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The Definitive Guide to Using Hair Toners | From Brassy to Ash Blonde

Hair Toned with Intense Pearl Blonde Toner 100V.

Intense Pearl Blonde

Intense Pearl Blonde Toner Final Result. Hair by Cody Darnell

Hair Toned with No-Lift Pearl Blonde Toner 10V

Pearl Blonde Toner 10V

Pearl Blonde Toner Final Result. Hair by Elona Taki

Looking for a Toner That Will Take Out Yellowness and Brassiness? Here's What You Need to Do!

STEP 1 - LIFT THE BASE FIRST WITH LIGHTENER

  • First you need to lift any part of the hair that is too dark to a level 9 before you do any toning.
  • In both the cases above the client had a really dark base that needed lifting.
  • Use our new Brilliant Blondexx Bond Protect Lightener with 20 Vol or 30 Vol. Developer (only use 20 Vol near the root).
  • Good consistent pre-lightening is really essential for good toning!
  • Make a mix of 1 part lightener to 2 parts developer and really saturate the dark regrowth area or the whole head depending on what needs lifting.
  • Start applying at the back in case of full head applications.
  • In the case of regrowth applications apply on the dark regrowth first. Then stretch to other areas if you feel they also need further lifting.
  • Remember, the goal is to lift the hair evenly and consistently all the way up to level 10 for best results (see picture below for hair that has been correctly pre-lightened)
  • A common mistake is to not lift sufficiently - don't do this or you won't get a really nice result!
  • Now you are ready to tone.

Level 10

Brilliant Blondexx Bond Protect Lightener

More About New Brilliant Blondexx Bond Protect Lightener Here

STEP 2 - HOW TO MIX TONER, HOW TO USE TONER ON HAIR

  • Choose your Ugly Duckling toner from the Ugly Duckling toners below.
  • Ugly Duckling toners are very very fast acting, and typically neutralize in around 10 minutes. So you do need to be alert and watch while they are on processing and be prepared to rinse when done.
  • Only use 10 Vol developer if you have really lifted well and you are confident that there is minimal yellow left.
  • Otherwise, use with 20 Vol developer for best results. You will get better release of yellow pigments and better toning that way. 
  • Apply on towel dried hair. It can be still wet. Just make sure there is no excess moisture. 
  • Mix 1 part of your chosen Ugly Duckling toner with 2 parts developer.
  • Section the hair starting from the back, using fine sections. 
  • Work fast because the toner works fast and you want to give your whole head an even processing time.
  • Leave out the last inch nearest the roots when you apply, and return to this section at the end. Hair processes faster on the root area due to the heat of the scalp.
  • As you apply, you will see the hair turn grey with a purple or grey or blue hue.
  • This is normal, it shows that the toner is doing its job of neutralizing yellow and brassiness. 
  • Normally 10-15 minutes is enough.
  • Once again, remember to watch the roots in particular carefully - do not over-process there.

WHICH UGLY DUCKLING TONER?

  • Ugly Duckling has 2 types of toners: Intense Toners and No-lift toners.
  • If this is a first time toning and your hair is pretty brassy, we recommend the Intense Toners as they contain extra "booster" which releases any remaining yellow from your brassy hair.
  • If it is a repeat application or you are really confident that there is minimal yellow left, use the No-Lift Toners
  • Also, if you have low lights that you wish to keep, use the No-Lift Toners.

Intense Silver Blonde 100.20

Intense Pearl Blonde Toner 100V

Intense Pearl Blonde Toner 100.21

Intense Silver Blonde Toner 100B

Silver Blonde Toner

Pearl Blonde Toner 10V (No-Lift)

Pearl Blonde Toner

Silver Blonde Toner 10B (No-Lift)

OTHER COLORS YOU CAN USE FOR TONING:

  • In addition the following colors also give excellent results and very unique color effects when used after pre-lightening: 
  • The Blue Based Blonde Colors, especially Extra Light Cold Ash Blonde 10.1b and Very Light Cold Ash Blonde 9.1b
  • The Greys: Silver Grey, Smoky Blue Grey and Metallic Grey
  • These colors are better processed for the full 30 minutes, you will get better color results that way.

10.1b Extra Cold Ash Blonde

Extra Cold Ash Blonde 10.1b

Very Light Cold Ash Blonde 9.1b

Very Light Cold Ash Blonde 9.1b

Silver Grey

Silver Grey

Smoky Blue Grey

Smoky Blue Grey

Metallic Grey

Metallic Grey

3 - RINSE WITH PURPLE SHAMPOO & MASK

  • Rinse hair with Purple Shampoo, massaging thoroughly for 5 minutes as you do.
  • Then apply Purple Mask.
  • Leave the mask in the hair for 10 minutes.
  • Ugly Duckling's Purple Shampoo and Mask contain very intense pigments.
  • These will neutralize any remaining yellow and take your hair to ultra white blonde.
  • They are also low pH and will help to close the hair cuticle after the lightening and toning process.
  • Only use Purple Shampoo and Mask after toners, not after regular colors. 

Purple Mask

Learn More About Ugly Duckling Purple Mask Here

FINAL RESULT

Final Result After Toning

WATCH THIS VIDEO TO SEE BLEACHING AND TONING TO ULTRA WHITE BLONDE:

Products Used in Video:

  • Brilliant Blonde Lightener
  • Pearl Blonde Toner 10V
  • Developer

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TONING

Q. Can I Use Toner Without Developer?

A. No You Can't. 

  • All Ugly Duckling toners work best with developer. The reason is that they have been formulated for extra vibrancy and for that we need to penetrate into the hair cuticle, in order to release any remaining yellow pigments and then recolor the hair blonde from inside. That is the best way to get a good hair toning result which will last.

Q. Can I Use Toner with a No-Lift Developer?

A. We would recommend that you use 10 Vol even if you don't want to lift.

  • 10 Vol developer is a minimum recommended strength to open the hair cuticle. We don't recommend that you use anything weaker.
  • If you have low lights that you don't want to get lifted, use our no-lift toners with 10 Vol developer for a short processing time and you should be OK.

Q. Can't I just use any toners? Aren't they all the same?

A. There are a lot of good products out there, but Ugly Duckling Toners Are Rather Unique.

  • Our toners are very very fast acting and contain a lot of pigments.
  • They have been designed to work really fast, on wet hair if necessary.
  • The intense toners contain an extra "booster: which will get rid of any remaining yellow.
  • The no-lift toners are very very pigmented indeed.
  • The blue based ash colors and grey all have very unique color results.

Q. Do you apply toners on wet or dry hair?

A. You can apply Ugly Duckling toners to wet or dry hair

  • If you are pre-bleaching, then rinse and towel dry after bleaching to get rid of excess moisture.
  • Then go ahead and apply your toner and developer mix.
  • If you are not pre-bleaching, we would suggest you apply on dry, unwashed hair.

Q. How often do you need to apply toner?

A. All hair color fades, so very probably your toned hair will also fade and require re-toning every 6 weeks or so

  • By this time hair will have a new regrowth which will require fixing also
  • Be careful at this stage to lift the regrowth properly to create a consistent color level.
  • If the lengths were done properly the previous time, they will most probably require only a few minutes of toning
  • The regrowth on the other hand may require lifting.

Q. Can't I just use your Purple Shampoo and Mask to tone?

A. You will get better results if you tone first, then use Purple Shampoo and Mask to maintain

  • It is true that you can just use purple shampoo and purple mask  to tone
  • We do have an excellent purple shampoo and mask of our own. It contains intense purple pigments which do neutralize yellow in blonde hair.
  • However, These products are best used as finishing/maintaining products after the main toning is done using a proper toner and developer.

Q. Can I mix a toner with a regular color?

A. Yes you can do that. All Ugly Duckling colors are inter-mixable.

  • One common mix that stylists use is to mix the silver blonde toner with the pearl blonde toner.
  • Another is to mix any of the colors above with Clear to bump up the color by one level.

Q. Do hair toners damage the hair?

A. Not if you use them correctly.

  • Women who have long hair should pay attention to the fact that their lengths are going to get repeated toning applications.
  • We always suggest a differential approach.
  • Lift up and deal with the dark areas (eg the regrowth area) that needs heavy lifting. Do this really well once.
  • But give only a very few minutes of toning to the lengths or areas that need less toning.
  • You will avoid damaging the hair in this way.