When it comes to hair toner, many questions arise simultaneously. For example, what is toner? Is a toner necessary? Why there is extra charge for toner when you dye your hair? So, what are the answers for these questions?

What is Toner?

Hair toner is a hair color that is demi-permanent or semi permanent. It is applied in the process of hair dyeing to change hair tone overall.


The Necessity of Toner

It is necessary for colorists to use toner to make sure of perfect final hair look of highlights. The service is most often used with highlighting services.

When colorist is highlighting one’s hair, lightener (bleach) is used to lighten hair to a desired hair color level. What is hair color level? It is defined to be on a scale of 1 to 10, in which level 1 means the darkest black color and the lightest blonde color is represented by level 10.

How to define the level of hair tone? It is defined by the amount of warmth in any hair color level, and it can be warm (golden), cool (ashy), or neutral. For instant, when hair is lightened to be in level 8, the final result may be too warm or brassy, and a toner will work well in changing the color to a more desired shade in this case.


How to Apply Toner?

After a highlighting or color service is finished, apply toner at the shampoo bowl. From time to time, toner will be attached to certain parts of hair and wrapped around by foils. How long is a toner kept on the hair? Generally five to twenty minutes, and it relies on which type of toner and application method your colorist uses.

How to Select A Toner Color?

A hair color wheel will be used by your hairstylist to decide on your hair toner. He/she usually select a toner which is on the opposite side of the color wheel from the undesired tone. For example, a green toner is used for hair color that is too red, and a blue toner is used for hair color that is too orange. These toner is used to neutralize the color that is too much.

How long Does Toner Last?

Generally speaking, toner can last for 4 to 8 weeks averagely, and this is decided by how well you maintain your hair after colored.

The life of toners vary, some are longer while other are shorter. Lighter warmer color is often exposed, as toner fades away.