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Home / Blog/ 13 Best Hair Toners for Blonde Hair and How Exactly To Use Them
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13 Best Hair Toners for Blonde Hair and How Exactly To Use Them


Are you looking for the best ash blonde toner?

Or the best platinum blonde toner?

In this article, we have selected 13 best blonde toners for you.

Each of these is a professional toner, designed for stylists to achieve perfect salon results.

They give a wide range of color results, from Ash Blonde to Pearl Blonde to White Blonde to Grey to Ash Blonde.

To help you make your choice, we are going to give you real salon results for each of these toners.

And we will explain how to use them: developer choice, mix, processing time and pre-lightening levels.

Interested? Let's go!

4 Best Blonde Toners

Our first four toners below are great at achieving excellent all-round, very white blonde results bordering on silver and grey.

They are permanent toners, and are are extremely fast acting.

They also have some lift in them as well.

We would suggest you use these as your go-to blonde toners.

Intense Pearl Blonde 100V

Intense Pearl Blonde

No-Lift Pearl Blonde 10V

Pearl Blonde

Intense Silver Blonde 100B

Intense Silver Blonde 100B

No-Lift Silver Blonde 10B

Silver Blonde 10B

An example of toning with Intense Pearl Blonde 100V

We have 2 shots below of the same head: one with indoor lighting, one shot outdoors.

You can see what stunning consistent white blonde results can be achieved with this toner.

Intense Pearl Blonde 100V

Hair by Elona Taki.

An example of Hair Toned with Intense Silver Blonde 100B

Intense Silver Blonde

Hair by Nina Sukhovetskaya

How & When to Use These Toners

Use the intense toners if the hair if the hair still needs some more lift.

For example, if it is still very yellow after bleaching.

Or if you are looking to push the hair to an ultra-white or ultra-pearl blonde color.

The regular toners are also very very highly pigmented. But they have a little less lift.

So use them if for example, the hair has been lifted and toned in the past, and this is a repeat application.

Use all these toners with 20 Vol developer and mix them 1 part toner to 2 parts developer in a plastic mixing bowl.

Segment the hair well and apply, and go fast, as they are all very fast acting.

Watch carefully and rinse with water when done: around 15-20 minutes is normally what it takes.

Our no #1 Best Uber Blonde Toner

If your client is looking to get to uber-blonde, or white blonde, then 10.2 Extra Light Cool Blonde is for you.

10.2 is purple based, and indeed it is packed with purple toning agents.

This is what gets the hair to white, white, white.

10.2 is a regular color, rather than a toner. 

Which means it produces ultra accurate, rich color results.

10.2 Extra Light Cool Blonde

10.2 Extra Light Cool Blonde

An example of hair toned with 10.2 Extra Light Cool Blonde Toner

10.2 Uber blonde result

How to Use this Toner

Use 10.2 with 20 Vol developer.

For the mix, we would suggest 1 part toner to 1 part developer.

Process for the full 30 minutes to get the most in vibrancy and richness, and to get your hair truly white blonde.

For truly white blonde results, you must pre-lighten up to level 9/10 using a good quality bleach like Brilliant Blondexx.

Our Pick of 3 Best Blue Based Ash Blonde Toners

Ugly Duckling is one of the only brands which has these.

The blue along with the ash in these colors help to neutralize any traces of yellow in the hair.

The result is a very true ash blonde, with zero brassiness.

Ugly Duckling has blue based ash blonde colors all the way from level 10 down to level 6.

So you can pick the one which most suits the blonde level you are looking to get to.

10.1b Extra Light Cold Ash Blonde


9.1b Very Light Cold Ash Blonde


8.1b Light Cold Ash Blonde


An example of Hair toned with 10.1b: Blue based Extra Light Cold Ash Blonde

Hair Toned with 10.1b

How & When to Use these Toners

These toners are blue pigmented ash toners, and so they are really ideal for neutralizing yellow hair.

They should be used if you are looking to achieve very pure ash blonde results, without any hint of warmth.

Always pre-lighten to level 10 before using these toners if you can.

These are regular blonding colors, so the mix is 1 part toner to 1 part developer.

Process these colors for the full 30 minutes to get maximum vibrancy and color richness.

Our Pick of 3 best Grey Toners

Our next group of toners give grey blonde results. These are also unique to Ugly Duckling.

Silver Grey

Silver Grey

Smoky Blue Grey

Smoky Blue Grey

Metallic Grey

Metallic Grey

An example After Toning with Silver grey 

After toning with Silver Grey

How & When to Use the Greys

The greys are formulated to be regular colors.

So in other words, they don't just tone.

They also give rich 3D and very accurate color results.

For best results, pre-lighten to level 9 or 10 before applying.

Mix them with 20 Vol in a 1 part toner to 1 part developer mix.

And process them for the full 30 minutes.

Our pick of 2 best toners to tone blonde highlights when you have a dark base or lowlights

If you need to tone without lifting the darker parts of your client's hair, then we would recommend you use Blondify liquid toners.

This could be a shadow root, or low lights, or a natural dark base.

These toners are ammonia-free gloss toners, and they process very fast - in just 10 minutes.

They are also PPD free. And they even contain Bond Protect.

So they give lighter toning results, and they condition the hair at the same time.

These toners can be used with low developer strength: 10 Vol or even 7 Vol.

Meaning that you will be able to tone your client's highlights without lifting or touching the darker parts.

Or lifting her base in any way. This is very useful & not many toners can achieve this.

Blondify Natural Ash Blonde Toner

Natural Ash Blonde Toner

Blondify Natural Violet Blonde Toner

Natural Violet Blonde Toner

Example of Hair Toned with Blondify Natural Ash Blonde 010A

Toned with Natural Ash Blonde - After

Example of Hair Toned with Blondify Natural Violet Blonde 010V

Toned with Natural Violet Blonde 010V

How & When to Use These Toners

Use these toners when you want to do a quick gloss toning of blonde highlights.

And when you want to tone without lifting or touching a dark base.

And also if you just want to do a quick, easy toning.

The mix ratio for these liquid toners is 1+1.

You can mix them in an applicator bottle and apply them over your client's highlights straight out of the bottle.

Then rub in thoroughly. Then wait 10 minutes. Then rinse.

Mix: 1+ 1 using a low-strength developer (10 or 20 Vol).

Make your mix in an applicator bottle 

Rub thoroughly into the hair and leave 10 minutes.


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.