner is also a level 10 Platinum blonde toner.

It is also purple based for that yellow neutralization.

The only difference is that it is a liquid-gel toner with absolutely no ammonia in it. Among the toners that we have listed today it’s also the fastest: just 10 minutes. 

Mixing and applying your blonde toner

Follow the instructions provided with the Level 10 toner to mix it properly. 

The first 3 toners above are cream based permanent toners, and the right mix for these toners is 2 parts developer to 1 part toner. They need to be mixed in a plastic tint bowl and applied with a brush.

Whereas the last named toner, the liquid-gel toner has a 1:1 mix ratio. Because it is a liquid-gel toner, it can be mixed in an applicator bottle and just poured onto the hair.

Applying your toner

Section Your Hair. Divide your hair into manageable sections using hair clips. This will ensure that the toner is evenly applied throughout your hair.

Apply the Toner. Starting from the roots and working your way down to the ends, apply the toner to each section of your hair. Use the brush to ensure even distribution and saturation of the toner. Be careful not to oversaturate the hair.

Rinse the hair when done.

How to look after your Platinum blonde hair

Anti-breakage duo

Brilliant Blondexx shampoo and mask - for bleached and toned hair.

The best way to look after hair that has been bleached and toned would be with hair products containing Bond Protect such as Brilliant Blondexx shampoo and mask.

We would suggest that you use these products once a week.

Do that and you should find that the strength and volume of your hair is maintained.

As well as its softness and shine.

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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