How to Tone Brassy Hair at Home

Have you ever bleached your hair and wondered why it has turned into an unsightly brassy orange? That’s because the toner used originally to tone your hair has faded away. Don’t underestimate the power of hair toners. Toners neutralize the yellow and orange tones on bleached hair. If your hair is starting to look brassy and you don’t have time to book an appointment at the hair salon, follow these steps to tone brassy hair at home.

The challenge with going blonde is that once you leave the salon, the version of blonde you left with will fade over time. The more you wash your hair, the quicker that toner will wash out. Sure you can use purple and blue shampoos to help with the upkeep in between washes. You can take it a step further and use a few products you can to color correct brassy hair as well as maintain that neutral blonde tone at home.

How to tone brassy hair at home

Choose the Right Color

When you’re trying to decide on which toner is right for your hair, think about the color wheel. You’ll want to choose a color opposite of the color you’re trying to cancel.


Orange undertones

When you look at the color wheel, blue is the color opposite of orange. My go-to hair toners are the Wella Color Charm hair toners. The Wella Color Charm T14 toner has a blue base so it is great for more orangey-toned hair.

Yellow undertones

If you have a more yellow tone, the color opposite of that is purple. The Wella Color Charm T18 toner has a more purple base, perfect to counteract more yellow-toned hair. You can find these toners at Sally’s Beauty Supply stores.

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Mix toner with developer

Mix one part toner to two parts 20 volume developer or less. Do not use a developer that’s more than 20 volume.

Apply the toner

Apply to your from the roots of your hair to the midway mark of your hair shaft. Leave it in for 10 minutes. Apply the toner towards the ends of your hair and leave it on for an additional 10-15 minutes. The ends of the hair tend to absorb toners quicker than the roots, so by following this method you’ll avoid having weird tints in your hair.

Wash it off

Wash the product out with a good quality shampoo specifically made for color-treated, processed hair. If your hair needs extra conditioning, follow up with this conditioner.

How to Tone Brassy Hair at Home

Toning your hair at home is a lot easier than you think. The best part is it takes about 30 minutes in the comfort of your own home, and you save a lot of money. I hope this post was helpful!

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  • Stacie
    July 22, 2017

    Um, rushing to Sally’s now! I can’t wait to try this!!!