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


Are you looking for the best toner for white hair?

Or the best professional toner for blonde hair?

Or the best ash blonde toner?

Or the best blue based toners?

Or the best violet 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.

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 exactly to use them: developer choice, mix, processing time and pre-lightening levels.

Interested? Let's go!

Best Toner for White Hair

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

It's the single whitest toner that Ugly Duckling makes, and it is very popular for that reason.

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

Don't forget: it's a real blonding color, not just a toner, so we want more of these pigments to work relative to just lighten

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, please remember to pre-lighten up to level 9/10 using a good quality bleach like Brilliant Blondexx.

4 Best Professional Toners for Blonde hair

Now we're going to list down our four best professional toners for blonde hair

They are permanent toners, and are extremely fast acting.

2 of them are called "Intense". This means that they have extra lift built in them.

The other 2 have regular lift. They are very very richly pigmented indeed.

Intense Pearl Blonde 100V

Intense Pearl Blonde

Intense Silver Blonde 100B

Intense Silver Blonde 100B

No-Lift Pearl Blonde 10V

Pearl Blonde

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

Developer Choice

In all cases, use all these toners with 20 Vol developer.

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.

Intense Versus Regular 

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.

And use the regular toners if you want a little lift but you don't want to push the level of the hair up.

Violet Versus Blue

Now, reflect. Choose the toner ending in V ("V" means violet) if you want more or a purple or violet based toner.

This is particularly helpful when countering yellow hair.

And choose the toner ending in B ("B" means blue) if you want more of a blue based toner.

You can also combine the 2 if you wish both these pigments to act on your hair.

Best Ash Blonde toner

If you are looking to tone hair ash blonde (rather than ultra white platinum blonde) then we would recommend you use Blondify Natural Ash Blonde Toner

This is an ammonia-free gloss toner, and it process in only 10 minutes.

It is also PPD free and contains Bond Protect.

It gives truly excellent ash blonde results.

You can use this to refresh faded highlights or full heads.

It doesn't lift, so you can use it also to tone your client's highlights without lifting or touching the darker parts.

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

Blondify Natural Ash Blonde Toner

Natural Ash Blonde Toner

Example of Hair Toned with Blondify Natural Ash Blonde 010A

Toned with Natural Ash Blonde - After

How to use this toner

The mix for this toner is 1 part toner to 1 part developer.

Use 20 Vol developer and make your mix in a plastic applicator bottle.

Pour over the hair and rub in thororughly.

Then process for 10 minutes and rinse.

Our Best Blue Based Ash Blonde Toners

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

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.

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.

Best Violet Blonde Toner

This last toner is to be used when you have nicely lifted hair after bleaching and you want to neutralize the yellow quickly.

It's from the Blondify range, so it's a liquid gloss toner and it's ammonia free, and with Bond Protect to condition the hair.

Blondify Natural Violet Blonde Toner

Natural Violet Blonde Toner

Example of Hair Toned with Blondify Natural Violet Blonde 010V

Toned with Natural Violet Blonde 010V

How & When to Use this Toner

Use 20 Vol developer.

The mix ratio for liquid toners is 1+1.

You can mix this toner 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.

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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