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11 Professional Blonde Toners & How To Use Them


What is a hair toner?

A toner is a product which helps the stylist color-correct for brassy hair and other unwanted reflects.

Toners help produce a vivid, 3D rich color. 

Hair toners help you as a stylist color-correct your client's hair and get it as close as possible to white blonde, ash blonde or platinum blonde. 

Toners are generally best used on blonde or almost-blonde pre-lightened hair. 

In this blog, we will go through 11 professional blonde toned results.

And we'll show you how you can achieve them.

First, Let's Pre-lighten the Hair

But first things first, let's talk about pre-lightening the hair.

This is the first step before you can even start toning.

And one that professionals should never ignore.

People sometimes think that a toner can just cover any hair regardless of its level. Not true.

If you are looking to get a client's hair blonde, you need to pre-lighten the hair very well.

This means that you need to get the hair as close to level 10 as possible, with minimal yellow, and certainly no orange-yellow or orange.

See image below of a client whose hair has been correctly lightened.

Level 10 Hair

Correctly pre-lightened level 10 hair. This hair is now ready for toning.

Pre-lighten the hair as above and you are guaranteed to get excellent results when you tone.

Which Bleach Should I Use to Pre-lighten?

In order to achieve this type of lightening, it is really important to use a quality bleach.

We suggest you use Brilliant Blondexx Bleach with Bond Protect.

It is will lift yellow hair very fast using just 20 Vol developer.

And it contains Maleic Acid, or Bond Protect, which will strengthen the hair and protect it during the lifting process.

Brilliant Blondexx & 20 Vol

Brilliant Blondexx and 20 Vol developer 

11 Professional Blonde Toned Looks 

Now we are going to take you through 11 blonde looks & the toners that you need to use in order to achieve them.

What you will see is that there is literally no limitation in the number of different types of blonde looks you can achieve in your salon.

Silver blonde, pearl blonde, white platinum blonde, silver grey blonde and white ash blonde.

Also purple blonde, grey blonde and violet blonde.

#1 - Best Toner for an an Ultra Cool White Platinum Blonde

10.2 Extra Light Cool Blonde is the whitest, coldest permanent toner that we have. It contains violet pigments (purple, in other words).

This is what you want to use if you are aiming for an ultra-cold, platinum blonde.

On very well-prelightened hair, of course, if you are looking to go all the way to platinum blonde.

Saturate the hair very well with your mix using 20 Vol developer.

And process for around 20 minutes. 

Hair toned with 10.2

Toned with 10.2 Extra Light Cool Blonde

#2 - Best Toner for an Intense Pearl Blonde Look

Intense Pearl Blonde 100V is one of our two toners which contain Boost, or extra lift.

This lift will kick out any remaining yellow in the hair present after bleaching.

And take the hair to a an ultra white pearl blonde result.

We are showing 2 looks achieved by Ugly Duckling hairdressers using this toner.

Intense Pearl Blonde 100V

Toned with Intense Pearl Blonde 100V

Hair by Elona Taki

Toned with 100V

Toned with Intense Pearl Blonde 100V

Hair by Elias V

#3 - Best Toner for a Pure Pearl-Grey Blonde Look

Pearl Blonde 10V has regular lift, in other words, less lift than the intense toner shown previously.

However, it is packed with violet and purple pigments, as you can see below.

For perfect pearl-grey blonde results, use this toner.

Pearl Blonde 10V

Toned with Pearl Blonde 10V

Hair by Elona Taki

#4 - Best Toner for a Natural Cold Ash Blonde Look (and for Toning Highlights)

Blondify 010V is ammonia-free, and PPD-free, and it processes in just 10 minutes.

Its purple pigments are great for neutralizing any yellow in the hair.

It's a non-lifting toner, so it will produce a natural looking blonde result.

It's also excellent on highlighted hair, because it only activates on the parts of the hair that have been highlighted.

Leaving the darker strands untouched.

Hair Toned with 010V

Hair toned with Blondify 010V

Hair by Elona Taki

#5 - Silver Grey & Pearl

For a silver grey & pearl look, you can combine silver grey and pearl blonde, as our model did in the picture below:

Pearl Blonde 10V

Hair toned with Pearl Blonde 10VSilver Grey

#6 - Purple Blonde.

Purple Blonde? Yes, it is achievable and it always looks stunning.

It's the sort of result that only a good stylist can give.

Which is why it deserves to be on our list of best professional blonde toning looks.

Just mix Pearl Blonde with 7.22 Intense Violet Blonde in a 50:50 ratio.

Pearl Blonde & 7VV

Hair toned with Pearl Blonde 10V7.22 (7VV)

Hair by Elona Taki

#7 - Pearl Blonde with Purple Grey

Here's another use of mixed toners - Pearl Blonde 10V with Purple Grey.

In general, purple and violet based tones work very well on yellow blonde hair to neutralize and produce an interesting tone.

Produce this result, and your client will be sure to come back for more!

10.2 & Purple Grey

Pearl Blonde 10V and Purple Grey

Hair by Elona Taki

#8 - Silver Grey

Ugly Duckling's iconic silver grey used on its own, with 20 Vol in this look by Elona Taki.

Silver Grey

Hair toned with Silver Grey

Hair by Elona Taki

#9 - Intense Silver Blonde

This is Ugly Duckling's other toner with Boost, or extra lift in other words.

Intense Pearl Blonde produces a grey blonde result.

But 100B Intense Silver Blonde produces a more natural but very pure silver white blonde look.

10V and 100B

Hair toned with 100B Intense Silver Blonde and 10.2

#10 - Extra Light Cool Blonde

Extra Light Cool Blonde is a blue-based ash blonde on a level 10.

The blue in this pigment is great for neutralizing yellow and producing a really stunning white, cold ash blonde look.


Hair toned with 10.1b Extra Light Cool Blonde

Hair by Brittney Worley

#11 - Very Light Cool Blonde

This is also a blue based blonde, but at level 9 instead of level 10.


Toned with 9.1b

Hair by Elona Taki

Pre-lighten hair as normal. Then use blue based 9.1b for this very natural looking cold ash blonde result.

You can do this as a full head look.

Or you can leave a shadow root, as we did in the image above.

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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